Chelsea 2-0 Manchester City: Premier League – as it happened

N’Golo Kante and David Luiz scored the goals as Chelsea weathered a first half storm to inflict a first league defeat of the season on the champions

Match report: Chelsea 2-0 Manchester City

Our chief football correspondent Daniel Taylor was at Stamford Bridge to see Chelsea inflict a first Premier League defeat of the season on Manchester City. Here’s his on-the-whistle report.

Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur

The final match of the day is about to kick off at the King Power Stadium. You can follow it here with Simon Burnton.

How the top of the league stands

Pos Team P GD Pts
1 Liverpool 16 28 42
2 Man City 16 36 41
3 Chelsea 16 20 34
4 Arsenal 16 15 34
5 Tottenham Hotspur 15 12 33

More on that incident: Debate is currently raging on social media whether the angry Chelsea fan referred to Sterling as a “Manc” or a “black” c-word. Yes, it’s come to this folks.

A rather unsavoury incident to report: During the 59th or 60th minute, I thought I spotted a bespectacled, middle-aged Chelsea fan shouting toxic racial abuse at Raheem Sterling as he collected the ball for a throw-in or corner. I didn’t mention it at the time just in case I was mistaken, but a quick post-match perusal of Twitter suggests I might have been correct. The man in question is clearly identifiable and will almost certainly be named, shamed and hopefully charged by the police.


David Luiz speaks: “I think it was a great game,” he tells BT Sport. “You have to be honest. We were playing against the best team in Europe or the world at the moment. We were set to suffer and when you have to suffer you have a lot of humility and then we tried to take our chance to score. Humility was the key today and I think all the team did great.”

N’Golo Kante speaks: “It was a great game and we had some difficult moments,” he says. “We had to suffer. The most important is to give my best on the pitch. I am happy to do my best on the pitch and happy to get my second goal of the season.”

Full time: Chelsea 2-0 Manchester City

Peep! Peep! Peeeeeep! One Step Beyond by Madness blares out over the tannoy as the players go through their post-match niceties. It was a game of two halves - Chelsea were dominated throughout the first, but went in at the interval with an unlikely lead. They took the game to City in the second half, dominated and scored a second to put the game beyond the reigning champions.


90+4 min: Chelsea fans are loving this. Ole-ing away as their players ping the ball around the pitch. Kepa misplaces a pass and the ball falls for Gabriel Jesus. His shot is saved by the goalkeeper, who atones for his error. Moments later, Kyle Walker shoots high over the bar.

90+3 min: Chelsea will finish the match in third, by the way, with Spurs still to play against Leicester.


90+2 min: We’re halfway through the extras and Chelsea can hardly blow it from here. Liverpool will end the day as league leaders by a point from Manchester City.

90+1 min: Chelsea substitution: Eden Hazard off, Olivier Giroud on.

89 min: Bernardo sends the ball in. David Luiz can only half clear and after having a couple of shots blocked, Manchester City fire wide from distance courtesy of Fernandinho.

88 min: Down on the touchline, Pep Guardiola is still moaning at the fourth official. Beside him, his opposite number Maurizio Sarri is almost certainly gasping for a cigarette at this stage. City win a corner.

87 min: Sterling sends a cross into the mixer with venomous pace. Running on to it, Gabriel Jesus tries to steer the ball goalwards, but fails to hit the target.

85 min: Maybe Pep wasn’t wrong after all - having seen the replay again, I’m not convinced Chelsea should have got the corner from which they scored. For all that, it was only a corner and if Ilkay Gundogan hadn’t lost his man or City had a couple of men on the posts, Chelsea wouldn’t have scored.

84 min: City plough on in search of a goal, but Rudiger boots the ball clear unceremoniously. Man City substitution: Phil Foden on for Riyad Mahrez.

82 min: Nobody does calamitous performances quite like David Luiz, a terrific player who has fully redeemed himself after his absolute horror show against Tottenham. He helped create the first goal and has scored the second at Stamford Bridge tonight.

