At the close of last season, Chelsea defeated the defending champions Manchester City three times in a row, including in the Champions League final in May, to win their second European title. On Saturday afternoon, though, City avenged themselves with a crucial three points in their effort to defend their title.
After a deflected second-half shot beat Edouard Mendy in the home goal, Gabriel Jesus scored the game’s only goal. The team of Thomas Tuchel rallied well to the setback, but they were unable to regain control and failed to register a single shot on target.
A delighted Pep Guardiola spoke to BT Sport after the game and touched on Gabriel Jesus, becoming Manchester City most successful manager in terms of wins and beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. He said:
A delighted Pep Guardiola spoke to BT Sport after the game and touched on Gabriel Jesus, becoming Man City most successful manager in terms of wins and beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. He said:
Today the guys were outstanding. At this stadium and against this opponent, to do what we have done makes me so proud.
“We came here and did our game. Sometimes you can’t do it because the opponent is better. We were encouraged to press high and they could not make the build-up.
“Gabriel [Jesus] always gives everything. You cannot say anything to him. Every single game he runs for his team-mates. Having these types of players makes me so happy.
“I’m so proud. We’ve done it at Stamford Bridge at the last Champions League winner. We’ve been magnificent together. It makes me proud, a little bit for myself but especially for the club.”