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Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea: 5 Talking Points

Shambhu Ajith
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22.03K   //    05 Mar 2018, 01:40 IST

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Bernardo Silva scored the winner for Manchester City

Final scoreline: Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea

Scorer: Bernardo Silva 46'

In a game that required its spectators to pinch themselves to stay awake, league leaders Manchester City put one past Chelsea and strolled, I repeat, strolled past the defending champions. They have now moved one step closer to clinching the Premier League title.

Manchester City put their feet up and replaced Super Sunday with what looked like a training ground passing drill as they run rings around the Chelsea bus, albeit, to very little effect.

It was anything but Premier League-ish and here is what we took away from the game.

#5 Chelsea park the bus and lose the keys

Manchester City had the lion's share of possession and then some

After having conceded a defeat against Manchester United last week and with their Champions League hopes dwindling, you'd expect Chelsea to show up and make a statement.

Instead, they did the exact opposite. All of Chelsea's players sat deep in their own half as City took their sweet time to put their roots down.

They did nothing of note on either side of the pitch and hardly looked like an outfit that played for the man at the helm.

Conte decided to start the game without an out-and-out striker as Hazard led the line with Pedro and Willian flanking him.

Pedro had a shocker and Willian was no better as Hazard was criminally starved off any kind of service.

In fact, Chelsea hardly ever ventured forward and maintained a good 20 yards of distance from the halfway line at all points when City were on the ball.

Cesc Fabregas is not great at winning the ball back and it showed as City eased through the midfield battle and always got first to the loose ball.

Chelsea's only good chance of the game came when Moses was released on the right side by Fabregas but the Nigerian's effort went flying into the stands.

The defending Premier League champions did not register a shot on target on the night and looked like a bunch of kids who are yet to be taught the art of pressing.

Like Jamie Redknapp told Sky Sports after the game, Chelsea's performance truly was 'a crime against football'.

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