Chelsea produced evidence of why they are strong candidates to be Champions this season when they capped a brilliant comeback to defeat direct rivals Manchester City 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium. Gary Cahill’s own goal gave the hosts an advantage in this crucial clash but goals from Diego Costa, Willian and Eden Hazard shocked the home supporters into silence.
MAcn City v Chelsea and End-to-end action game
Antonio Conte recalled Cesc Fabregas to the line-up as Chelsea tried to cement their spot at the top of the Premier League. The match started on expected lines as end-to-end action saw both sides keep the spectators on the edge of the seat. There were chances at both ends as the two title hopefuls gave glimpses of their attacking intent which took them to the top of the league.
But it was an own goal that opened the scoring. A Jesus Navas cross was acrobatically volleyed into the net by Cahill – a wonderful goal in a wrong net. It was a cruel end to the first half but that was just the beginning of things for the Blues.
A transformed second half!
Chelsea came quick off the blocks after the break and it was that magical Fabregas-Costa combination that brought them back on level terms. Starting a match for just the second time this season, the Spaniard played a stunning long ball helping Costa score his 11th goal of the campaign.
City tried to restore their lead but the midfield of Chelsea is one of the best this season. The frustrations of the home side got bigger when the Blues went ahead 20 minutes from time through a counter-attack. Willian – who replaced Pedro – scored a beautiful goal to put the visitors into lead.
A fiery end to a great match
Hazard added gloss to the score line for the Blues as he scored from another counter attack to put the game beyond City. There were dramatic scenes to end the fiery contest though as a high lunge from Sergio Aguero on David Luiz was bad enough to get him a red card. That resulted in an ugly skirmish which saw Fernandinho get a red card too.
The reactions from City were probably from a tackle earlier in the game from Luiz on Aguero but that incident shouldn’t take anything away from what was a wonderful game from the Blues. It’s still early days but on current form – against Tottenham and now against City – they look Champion material!