Five Amazing Lessons From Chelsea's Win Over Manchester City

Five Amazing Lessons From Chelsea’s Win Over Manchester City

Chelsea returned to winning ways in the Premier League against Manchester City after an unexpected 2-1 slump to Crystal Palace. The Blues edged Pep Guardiola's team by the same margin on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge to maintain their seven points lead at the summit of the log.

It was certainly not the best of outings for the league leaders, on a night closest rival, Tottenham, also had to dig deep with three strikes in the last six minutes to overcome Swansea. Antonio Conte's team needed two moments of brilliance from their talisman, Eden Hazard, while Sergio Aguero continued his fine form in London - scoring his seventh in six visits to the capital.

City's continuous shortfall all but ends their already numb title hopes but what other lesson did we learn from that nail-biting encounter? Here are five.

1 - Blues can also win dirty

One inherent attribute of a true champion is their ability to still win games even when they play terribly. Against City, Chelsea wasn't their usual entertaining self but nevertheless managed to get the job done on the night. As expected, Guardiola's side dominated play from the onset - winning the midfield battle while the Blues had to rely solely on counter attacks led by Hazard. It was a game in which the Citizens created several goalscoring opportunities but failed to convert them; whereas their host effectively buried theirs - which is all that matters after all.

"I think we showed to be a great team, to win a difficult game after a defeat against Crystal Palace. It wasn't easy to reply very well in this way," Conte told BT Sport.

2 -A little more concentration will do Costa good

We all thought he had made away with his old dirty tricks, but no, Diego Costa still has loads of it up his sleeve. The 28-year-old followed up his unimpressive display against Palace with an even worst showing in the win over City. For most of the game, Costa was simply anonymous and botched the few opportunities that came his way. His only meaningful impact in the encounter was a lousy kick at Vincent Kompany which will most likely get him into hot water with the FA. Costa's blank display means the striker has now gone four matches without scoring and has managed a paltry three in 2017. The only area he has so far been outstanding is in terms of bookings - with three yellow cards in his last four games.

3 - Finally Kompany is back, but not ready

After almost three months on the sideline, Kompany finally made his much-awaited return for City against Chelsea. Kompany, who had previously made just three league appearances this term, was a surprise choice to start against a rampant Chelsea attack. Without their skipper, City’s defence had been like a car crash of a dumpster fire of an omnishambles. And the Belgian's impact was immediate - winning three out of five aerial duels, three interceptions as well as five clearances. However, despite his numerous contributions in the game, it was quite glaring that the defender wasn't up to par and looked ring rusty; evidently was his positioning in Hazard's opener.

4 - Silva takes Kante to school

N'Golo Kante has proven to be the best at what he does this season. His reputation has continued to ascend after breaking through with Leicester City last season. Against City, however, the Frenchman was brought back to reality and thought hard footballing lessons by Spanish midfield maestro, David Silva. Kante is renowned for his top-notch tackles and interceptions; one which has earned him comparison with Chelsea legend, Claudio Makelele. But the 25-year-old was completely in no man's land when he came up against Silva whose skills, tricks and flicks left the Frenchman chasing shadows.

5 - Guardiola in crisis

Whether you like it or not, it is crystal clear that Guardiola is enduring his worst managerial crisis yet. From Barcelona to Bayern Munich, the Spaniard has never had it this bad since he ventured into coaching in 2007. A serial winner anywhere he goes, Guardiola is likely to end the season without any silverware for the first time in his coaching career after City's latest slip in the league. The Citizens are now 14 points adrift of the Blues who are the first side to achieve a league double over the 46-year-old in the same season. The defeat was also the club's sixth of the season - the most in Guardiola's managerial career. Furthermore, City was knocked out of Champions League round of 16 exits by Monaco - the first time he exited the competition at that stage.

About the Author Toby Prince

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