Manchester City bounced back from the defeat to Liverpool with a big win at the Etihad, beating Chelsea 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.
It was Chelsea who broke the deadlock in Manchester, thanks to the fit again N'Golo Kante. His midfield partner Mateo Kovacic passed it up to the Frenchman, who was there to simply roll it past the onrushing Ederson in goal to open the scoring in style and put the Blues ahead.
NGOLITOOOOOOOOO I LOVE YOU MAN— Futbol TJ (@TheRealFutbolTJ) November 23, 2019
KANTEEEEE MY LITTLE BALD PRINCE!!!! YOU STILL WANNA SELL THE BOSSMAN YEAH— MAH | (@matissearmani) November 23, 2019
Defense is a laughing stock at this point.— Morrisz (@Morriisz) November 23, 2019
Manchester City responded soon after with a big equaliser, albeit with a huge stroke of luck. Former Chelsea man Kevin de Bruyne got the ball on the edge of the box, and his goalbound shot took a wicked deflection off Fikayo Tomori as it found its way into the goal.
Cracking game and @ManCity level things, albeit a tad fortuitously.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 23, 2019
Kevin De bruyne is undoubtably the best attacking midfielder alive today #MCICHE— Catastrophe (@Barseem666) November 23, 2019
The Citizens came from a goal down to take the lead not long before half time, as Riyad Mahrez got his name on the scoresheet. The Algerian glided through the Chelsea defence, cutting in on his left foot and threading it through beyond Kepa Arrizabalaga to put City in front.
Mahrez with a superb goal — Tomás (@TallTooro_) November 23, 2019
Really pathetic defending that was— Paree (@ACParee) November 23, 2019
While both teams were energetic in attack, it was poor defending that made the game so open. City's defending was woeful for Chelsea's only goal of the game, but it was the Blues' defending throughout the game that was evidently lacklustre and eventually costly for Chelsea.
Chelsea defence not good but an equaliser needed to frustrate Man City #MCICHE— THE Furious‼️‼️ (@PeetePb) November 23, 2019
Rudiger needs to be back on the pitch, the central defence needs a leader #MCICHE— El~~~mukhtaar (@mukhtaary281) November 23, 2019
The result is huge in terms of the Premier League table, as City leapfrog Chelsea into third place. Pep Guardiola's side are now nine points off the top and one point off second place Leicester, while the Blues are down in fourth and 11 points off Liverpool.
Oh yeah, and there was some late VAR, because of course there was.
That VAR decision cost @tiraths27 £20 so I’m very much in the pro-VAR camp.— Dunc (@DuncRG) November 23, 2019
VAR clear and organised against Sterling it seems...— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) November 23, 2019
Both teams have Champions League fixtures up next, as they look to move in on the knockout stages. Manchester City welcome Shakhtar Donetsk to the Etihad next Tuesday, while Chelsea meet Valencia at the Mestalla the following day.