5 Chelsea players who were exceptional against Manchester City
Chelsea pulled off an emphatic and impressive 2-0 win against defending champions Manchester City. Maurizio Sarri caused some stir among fans when he decided to play Eden Hazard, Willian, and Pedro up front with traditional striker, Olivier Giroud, benched and Alvaro Morata dropped from the matchday squad altogether. In the end, the tactics, the formation, and the changes paid off!
Chelsea desperately needed this win to lift themselves, The Blues had lost two of their last 3 games, and were doubly determined to get a result against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City, although this wasn't Chelsea's best performance in terms of hitting the mark with Maurizio Sarri's famous Sarriball system.
To be honest, The Blues were fortunate on a few occasions in the first-half as City came agonisingly close to scoring on a couple of occasions.
Nevertheless, it was a top performance from Chelsea, and a few players were visibly exceptional and deserve some extra credit. So in no particular order, here are 5 Chelsea players who deserve the credit for this memorable win.
#1 N'Golo Kante
The Frenchman's playing position has been debated extensively over the last month or so, and though he's probably better off as a traditional holding midfielder, N'Golo Kante is putting in the hard yards at any position he's deployed.
Now, I'm not making any tall claims here about Kante's offensive game, and we all know that the Frenchman's strong suit is his defensive game. But what Kante has that most players don't is a strong determination to give his all for his team.
He worked hard, he won balls in crucial areas, he made some key forward passes, and most importantly, he put Chelsea in the lead with a sumptuous strike after a perfectly timed run to meet Eden Hazard's brilliant pass.
What was particularly refreshing to see was that while defending, Chelsea almost reverted to a midfield five with Willian and Pedro dropping deep. This gave Kante space, and the opportunity to play close to Jorginho and do what he does best, intercept the ball for his teammates.
The Frenchman is slowly but surely becoming a more all-round midfielder, and it's his uncanny ability to be the ultimate team-player that is helping him get there.