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Chelsea vs Manchester City at Stamford Bridge

Stamford Bridge Referee : Michael Oliver
25th September 2021 12:30 PM (BST)
  • 0 Chelsea

  • 1 Manchester City

    • ‘53' Gabriel Jesus


Commentary By David Clayton


Thanks everyone....

I'm gonna sign off now. THANK YOU for joining me and our talented team this afternoon. We've still got Gabriel Jesus and Pep Guardiola reaction to come on mancity,.com with highlights coming at 5.15pm and then extended highlights and a full match replay at midnight (you'll need a City+ subscription for the latter). Enjoy the rest of your weekend - got a feeling that won't be too hard after this result. Until Tuesday, let's pick this up in Paris...


Looking back, it was the duels we won all over the pitch today that made the difference. Dias and Laporte kept Lukaku and Werner quiet. Bernardo was the engine from back to front, Foden was lively and inventive, Cancelo and Walker excellent. Grealish and Jesus were industrious and dangerous, KDB is getting back to his best. Rodri was immense and Ederson commanding. Boss got the tactics spot-on. Big, big win...


Pep reaction...

"The team can always think of playing good and prepare well, wherever we play we try to do it. The guys were outstanding. In this stadium against this opponent, they have made me so proud.

"We had courage to press high so they could not build up the play. That’s why I'm pleased for the way we played.

"Gabriel is always giving everything. You cannot say anything to him. Every single game he runs for his teammates in every single actions. These types of players makes me happy."


That was a gruelling last few minutes Time goes backwards at times like that, doesn't it? Every player was fantastic and City bossed it from the start. Three very welcome points and those who have written our title chances off (already) might have gone a tad early...


More from the match-winner

"I play like a striker. I can never turn properly with the way they play but I turned good and I took the shot. A little lucky but I’m very happy to score the goal and most important is that everyone played so good and we won the game."


Jesus reaction....

"We prepared the game to play well like we always try. We came to play against one of the best teams, they’re European champions, they have a lot of amazing players, so we knew it would be difficult coming here at their home. We played very well and won the game." 


Full time: Chelsea 0-1 City

SUPERB PERFORMANCE by the champions. So many fantastic performance in sky blue as Pep sets a new record for managerial wins as City manager. 



Grealish should have scored! Jesus nicked the ball off Thiago Silva's toes, Foden collects, plays Grealish through and Mendy denies him. Agonising!



My word! De Bruyne's superb free-kick is met by Laporte's outstretched  foot and goes inches wide. I think it might have been offside had it gone in though



City almost get a second - Grealish's low cross almost finds Foden, Jesus pulls it back and De Bruyne sees his shot deflected out for a corner


Cancelo's low cross caused Mendy to flap and Jesus thought he'd scored - Chelsea respond with an offside goal. Fernandinho furious at Rudiger's over-zealous challenge on Jesus a few moments ago. Not the first time the German has thrown his weight around


Full deserved! A short corner sees a shot eventually come in and lands at the feet of Jesus who has NO space, yet somehow swivels and drills a slightly deflected shot into the bottom left corner



Grealish curls one wide after a sustained minute or so of attacking the home side and pinning them back - we have found more space on the left in the first few minutes of the second half than we did in most of the first period


Nedum's half-time summary on MDL

"It was very tight, but I liked it because City have gone to Stamford Bridge to supposedly the best team in the league and had almost 70% possession and limited them to one shot on goal - we’re controlling the game. 

"Overall, City have dealt well with situations where something could happen for Chelsea.

"We’ve created a few half chances, but we just need to be clinical now. You just have to tweak a few certain things. We don’t know how the goal is going to come, but with the quality of the players on the pitch, I’d be surprised if this ends 0-0."


This is how the BBC Sport's chief football writer has seen it so far...

"Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was up and down the tunnel very quickly as the half-time whistle blew. If his body language in this 45 minutes is anything to go by, his players will be getting an ear-bashing.

"He may also need to look at his set-up because Chelsea's midfield is creating nothing for strikers Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner, although their touch and link has been very poor on the rare occasions they have received service."


Another one would be very nice, Kev...


Half-time: Chelsea 0-0 City

Well we won't get anything for that half but it was impressive stuff. Balls into the box are hopeful as we don't have too many players that are commanding in the air. I'd like to see a few low driven balls into the box and maybe a couple of clever set-piece routines as the crosses into the box are not working against this defence.


Chelsea have a rare attack that is scrambled clear and then City break with Rodrigo and Grealish with the latter's cross just evading the head of Jesus.



Superb Cancelo pass sees De Bruyne again run into the box but he can't quite get there and then Jesus has a half-chance that he scythes wide from 10 yards. All City.


The home fans becoming  increasingly frustrated. City are bossing it and playing the better football. Chelsea relying on their physicality and organisation at the moment, but offering very little creatively


View from the Bridge...

"Thiago Silva and young Trevoh Chalobah are sent out to warm-up whilst Reece James receives treatment. Pep Guardiola takes the opportunity to give some messages to his players, with Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus all summoned to the side line. Has the boss spotted something down the right hand side? "

John Edwards


Bernardo looked to move into space and was pushed by Rudiger who then shoved him again as the ball moved away - the ref spots it and warns Rudiger. Lukaku gets involved for some reason 


Lovely ball from Grealish plays De Bruyne into the box and his cross into the middle just goes behind our players in the box - great chance. Then Chelsea quickly counter but the danger is cleared. Now we know what their tactic probably is today....


