Manchester City have yet to be the confirmed Premier League 2020/21 champions as they suffer a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea

Manchester City will have to wait a little longer to be declared the unofficial Premier League champions as Chelsea have increased Manchester United’s chances of catching up. The Citizens suffered a disappointing defeat at Etihad Stadium on Saturday and failed to ensure three points that would have unofficially give them the title.

Although Manchester City are 13 points clear of Manchester United, the Red Devils still have a great chance here of catching up given their remaining two games in hand and a chance to collect a maximum of 15 points from their final five matches. On the other hand, Chelsea have moved above Leicester City and have boosted their top-four chances in the process.

City had managed to score the first goal and took the lead just before half-time with a brilliant close-range shot by Raheem Sterling. Although Sergio Aguero had the chance to double the score after receiving a penalty shot when Billy Gilmour fouled Gabriel Jesus, his panenka penalty efforts were not enough, and Eduard Mendy made sure the ball did not find the back of the net.

The visitors reappeared after half-time improved and ready to score. Unfortunately, City further deteriorated during the second half and gave way to numerous efforts and brilliant goals from Hakim Ziyech and Marcos Alonso, which Ederson failed to save. Although the Brazilian goalkeeper allowed Chelsea to score twice, he is still the top goalkeeper in the League. Ederson also appears first in Sportingbet’s list of 11 Greatest Premier League Players of All Time.

Tuchel’s Chelsea — improved

Chelsea seems improved and refreshed under Thomas Tuchel’s management. This was their second win over City in three weeks, the former triumph being their victory in the FA Cup semi-final in April. The two teams will meet again in Istanbul later this month for the Champions League final.

Although the Blues seemed to struggle during the first half and lacked imagination, they rebounded and were well-organised for the remainder of the match.

Tuchel commented on the match in the press conference claiming: “Confidence was growing, we had more and more quality. I will never deny you need a bit of luck in football on your side, and we had it in the second half. It is a big win, a fantastic team performance…

More or less an equal first half in the last five minutes we almost give it away. If they score the penalty, maybe it’s over. We were 1-0 down and had an injured player. I was impressed by the reaction and performance in the second half.

We deserved to win the second half. We had many half chances here in the second half and a big congratulations to the team for the second half. The goal helped us a lot because it meant we had more confidence. We could play more physical, recover the balls higher. We never stepped back or gave up.

We increased our motivation. It wasn’t bad in the first half, a 0-0. But it could change in a second and with the knowledge of that I am very happy with the second half.

Timo was working like a dog. He was working really, really hard in the second half. He had them exhausted in the second half, so no complaints today.”

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