Manchester City beat Chelsea and knocked them out of the League Cup
It took Manchester City 5 minutes to get rid of Chelsea in the third spherical of the League Cup. Despite saving some of their starters, City beat the Blues 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium and certified for the final 16 of the competitors.
After a sluggish first half by which the goalkeepers succumbed to the attackers, Pep Guardiola’s males scored in the eighth and thirteenth minutes of the last levels, by way of Mahrez and Álvarez respectively, to safe victory.
With Haaland and Kevin de Bruyne on the bench, City’s spotlight was goalkeeper Ortega, the Brazilian Éderson’s reserve, who labored wonders, particularly in the second half, and saved a clear sheet.
City maintained their hegemony in opposition to Chelsea in the League Cup. That’s as a result of the final assembly between the groups got here at the finish of the 2019 season, as Guardiola’s males edged out on penalties after a goalless attract regular time and additional time.
Manchester City return to motion this Saturday (twelfth) at 09:30 (GMT) to face Brentford in the English Championship. Chelsea, on the different hand, will face Newcastle away from house, on the identical day, at 14:30 (Brazilian time).
Manchester City and Chelsea some of its stars got here out on the bench. On the Citizens facet, Éderson, Kevin de Bruyne and Haaland had been saved by coach Pep Guardiola. Chelsea already had names like Thiago Silva, Mount and Havertz.
City management, Chelsea scare
In entrance of their followers, Manchester City managed the motion of the match. With extra possession of the ball, the workforce had the area to alternate passes and attain the opposing space with full freedom. Chelsea’s protection, nonetheless, did the trick and blocked the hosts’ foremost probabilities.
The foremost probabilities, nonetheless, got here from the facet of the blues. Exploiting speedy runs in opposition to City’s high line, Chelsea had two good probabilities to open the scoring, each with Pulisic, however Ortega was stopped by goalkeeper Ortega.
Where is Haaland?
Manchester City misplaced a participant to push the ball into the again of the web. Despite controlling the recreation and making it simple for Chelsea to succeed in the penalty space from the middle and from the sides of the pitch, Citizens made errors in the final move.
In the thirtieth minute of the first half, for instance, Álvarez triggered Rodri in the center, who prolonged it to Lewis. The participant crossed low and nobody appeared to complete the play.
Although City had been unable to transform their dominance into targets, Chelsea had the greatest likelihood of the first half. Goalkeeper Ortega prevented the guests’ aim.
In the forty third minute of the first half, Hall picked up Pulisic from the left, invaded the space, minimize by way of Lewis and got here head to head with Ortega. The archer grew up and prevented the aim of the blues together with his leg.
Mahrez breaks the impasse
Manchester City bombarded Chelsea’s aim early in the second half and, after two good saves from Grealish’s photographs by Mendy, discovered the web from scratch.
Eight minutes into the final half, Mahrez scored completely from a low shot from the proper and opened the scoring in entrance of a petrified Mendy, who solely noticed the ball go in.
The house workforce prolonged the lead 5 minutes later. Grealish shortly obtained out to the left and performed for Álvarez, who discovered Mahrez on the different facet of the pitch. Mahrez invaded the space and Mendy completed to deflect it. Álvarez took the rebound and pushed it into the again of the aim.
Chelsea wakes up, Ortega holds her
The targets conceded at the begin of the second half woke Chelsea up, and they stepped up and regarded for quick performs to attempt and reverse the harm. Goalkeeper Ortega – one of City’s excellent substitutes in the recreation – closed the scoring.
In the 18th minute, Ziyech made an exquisite transfer from the proper, handed the pen to Gómez and performed for Hall in the center of the space. He obtained the first shot and Ortega went to the proper nook.
Already 27 years outdated, Pulisic acquired inside the space, hit the new protection of the Manchester City goalkeeper from a distance.
It would not work!
Chelsea went on the assault late in the first half and went near 2-1, following a uncommon sequence of Manchester City errors.
In the forty fifth minute of the final section, goalkeeper Ortega failed, City’s protection nearly scored an personal aim and, in a knock and knock, the ball was left for Pulisic, who pushed it into the aim. To the aid of these at the Etihad Stadium, the referee dominated it offside.
Manchester City vs Chelsea
The purpose: The third spherical of the English League Cup
Place: Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England
Date and time: November 9, 2022 at 5:00 PM (Brazilian time)
targets: Mahrez (Manchester City) in the eighth minute of the second half; Álvarez Manchester City), in the thirteenth minute of the second half
Yellow playing cards: Koulibaly (Chelsea); Chalobah (Chelsea); Grealish (Manchester City); Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
MANCHESTER CITY: Ortega; Lewis, Rúben Dias, Laporte (Ake) and Gómez; Rodri (Kalvin Phillips), Gundogan (Bernardo Silva) and Palmer; Mahrez, Grealish and Alvarez.
CHELSEA: Mendy; Chalobah (Azpilicueta), Koulibaly and Cucurella; Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, Zakaria (Gallagher) and Hall (Havertz); Ziyech (Sterling), Pulisic and Broja (Mountain)