25 de Junio de 2020

Blues are back to The Bridge with win over Citizens (2-1)

The very first home game behind closed doors was a cracking contest and ended with three precious points for Pedro’s side. The Blues defeated Citizens courtesy of two goals by Pulisic and Willian. Pedro could make it 3-1 in injury time but his superb right-footed drive was denied by the stretching Ederson.

There may not have been any supporters inside Stamford Bridge, but this meeting of top-four sides did not lack for intensity or excitement, and remained in the balance throughout. Chelsea were worthy winners in the end.

Christian Pulisic gave Bluesus the lead before the break with a sublime individual effort, and a goal of similar quality drew the visitors level after it, Kevin De Bruyne’s dipping set-piece ending up in the top corner.

Raheem Sterling and Pulisic then went very close at either end, before an intervention from VAR handed us the opportunity to seize control. After a scramble on the line, Fernandinho handled and was dismissed. Willian stroked the penalty home.

While much of the attention will focus on Liverpool’s coronation as Premier League Champions, this was a mighty impressive Chelsea victory that maintains the five-point advantage over fifth-placed Manchester United.

- Match stats:

Chelsea (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta (c), Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso; Barkley (Kovacic 73), Kante, Mount (Pedro 90+1); Willian, Giroud (Abraham 62), Pulisic (Gilmour 90+1).

Scorers Pulisic 36, Willian (pen) 78

Booked Alonso 38

Man City (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Laporte (Otamendi 73), Fernandinho (c), Mendy (Zinchenko 59); De Bruyne, Rodrigo (D Silva 55), Gundogan; Mahrez, B Silva (Jesus 55), Sterling.

Scorer De Bruyne 55

Booked De Bruyne 76

Sent off Fernandinho 77
Referee Stuart Atwell

- Match report by chelseafc.com

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