Manchester City’s start to the season has been mixed in some respects but this was,
the champions back to their best and letting one of their main title rivals know they will not give up their crown lightly.
In the meeting between two sides fully expected to fight it out for this season’s.
Premier League title, the reigning champions dominated against a strangely passive and conservative Chelsea.
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Gabriel Jesus settled a tight affair when his 53rd-minute effort took a touch off Jorginho,
to beat Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy – but few could question City’s right to the win against the team who beat them in last,
May’s Champions League final, and the victory margin should have been far more emphatic.
Jesus almost added a second when Thiago Silva cleared his effort off the line.
while Aymeric Laporte should have scored but somehow slid a shot wide from inside the six-yard box.
Mendy also produced two crucial saves from the excellent Jack Grealish.
It was the perfect start to a crucial week for City and manager Pep Guardiola as they,
prepare to visit Paris St-Germain in the Champions League this week then take on Liverpool at Anfield next Sunday.