The game between Manchester City and Chelsea was arguably the match of the season so far.
It had everything a football fan wants from a game of football: Stunning saves, terrible miss, great intensity, blistering counter attack, superb goals and of course a mass brawl. Lol.
Here are five things we learned as Chelsea destroyed Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
1. CHELSEA IS THE TEAM TO BEAT
Chelsea had been in stunning form since Antonio Conte switched to a 3-4-3 formation but the games against Tottenham and Manchester City were going to be big test of Chelsea’s title credentials and Chelsea passed both test. Chelsea’s second half display against Manchester City was a joy to watch and Chelsea are the team to beat at the moment. Catch Chelsea if you can.
2. DIEGO COSTA PROVED HE’S THE BEST STRIKER IN THE WORLD
I can’t seem to think of a better centre-forward than Diego Costa at the moment. He’s not just scoring goals for fun, he’s always assisting too. His goal after a delightful pass from Fabregas was lovely while his assist for Willian’s goal was also brilliant. Forget Aguero, Costa is the best striker in the world.
3. FABREGAS IS THE PASS MASTER
The last time Cesc Fabregas started a Premier League game for Chelsea was Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat to Arsenal. Fabregas was awful and he was withdrawn early in the second half. Fabregas had the chance to make things right after he got the chance to start against Manchester City and he delivered. His brilliant assist for Costa’s goal cancelled Manchester City’s lead. Truth be told, Fabregas struggled defensively but his passing ability brought Chelsea back to the game.
4. WILLIAN DESERVES A START
Willian had a brilliant game from the bench for Chelsea. His drive with the ball, invention and pace helped spark Chelsea’s attack into life when he was introduced early in the second-half. Pedro’s form has kept Willian on the bench but Willian’s performance against Manchester City deserves a place in Chelsea’s starting lineup.
5. THIBAUT COURTOIS IS WORLD-CLASS
Truth be told, Thibaut Courtois’ fantastic saves kept Chelsea in the game and the Belgian international goalkeeper will definitely be proud of his performance against Manchester City.