Hello and welcome to Sportstar's highlights of the Manchester City vs Chelsea Premier League clash played at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England. This was Aneesh Dey bringing you all the pre-match buildup and live updates from the match.
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Full time (Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea)!!
90+2' Sterling is brought down inside the box by Rudiger but it is a legit challenge. It has to be kitchen-sink football by Chelsea right now.
Three additional minutes!!
88' Man City Sub- Gabriel Jesus comes on for Foden.
86' Grealish shoots at goal hugging the touchline on the left. Kepa makes the save and does well to keep the ball in play and concede the corner.
85' Man City Sub- Ilkay Gundogan comes on for De Bruyne.
84' Shot- Sterling cuts inside from the right and sets up Foden for a shot. Foden obliges but skies his effort.
80' Hudson-Odoi's delivery from a Chelsea freekick is weak as City clears easily.
79' Azpilicueta whips a grounded cross inside the box from the right but it does not a Chelsea shirt. Ederson is alert as he gathers the cross.
75' De Bruyne will continue to play so thankfully, it is nothing serious.
74' Not a good sight as De Bruyne, the goalscorer is currently on the ground and seems to be in pain.
70' GOOOAALLL!!! MAN CITY SCORES!! ITS DE BRUYNE!! De Bruyne does well to stay on his feet despite being challenged. He opens his right foot and shoots at goal from distance. Kepa has no chance of saving that peach of a shot.
69' Chelsea subs- Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner on for Ziyech and Pulisic.
68' Lukaku is dispossessed and the ball is played to Sterling. Sterling shoots across goal from the right but the shot is not on target.
63' De Bruyne goes for goal as he curls his shot into the top-corner. However, the effort is matched by a good save by Kepa.
63' Azpilicueta fouls Grealish. Freekick to City in a dangerous position.
61' Kovacic loses possession and Man City penetrates the Chelsea box. Sterling and Bernardo with some nice linkup play. Bernardo squares the ball across goal but Kepa collects.
60' Man City still enjoying the better share of chances but Chelsea, unlike the first half, has had some chances of its own.
55' Sterling is brought down inside the box and Man City players want a penalty. However, the assistant referee raises his flag for offside. It was Walker who was offside before Sterling was fouled inside the box.
51' A good phase of pressure by Man City in and around the Chelsea box. It ends with Rodri's overhit ball to Cancelo and Chelsea can regroup with a throw-in.
48' Save- Chelsea registers its first shot at target as Lukaku tries to curl the ball into the net past Ederson. But the Man City keeper does well to stop the shot. The rebound falls to Ziyech who skies his shot.
47' De Bruyne whips a great ball inside the box with Sterling trying to get at the end of it. He takes a tumble inside the box but it is not a penalty.
46' No half-time changes to report by either team.
We are back for the second half!!
Stay tuned for live action from the action. We will be back after a short break!!
Manchester City had the better chances in the first half while Chelsea is yet to register an attempt on goal in the match. Jack Grealish had the best chance when he pounced on Kovacic's error and was one-on-one with Kepa. He got his shot away but it was a great save by Kepa to keep the scores level at 0-0.
Half-time (Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea)!!
43' Shot- Grealish flicks a pass to De Bruyne from the left flank. De Bruyne shoots at goal with his weaker left-foot. The attempt is off-target.
39' Save- A terrible mispass by Kovacic gives City possession right in front of the Chelsea box. Grealish, one-on-one with Kepa, gets his shot away but it is a great save by Kepa as he comes out, narrowing the angle for the shot.
37' De Bruyne squares a ball to Grealish but Rudiger is there to clear the ball before Grealish could reach it. It wouldn't have mattered anyway because De Bruyne was offside in the first place.
32' A good delivery by De Bruyne from a Man City freekick. Laporte was lining up for the shot but Alonso does well to get something on the ball before it reached the Man City defender.
28' Chelsea tries to carve out a chance and get its first shot at goal but City's defence maintains its compact shape to thwart any danger posed by Tuchel's men.
24' A lovely ball by Cancelo to send Grealish away. Grealish passes it to De Bruyne who tries to flash the ball across goal but ends up shooting it straight to Kepa.
21' Chelsea snatches possession from City initiates a counter attack. Ziyech tries to find Lukaku with a low-cross from the left but his ball is intercepted before it could reach the Belgian striker.
17' Sterling makes a bursting run inside the Chelsea box but Sarr puts in a well-timed tackle to send the ball out for a corner. The Chelsea insisting that it is a goalkick but referee thinks otherwise.
14' A well-taken corner by Sterling, which finds Stones. He gets his header away but it is straight at Kepa.
13' De Bruyne does well to take the ball down on the left. He pokes the ball hoping to find a teammate in the centre but Chelsea clears its lines.
12' Grealish tries to make something from the left flank but is bundled off the ball by Rudiger. It is going be a battle to watch out.
10' Lukaku does well to snatch the ball and run at goal. He shakes off Stones and passes the ball to Ziyech on the left but the Moroccan is offside.
8' Booking- Alonso sees yellow for his foul on Sterling.
7' Sterling uses his quick feet and gets past Alonso. Beaten for pace, Alonso ends up fouling the Man City player.
5' It is an easy corner for Kepa to deal with as he collects the ball without difficulty.
4' Laporte spoons the ball over Azpilicueta and Grealish makes a run to pounce on the ball with Azpilicueta at his heels. Kepa comes rushing out and the ball richochets off him and goes out for a corner.
2' Man City enjoying possession in the opening minutes of the match. No surprise there.
6:00 PM - And we are underway!!
5:55 PM - The Etihad is set. Five minutes to kick-off!!
5:40 PM - Stat attack!!
5:20 PM - The clash has produced some fantastic goals over the years!!
5:05 PM- Official lineups are out!!
Manchester City XI: Ederson (GK); Walker, Stones, Laporte, Cancelo; Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Bernardo; Sterling, Foden, Grealish
Coach: Pep Guardiola
Chelsea XI: Kepa (GK); Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Sarr, Azpilicueta; Kante, Kovacic; Alonso, Ziyech, Pulisic; Lukaku
Coach: Thomas Tuchel
Chelsea will need to outdo itself to close the gap on Premier League leader Manchester City given the number of COVID-19 cases and injuries at the club, manager Thomas Tuchel said on Friday.
Second-placed Chelsea is 10 points adrift of champion City after 21 games, with the two sides set to meet at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
"We need to overperform to catch Man City and be at the top of the Premier League and to do that you need everybody. But we are not at our 100%," Tuchel told reporters.
"We have to prove to ourselves we have to step up and close the gap day in, day out. We have trust in what we do, trust in our players, trust in the mentality of our club that we can do it."
Centre back Andreas Christensen will miss the game after testing positive for COVID-19, while fellow defender Trevoh Chalobah plus full-backs Reece James and Ben Chilwell were already sidelined through injury.
"When you get the news that Andreas has COVID after he comes back from injury and plays so strong, it's a setback for everyone mentally because you get a player back and then it's no," Tuchel added.
The German conceded that a defeat on Saturday could end the London side's title ambitions.
"They have had less injuries and less weeks they missed them. They did not suffer from COVID as we did over many weeks, this is the huge difference," he said.
(via Reuters )
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