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Chelsea vs Manchester City at Stamford Bridge

Stamford Bridge Referee : Stuart Attwell
25th June 2020 8:15 PM (BST)
  • 2 Chelsea

    • ‘36' Christian Pulisic
    • ‘78' Willian (Pen)
  • 1 Manchester City

    • ‘55' Kevin De Bruyne


Commentary By John Edwards


Signing off

That's all from me this evening.

A disappointing night as we end up on the wrong side of the result in a frenetic game at Stamford Bridge which confirms we are no longer the champions of England.

However, there is still plenty to play for this season, both domestically and in Europe.

The good news is, we have an opportunity to put tonight's disappointment behind us in just three days time in our FA Cup sixth round tie at Newcastle United.

Kick-off is at 18:30 (UK) and, as always, we'll have our live matchday show and live coverage here in our Matchday Centre on

See you on Sunday, Blues! πŸ‘


Pep on Liverpool's title

I never thought that we always could win. We can now say the last 10 competitions we played we won eight titles. That’s never happened before in this country. 

You cannot win all the time. We missed one central defender and Laporte was injured in the season. That was a problem for us and we didn't show the consistency we needed to play better. I’ve never thought as a manager that you can always win.


Pep's reaction

In general we were there. In terms of attacking we were good. It is not easy to attack Chelsea with their physicality in their team. Unfortunately we conceded mistakes and at this level against this quality it is difficult. We played until the end with a huge personality. In general I am satisfied with the performance.


Reaction coming up

We'll bring you Pep Guardiola's reaction to tonight's game as soon he arrives for his post-match press conference via video link.

A topsy-turvy game for the boss to dissect! 


Best fans in the world πŸ’™


Rob Pollard at Stamford Bridge πŸ’­

Disappointing result but, for large periods of that game, there were plenty of positives. 

The humidity made things difficult but it will benefit the collective fitness of the squad in the long term. 

Let’s get back to Manchester and start preparing for our FA Cup tie at Newcastle on Sunday, which is a huge game in the context of our season.


Post-match debrief

Cel Spellman, Kyle Walker, Michael Brown and Shaun Wright-Phillips are dissecting all the action from tonight's game in our live post-match show.

Watch what they've got to say in the video at the top of the page.



Ederson is at full stretch to deny Pedro.

Billy Gilmour picks him out on the left-wing with a superb crossfield ball and the Spaniard drives inside at Kyle Walker, before opening his body up and trying to curl one into the far corner.

Tipped away by Ederson.


Chelsea subs

Frank Lampard runs down the clock with a double substitution.

Pedro and Billy Gilmour come on, with Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic going off.


All in

Nicolas Otamendi is our deepest player. He's on the half way line.

Everyone but Ederson is the Chelsea half as we try to find an equaliser. 


Still pushing

City pressing for an equaliser here. We've been in control for the past five minutes and a Sterling wins a free-kick just outside the box on the right of the area.

It's a good opportunity, but Tammy Abraham heads Riyad Mahrez' cross over the bar.


Rob Pollard at Stamford Bridge πŸ’­

This game has just been turned on its head completely. We were looking dominant, particularly with Silva on the pitch conducting proceedings. We were dictating things and looking the more likely winner.

But Fernandinho’s handball and red card, and Willian’s dispatched penalty, mean the momentum has swung completely now.


Goal - Chelsea 2-1 City

VAR picks up Ferna's handball and he's dismissed as Chelsea are awarded a penalty.

Willian steps up and sends Ederson the wrong way, sending the ball high and to the left.



It's all happening here!

Ederson claws away Abraham's volley and pushes it into Pulisic as he tries to steer it home.

Fernandinho gets back to stop the rebounding ball from crossing the line and then clears the ball as Abraham comes running in to score.

It looks as if the Brazilian used his hand though. Abraham furiously appeals and the referee refers the decision to VAR..


Take a bow, Kyle Walker!

What a game this is proving to be!

Christian Pulisic is proving a real handful. He races past Fernandinho, who almost brings him down on the edge of the area, rounds Ederson and slides the ball into the empty net.

It's a certain goal, but Kyle Walker gets back in the nick of time to make a block and between him and Ederson they some how keep put Tammy Abraham's attempt to turn in the rebound.

Fantastic, last-ditch defending. πŸ‘

Pulisic couldn't believe it!



A decent strike from Raheem Sterling!

Kevin De Bruyne's right sided corner goes over everyone as Sterling picks it up on the left of the area. He checks inside on his right foot and tries to curl one into the top corner.

It's wide, but he wasn't far away! 


Ouch! 😫

Kevin De Bruyne is caught by Toni Rudiger as he closes the defender down.

It's accidental, but the it's painful for the Belgian. The referee refers it to VAR, but Rudiger escapes without caution.


