Kevin de Bruyne scores a brilliant strike as Man City go 13 points clear with win over Chelsea


Kevin de Bruyne produced a brilliant curling effort as Manchester City beat Chelsea 1-0 to go 13 points clear in the Premier League title race.

Guardiola has released a full squad with plenty of changes since the FA Cup win over Swindon. His starting XI included an all-England striker of three Jack Grealish, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling.

Tuchel, meanwhile, made five changes of Carabao Cup victory on Wednesday against Tottenham. Marcos Alonso, Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic have all entered.

There were warning signs for Chelsea as goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga failed to manage a clearance properly. He sent the ball to Cesar Azpilicueta and was lucky to see him come out for a corner rather than an own goal.

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Alonso struggled to cope with Sterling early on. The Spaniard was quickly shown a yellow card, with Sterling then passing him a second time to place a dangerous cross.

The best chance of the first half came to Grealish in the 39th minute. Mateo Kovacic was caught in possession and the ball fell on Grealish near the goal. He tried to guide an effort into the bottom corner but Arrizabalaga did well to block.

Romelu Lukaku dismissed by Ederson

Romelu Lukaku had a great chance to put Chelsea ahead after the break. He was sent between City’s centre-backs and directed a curling effort towards goal. But Ederson came out confidently wide palmed, before Ziyech fired a shot over the bar.

Grealish then cut inside on Azpilicueta to earn a free-kick from City in good position. Captain de Bruyne took charge and curled a shot at Arrizabalaga, but the 27-year-old was up to it.

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City made the break in the 68th minute after robbing Lukaku, although the striker went down claiming a free-kick. Sterling received the ball on the right flank and ran to Malang Sarr before sending a low drive wide.

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Tuchel aimed to turn things around for the Blues by bringing in Timo Werner and Callum Hudson-Odoi. But City took the lead moments later.

de Bruyne turned and swung away from Kante on the left before cutting inside. He then headed a big shot into the far corner, giving Arrizabalaga no chance.

Tuchel again used his bench in an attempt to put Chelsea back in the game, with Mason Mount replacing Alonso in the 81st minute.

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The Champions League holders pushed to equalize but failed to trouble City with several mediocre crosses.

The Bruyne striker was out with six minutes left, as Ilkay Gundogan took the armbar. The Citizens went for a second as Arrizabalaga was called into action to keep Grealish out of a tight angle.

There were no more goals at the Etihad as Guardiola’s men continued their outstanding winning streak.

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