City suffer first League defeat

In away game against Chelsea Guardiola side wasn’t able to find ways to score against Chelsea. City played usual 4-3-3 with Delph as left-back but unusual for City tactic was use of Sterling as false 9. From start of the game City were extremely active in their pressing and didn’t allowed Chelsea to play from the back numerous times Man City won ball back close to Chelsea penalty box. City create first chance from left flank cross from that zone ended in Sterling miss hitting ball later Sterling again received ball centrally in penalty box but waited to long to shoot and gave pass to Mahrez Algerian shot was blocked. Later City intercepted ball wide and Sane was close to making shot from ten meters but was dispossessed by Luiz. After 20-25 minutes Sterling started playing on right and Mahrez played as false nine. City tried to play numerous long ball to Sane behind Azpilicueta after one of these passes Sane was able to outrun Spanish defender and pass ball back to David Silva to make shot but Silva shot was bad and intercepted by defenders. Couple minutes later Sterling dribbled past Alonso and made low cross to far post which reached Sane but German shot was blocked by Azpilicueta. City press didn’t allow Chelsea to create any chances in first 40 minutes but by end of first half Man City players were tired and allowed Chelsea to bypass their press in last minutes of first half after David Luiz diagonal long ball ball was played on other side were Walker leaved his zone but pass was blocked after couple of deflections Hazard made put back pass to Kante and French midfielder without problems scored goal from central zone his run failed to cover Sane. After half-time Chelsea became more dangerous and made numerous dangerous quick attacks Sane was substituted for Jesus and Sterling now player on the left and Mahrez on the right but two Silvas struggled to create chances all game and City had ball in non-threatening areas. David Silva was substituted after injury for Gundogan but City problems in attack continue any chances. Guardiola side didn’t made shot inside Chelsea penalty box in second half until 86 minute when City were already 2-0 down. Chelsea scored on 78 minute thanks to David Luiz header from questionable corner. Absence of De Bruyne and Aguero were felt in match as City lacked their individual quality to unlock Chelsea defense. Ultimately City had in first half couple great situations which their failed to materialize in great chances and conceded two goals from Chelsea half-chances. After this defeat Liverpool overtaken City on the top of the table and City must hope that soon return of De Bruyne with Aguero will help team return at the top.

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