Premier League: Chelsea vs Manchester City – match review and talking points

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Liverpool fans all over the world hold their breath in suspense as the ,affairs at Stamford Bridge between Chelsea and Manchester City, can put an end to their 30 years of wait.

Pep Guardiola opted for Kevin De Bryune once again after a short rest, for him in the previous game and Frank Lampard had to get his tactics absolutely perfect in order to nullify the threat of this brilliant city side. He had his options to do the job and as things turn out, the former England ,captain really did his homework. Manchester City had to suffer a 1-2 defeat against Chelsea in the end.

1st half: Manchester City started the game in their familiar exuberant ,passing style and Chelsea struggled to cope up with their precision passing. But Lampard grinded his side quite well and it was showing through their organization, in the double pivot. They put men behind the ball and Olivier Giroud stayed upfront to use his body to dominate the city center backs. The city’s press was working to some extent but the home side soaked the pressure quite well. The visitors got a corner and as the ball goes, towards their defensive half, Benjamin Mendy made, a mess of it. Christian Pulisic immediately got into the act, he skillfully skipped past Mendy and slots the ball in the right-hand side of the City goalkeeper.

Chelsea got a precious lead, and as they got that, their passage of play in the opposition half changed. The visitors ,tried their best to get back into the ,game but the first half ended with a firm Blue defending.

2nd Half: Lampard expected a fitting reply and Guardiola definitely delivered, as City changed their dynamic. The visitors started to go direct. De Bryune was the provider back in midfield as City got aggressive and put the pressure on the Blues. Kevin De Bryune got a freekick in a fantastic position he didn’t hesitate to try. And it was justified, as the Belgian hit the top corner with an immaculate strike. The game got crazier, when their Kyle Walker showed his superhuman pace to clear the ball just over the line.

Manchester City tried to manipulate the Lampard side but they couldn’t, dismantle the Blues to launch quick and fierce counter-attacks. Fernandinho illegally handled the ball to prevent the Tammy Abraham, strike and VAR overturned that and handed the home team a penalty and a red card to the Brazilian. Willian took the penalty, in a calm manner and slots it past Ederson. Chelsea claimed the victory in style as the Pep side couldn’t come up with an answer.

And that means ,Liverpool claimed their 19th league title and their first-ever Premier League trophy. 30 years wait came to an end, thanks to a brilliant tactics show from Frank Lampard.

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