Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City: De Bruyne keeps Cityzens on top

EPL By: Ayodeji Tunde | 30/09/2017

Kevin De Bruyne came back to haunt his former club with a brilliant strike on Saturday as the Belgian star scored the solitary goal that gave Manchester City a crucial 0-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

De Bruyne played a slick one-two with Jesus before lashing an unstoppable effort into the corner from outside the area with Courtois having no chance whatsoever.

The three points from Saturday's game was all City needed to retain their number one position on the log as they now have 19 points from seven games same as Manchester United but their slight superior goals' difference keeps them on the summit.'

First Half

Eden Hazard was in from the start for Chelsea for the first time in the Premier League this season as Antonio Conte made two changes from their impressive midweek win over Atletico Madrid, with Victor Moses and the suspended David Luiz missing out.

 It was the in-form Alvaro Morata who was the first to threaten for the home side, though, flicking his header from an N'Golo Kante cross over the bar at the near post.

City were without their own top scorer Sergio Aguero, and in his absence both De Bruyne and David Silva tried to take on the goalscoring mantle with efforts which failed to unduly trouble, Thibaut Courtois.

The visitors were dominating possession without creating chances, but the opening goal almost arrived courtesy of a calamitous error when Courtois took too long on the ball and saw his clearance blocked by Gabriel Jesus inside the six-yard box. The rebound could have gone anywhere, but fortunately for Chelsea, it flew off target as Courtois's blushes were spared.

Second half

Sane and Silva next linked on the left and Courtois saved smartly from the Spain playmaker. Morata departed clutching the back of his left leg, but instead of turning to like-for-like replacement Michy Batshuayi, Conte sent on Willian.

Courtois saved Chelsea again. De Bruyne’s corner found Fernandinho, whose diving header was parried by Courtois.

Fernandinho was booked for a foul on Hazard, who then stung the palms of Ederson after Fabregas’ quick free-kick.

Sterling caused havoc down Chelsea’s left in the second half. Silva had an effort blocked by Marcos Alonso and then Sterling’s pass was flicked away from Silva by Rudiger.

City took a deserved lead when De Bruyne played a one-two with Jesus and struck a thunderous left-footed shot which left Courtois with no chance. Jesus next saw his side-foot volley from Sterling’s cross headed off the line by Rudiger as City celebrated an important win.