What a game. From free-kicks to red cards, goal line clearences to penalties, this game had it all – but most importantly, Chelsea were able to conjure up a convincing win against the Citizens (and yes, that’s way more important than Liverpool being crowned champions). Here are five things we learnt from Chelsea’s first match back at the Bridge…
Captain America’s at it Again
Once again, Christian Pulisic had an incredible game. The American did enough in Sunday’s match to make it into the starting XI for our game against City – and the 21-year-old didn’t disappoint. As well as breaking the deadlock, the former Dortmund man nearly scored a brace – and was causing City problems on the left flank. His first goal was particularly impressive, with the young star dribbling half way up the pitch, going past two of City’s players and slotting it sweetly into the bottom right corner. That’s two goals in two games for Pulisic since the restart – and we reckon there’s definitely more where that came from…
A Convincing Win
When you go up against a team as impressive as City, any win is seen as a huge success. However, our win against the Sky Blues on Thursday night was a convincing one from the lads. We managed 15 shots to City’s 11, including 10 shots on target compared to just 2 from the Citizens. When Kevin De Bruyne scores a spectatuclar free-kick against you and Pep Guardiola’s team starts to get back into the game, it can be hard to bring it back. However, the boys did exactly that – fighting until the very end for that all-important win (something we didn’t manage earlier on this season).
Credit to Christensen
Although Christensen didn’t have a particularly great game against Villa, the centre-back was back in superb form on Thursday. Defensively, Chelsea improved a lot – but Christensen, in particular, put in a great shift. Despite receiving a knock in the early moments of the game, the 24-year-old got back to his feet and proved crucial in Chelsea’s latest victory. He won four tackles throughout the game and had a pass completion rate of 93% (the second highest within the squad).
Ross Barkley On Form
When Frank Lampard announced his midfield three of Ross Barkley, N’Golo Kante and Mason Mount, Chelsea fans were surprised to say the least – especially when the likes of Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho were set to miss out. However, by now, we have come to realise to trust in Frank – and the manager appeared to make the right call. Kante had a good game, Mount’s work rate was again superb and Barkley was also one of the fine sparks on the pitch. He looked solid at the beginning of the game, appearing calm and composed against City. In fact, it was Ross Barkley who had the best pass completion rate for Chelsea – an impressive 95%.
Willian Hits the Spot
With rumours surrounding Willian’s future still circulating, and the Brazilian recently agreeing to extend his contract until the end of the season, we must admire Willian’s professionalism as well as the excellent penalty he scored on Thursday. After a moment of madness in the game, when Fernandinho was sent off the pitch for a handball and Chelsea were awarded a penalty, it soon came to Chelsea fans’ realisation that our normal penalty taker Jorginho wasn’t on the pitch. However, Willian stepped up to the job and delivered it beautifully – putting us ahead once more, with the match ending in a sweet 2-1 victory.