Shearer: Manchester City couldn’t handle this Chelsea player. He made Chelsea better in the second half

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Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has hailed Reece James for his performance against Manchester City on Saturday.

According to Shearer, Manchester City couldn’t handle James, who made Chelsea better in the second half.

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“The reason why Chelsea were better is that they got Alonso and James higher up the pitch, they were more involved,” Shearer told BBC’s Match of the Day.

“Reece James was magnificent in the second half, he gave [Benjamin] Mendy a horrid time. His pace and quality got Chelsea up the pitch.

“They couldn’t handle him. It was three or four occasions that he did that in the second half. He pulled everyone else up with him.

“Chelsea were prepared to gamble and that was the big difference, it’s a big win for them.”

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