MATCH-WINNER Kevin De Bruyne got here again to hang-out former membership Chelsea as Manchester City defeated the Premier League champions 1-Zero at Stamford Bridge on Saturday to reclaim prime spot.
De Bruyne, who Chelsea purchased for $12m, was bought to Wolfsburg for $33m in January 2014, after which moved City for $112m in 2015, struck from exterior the field halfway by means of the second half to safe a victory that cemented City’s standing because the early title favourites.
City recovered first place from Manchester United on aim distinction and transfer six factors away from Antonio Conte’s Chelsea, who have been overwhelmed at residence for a second time after their shock opening-weekend loss to Burnley.
It represented a forceful return to earth for Chelsea after their glorious Champions League win at Atletico Madrid and their disappointment was compounded by an damage to prolific new striker Alvaro Morata.
Following Chelsea’s Zero-Zero draw towards Arsenal of their earlier residence recreation, this was the primary time Conte had seen one in all his groups fail to attain in successive video games on residence turf in his managerial profession.
While the previous Juventus boss was left to lick his wounds, reverse quantity Pep Guardiola might experience a primary victory over Chelsea inside 90 minutes in eight video games as a supervisor.
City had scored 16 objectives of their three earlier league matches, however in efficiently overwhelming the defending champions on their very own patch, this was arguably their most spectacular efficiency of the marketing campaign thus far.
The consequence additionally served to equal the membership document of 5 consecutive top-flight away wins, matching sequences established between April and September 1912 and May to September 2015.
Following his star flip in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Atletico, Eden Hazard took his place within the Chelsea beginning XI for the primary time in a league fixture this season.
Conte retained the identical Three-5-1-1 system he had used towards Atletico and his males threatened to choose up the place that they had left off within the Spanish capital, Morata glancing a header extensive from N’Golo Kante’s cross.
But it was to show a false daybreak as City’s aggressive urgent and probing possession play stored the champions on the again foot all through the primary half.
– Lucky 13 for Kevin –
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois nearly embarrassed himself within the 12th minute when, after taking part in a one-two with Antonio Rudiger at a goal-kick, he allowed Gabriel Jesus to shut him down as he assessed his passing choices.
Fortunately for the Belgian, after placing the advancing Jesus, the ball bounded over the crossbar for a goal-kick.
Raheem Sterling wasted an important alternative for City when he overhit a cross with Jesus and David Silva racing into the field.
Courtois was twice referred to as into direct motion, repelling a fierce strike from Silva after which exhibiting sharp reflexes to show away Fernandinho’s bullet header from De Bruyne’s nook.
Chelsea have been obliged to feed off scraps, notably after Morata left the fray within the 35th minute, gesturing to his left hamstring, which noticed Willian come on to kind an unorthodox entrance two with Hazard.
Cesar Azpilicueta and Hazard labored Ederson both aspect of half-time, however the City goalkeeper wanted solely regulation saves on every event.
After Marcos Alonso had blocked impressively from Silva, De Bruyne broke by means of within the 67th minute when he exchanged passes with Jesus earlier than steering a wonderful shot contained in the right-hand publish along with his left foot.
With 4 assists and 9 objectives, the gifted Belgian midfielder has been concerned in 13 objectives in his final 13 City appearances.
Jesus went near extending the guests’ lead when his side-foot volley was headed off the road by Rudiger.
Chelsea’s cost was late in coming and so they got here no nearer an equaliser than a header from Andreas Christensen within the final minute that cleared the bar comfortably.