Silva’s strike moved City closer to the Premier League title.
(Source: Manchester City)
Manchester City (1) – (0) Chelsea
The blues may see that lead cut back three points when City plays Crystal Palace, but the three points move the blue to within four points of the title.
In the first half, Pep Guardiola had dropped Antonio Conte but those tactics were one of damage-limitation with Chelsea defending hard at the back.
Hazard frustrated with the long balls sailing over his head. It was a tough evening for hazard, in particular.
Manchester City played this game with lots of possession and their attack and mid support.
There were a couple of rash challenges in the first half by Zinchenko and he was warned for the second when he slid in, Michael Oliver may have even deemed that worthy of a red card, which may have evened up Chelsea’s chances.
After the first half of attack against the defence where within minutes of the restart, Sergio Aguero collecting possession after the stuck Azpiilicueta.
He found the overlapping David Silva and crossed low with Bernardo Silva arriving at the far post, beating Alonso and sending it back into the net.
After the goal, stats showed that City had their control in that game with 82 percent possession of the ball.
A chance created for Chelsea when Cesc Fabregas created an opening for Moses, But he misplaced that shot as result it was into the side-netting.
Conte finally decides to introduce a fresh pair of legs after 78 min, it was Oliver Giroud who replaced Willian. Morata entered the fray in the final minute but Chelsea’ last chance came and went to Alonso who sliced wide and stopped the shot.
Manchester City recorded a league double over Chelsea for the first time since 2009/10.
Manchester City has now equalled last season’s final points tally of 78.
This was the first time since Opta began recording in-game stats (2003/04) that Chelsea failed to register a single shot on target.
Bernardo has now bagged five goals in 2018 – only Aguero (15) has more.
Since 2010, David Silva has assisted 73 goals in the Premier League – 20 more than any other player during that same period. He has also assisted 12 goals this season – his best since 2011/12.when he made 19 goals for his team-mates.