In a pulsating first half, in which both sides had chances, Christian Pulisic opened the scoring just after the half hour mark. Clumsy defending by Benjamin Mendy set the American through one-on-one with Ederson and he made no mistake, slotting the ball calmly home.
Christian Pulisic opened the scoring for Chelsea
Kevin De Bruyne then levelled things up with sumptuous free kick ten minutes after the break, before Raheem Sterling hit the post seconds later.
Mason Mount then spurned a gilt edged chance for the hosts and Pulisic had a shot sprawled off the line in an exciting second half. With just over 10 minutes left to play, Fernandinho was shown a red card for handball in the box and Willian converted the resulting penalty to edge Chelsea in front.
Despite some intense City pressure, the score remained 2-1 at the final whistle with the result enough to ensure Jurgen Klopp’s side were crowned Premier League champions.
Key Talking Point
Chelsea players celebrate their opening goal against City
Chelsea’s Champions League spot had seemed so assured prior to football’s shutdown in March.
However, the ascendency of Manchester United and Wolves in recent weeks will have got Frank Lampard sweating about his side’s ability to hang on to a top five finish.
The Blues boss will be massively encouraged by his side’s performance against City. Their forward line cut through the visitors shaky defence with ease and the scoreline could have easily been more.
The victory gives Chelsea a five point cushion over their European challengers and are just one point adrift of third placed Leicester.
Frank Lampard has done what Steven Gerrard couldn’t achieve, win Liverpool the league. pic.twitter.com/LwRN1YLoug
— The Chelsea Chaps (@chelseachaps) June 25, 2020
Starting XI: Kepa (5); Azpilicueta (6), Christensen (6), Rudiger (7), Alonso (6); Barkley (7), Kante (5), Mount (6); Willian (7), Giroud (5), Pulisic (8*)
Substitutes: Abraham (7), Kovacic (6), Gilmour (6), Pedro (6)
STAR MAN – Christian Pulisic
Christian Pulisic was Chelsea’s star man on Thursday night
Following the high profile acquisitions of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner recently, Christian Pulisic might have been concerned for his place in the Chelsea first team.
The forward reminded Frank Lampard of his talents against City, finishing superbly for his side’s opener and going close to adding another fine goal in the second half.
Pulisic giving me those Hazard vibes man, what a player, he’s too cold. https://t.co/lMKWYdIvO0
— Pys (@CFCPys) June 25, 2020
Clear now that it was always part of the plan to let Chelsea sign Pulisic and Willian….
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) June 25, 2020
Key Talking Point
Pep Guardiola surrendered his Premier League crown this evening
Going into the game, Pep Guardiola’s mission was simple. Stop Liverpool winning the Premier League… for another week at least.
The mission failed, and how fitting that in a season in which the Citizens’ back four has been heavily criticised, it would be a defensive error that gifted Chelsea their opening goal.
Benjamin Mendy’s wild lunge was indicative of the individual errors that have plagued City during the current campaign and tightening up the defence needs to be top of Pep Guardiola’s agenda if he wants to close the gap on Liverpool.
It would appear that Benjamin Mendy has been rewatching David Luiz’ performance at the Etihad a bit too much.
— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) June 25, 2020
Benjamin Mendy has contributed more to Liverpool winning the Premier league title than he’s done for Man city.#MCICHE
— Stóked™ ? (@_Alexander_king) June 25, 2020
Starting XI: Ederson (5); Walker (6), Fernandinho (5), Laporte (6), Mendy (5); Gundogan (5), Rodri (6), De Bruyne (8*); Mahrez (7), Sterling (6), B Silva (5)
Substitutes: D Silva (6), Zinchenko (6), Otamendi (6), Jesus (5)
STAR MAN – Kevin De Bruyne
Kevin de Bruyne scored a free kick against Chelsea
Always a fan of sticking it to his former club, Kevin De Bruyne was in typically imperious form on Thursday evening.
The Belgian was the creative hub of his side and scored one of the best free kicks of the season, curling it right in the top corner. Beautiful stuff.
Kevin De Bruyne has reached double figures for goals *and* assists in a Premier League season for the first time in his career:
❍ 29 games
❍ 16 assists
❍ 10 goals
The first player to secure a Double-Double in 2019/20. ? pic.twitter.com/KKoQ9cniPW
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 25, 2020
Kevin De Bruyne got it up and down over the wall alright. Very up and very down.pic.twitter.com/yKUWAKVhcC
— MUNDIAL (H) (@MundialMag) June 25, 2020
Both sides turn their attention to the FA Cup quarter finals next. Chelsea travel to King Power Stadium to face Leicester, while holders City take on Newcastle.