Urghhhhhh! πŸ™ˆ

Ederson gifts Mason Mount a golden opportunity. He clears the ball straight to the midfielder, who drives into the City area and fires into the side netting.

A real let off for us. You'd at least expect Mount to hit the target and he'll be disappointed with that. 

Fantastic for us though! πŸ™Œ


Rob Pollard at Stamford Bridge πŸ’­

What a goal. Kevin De Bruyne, take a bow. So few players could score a free-kick as good as that. It seemed to move and dip at the last second, leaving Kepa looking perplexed. Stunning. 

City have stepped it up a notch here and we look far more dangerous. 

Zinchenko on for Mendy, making it three changes this half and it’s given us a fresher look.


Off the post!

We're flying now and it's all down to De Bruyne.

He picks it up on the left and slides a ball through to Sterling as Kepa comes racing it. 

Sterling pokes it past him and there is what feels like a long wait as it rolls towards the goal, only to rebound off the post before Chelsea clear.

So close! We're firing on all cylinders now - it must have been some team talk!


Goal - Chelsea 1-1 City


Sensational from Kevin De Bruyne! 

He lines up a free-kick 30-yards from goal and fires an unstoppable effort into the top left corner.

Superb technique from the Belgian. The keeper had no chance.



High and wide

Bernardo feeds Mendy, who's in plenty of space 25 yards from goal, but  he blazes an effort well over the bar.

He's got better in his locker and we'll need better than that if we're to get back into this one...


Ouch! 😫

Christensen goes down after sticking his head in the way of a fierce Benjamin Mendy drive from the edge of the area.

He's down receiving treatment from the Chelsea medical staff. Really brave stuff from the defender - that ball was travelling at some pace!


Rob Pollard at Stamford Bridge πŸ’­

Strange half. On the ball, we look very sharp and inventive, but when we’ve lost it, Chelsea have got in behind us too easily. Pep will look to address that during the break, I’m sure. 

The goal was the result of a mistake from Mendy, who will be disappointed with his role in it, but, overall, I’d say we’ve been the better side. 

Plenty of time to go and we can definitely get something out of this game.


Half-time debrief

Head to the video at the top of the page for the We're Not Really Here review of the first half.

Michael Brown and Shaun Wright-Phillips sharing their expert opinion!


Rob Pollard from Stamford Bridge

A mistake from Mendy allowed Pulisic to run through on goal and he wasn’t going to miss that. A superb finish from a player capable of going on and having a superb career in English football. 

Poor from us and Pep will make that clear at half time.


Half-time: Chelsea 1-0 City

Stuart Atwell sounds his whilst and we go in 1-0 down at the break.

Christian Pulisic's coolly taken goal is the difference after he capitalised on a Benjamin Mendy error.

Frustrating for City, who started brightly, with Fernandinho forcing a good save from Kepa.



De Bruyne catches Chelsea unaware as he plays a free-kick short to Riyad Mahrez.

The Algerian has space and tries to curl it in, but his effort has too much on it. 

Would have been the perfect response!


Goal - Chelsea 1-0 City

Chelsea take the lead through Christian Pulisic. 

He races clear of Benjamin Mendy and is cool as you like in his one v one with Ederson to curl the ball into the bottom corner..

Work to do now!


Ahhhhh 😧

A heart-racing couple of minutes!

Pulisic nearly turns on Barkley's left-wing cross, which City don't clear.

A mishit shot from Mount is then nearly turned in by Barkley, but Fernandinho is there to make a crucial block.

The resulting corner is met powerfully by Christensen, but Ederson  beats it away from point blank range.

A really good spell for the hosts.


Hosts hit back

Just as I've said that, Chelsea work the ball down the left and a Marcus Alonso gets City pulses racing.

His low ball is only half cleared by Aymeric Laporte. Ross Barkley picks it up and drills it goalwards, but Fernandinho makes a crucial block and it goes behind for a corner which City clear.

A warning. We'll want to do better at clearing our lines than we did then.



We get back under way with a free-kick about 40-yards from goal after N'golo Kante fouled Rodrigo. 

Kevin De Bruyne works it wide before receiving it back from Riyad Mahrez and taking aim from 30-yards, but his effort is blocked by a Chelsea defender.

It's very much City's game so far.


Rob Pollard from Stamford Bridge

Best chance so far – a brilliant header from Fernandinho tipped over by Arrizabalaga. He got superb contact on that and it was a great save. 

Early signs here suggest this is by far our toughest test since the resumption of football. Two teams bang at it, moving the ball around quickly and with purpose. Fascinating matchup. 

Quick word on Mahrez’s touch. He’s hugging the touchline just in front of me, and he’s collected a couple of balls with a finesse rarely seen. The lightness of touch and the way he kills the ball so beautifully is a sight to behold.



