The Blues went into today’s game unbeaten in all competitions but had no answer as Pep Guardiola’s side dominated the contest from the first whistle. Chelsea struggled to deal with Man City’s press and carried very little threat of their own: a couple of Timo Werner runs behind the best they could muster in the opening period.
Yet the Blues went into the interval level. Shortly after the restart, that changed as Gabriel Jesus’ deflected effort bounced beyond Edouard Mendy. Let’s look at how the payers were rated out of 10:
Played Alonso into all sorts of trouble early on with a complete hospital pass but got away with it. His handling from crosses, of which City threw in plenty, was very good. Wrong-footed for Jesus’ goal thanks to a big deflection. Denied Grealish twice with two good stops in the second half. 7
Had his hands full with Jack Grealish and it was in a tackle with the City man early on that he hurt himself. Tried to run it off but couldn’t and was forced off on the half hour mark. No rating.
Looked exhausted after 20 minutes with Grealish and De Bruyne running at him, then had to move to wing-back following James’ injury. Grealish had a fair bit of joy down the skipper’s flank, who got under his skin. 6
Had a heck of a lot of defending to do in the first half as City were all over the home side but stood up very strongly throughout the game. The timing of his tackles was outstanding as he and Rudiger kept Chelsea in it. Booked but didn’t take the gloss off his display. 8
Flattened Jack Grealish inside five minutes to assert himself on the game and continued to act like the dominant force despite City throwing all they could at him. Kept Chelsea in the game even when they were 1-0 down. Good performance. 8
Is in the side for his attacking qualities but didn’t do very much of it in the first half as City pinned the home side back. Disappointing throughout and was caught way too far up the pitch too often after his team went behind. Booked. 6
The game completely passed him by in the first half, probably because he had to do a lot of defending and barely saw any of the ball. Awful pass after the break led to a chance Grealish couldn’t take. Nowhere near his best. 6
Very quiet by his incredibly high standards as, like Jorginho, just couldn’t get into things. City seemed to be able to play around him with a lot of ease and he was withdrawn on the hour mark for Havertz with his team 1-0 down. 6
You could see why Tuchel picked all three midfielders but Kovacic, like his partners, couldn’t get on the ball in the first half. Better after the break as there was more purpose to his play but still, he was off it. 7
Brought into the starting line up to replace the injured Mason Mount. Made plenty of good runs but wasn’t found. Didn’t have much of a sniff at goal throughout though and laboured in the second half. 6
Chelsea couldn’t get him into the game as much as they would have wanted to in the first half and his own touch let him down a couple of times. Tried to take charge in the second half with some bully ball against City’s centre backs. Cut a frustrated figure constantly. 7