Chelsea’s six-match winning run in the English Premier League has come to an end with Manchester City running out 2-1 winners at The Etihad Stadium this evening.
The Blues netted first through N’Golo Kante in the North West but City fought back to take the three points.
Frank Lampard’s side started strongly against the champions with Willian and Fikayo Tomori going close before Emerson Palmieri brought the first save of the game out of home keeper Ederson.
Chelsea took a deserved lead in the 21st minute when Mateo Kovacic played in Kante and the Frenchman expertly struck the ball into the back of the net.
The home side quickly responded and were fortunate to be back in the game eight minutes later when Kevin de Bruyne took aim from distance and his shot deflected off Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma before the ball rolled into the goal.
De Bruyne soon went close to notching his brace but sent an effort just over the bar before Manchester City edged ahead when Riyad Mahrez found the bottom corner of the net with a shot across goal.
Chelsea were lucky to go into the break just 2-1 down. Sergio Aguero thumped an effort on goal from distance when cannoned off the bar, a let off for Lampard’s men.
Mahrez looked the biggest danger after the interval with the player firing wide before forcing a save from Blues keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga later in the half.
City threw on Phil Foden to add some power to their frontline and the youngster certainly kept the Chelsea defence on their toes. There was to a be one last big moment deep in injury time when Raheem Sterling had the ball in the net but his goal was ruled out by VAR for a marginal offside decision.
Chelsea are back in action on Wednesday evening when they travel to Spain to take on Valencia in the UEFA Champions League.