79 min: That was Chelsea’s first corner of the game and they’ve scored from it. Pep Guardiola is furious on the touchline and spent the immediate aftermath of the goal remonstrating with the fourth official, Andre Marriner. He seems to think Chelsea shouldn’t have had a corner. Replays show he was wrong.

It was a fine header from Luiz, who had to twist his body in mid-air and really attack the ball with his big hairy head.

GOAL! Chelsea 2-0 Man City (Luiz 78)

Chelsea double their lead: They win a corner and David Luiz scores with a fine near post header that Ederson didn’t get near.

David Luiz gets Chelsea’s second goal
David Luiz gets Chelsea’s second goal Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian


77 min: The clock ticks on as Manchester City continue their search for a winner. They’ve had plenty of possession, but have created very little. Chelsea substitution: Ruben Loftus-Cheek on for Willian.

75 min: Kante dodges a bullet as he’s robbed of possession in midfield after being blindsided by a galloping Raheem Sterling in midfield. It looked like the Man City forward had a clear path towards goal, but Kante somehow scrambled to get a foot in and win the ball back.

73 min: Azpilicueta has been outstanding tonight and now takes the ball past Delph and releases Hazard up the right flank. Laporte takes the Chelsea man down and concedes a free-kick in line with the front of the City penalty area. It’s squandered on the back of a poor delivery.

72 min: Azpilicueta to the rescue again, conceding another corner as Raheem Sterling threatened. Nothing comes of it.

70 min: Alonso escapes down the left flank and picks out Hazard. His cross is wayward.

69 min: City win a corner as rain falls at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea clear, with Azpilicueta unceremoniously hoofing the ball down the pitch.

68 min: Yep, Silva limps off and is replaced by Ilkay Gundogan. It’s all going pear-shaped for City, for whom the injuries are mounting up. Having said that, they’re not exactly low on quality back-up.

67 min: Corrections and clarifications dept: Bernardo Silva, who was already on the pitch did not replace Leroy Sane in the 53rd minute, it was Gabriel Jesus. Apologies. Pep could be forced to make another change very shortly, as David Silva is struggling with what looks like a hamstring injury.

65 min: Kovacic limps off and is replaced by Ross Barkley.

63 min: Jorginho is booked for his part in a melee prompted by City’s failure to put the ball out of play so Mateo Kovacic could receive treatment for an injury. There’s no reason why they should have put the ball out of play - it’s up to the ref to stop play.

62 min: Pedro shoots low, hard and straight at Ederson.

60 min: Sterling, who is getting dog’s abuse from the crowd, curls a cross through the Chelsea penalty area from the left touchline. Kepa ushers it out of play.

58 min: Hazard gets on the ball in midfield and pings the ball wide to Pedro on the right touchline. A promising move breaks down when Azpilicueta makes a dog’s breakfast of his cross into the City penalty area.

56 min: Hazard is penalised for handball under pressure from Stones, giving City a free-kick from about 30 yards out, left of centre. Kyle Walker curls the ball goalwards with his right foot and his effort is on target, but Kepa saves with a minimum of fuss.

55 min: Raheem Sterling tries to jink his way in from the left and wins a corner when Azpilicueta gets in his way. Sterling takes the corner, but fails to clear the first man. Chelsea clear.

54 min: Man City corner. David Silva whips the ball into the centre, where David Luiz clears before John Stones can get to the ball.

53 min: Pep rings the changes for City. Well, one change. Leroy Sane makes way for Gabriel Jesus and doesn’t look too happy about it. The substitute takes up position of the centre of City’s front three, Sterling moves to the left and Mahrez to the right.


52 min: Kante picks out Willian, unmarked in a good position after City’s defence had been stretched by a good run from Hazard. Wil;lian shoots first time but doesn’t get any power on his shot. Ederson saves comfortably but City are in trouble here.