View from the Bridge...

"Approaching the ten minute mark and perhaps Pep Guardiola is the happier of the two managers? Thomas Tuchel has been stood on the edge of his technical area since kick-off and has appeared frustrated on a number of occasions as he delivers plenty of instructions to his players. Whether they can hear him is another matter as the away end is fine voice! "

John Edwards


Comedy moment as Grealish chases a ball into the box but is squeezed out by Azpilicueta and James - so he gives James a nudge and he goes over his captain and knocks him over


View from the Bridge...

"There's the making of a decent five-a-side team in the press box today, with former players from both clubs in attendance. Michael Brown is sat next to me providing audio commentary for our Matchday Centre, with David James doing the same for Radio Manchester. Joleon Lescott is here for BT Sport alongside Joe Cole and Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola completes the line-up."

John Edwards

NOTE: What John doesn't mention is he would not look out of place in that team. Tidy player! DC


Dias v Lukaku will shape contest' says Nedum

"I think this potentially could be one of the biggest battles. The battles matter more when like a cross comes into the box, but in general play you need the whole defence to be working together. If you then start playing into Lukaku’s strengths then it causes problems. In my opinion he’s quicker and stronger than Dias, so we can’t play into his strengths." 


Final pre-game words from Pep...

"We need to learn from the defeats [against Chelsea]. It’s one of the toughest away Premier League games. We’re ready for it.

"Rodri made an incredible effort to be here. Kevin [de Bruyne] and Phil [Foden] are so important for us, but so are the others. Everyone is key. The season still has so many games, so everybody’s involved.

"We score many, many, many goals in the last years. Gabriel [Jesus] likes to play wider than central. Having a specialist striker is always important, but sometimes it’s not possible. We can do it without this."


Nedum Onuoha on Matchday Live

"It’s a great team isn’t it?! I like that a lot, it’s a very front-foot team. Some of them are coming close to top form and they can play across so many different positions. I’ve got no issues with it whatsoever.

"I do not have a clue who is going to play where. There’s some great footballers there so they will all know their roles. 

"Everyone in the front five can play anywhere at the top of the pitch. It’s just the right amount of players in that key area, which was the same case when we won at Stamford Bridge last season."


View from the Bridge...

"The warm-ups are under way here at Stamford Bridge, with City and Chelsea emerging at the same time. And if there was anything to signify how important this game is, it was the sight of Pep Guardiola in deep discussion with his players before they headed out onto the pitch.

"The manager was delivering plenty of instruction and to Bernardo Silva in particular. The midfielder has made a strong start to the season and fingers crossed he can continue that today. "

John Edwards


KDB has just spoken...

"We lost the last three  games against them towards the end of last season, but that's in the past, now.

"We don't look back at things that happened before. We come here today looking to win that's all we can do

"Obviously it's a big game, but it's not been any different for many years  - it's a big contest between two teams who  both want to win the Premier League.

"It's always quite an even contest and not going to be any different today"


From BBC Sport...

Early team news - Edouard Mendy back in goal for Chelsea

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has recovered from a hip problem and will start on Saturday, head coach Thomas Tuchel has confirmed.

Christian Pulisic remains out and Mason Mount is absent with a minor injury.


This is not my favourite fixture if I'm going to be honest. Over the years it's never been an easy game, even though we've not done badly at the Bridge in more recent times. It will be one of our toughest away trips of the season, closely followed by another at Anfield next weekend...


Opposition view...

Chelsea's Mateo Kovacic has been talking ahead of the game...

 ‘It’s difficult to play against every team in the Premier league so it doesn’t matter if it’s City or not.

‘The other day we played against Aston Villa and it was a tough match so in this league every game is quite difficult.

‘You need to give 100 per cent to win so we are ready for City just like we are for every opponent, and we will try to win.

‘I always imagined that we could go for trophies because we have a great squad and we showed at the end of last season that we can fight for many titles.

‘We’ve started quite well so we need to continue this run and be in all the competitions because we want to be there trying to win.’


Welcome to our live coverage of Chelsea v City - it's an early one today with a 12.30pm kick-off (UK), so grab a bowl of cereal, get the kettle on and settle down for the next few hours and we'll do our best to entertain you. Sound like a plan?

Other games that day

  • Watford1
    Newcastle United1
  • Leeds United1
    West Ham United2
  • Everton2
    Norwich City0
  • Leicester City2
  • Manchester United0
    Aston Villa1
  • Brentford3
  • Southampton0
    Wolverhampton Wanderers0
  • Arsenal0
    Tottenham Hotspur0

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Liverpool 6 +11 14
3 Chelsea 6 +10 13
4 Manchester United 6 +8 13
5 Everton 6 +5 13
6 Brighton and Hove Albion 5 +3 12
7 West Ham United 6 +5 11
8 Aston Villa 6 +2 10
9 Brentford 6 +3 9
10 Tottenham Hotspur 5 -3 9
11 Watford 6 -2 7
12 Leicester City 6 -3 7
13 Arsenal 5 -7 6
14 Crystal Palace 5 -3 5
15 Southampton 5 -2 4
16 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5 -3 3
17 Newcastle United 6 -7 3
18 Leeds United 6 -8 3
19 Burnley 6 -6 2
20 Norwich City 6 -14 0
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