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It was a difficult game between Chelsea and Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, and while the Blues put in a good performance and went ahead through N’Golo Kante, Frank Lampard’s side couldn’t hold on to the lead and eventually lost the game 2-1, with first-half goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez cancelling Chelsea’s opener.
Chelsea didn’t only give City tough time at the Etihad, the Blues did it playing good football.
For the first time under Pep Guardiola, Manchester City had less than 50% of the possession in a Premier League match.
In the first half, Chelsea had 55% possession to City’s 45%, while the Blues had 53% in the second half.
Lampard told reporters after the game that his plan was to best Man City with and without the ball, and while it worked for large quarters of the game, Chelsea couldn’t convert some key chances and also hold on to their lead.
Lampard said: “Coming into the game, our recent form and how we’re developing quickly, I wanted to come here and be brave, to compete, to be brave on and off the ball.
“In the first half you saw all of that from us. At 1-0 we have relative control of the game. We didn’t have that little bit of quality in the final third. They had a couple of moments but we were playing well. Throughout the game there were a lot of positives, but we lost and it shows you at this level the finer details in both boxes are what decide these ones.”