Man City needed the win against Thomas Tuchel men to confirm their status as Premier League champions
Chelsea have scrunched the Man City party twice in a span of less than a month after beating the league leaders away at the Etihad. Thomas Tuchel, who first quelled the quadruple hopes of Pep Guardiola’s team with a victory in the FA Cup semi-finals and now made the Manchester club wait for their third league title in four years.
Man City could still be crowned champions this week if Manchester United fail to win at Villa Park.
Raheem Sterling opened the scoring for the home team in the 44th minute of the game when he capitalised from Gabriel Jesus cutback pass to Sergio Aguero, a move in which Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen got hurt in the process. Man City were awarded a penalty in the stoppage time of the first half when Billy Gilmour tumbled Jesus but Chelsea’s goalkeeper Edouard Mendy comfortably saved Aguero’s panenka effort to keep his side in the match.
Hakim Ziyech equalised for Chelsea in the 63rd minute when Rodri lost possession to Azpilicueta, who found Ziyech just outside the penalty box and the Moroccan hammered his shot in the bottom right corner past Ederson. Callum Hudson-Odoi thought he won it for his team in the 80th minute when he tapped in from close range but his effort was judged for offside.
Marcos Alonso won the game for the visitors in the second minute of three minutes of stoppage time when he dinked over Man City goalkeeper Ederson from Timo Werner’s pass to give his manager two wins out of two against the same opposition in less than a month.
Man City and Chelsea will lock horns one more time later this month to prove their mettle in Europe’s elite club competition final in Istanbul.