Manchester City beat injury-ravaged Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and reduced the gap between them and Premier League leaders Arsenal to five points.
The reigning champions struggled in the first half before two substitutes from manager Pep Guardiola combined to break the deadlock after 63 minutes, Riyad Mahrez turning in Jack Grealish’s low cross at the far post.
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Chelsea dominated the first half despite losing former City forwards Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic to injuries, with substitute Carney Chukwuemeka hitting the post from the edge of the area.
Graham Potter will rightly point to Chelsea’s bad luck with absentees, but the bottom line is that this defeat drops them to 10th, 10 points out of the Champions League places.
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City, on the other hand, will be pleased with three points despite being far from their best and on a rare night when scoring machine Erling Haaland failed to find the net.