A missed match point. Twenty-one days before meeting in the Champions League final at the Atatürk stadium in Istanbul (Turkey), Blues and Skyblues crossed swords at the Etihad Stadium this afternoon, for the account of the 35th day of the Premier League. Three and four days after respectively eliminating Real Madrid (1-1, 2-0) and Paris Saint-Germain (2-1, 2-0) from C1. If the match was at stake for Chelsea, who had to avoid the return of West Ham, it was less the case for City who especially hoped to validate their coronation from the 35th day. It is missed.
With the emotional and physical energy that comes with qualifying for the Champions League, it was no wonder the large turnovers on both sides at kick-off. Five changes at Chelsea, nine at Manchester. Direct consequence: the match started on a very small pace. Antonio Rüdiger returned to erase an Andreas Christensen blunder in the feet of a globally too shy Ferran Torres in the first act (4th), before a three-strip hit benefits Benjamin Mendy, who did not frame ( 8th). Less than ten minutes later, Nathan Aké almost took advantage of a moment of confusion in the area of Cheslea on a corner, but he either did not find the frame (17th).
Agüero misses himself and leaves, Ziyech scores
The Blues replied by Timo Werner (32nd) and Haim Ziyech (43rd), but it was the locals who opened the scoring by Raheem Sterling, yet in a crying lack of confidence at present. Andreas Christensen was torn again, which this time served the interests of Gabriel Jesus, who grabbed the ball in the Blues’ box, on the right, before serving Sergio Agüero, in front of goal. But the Argentinian has missed his control! Not Raheem Sterling, who arriving like a ball, propelled the leather at the bottom of the nets of Mendy (1-0, 45th + 2)! The match has finally (re) come to life. And, Gabriel Jesus, mischievous, got a penalty on the buzzer, following an intervention by Billy Gilmour (45th + 3). Agüero for history, second chance. Still missed. A panenka fell into Mendy’s arms later, the two teams found the locker room.
After the break City lost control again and Chelsea looked revengeful. Naturally, it was Christian Pulisic who unleashed a first banderilla, after a slalom from Marcos Alonso (61st). And almost in the wake, a loss of ball from Rodri, then a three-way game between Azpilicueta, Pulisic and Ziyech put the Moroccan in a good position, who placed a shot out of reach of Ederson (1-1, 63rd) . Obviously, Guardiola did not taste the spirit of initiative of the “Kun”, which he released with Ferran Torres, for İlkay Gündoğan and Phil Foden (71st). But it was always the Blues who pushed. Reece James deposited Benjamin Mendy on the right side and centered in front of the goal, but, hooked by Ruben Dias at the start, Werner was a little short to propel the ball to the bottom (73rd). Chelsea scored twice again in an offside position, by Werner (79th) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (81st). And finally, at the end of the end, after a contentious action on Sterling in the box, it was the team that wanted the most who won thanks to Marcos Alonso (2-1, 90th + 3). Thomas Tuchel’s side take a point third ahead of Leicester, as City will either have to win their next game or wait for Manchester United to lose to Aston Villa tomorrow to grab the title.