Manchester Metropolis’s Ilkay Gundogan, second proper, celebrates after scoring the opening aim.
Manchester Metropolis left Chelsea in disarray by sweeping to a 3-1 victory on Monday (NZT) with a ruthless attacking show that consigned Frank Lampard’s group to a fourth loss in its previous six Premier League video games.
İlkay Gündoğan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne scored in a devastating 16-minute first-half spell as Metropolis rose to fifth within the standings regardless of coronavirus instances depleting the squad.
Chelsea is just three factors behind Metropolis however has performed two video games extra and the style of this defeat can be alarming to notoriously impatient proprietor Roman Abramovich.
The absence of any crowd because of coronavirus restrictions spared Lampard from any negativity from his personal followers not less than.
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Metropolis had been lacking 5 gamers because of coronavirus infections and there was off-field tumult within the buildup to the sport attributable to defender Benjamin Mendy breaching pandemic restrictions on inter-household mixing by holding a New Yr’s Eve get together.
With Ederson in isolation recovering from Covid-19, goalkeeper Zack Steffen began his first Premier League recreation. It was a nervy begin for the 25-year-old American, incomes a reserving for dealing with outdoors the penalty space after 5 minutes.
However because of Metropolis’s scintillating forays ahead and Chelsea’s attacking deficiencies, Steffen wasn’t examined.
As a substitute it was reverse quantity Edouard Mendy choosing the ball out of his web 3 times.
Within the 18th minute, Foden obtained a go from De Bruyne and teed up Gündoğan on the flip to web his third aim in 4 video games.
Metropolis was in devastating type, orchestrated as so usually by De Bruyne with lower than three minutes between the opening two objectives.
An preliminary cross from the Belgium playmaker was intercepted by Thiago Silva, however he regained the ball to arrange Foden for the second. It was a slick last contact from Foden that allowed him to beat Mendy at his close to put up.
Chelsea was in disarray.
The third was began and accomplished by De Bruyne. He headed to Sterling to launch a breakaway down half the size of the pitch unchallenged earlier than hitting the aim body with a shot. By that point, De Bruyne had arrived to satisfy the rebound within the thirty fourth minute.
Solely Mendy’s fast response within the Chelsea aim prevented a close-range header from Rodri going into the highest nook in the beginning of the second half.
Hardly ever has Metropolis been so untroubled in a recreation in opposition to Chelsea, which endured one other disappointing recreation in entrance of aim from striker Timo Werner.
There was comfort in stoppage time with Callum Hudson-Odoi netting from Kai Havertz’s cross.