- Man City sinks second
- Chelsea moves third
- City’s first PL loss in 22 games
Manchester City’s unbeaten Premier League season and 21-match unbeaten league run is over following a 2-0 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Liverpool is the new Premier League leader, a point clear of City.
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Man City again rested Sergio Aguero, and his absence along with the lack of Kevin De Bruyne playmaking was evident in the proceedings.
It was Man City counter attacking for a ninth minute opportunity that Raheem Sterling hit to Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizbalaga.
Leroy Sane was particularly dangerous for City, darting in and out of traffic to create chance and force blocks from the Chelsea back line.
But Sane couldn’t keep track of Kante for Chelsea’s opener, with the French midfielder outracing Man City’s German youngster to an Eden Hazard cutback pass in the 45th minute.
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1 – Chelsea’s goal came from their first shot of the match in the 45th minute (44:02), the longest they have had to wait for a shot in a league game at Stamford Bridge since 2006-07. Unlikely. #CHEMCI
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 8, 2018
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Willian had another chance, cued up by Kante in the 52nd minute, but Ederson stooped to collect the shot.
Arrizabalaga made a flying stop on a Kyle Walker effort in the 57th as City searched for an equalizer.
But it was Chelsea who’d next score, Luiz out-leaping Fernandinho in the 78th minute.