Premier League: Manchester City brings down Chelsea, Manchester United surprised by Aston Villa
Let’s go for a crazy weekend in England. While waiting for the north london derby between Arsenal and Tottenham this Sunday (5.30 p.m.), Chelsea lost for the first time of the season against Manchester City (0-1) this Saturday at the opening of the 6th day of the Premier League. Leaders at the start of this roundup across the Channel, the Blues of a N’Golo Kanté holder for this poster (unlike Thiago Silva), still undefeated, had the objective of securing a 3rd success in a row in championship and confirm their resounding victory on the lawn of Spurs (3-0). Pep Guardiola’s men, who did without Mahrez and Sterling but aligned De Bruyne and Grealish at Stamford Bridge, had to react after a disappointing draw at the Etihad against Southampton (0-0).
Manchester City got off to a good start in this remake of the last Champions League final by immediately pressing the Chelsea players very high, cornered around their penalty area. However, this only translated into a few corners (3rd, 7th) without much danger for Mendy, back in goal after 2 games of absence. The Cityzens’ counter-pressing left the Londoners without a solution even if Lukaku, found by Werner, was not far from surprising Ederson (16th). However, the debates were subsequently rebalanced and the rest of the first period of this shock became soporific, with little or nothing to report, except the exit on injury of James, replaced by Thiago Silva (29th). , or even strikes not on target signed KDB (39th) and Jesus (41st).
After a first period where Chelsea did not frame any shot (a first since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel last January), the meeting started again on the same bases of the beginning of the game. And if Grealish missed the part of a beautiful rolled up of the right (48th), Jesus put on the hero costume. The Brazilian saw a strike from Cancelo land in his feet, back to goal in the box before shifting and seeing his pivot strike being hit by Jorginho but ending his race at the back of Mendy’s net (0-1, 53rd ). By dint of dominating and insisting, City was thus logically rewarded.
This opener had the merit of wrapping the meeting, Chelsea being forced to display a more conquering face to avoid falling for the first time of the year, while Mendy worked to deflect a Grealish attempt for a corner. at a closed angle (58th) and that Thiago Silva repelled a strike from Jesus on his line to keep his team in the match (61st). The Blues, close to chaos, pushed but were too imprecise in the last gesture, even if Dias deviated in disaster a strike from Kovacic (71st).
But the minutes went by and Chelsea, despite the entries of Havertz and Loftus-Cheek, could not do it, stumbling on the opposing defense (88th) and Ederson (90th). Laporte passed him very close to the goal of the break (79th), and a great Mendy disgusted Grealish even more by winning his face-to-face (83rd). Manchester City is therefore recovering in a very good way and sticks to its opponent of the day in the standings, who is no longer undefeated in the Premier League. And this three days from a highly anticipated trip to Paris in the Champions League. Best defense tied with City and Liverpool before this match, Chelsea fell for what will remain the first victory of Pep Guardiola against Thomas Tuchel since the arrival of the German in London after 3 failures.
At the same time, Manchester United fell to Aston Villa (0-1) in front of their fans at Old Trafford. In the first act, the Red Devils were jostled by veleur Villans, with their strong success against Everton (3-0) during the previous day. Targett, served on a platter by Cash, missed the unmissable point blank range (16th) while De Gea made up for his gross recovery error by winning in front of Watkins a few minutes later (22nd). Meanwhile, Greenwood, who formed the offensive quartet of the day with Fernandes, Pogba and Ronaldo, was too shy in the area to worry Martinez (17th).
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s proteges then took control of the match, outrageously dominating the debates. And yet, it was the Villans who scored the only goal of the game thanks to Kortney Hause, who resumed victoriously, and in what way, a corner from Douglas Luiz from the head in the 88th minute. Bruno Fernandes missed the opportunity to offer Manchester United a point by missing a penalty in added time (90th 1). Dominating doesn’t always mean winning. CR7 and his team put an end to a series of 3 consecutive victories and see Aston Villa come back to 3 short lengths.