Chelsea pressured Manchester City to place their Premier League title social gathering on maintain on Saturday, successful 2-1 to spice up their very own possibilities of a top-four end in a gown rehearsal for the Champions League last. Raheem Sterling gave the house aspect the lead simply earlier than half-time at an empty Etihad Stadium however Hakim Ziyech levelled and Marcos Alonso bundled within the winner within the dying seconds. City might be topped champions earlier than they play once more. Second-placed Manchester United face three matches earlier than Guardiola’s males are subsequent in motion, towards Newcastle on Friday.
The level lifts Chelsea into third spot, six away from fifth-placed West Ham with simply three video games to go.
Thomas Tuchel’s in-form crew ended City’s goals of a historic quadruple by beating them within the FA Cup semi-final final month and so they as soon as extra proved tough opponents.
City, who’ve an enormous 13-point benefit over second-placed Manchester United, are sure to win their third Premier League title in 4 years however should now anticipate it to be confirmed.
Pep Guardiola made 9 modifications from the aspect that noticed off Paris Saint-Germain within the second leg of the Champions League semi-final in midweek, with Ederson and Ruben Dias the one gamers to maintain their locations.
Chelsea made 5 modifications following their conquer Real Madrid.
The residence aspect dominated possession within the early levels, with Ferran Torres firing over after a thrust down the proper and Benjamin Mendy capturing large.
Raheem Sterling was booked within the 12th minute after catching Timo Werner along with his studs however the punishment might have been worse.
Werner had the ball within the web simply after the half-hour however he was nicely offside and Sterling had a shot on the different finish however clear-cut probabilities have been at a premium.
Ziyech examined Ederson within the City purpose because the half-time break neared however moments later the house aspect have been forward.
Gabriel Jesus shrugged off Andreas Christensen to interrupt into the world. He squared, in search of Sergio Aguero. The Argentine’s contact was poor however Sterling was readily available to tuck residence.
City ought to have been 2-Zero in first-half stoppage time however Aguero paid the worth for making an attempt a Panenka penalty that was simply saved by Edouard Mendy, drawing the ire of Guardiola.
Jesus received the spot-kick when he was bundled over by Billy Gilmour.
– Chelsea fightback –
As the second half wore on the guests began to determine a foothold and so they equalised simply after the hour when Rodri misplaced possession on the midway line.
Chelsea broke down the proper and Cesar Azpilicueta picked out Ziyech simply exterior the world. The Moroccan drilled a low shot into the underside nook.
Guardiola threw on Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden for Torres and Aguero as his aspect went searching for the win.
Chelsea substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi had the ball within the web with about 10 minutes to go however the purpose was dominated out for a marginal offside.
The end was frantic. Sterling had a penalty attraction turned down and Alonso then grabbed a last-gasp winner after an help from Werner.
Tuchel has reworked Chelsea’s fortunes since changing Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge in January, shedding simply two matches on his method to the FA Cup last and Champions League last.
Their remaining three league matches are towards Arsenal, Leicester — their FA Cup last opponents — and Aston Villa however they may now be strongly fancied to qualify for the Champions League for the third season in a row.
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