EPL: Chelsea beat Manchester City to send Liverpool top

Sherman Parsons
December 11, 2018

With the defeat, the champions were knocked off the top of the table by Liverpool.

Chelsea knew they that would not control possession against City so he instructed his players to sit deep and try to hit Guardiola's team on the break whenever they could.

"We were strong, aggressive and intense", said a happy Mourinho.

But after Chelsea's 2-0 victory over the champions at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, the missing ingredients are back where they belong, and City now face a different test if they are to retain their crown at the end of this campaign.

The incident happened in the first half at Stamford Bridge as Sterling went to retrieve the ball. "We will play like today in the future for some matches of course".

"I understand clearly there were reasons for the second half not being as good as the first, but still a good result, an important result", he said.

This win puts Liverpool in first place with 42 points, one ahead of City.

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Pressure, heat of battle, mind games: they are all key elements of every title battle - apart from when a team wins the Premier League by 19 points and leaves the rest trailing in their wake.

"We won today but we must say we were a bit lucky in the first 25 minutes because they could score so a bit lucky in the first half and a very good second half", he said.

Chelsea ride their luckChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri had lost all of his previous three meetings against Guardiola and was growing increasingly frustrated at his side's inability to hold possession as the visitors dominated the first half.

Liverpool are now the only unbeaten team in the league after City were beaten at Chelsea. "In this kind of match it's very easy to have great motivation, determination, the right level of aggression".

Sarri's praise of Kante's positioning alongside Jorginho in Chelsea's midfield was in stark contrast to the criticism he dished out to the Frenchman after Chelsea's defeat to Spurs. For the first time, the ball fell to the feet of Eden Hazard in City's box.

"There is no sport in the world where one team is always winning", the City manager continued.

Prizes include, a trip to Old Trafford to watch Man United take on Liverpool in the Premier League, tickets to Ireland's home games in the Six Nations, All Ireland football and hurling final tickets and much more.

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