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Guardiola kills Tuchel hoodoo and 5 things we learned when Manchester City beat Chelsea

Guardiola kills Tuchel hoodoo and 5 things we learned when Manchester City beat Chelsea

Chelsea falters against Manchester City

Chelsea and Manchester City met at Stamford Bridge in an early season replay of the 2021 Champions League final.

In a true two-time game, the first half saw Manchester City dominate the ball but offer nothing in front of goal, finding themselves frustrated by the nine men Tuchel deployed between the ball and the goal.

However, stealing a well deserved but lucky first game just after halftime, Gabriel Jesus split the game wide. Chelsea immediately looked to attack more, which in turn left more room behind for City’s attackers when the game opened.

Ultimately, however, all three points returned to Manchester in a well-deserved victory in game balance, which sees them outsmart their opponents by virtue of goal difference and open the title race.

Here are 5 things 101 collected from the meeting.

1. Genius at work results in tactical stagnation

For two such respected coaches, the first half of the game was, for a neutral, incredibly boring. Thomas Tuchel opted to place 3 in the center of the field in front of a defensive five, while Pep Guardiola opted for his traditional 4-3-3 with Gabriel Jesús in the lead.

However, Chelsea’s trio of midfielders, while managing to restrict space in front of their defense, offered nothing forward. When the starter arrived (in a sloppy way befitting the game), a change had to be made.

However, it seemed that Tuchel was happy to settle for a draw against the Champions from minute one.

2. Jack Grealish is proving that he is worth the money

Manchester City’s £ 100 million move to Jack Grealish over the summer was greeted with more than a pair of raised eyebrows. the

While Grealish is arguably one of the better players, the £ 100 million price tag, a Birtish record, was high. However, it has already started to show good value for money.

After scoring against RB Leipzig in his Champions League debut, Grealish continued to impress against Manchester City and was unlucky not to receive an assist.

Racing against Reece James and César Azpilicueta, the Englishman was unplayable and, if he continues in this vein, could be as important as signing a forward last summer.

3. Gabriel Jesus rose

At one point during the summer, it seemed that Gabriel Jesus’ career at Manchester City was over. Linked with a move to Juventus, and with Manchester City chasing Harry Kane, he was out of the fold.

However, he has undergone a revival so far this season and continued to open the scoring at Stamford Bridge. It wasn’t the prettiest goal he will ever get, but it’s arguably the kind of goal Manchester City need to score more often to sustain a title charge.

His goal ensured the Brazilian held an impressive record for Manchester City. In the 44 games in which it has found the network for the Citizens, they have never lost.

Should I have an exit bunk on the forward side?

4. Pep Guardiola puts an end to Tuchel’s (and Chelsea) hoodoo

If Pep Guardiola had lost today, Thomas Tuchel would have been the first coach to beat the Spaniard with the same team four times in a row. After being seemingly on the run by the German coach, Guardiola decided to stick to the basics, lining up an orthodox side.

This was something that did not happen in the Champions League final, where he opted for no striker and no defensive midfielder. And a return to basics seemed to work for the Citizens.

In the larger context of the Premier League title race, the result, combined with Manchester United’s surprising loss to Aston Villa, puts Guardiola’s side back in contention at the start.

However, on a personal level, this victory has to be a little sweeter for the city boss.

5. A change in Chelsea’s midfield hierarchy

One of the biggest perceived problems in the Chelsea squad was competent backing in central midfield, with N’golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho requested to fill 2 positions, or in today’s case, three.

That changed on the day of the deadline, when the Blues added Atlético de Madrid midfielder Saúl Niguez to their ranks in an initial loan deal. However, after two mediocre performances by the Spaniard, it seems that he has already fallen to the fifth option of midfield.

Proof of this was Tuchel’s third change, which saw Jorginho leave. However, it was not Saul who entered the fray. Rather, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who spent last season on loan at Fulham, was caught up in the heat of battle.

With the Blues involved in multiple competitions, Saul’s time will surely come. However, at the moment he seems to be out of the fight.

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# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea Football Club 5 eleven 13
2 Liverpool FC 5 eleven 13
3 United manchester 5 9 13
4 Brighton and Hove Albion 5 3 12
5 Manchester city 5 10 10
6 Everton FC 5 3 10
7 Tottenham Hotspur 5 -3 9
8 West Ham United 5 4 8
9 Brentford fc 5 3 8
10 Aston Villa 5 1 7
eleven Watford FC 5 -2 6
12 Leicester City 5 -3 6
13 Arsenal FC 5 -7 6
14 crystal Palace 5 -3 5
fifteen Southampton FC 5 -2 4
sixteen Wolverhampton Wanderers 5 -3 3
17 Leeds United 5 -7 3
18 Newcastle united 5 -7 2
19 FC Burnley 5 -6 1
twenty Norwich city 5 -12 0
Player Team Goals
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 4
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 4
Fernandes, Bruno United manchester 4
Benrahma said West Ham United 3
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 3
Ronaldo, Cristiano United manchester 3
Lukaku, Romelu Chelsea Football Club 3
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 3
Maupay, Neal Brighton and Hove Albion 3
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 3
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 3
Sarr, Ismael Watford FC 3
Greenwood, Mason United manchester 3
Ings, Danny Aston Villa 2
Saint-Maximin, Allan Newcastle united 2
Toney, Ivan Brentford fc 2
Fornals, Pablo West Ham United 2
Torres, Ferran Manchester city 2
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 2
Gallagher, Conor crystal Palace 2

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