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Sun. May 22nd, 2022

Gabriel Jesus gave Manchester City a deserved 1-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, showing why the reigning champions are still the team to beat…

Adam Bate

Comment and Analysis @ghostgoal

One curious statistic before Manchester City’s match against Chelsea was that this was the first time in four-and-a-half years that Pep Guardiola’s side had gone into a game as the underdogs with the bookmakers. Nobody seemed to have told the players.

Manchester City’s performance was dominant. Gabriel Jesus scored the only goal of the game but 1-0 flattered the home side at Stamford Bridge. It was a timely reminder that the Premier League champions are still the team to beat in this title race.

Chelsea’s status as favourites made some sense given that Thomas Tuchel had masterminded three wins out of three against City. But a change of system to include three midfielders set a tone that was too cautious. It seemed to infect his team’s approach.

“I did not feel the belief,” said Tuchel afterwards. “It felt like we had something to lose.” City did not score in the opening 45 minutes but they played all the football. Chelsea struggled to find a way out of their own half. Tuchel has got lots right but not this.

Jesus’ goal came via a deflection but was the culmination of heavy pressure, one of half a dozen attempts on goal in the first 15 minutes of the second half. Chelsea, by contrast, mustered only one shot in the first hour. Ederson did not make a save all match.

City have had their slips this season. The defeat to Tottenham. The stalemate with Southampton. It has been feast or famine. Other than that shut-out against Saints, their other four home games this season have seen them average five-and-a-half goals.

They are still the team most likely to blow opponents away, that is clear. There have been two 5-0 wins already in this Premier League season. But would they leak away too many points?

By Nwosu Chizoba David

Nwosu Chizoba David is a soccer lover and writer. He is a graduate of Biological Sciences, presently teaching in a secondary in Lagos.

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