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Coronavirus-Depleted City Thrash Chelsea 3-1 At Stamford Bridge

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Oladimeji Balogun
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Oladimeji Balogun is a graduate of the University of Ilorin where he studied Microbiology, he is a w...

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Manchester City shrugged off the impact of a COVID-19 outbreak in their ranks to outclass Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge and put themselves firmly in the Premier League title mix on Sunday.

AllNews understands that City's vintage display lifted them to fifth in the table with 29 points, four behind joint leaders Liverpool and Manchester United having played one game less.

City manager Pep Guardiola had six players unavailable after positive tests but his team responded in a scintillating fashion with goals by Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden, and Kevin De Bruyne dismantling Chelsea in 16 first-half minutes.

After that, it felt like damage limitation for a subdued Chelsea side whose season is unraveling alarmingly after a strong start, although substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi did grab a stoppage-time consolation.

READ ALSO: EPL: Man City Without 5 First Team Players Vs Chelsea - Guardiola

A fourth defeat in six league games leaves Chelsea in eighth place with 26 points having played two games more than City.

CITY PLAYED WITHOUT A POINT MAN

Manchester City did not play with a true No. 9 as De Bruyne, Foden, and Sterling are seen in that area even Gundogan drifts far off into the poacher's position as Pep Guardiola brought out another master class in London.

The first goal was a pure predatory goal from the former Borussia Dortmund player, as Gundogan picked a pass from Foden and turned his marker before unleashing a powerful low ball past Mendy into the bottom corner.

Proving that in the absence of Aguero and Jesus, City can get in goal scoring mood.

The second goal proves the potency of Foden in that same No. 9 position as he was seen accelerating ahead of De Bruyne before later staying onside and received a low ball which he buried in style into the bottom left corner of the post.

The third goal was a poor clearance from Kante which De Bruyne turned into a counter-attack as Sterling raced half of the field in a one-on-one with Mendy, took his time before later hitting the post.

Another poacher skills from De Bruyne as he was quickest to react and slot in a low ball to make it 3-0 for the visitor.

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Oladimeji Balogun
Oladimeji Balogun

Oladimeji Balogun is a graduate of the University of Ilorin where he studied Microbiology, he is a w...

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Raheem Sterling
Raheem
Sterling
EN England
  • HEIGHT

    1.7 m

  • WEIGHT

    69 kg

  • AGE

    27

Phil Foden
Phil
Foden
EN England
  • HEIGHT

    1.71 m

  • WEIGHT

    70 kg

  • AGE

    21

Timo Werner
Timo
Werner
DE Germany
  • HEIGHT

    1.80m

  • WEIGHT

    76 kg

  • AGE

    25

Hakim Ziyech
Hakim
Ziyech
MA Morocco
  • HEIGHT

    1.81m

  • WEIGHT

    70 kg

  • AGE

    28

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