PLAYER REVIEWS: Gabriel Jesus fantastic, but Romelu Lukaku barely got a kick when Man City beat Chelsea
Gabriel Jesus’ deflected attack in the second half was enough for Manchester City to beat Chelsea 1-0 to defeat Thomas Tuchel’s side in the Premier League and take revenge for the Champions League final.
The Brazilian striker’s 53rd minute attack was deflected through Jorginho and Edouard Mendy, earning Pep Guardiola’s side a crucial three points in a six-pointer in the title race at Stamford Bridge.
City dominated the game from start to finish and could have scored more goals in West London if Jack Grealish and Jesus had taken more chances.
Gabriel Jesus’ goal (left) was enough for Manchester City to beat Chelsea 1-0 on Saturday
The result moves Pep Guardiola’s City to second place in the Premier League for a short time
Sports post judges the players at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon after the game…
Edouard Mendy – 7
Back in goal after two games with an injury, little to do in a shot-shy first half, but had no chance with Jesus’ re-directed goal, and made a good late save from Grealish.
Reece James – 6
It looked like he was Jack Grealish’s size until a kick from the City man in the 10th minute left him with a foot injury. Played on for 18 more before limping.
Chelsea were dealt a blow when Reece James (left) was injured in the first half
Cesar Azpilicueta – 6
Started on the right side of a back three but had to switch to the right wing as James left. An early intervention was vital as he headed a cross from Jesus away from the goal line.
Andreas Christensen – 6
Started in the middle of a back three but moved to the right when Thiago Silva replaced James after 28 minutes. Always dominant in the air, but looked awkward on the ground. Booked. 6
Antonio Rudiger – 6
Jesus had an uneasy time on City’s right, and had an ongoing battle with him and Bernardo Silva, leading to Michael Oliver talking to both of them. Guilty of City’s goal. Booked.
Antonio Rüdiger (left) struggled with Jesus and was to blame for City’s goals
Marcos Alonso – 6
Couldn’t get out as much as he’d like and had more defensive work than usual. Gave the ball away more than once in dangerous areas. Not a good day for him. Booked.
N’golo Kante – 6
Playing right in midfield, he struggled to push himself in the opening half hour and was eventually replaced by Kai Havertz as Chelsea looked for an equaliser.
Jorginho – 6
Not his best day at the heart of Chelsea’s midfield as he gave the ball away too many times. Before half time, a header by Dias was thrown off the line, but he was to blame for City’s goal. Replaced by Loftus-Cheek.
Jorginho (left) constantly gave the ball too much away and also blamed City’s goal
Mateo Kovacic – 6
Bad game, as City’s midfield was in control all the time and he lost possession too often. A shot in the second half was beautifully blocked by Dias, but his pass was poor.
Romelu Lukaku – 5
Hardly any contact until shortly before half-time, after which he gave the ball away when he tried to set up Timo Werner on the counter. Got the ball into the net from a pass by Havertz, but the German was offside.
Timo Werner – 5
Full of running but as frustrating as ever, his bad touch failed him more than once. An early shot was deflected for a corner, but rarely threatened to score.
Romelu Lukaku (right) barely touched in the first half and was ineffective in the second
Thiago Silva for Reece James (28) One goal-line clearance, but got a scorching time 6.
Kai Havertz for Kante (60) Nothing beats his exploits in the Champions League final, offside in setting up Lukaku. 6
Ruben Loftus-Cheek for Jorginho 76 Added the creativity Chelsea needed, but it wasn’t enough 6
Trainer – Thomas Tuchel – 6 : Started his way with a defensive 5-3-2 formation meaning Chelsea were on the back foot all the time and rarely seemed to score. Pep finally got the upper hand.
Thomas Tuchel was dropped by Guardiola at Stamford Bridge for the first time in four years
MAN CITY 4-3-3
Ederson – 8
Barely tested by Chelsea’s toothless attack for most of the game, although he rushed out of his area to start early, then hit long distance from Havertz late.
Kyle Walker – 8
Strong display from the Englishman going forward and rarely disturbing in defence, as Timo Werner and Marcos Alonso barely tested him. sturdy.
Reuben Dias – 8
Always calm and calm, and decisive when needed, making one brilliant slide to keep a shot from Kovacic out. Had a header blocked on Chelsea’s line by Jorginho. Booked.
Ruben Dias was part of the impeccable City backline that included Lukaku and Timo Werner. denied
Aymeric Laporte – 7
Worked well with Dias to counter the threat from Lukaku and Werner, and came close to scoring when he slid in on a free kick in the closing stages. Booked.
Joao Cancelo – 7
Defensively strong and powerful forward, although his pass could have been better when he got to the byline. Important clearance in the final phase. 7
Bernardo Silva – 8
Quiet first half, but grew in influence as the game progressed and City had to keep possession of the ball. A fight in the first half with Rudiger led to a word from the referee. Tireless running.
Bernardo Silva was tirelessly in the middle of the park for Guardiola’s Premier League champions
Rodri – 8
Stable and solid in the center of City’s midfield, he kept the game going for them and made vital interceptions when needed.
Kevin De Bruyne – 8
Slow start to the game, but grew into it and started to dictate play from midfield. One shot just over the bar, another shot wide. Replaced by Mahrez in the final phase.
Phil Foden – 8
Excellent rendering as a false nine, the centerpiece of City’s front three. Gave height advantage to Chelsea defenders but caused problems all afternoon.
Kevin de Bruyne (center) was excellent in midfield with Phil Foden (right) and Jack Grealish
Gabriel Jesus – 9
Superb display of the Brazilian, reinstated to the right of the front three. Caused trouble everywhere despite rough treatment from Rudiger. One shot went off the line, the decisive shot was deflected past Mendy.
Jack Grealish – 8
Another outstanding performance from the £100million man who caused Chelsea problems coming on from the left wing. In the final phase a goal was denied by a brilliant save by Mendy.
Riyadh MahrezI for Grealish 86 Hardly time to impress 6
Fernandinho for Foden 88 Hardly time to impress 6
Raheem Sterling for Grealish 88 Hardly time to impress 6
Guardiola (left) has now won more games than any other Manchester City boss in history
Coach – Pep Guardiola – 9: Beat Tuchel’s Chelsea for the first time in four games. He got his roster spot up, while Tuchel didn’t help himself with his own tactics. Perfect performance on his part and he has now won more matches than any other City manager.
Reference: Michael Oliver – 8: Kept the game flowing, intervened where necessary and got all the big calls correct.