Manchester City put on a strong performance to end Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season with a deserved win at Stamford Bridge.
The reigning champions dominated a strangely passive and conservative Chelsea in a meeting between two sides widely expected to compete for the Premier League title this season.
Gabriel Jesus’ 53rd-minute effort took a touch off Jorginho to beat Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy – but few could question City’s right to win against the team that defeated them in the Champions League final last May, and the victory margin should have been far more emphatic.
Mendy also made two crucial saves from the outstanding Jack Grealish.
It was the ideal start to a crucial week for City and manager Pep Guardiola, who will travel to Paris St-Germain in the Champions League this week before facing Liverpool at Anfield the following Sunday.
With the victory at Stamford Bridge, Guardiola has become Manchester City most successful manager in terms of victories.
Manchester City’s start to the season has been uneven in some ways, but this was the champions back to their best, sending a message to one of their main title rivals that they will not relinquish their crown easily.