Manchester City were able to overcome the challenge of Frank Lampard’s high-flying Chelsea side despite not being at their best, that is according to Roy Keane.
The home side started off the game slowly, finding themselves 1-0 down around the 20-minute mark after N’Golo Kante fired home. And while they were able to turn things around thanks to goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez, Keane does not think they were at their best on the day.
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“Manchester City responded like champions today. They weren’t quite at their best but they punished Chelsea for their mistakes and they deserved to win. We saw the quality they have, even with their problems,” the former Manchester United captain told Sky Sports.
“Ultimately it’s what you do with the possession, and I think Chelsea didn’t quite do enough. Frank will be pleased, they didn’t park the bus and they had a go, but they were punished and that’s what the really good teams do.”
By their extremely high standards, Keane is probably fair with his assessment. Not only did Guardiola’s side concede the first goal, but they were also not as dominant as they usually are.
With injuries to so many key players such as Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane, though, the above is not completely unfathomable, especially given the opposition the Citizens came up against.
Chelsea had won six Premier League games on the bounce heading into the fixture and, under Lampard, have looked to control possession. Their average of 56.4% is only below City’s 60% and Liverpool’s 57.5%, showing the kind of great form they have been in.
When you consider all of that and the fact that City had to win with Liverpool flying in first place, it was a good three points for Guardiola’s men, even if they were not at their best.
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