Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City today opened a 13-point gal over second placed Chelsea after beating them by a lone goal courtesy of Kevin De Bruyne.
The Citizens had before the game a 10-point lead against Thomas Tuchel’s men but still covered every blade of grass limiting Chelsea to just a shot on target.
Guardiola had confirmed that City suffered more positive Covid cases in their squad this after an outbreak last week, but the five-time champions welcomed back John Stones, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish to their line-up but the likes of Zinchenko (Knock), Nathan Ake and Cole Palmer all missed of the squad.
City netted the only goal of the game in the 68th minute through De Bruyne.
The Belgian midfielder shrugged off a challenge before bending a delicious effort into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.
Speaking after the game, City boss Pep Guardiola said the win was a well deserved one:
“We spoke before the game: ‘I want to win the game if we deserve to win.’ And we deserved it. I like football when it is fair. I was happy to win against Arsenal but we didn’t deserve it and when we deserve it it feels better.” The Spaniard tactician said.
However, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said City have the momentum on their side while his boys struggled to avoid testing positive for Covid:
“If City win 12 matches in a row and we’re struggling with injuries and Covid, it’s not the best time to close the gap. The gap is big because they deal better with Covid and better with injuries.” The former Dortmund boss said.
“I got away from him at the right time, I was looking where the spaces are but they were dropping off, dropping off. I found an angle and it worked perfectly.”Kevin De Bruyne on his goal
Manchester City are 13 points clear of Chelsea and are in firm control of the title challenge although Liverpool could cut their lead back with a few points if they secure wins in their game against Brentford on Sunday and their outstanding match against Leeds.