Manchester City beats Chelsea 3-1 on Sunday to reignite its English Premier League title challenge. Pep Guardiola’s team has made, by its own high standards, a faltering start to the campaign, not helped by the disruption of recent positive coronavirus tests among squad members, with injured defender Eric Garcia the latest to succumb. But all that was put behind them with a blistering first half performance at Stamford Bridge that left Frank Lampard’s Chelsea reeling.
Goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne gave City a winning buffer, with the home side unable to make much of an impression until Callum Hudson-Odoi scored a late consolation. City is up to fifth place in the standings, four points adrift of leaders Liverpool and cross-city rival Manchester United, with a game in hand, while Chelsea remains eighth.
De Bruyne played a central attacking role because of City’s depleted squad, with Gabriel Jesus one of those on the sidelines after a positive test. He said it was an important win against one of the acknowledged top six sides.