Guardiola admits Chelsea were too good


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Chelsea were beaten 2-1 by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening, but the Blues showed that they were no pushovers in that game.

Chelsea started the game the stronger of the two sides and went ahead after 21 minutes of play. However, Chelsea’s lead didn’t last long and Kevin de Bruyne levelled for the hosts eight minutes later.

Just before half-time, Riyad Mahrez cut in from the right wing and slotted a fine strike past Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga that sealed the win for the home team.

Chelsea lost at the Etihad 6-0 last season, but the Blues were very good tonight and City boss Pep Guardiola was full of praise for Frank Lampard’s side.

Guardiola said after the game: “It was a top game against a top side. Chelsea have been big quality for the past 20 years.

“When they went ahead in the best moments they had we scored through Kevin de Bruyne, then we missed a lot of chances.

“Chelsea are the masters at reading the passes – we had problems with Willian and Tammy Abraham. We fought a lot and had a good victory.”

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