The first clear cut chance of the game and Fernandinho is denied by Kepa.

Kevin De Bruyne sends a free-kick over from the left and Fernandinho times his run perfectly to flick his header towards goal.

There's pace on it, but the Chelsea keeper gets a strong hand on it to turn it away for a corner.

Good save, to be fair!



So nearly a goal!

Bernardo pounces as Kepa tries to play out from the back. He somehow ends up on the floor and tries to steer it into the back of the net, but the Chelsea keeper recovers to get it away. 

A let off for the hosts.


Half chances

Kevin De Bruyne lofts a ball into the Chelsea box, which Bernardo meets with his head, but it's tame and Kepa gathers it easily.

A slick Chelsea counter follows, with Willian playing a square ball into the box, but Ilkay Gundogan shepherds it behind and we deal with the resulting corner.


Moving parts

With Gabriel Jesus left on the bench, the main pre-match question was who would play through the middle of our attacking trident.

The early signs are it's Bernardo Silva. It's a role he filled expertly against Manchester United in our Carabao Cup semi-final.


On top

Benjamin Mendy overlaps down the left and is fed by Raheem Sterling, before drilling a low cross into the six-yard box.

It's inviting, but nobody was there to meet it and Kepa kicks it clear.


Front foot

We've settled into our stride quickly here. We're on the front foot, playing in the Chelsea half and we've just won the first corner of the game.

Unfortunately, Kevin De Bruyne's centre is cleared at the near post.


Names on shirts return

The players have their names on the back of their shirts again this evening, after being replaced by Black Lives Matter in our opening two games of the restart.

A Black Lives Matter patch remains on the shirt, along with a similar one showing support for the NHS.



The players take a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, before Olivier Giroud gets things under way.



Nearly time πŸ•’

The players are out on the pitch at Stamford Bridge and we're moments away from kick-off in London. 

Here's a reminder of the starting lineups tonight...

City | Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Fernandinho (C), Mendy, Gundogan, Rodrigo, Mahrez, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Sterling.

Chelsea | Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso, Kante, Mount, Barkley, Willian, Giroud, Pulisic.



Ten minutes to go here, so it would be remiss of me not to remind everyone that if we fail to win tonight, Liverpool will be crowned Premier League champions.

But, we don't want to think about that! 

This is a place of positivity and we're focused on a City win! πŸ’™


Predictions πŸ€”

Plenty of confidence from our We’re Not Really Here guests this evening!

Michael Brown is predicting a 3-1 win, whilst Shaun Wright-Phillips reckons we’ll edge a 2-1 victory. 

Remember, to let us know your thoughts using #WNRH


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Match stats πŸ”’

πŸ”Ή We have won five of our past seven meetings with Chelsea in all competitions, drawing one and losing one.

πŸ”Ή We have won six of our last seven games in all competitions and have won 18 of our past 20 midweek Premier League fixtures.

πŸ”Ή Chelsea have only kept one clean sheet in our last 11 Premier League encounters.

πŸ”Ή Olivier Giroud has scored in his last three Premier League starts against us.

πŸ”Ή Kevin De Bruyne has been involved in a Premier League-high 25 goals this season, with nine goals and 16 assists.


Rob Pollard from Stamford Bridge

Sprinklers are on and the pitch is immaculate – ideal for two sides committed to playing attractive football. Thankfully, it’s much cooler inside the stadium than it was earlier, with shade now enveloping the Stamford Bridge turf. 

The City team is incredibly strong – much stronger than perhaps some expected. Six changes in total, with Kyle Walker, Aymeric Laporte, Benjamin Mendy, Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundigan and Raheem Sterling all coming back into the starting XI. Our strength in depth is really on show here. 

But there is room on the bench for three academy youngsters. Tommy Doyle, Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Cole Palmer will all be hoping they can get a taste of Premier League action.


Injury update πŸ€•

Phil Foden and Joao Cancelo are not involved tonight having picked up knocks since our win over Burnley.

Claudio Bravo (muscular) and John Stones (ankle) continue to recover from the injuries which kept them out of the Arsenal and Burnley games.


Chelsea team

Frank Lampard has made two changes to the team that started against Aston Villa.

Ross Barkley and Christian Pulisic, a scorer in the previous game, come into the side, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mateo Kovacic dropping to the bench. 

Former City keeper and our 2016 Carabao Cup final penalty shootout hero, Willy Caballero, is amongst the subs.

XI | Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso, Kante, Mount, Barkley, Willian, Giroud, Pulisic,

Subs | Caballero, Zouma, James, Jorginho, Gilmour, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Abraham



As he said he would, Pep has continued to rotate, making six changes to the side that beat Burnley on Monday night.

Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy, Aymeric Laporte, Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling return to the starting lineup, though Gabriel Jesus remains on the bench.

