EPL: Chelsea beat Manchester City to send Liverpool top

EPL: Chelsea beat Manchester City to send Liverpool top

EPL: Chelsea beat Manchester City to send Liverpool top

Chelsea now sit fourth on the Premier League standings with 34 points, eight behind leaders Liverpool and seven behind Man City who dropped to second. Manchester City have been in exquisite form, even by their own extravagant standards and Sarri's men will really have to be at their very best if they are to halt the Citizens. "We are not here to be Invincible; we are here to be champions".

Chelsea had lost to Spurs and Wolves, either side of victory over Fulham, before ending City's 21-match unbeaten sequence in the league.

Twitter users highlighted a first-half incident when a supporter appeared to abuse City forward Raheem Sterling when the England worldwide retrieved the ball near the sideline at Stamford Bridge.

But the Blues made their home advantage count as they soaked up City's attacks and eventually sprang to take the lead on the cusp of half-time through N'Golo Kante.

But Tottenham Hotspur strolled to a fifth win in six league games with a 2-0 victory at Leicester City in the day's late kick-off to reclaim third spot.

Maurizio Sarri had said he "didn't know" how Manchester City could be beaten in the build-up to this game and for nearly the entirety of the first half it seemed he was right.

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The Blues boss added: "There are matches in which it's really very hard to stay in the defensive line, like Tottenham, because the defensive phase of the team is a disaster". "We won today but we have to say we were a bit lucky in the first 25 minutes", said Sarri.

Sarri prefers technical midfielders in the holding role, such as summer signing Jorginho or Cesc Fabregas, and has no plans to bow to the demands of fans by moving Kante back to his preferred position. And when Hazard was finally fed the ball to feet inside the City box, his pass picked out Kante, who side-footed the ball high past Ederson. "We will play like today in the future for some matches of course".

The 27-year-old was challenged by Sarri to score more goals last month and he produced the goods at the best possible time.

The Brazilian goalkeeper had been a spectator before picking the ball out of his net, but was called into action again to keep his side in the game just after the break when he palmed away Willian's free-kick.

"Everybody can win the Premier League but the people judge what happened last season when we were the best".

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