51 min: Chelsea apply more pressure, with Azpilicueta playing a ball in over the top. John Stones is forced to block Pedro’s shot. Man City are wobbling under a lot of pressure here.

50 min: Riyad Mahrez is penalised for a foul on David Luiz and throws his arms in the air in frustration. Chelsea are looking very comfortable in these early stages of the second half.

49 min: Close! But no cigar for Willian. He steps up and shoots, but Ederson is able to save. Pedro skies the follow-up from an offside position and City clear their lines.

48 min: Fernandinho brings down Willian to give Chelsea a free-kick about 25 yards from the City goal, straight in front of the target.

47 min: Chelsea ping the ball hither and yon inside their own half, enjoy an uncharacteristically long spell of possession. Another 42 minutes of that and they’ll be home and hosed.

Second half: Chelsea 1-0 Manchester City

46 min: Chelsea get the ball rolling for the second half, with a one-goal lead to protect. Pep emerged from the tunnel, sat in his dug-out seat, closed his eyes and took a long contemplative draught from his water-bottle as he wondered what it’s all about. For Chelsea, Ross Barkley has been sent out to warm up on the touchline. No changes in personnel on either side after the break.

So, Man City trail: For all their tiki-taka fancy dannery, there’s a certain amusing irony to the fact that they were ostensibly undone by a dirty long ball over the top. Interestingly, on BT Sport, Steve McManaman had recommended that Chelsea try exactly that just moments before David Luiz opted to launch a long diagonal ball up the channel in the direction of Pedro.

Half-time: Chelsea 1-0 Manchester City

Peep! The players file off for their half-time brew and Pep Guardiola’s speech should make for interesting listening. His players have dominated without creating too many chances, only to be caught by a sucker punch delivered by N’Golo Kante just before the break. It’ll make for a fascinating second 45 minutes, that’s for sure. Don’t touch that dial.

45+1 min: Well, well, well. N’Golo smashes home the ball from about 12 yards out after getting on the end of a square ball from Eden Hazard. Chelsea’s attack began with a complete change of tack that caught City by surprise. David Luiz launched a long diagonal towards Pedro in the City left-back area of the field. He played the ball to Willian, who was forced wide and gave the ball to Hazard. With a shimmy, he found a yard and teed up Kante. The finish was emphatic.

GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Man City (Kante 45)

Chelsea lead! Totally against the run of play, Chelsea take the lead courtesy of an n’goal from N’Golo Kante.

Reverse angle of Kantes goal.
Reverse angle of Kantes goal. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian


43 min: Now Alonso loses the ball in the Chelsea left-back position, with Mahrez and Sterling snapping around his heels like a pair of angry terriers. Throw-in for City.

42 min: David Luiz gifts possession to Manchester City with a loose, casual clearance, but gets away with it when Chelsea win the ball back.

40 min: Man City continue to dominate, but haven’t yet scored. They were really turning the screw, but that break for the injury to David Luiz seems to have halted their momentum.

38 min: The ball goes out of play for a City corner and Raheem Sterling goers to retrieve it. Behind the advertising hoarding, several snarling Chelsea fans - grown, middle-aged men - scream abuse at him, their faces contorted with fury.

“They’re wishing him a happy birthday,” quips Steve McManaman, on co-comms for BT Sport. Sterling is 24 years old today and already appears to have achieved considerably more in life than his comparatively elderly chums in the stands.

37 min: David Luiz gets to his feet, looking very uncomfortable and holding his lower back. On the sideline, Andreas Christensen eventually deigns to leave the bench and begin his warm-up.

35 min: Azpilicueta it was, who took one for the team, flinging himself in front of Sane’s shot when a goal looked on the cards. There’s a break in play as David Luiz receives treatment from the Chelsea medics.

Azpilicueta looks angry.
Azpilicueta looks angry. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images


33 min: Chance! Sane has a shot blocked after Sterling had picked him out with a pull-back. Sterling performed a little twirl on the byline to take the ball past Alonso and leave the Spaniard trailing in his wake and looking a little foolish.