That would suggest either Sterling or Bernardo Silva will play through the middle of the attacking trident. Both have played there before, with the Portuguese doing so to great effective in our Carabao Cup semi-final first leg win over Manchester United.

There is plenty of youth amongst the substitutes. Cole Palmer is named in the matchday squad for the first time and is joined by Tommy Doyle and Taylor Harwood-Bellis, both of whom have first team experience already.  

XI | Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Fernandinho (C), Mendy, Gundogan, Rodrigo, Mahrez, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Sterling 

Subs | Carson, Jesus, Zinchenko, Sane, Silva, Otamendi, Doyle, Harwood-Bellis, Palmer 


LIVE - We're Not Really Here

Our live pre-match show is under way!

Watch the video at the top of this page to enjoy a load of City chatter with Cel Spellman, Kyle Walker (not our full-back!), Michael Brown and Shaun Wright-Phillips!


One πŸ‘οΈ on Chelsea

Defender Fikayo Tomori and winger Callum Hudson-Odoi are sidelined for the hosts, but Frank Lampard can call upon the services of midfield anchorman, Jorginho, again. He is available again after serving a two-match suspension.


Early team news

Team news will land at 19:15 (UK), but here is what we know already, based on Pep Guardiola's pre-match press conference.

πŸ”Ή Sergio Aguero is out. He suffered an injury to his left knee against Burnley and will now have surgery in Barcelona. Gabriel Jesus is the obvious replacement, but Pep also said Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan could be deployed up front, with different expectations on them.

πŸ”Ή John Stones is nearing a comeback from his ankle problem, but the boss hinted this game may come too soon for him.  "He is on the pitch training and getting better. Hopefully in the next few days he can play in the team," said Pep. 


Rob Pollard - Live from Stamford Bridge πŸ’­

The first thing to note this evening is how hot it is down here in West London – it’s still in excess of 30 degrees as I write this. It is sweltering. 

With fitness already a huge concern given the truncated preparation time Premier League sides have had, those compulsory water breaks suddenly look like a necessity. 

This will be a real test – not just in footballing terms, which of course Chelsea always provide – but of the collective fitness in our squad. 

Pep made eight changes from the Arsenal to the Burnley game and I would expect something similar tonight, particularly with the manager admitting yesterday, that Sunday’s FA Cup tie at Newcastle is the priority. 

There’s a handful of younger players supplementing the squad since the resumption of top-flight football and they could perhaps be called upon. 

Whatever happens, this, on paper, is the most intriguing match since the Premier League returned.


Live Matchday Show πŸ“Ί

I hope you'll stick with me through until the end of tonight's game, but this isn't the only thing you should be enjoying this evening...

Our live matchday show - We're Not Really Here - is also definitely worth a watch. 

City fan and actor Cel Spellman and Kyle Walker (not our right-back) are back in the presenting hotseat, whilst Michael Brown and former City and Chelsea winger, Shaun Wright-Phillips will provide expert insight as guests. 

It promises to be an eclectic mix of City chatter and opinion and a must watch before the game gets under way.

The show begins at 19:15 (UK) and the live video will be available at the top of this page for your viewing pleasure.  


Let's go!

Good evening! πŸ‘‹

After two games of stellar coverage from our Women’s Football Editor, Caroline Oatway, I am in the Matchday Centre driving seat for tonight’s trip to Chelsea.

Due to the limited number of people allowed at Stamford Bridge, I’ll be bringing you live updates from my living room, where I’ll be watching on TV and where, on this, the warmest day of the year, it is hotter than the sun! πŸ₯΅

Head of Written Content Rob Pollard is our roving reporter dispatched to Stamford Bridge and he will provide us with exclusive insight into what we can’t see at home throughout the evening.

The countdown to kick-off – at 20:15 (UK) – is on and I’d love to hear from you this evening.

Remember to use the #WNRH hashtag on Twitter for a chance to feature in tonight’s live blog.


Other games that day

  • Southampton0
  • Burnley1
  • Aston Villa0
    Wolverhampton Wanderers0

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Liverpool 31 +49 86
3 Leicester City 31 +30 55
4 Chelsea 31 +14 54
5 Manchester United 31 +17 49
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 31 +10 49
7 Tottenham Hotspur 31 +9 45
8 Sheffield United 31 -1 44
9 Arsenal 31 +2 43
10 Crystal Palace 31 -8 42
11 Burnley 31 -10 42
12 Everton 31 -8 41
13 Newcastle United 31 -13 39
14 Southampton 31 -16 37
15 Brighton and Hove Albion 31 -7 33
16 Watford 31 -18 28
17 West Ham United 31 -19 27
18 Bournemouth 31 -21 27
19 Aston Villa 31 -23 27
20 Norwich City 31 -31 21
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