<p>Kevin De Bruyne scores a wonderful curling finish</p>

Kevin De Bruyne scores a wonderful curling finish

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Follow live reaction after Manchester City increased their lead at the top of the Premier League table to 13 points as Kevin De Bruyne’s sublime strike earned the defending champions a 1-0 win over second-placed Chelsea.

De Bruyne curled an excellent strike past Kepa Arrizabalaga from outside of the box in the 70th minute to hand the hosts a victory they thoroughly deserved after a commanding performance against the European champions.

City dominated possession in the first half but Jack Grealish was denied an opening goal when Kepa blocked his shot with an outstretched leg. Romelu Lukaku, who had a poor game for the visitors, went close after the break but saw a curling effort saved by Ederson.

Chelsea continued to struggle to create chances, despite the introduction of Mason Mount and Timo Werner from the bench, and the defeat is a significant blow to their hopes of challenging for the title.

Follow all the reaction to Man City vs Chelsea below:

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Tuchel on Lukaku’s performance

Thomas Tuchel touched on the performance of Romelu Lukaku who failed to convert Chelsea’s biggest chance of the game and looked like a lonely figure up top. Tuchel said:


Sometimes he “[Romelu Lukaku] needs to do the service, I think he is included. He had many ball losses without any pressure and many ball losses in very promising circumstances.

Of course he had a huge chance so he’s included in this. We want to serve him but he’s part of the team and the performance up front especially in the first half can be better. We need to do better.

“We will never give up but if City keep winning every game we will never catch them.”

Michael Jones15 January 2022 14:52

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Five things we learned as Kevin De Bruyne strike extends Premier League gap

Manchester City increased their lead at the top of the Premier League table to 13 points as Kevin De Bruyne’s strike earned the defending champions a 1-0 win over second-placed Chelsea.

City dominated possession in the first half but Jack Grealish was denied an opening goal when Kepa Arrizabalaga blocked his shot with an outstretched leg. Romelu Lukaku went close after the break but saw a curling effort saved by Ederson.

The hosts took the lead in the 70th minute when De Bruyne curled in an excellent strike past Kepa from outside of the box,

Michael Jones15 January 2022 14:49

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Thomas Tuchel reflects on the game

Thomas Tuchel gave his thoughts to Sky Sports after the match and explained how the work from his offensive players was not good enough to ensure Chelsea came away with at least a draw. He said:


The result yes [is disappointing] but this can happen. I think we deserved a draw, I think we defended very, very well and did not allow any big chances.

“One in the first half from a mistake from us but we were not under so much pressure that it was clear they would score. Performance wise this is okay, given that we had to change our back three again.

“Defensive wise I am absolutely okay with that performance, we deserved a draw, it would have been a fair result, but we don’t have it. We have won games like this against City and that feels very different but that is the way it is.

“We had eight or nine offensive transitions and zero touches in the box. That was a big problem today. Offensive wise the performance of the front players was simply a lack of position, a lack of timing and a lack of composure. We lost too many balls too easy and that was a big problem in our game today.”

Michael Jones15 January 2022 14:43

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Reaction from Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne spoke to Sky Sports after a match winning performance for Manchester City put the Premier League champions a firm step closer to regaining their title.


Yeah, obviously it’s a big game and I think they came here with a very good plan, they were tight defensively, but we played a very good game. It’s nice to score the goal, it was important because it’s the only one but I think the team played very well today.

“We knew if we won today we’d make the gap bigger on them. We’ve been in this situation before where we are points ahead but a lot of things can change and the momentum can swing very quickly. I think the team was focused on the job that they needed to do and that’s the only thing that we can do.”

Michael Jones15 January 2022 14:34

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Man City vs Chelsea player ratings: Kevin De Bruyne stars with sensational match-winning strike

It was a game regarded as one Chelsea had to win as City are unlikely to drop many points for the rest of the season. But the Blues weren’t clinical enough in the final third.

Here are the player ratings from the Etihad Stadium:

Michael Jones15 January 2022 14:32

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Man City 1 – 0 Chelsea

No side has led the Premier League 13 points or more with 16 games to go and failed to lift the trophy at the end of the season. Manchester City are in prime position to regain their title now.

Liverpool have a couple of games in hand and could cut City’s lead to eight but it’s still a mountain to climb for the chasing pack.

Michael Jones15 January 2022 14:29

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Man City 1 – 0 Chelsea

90 mins: Three minutes of added time to play. Man City are going to open up a 13 point lead if they can close out this game.

Michael Jones15 January 2022 14:20

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Man City 1 – 0 Chelsea

87 mins: Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan come on for Manchester City replacing Phil Foden and – as of right now – matchwinner Kevin De Bruyne.

City are trying to manage the remaining time but Mount gets the ball into space on the right and swings a cross over to Lukaku. John Stones gets to the ball before the Chelsea striker and boots it clear.

Michael Jones15 January 2022 14:18

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Man City 1 – 0 Chelsea

84 mins: Chance! Phil Foden has the chance to secure the points for Manchester City. Raheem Sterling brings the ball in from the right and lays it off to Foden. He lets the ball run across his body and hits one with his left foot. He doesn’t catch it quite right though and lifts the effort over the crossbar.

Michael Jones15 January 2022 14:13

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Man City 1 – 0 Chelsea

81 mins: Chelsea win a free kick over on the left wing, deep in Man City’s half. It’s a good chance to work the ball into the box but it’s wasted by Callum Hudson-Odoi who knocks a flat cross into the penalty area that is easily cleared by Kevin De Bruyne.

Mason Mount is the final Chelsea change coming on to replace Marcos Alonso. Can he swing this match back in Chelsea’s favour? He’s only got about 10 minutes to make an impact.

Michael Jones15 January 2022 14:10



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