32 min: In the Chelsea penalty area adjacent to one the uprights with the ball at his feet, Sane is unable to get a shot away before he’s crowded off the ball.

29 min: Pressing Chelsea’s defenders, Manchester City force Kepa to boot the ball long to increase their chances of winning it back at the first time of asking. He does exactly that, aiming for Hazard, who does well to win it considering his lack of inches compared to those in shirts of a lighter blue surrounding him. Chelsea are really struggling to get any momentum going here, as they’re unable to pass more than three or four passes together without losing the ball.

28 min: Nothing comes of the corner and before too long, the balls travelled the length of the pitch and is back at the feet of Ederson.

27 min: Mahrez plays a cross-field pass to Sane on the left flank. He forces a corner out of Azpilicueta, who stays on his feet and robs the German of possession.

27 min: David Silva tries to pick out Raheem Sterling with a cross from the left, David Luiz clears.

26 min: Sterling picks up the ball on the right touchline, but is robbed of possession by Marcos Alonso.

24 min: Chelsea win a throw-in on a rare sortie into Manchester City’s half. A sloppy header by Fernandinho forces Kyle Walker to hook the ball out of play for a throw-in from his own penalty area under pressure from Alonso.

22 min: Concern for City, as Fernandinho goes to the sideline to get a quick massage on a muscle injury of some kind. The Brazilian quickly returns to action.


21 min: Such is their speed of movement, City appear to have about 15 players on the pitch as they send passes fizzing through and around the Chelsea press. From back to front, their players are so comfortable on the ball it’s ridiculous.

20 min: Almost a quarter of the way into the game and City are winning on points, if not on the scoreboard - the only place that matters.

19 min: Pedro fouls Fabian Delph inside the Manchester City half. Free-kick for Manchester City.

17 min: Manchester City’s pressing is relentless when Chelsea have the ball. Chelsea’s players are not getting a second to settle and keep giving away possession. Man City are also focussing many of their attacks down the right flank, where Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva are making life extremely difficult for Marcos Alonso.

15 min: Leroy Sane finds himself with the ball at his feet in a yard of space on the edge of the six-yard box after receiving a neat pass from David Silva. Off balance, he is unable to fire off a round and David Silva does well to stick out a leg and poke the ball away before the German can recover.

Leroy Sane is denied by Kepa.
Leroy Sane is denied by Kepa. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian


13 min: Eden Hazard is already beginning to look isolated up front, what with there being no ... well, him in midfield to get the ball up to him. He’s played as a False Nine before under Antonio Conte and didn’t enjoy it one bit, complaining afterwards that he barely got a touch of the ball.

11 min: Fernandinho surges forward and tries to pick out Leroy Sane with a pass to his left. Once again, the ball goes out of play for a throw-in. City are dominating, but one suspects that if Pep Guardiola had any hair, he’d be pulling it out at his side’s uncharacteristic wastefulness when in possession.

10 min: City win a corner, but nothing comes of it. Aymeric Laporte tries to get to the ball in the Chelsea penalty area, but Kepa mops up and sends the ball towards Cesar Azpilicueta.

9 min: Jorginho is robbed of possession in midfield. David Silva is sent on his way, scuttles down the left and sends in a cross. From eight yards, Sterling connects, but his shot is weak and straight at Kepa.

8 min: Pedro and Kyle Walker duel for the ball down near the byline. It runs out of play for a City goal-kick.

7 min: N’Golo Kante gets the better of Fernandinho and surges forward. He picks out Eden Hazard, who is fouled by Delph. Free-kick for Chelsea, wide on the right. The ball is sent into the mixer, where Aymeric Laporte clears with a header. Riyad Mahrez helps the ball on its way.

