Chelsea 0-1 Man City:Guardiola proud of title statement

2021-09-26 10:31:15 1532

Manchester City have laid down a title marker by beating Chelsea 1-0 in an early top-of-the-table clash at Stamford Bridge.

City dominate at Bridge

Pep Guardiola's men dominated much of the ball as Chelsea sat deep and looked to hit the away side on the break.

Gabriel Jesus broke the deadlock after 53 minutes after he controlled a Joao Cancelo shot before turning and finishing beyond Edouard Mendy.

Manchester City could have added to their lead, with a number of good chances in the second half. They racked up 15 shots on Mendy's goal.

Chelsea failed to create any real chances and did not manage a shot on target in the game.

Mendy pulled off a number of good saves in the Blues' goal, denying Jack Grealish on two occasions.

Guardiola became City's most successful manager of all-time with the win and was keen to praise the hard work of his team after the full-time whistle.

"Today the guys were outstanding. At this stadium and against this opponent, to do what we have done makes me so proud," he told BT Sport.

"We came here and did our game. Sometimes you can’t do it because the opponent is better. We were encouraged to press high and they could not make the build-up."

Early edge

The result leaves the two sides with almost identical figures from their first six games. Both teams have won four, drawn one and lost one of their opening six games.

Chelsea and Manchester City have also both scored 12 goals, but the West London club have conceded twice compared to City's one.

Both sides are in Champions League action this week, with tricky away ties for each team.
Guardiola's men face PSG in the French capital on Tuesday, while Thomas Tuchel's side travel to take on Juventus on Wednesday.

Manchester City then have to face Liverpool at Anfield next weekend and Chelsea welcome Southampton to the Bridge.