Man City lay down a marker by exacting revenge on Chelsea

Manchester City retain the hunger to fight off challengers to their Premier League title, manager Pep Guardiola said after beating Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge to take revenge for losing last season’s Champions League final to the Blues.

Gabriel Jesus’ deflected effort eight minutes into the second-half separated the sides, but City should have been more convincing winners as they laid down a marker after losing to Chelsea three times towards the end of last season. The most painful of those came in Porto as Chelsea lifted the Champions League to deny City the crowning glory of the club’s rise since an Abu Dhabi takeover in 2008.

Thomas Tuchel’s men had also got off to a better start this season, but City bounced back from a disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Southampton last weekend to move level on points with Chelsea, Manchester United and leaders Liverpool, who face Brentford later on Saturday.

“Today the guys were outstanding. At this stadium and against this opponent, to do what we have done makes me so proud,” said Guardiola, who became the City boss with most victories in the club’s history with 221. “I still have the feeling the players are ready try to do again another good season. It gives us the awareness to say we can do it again, we are still here.”

Guardiola was fiercely criticised for his decision to start without a natural holding midfielder when the sides last met in May. That error was rectified with the return of Rodri and the Spaniard’s poise helped Guardiola’s men completely dominate possession. However, City’s lack of a prolific goalscorer to turn that dominance into goals was again exposed.

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