6 min: City lose possession again, conceding another throw-in due to a misplaced pass. The camera cuts to Pep on the touchline. He has his hands stuffed in the pockets of his grey woollen cardigan and looks rather forlorn.


5 min: City continue to dominate possession, but promptly lose it when Ederson sends a long diagonal pass towards Delph sailing out over the touchline.

4 min: City go forward with Bernardo Silva on the ball on the right touchline. Play switches to Riyad Mahrez on the opposite touchline and City win a throw-in.

3 min: Another couple of touches for Ederson, who plays it to Walker, receives it back and then pings it towards Aymeric Laporte. Chelsea are pressing hard while City are in possession in these very early stages.

2 min: Now it’s Ederson’s turn to get a feel of the ball, receiving a back-pass and playing the ball 10 yards forward to John Stones. City build from the back.

1 min: Kepa gets an early touch, the Chelsea goalkeeper booting the ball down the pitch under pressure from Raheem Sterling.

Chelsea v Manchester City is GO!!!

1 min: City kick-off, with both teams playing in their customary home strips - a site you don’t often see these days. Blue is the colour, football is the game and that game has just kicked off. Here’s hoping it’s a good one.

Sterling fends off a challenge from Kovacic.
Sterling fends off a challenge from Kovacic. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian


Not long now: The teams line up in the tunnel, led by Cesar Azpilicueta and David Silva, who are both sporting their most intense game faces. There are loud, explosive pyrotechnics as they march out to the tune of The Liquidator. Let’s hope the game isn’t a damp squib. We’ll find out soon enough as kick off is just a couple of minutes away.


Maurizio Sarri speaks: Interviewed by Des Kelly on BT Sport, he says he is playing with Eden Hazard as a False Nine because he wants his time to “play faster football”. He adds that the decision to leave Alvaro Morata out of the match-day squad was tactical. “With Hazard playing in a different position and Giroud on the bench, I thought it would be useless having another striker [on the bench].”

For anyone who might have missed it, here’s a picture of Sarri, the Premier League’s pre-eminent chain-smoker, as imagined by the Guardian’s top cartoonist David Squires earlier this week. I couldn’t stop laughing for about 15 minutes after seeing it.

David Luiz and Maurizio Sarri
David Luiz and Maurizio Sarri, as imagined by David Squires Photograph: David Squires for The Guardian

The top half of the Premier League table
The top half of the Premier League table going into this game. Photograph: Guardian

Pep Guardiola
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola arrives at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Four changes for Chelsea: Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri makes four changes from the team that lost against Wolves. David Luiz, Jorginho, Pedro and Mateo Kovacic are in, with Alvaro Morata, Cesc Fabregas, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Andreas Christensen making way.

Two changes for City: Raheem Sterling and Aymeric Laporte come in for Gabriel Jesus and Vincent Kompany.

Chelsea dressing room
Inside the Chelsea dressing room ahead of this evening’s game. Photograph: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Blunt force trauma? Injuries to Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Morata mean there won’t be a centre-forward on the field, although quite what Olivier Giroud will make of that as he sits on the Chelsea bench is anyone’s guess.

Chelsea v Manchester City line-ups

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Hazard, Willian.

Subs: Fabregas, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Caballero, Giroud, Christensen, Emerson Palmieri.

Man City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Delph, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Silva, Mahrez, Sterling, Sane.

Subs: Danilo, Kompany, Gundogan, Otamendi, Gabriel Jesus, Foden, Muric.

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

Premier League: Chelsea v Manchester City

Having been leapfrogged by Liverpool, who thrashed Bournemouth earlier, Manchester City head into this match needing at least a draw to return to the top of the Premier Legaue table. They travel to play a Chelsea team who have angered their manager with two of their three most recent Premier League performances, defeats at the hands of Spurs and Wolves either side of a fairly comfortable win over Fulham. Will Mauricio Sarri get the desired reaction? Will Manchester City go top again? Find out from 5.30pm (GMT), but stay tuned for team news and build-up in the meantime.