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Manchester City vs Chelsea – 4-0 Win

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Manchester City vs Chelsea – 4-0 Win. At Etihad Stadium on Sunday, it was men vs boys as Manchester City easily defeated Chelsea in the third round of the FA Cup. The Blues were defeated by Pep Guardiola’s team for the second time in four days with a convincing 4-0 victory.

Both clubs made numerous adjustments to their starting lineups, but only City was able to maintain some level of quality. Erling Haaland, Kevin De Bruyne, Ederson, and Joao Cancelo weren’t there, yet the hosts nevertheless comprehensively dominated their opponents.

Within 40 minutes, this game was gone thanks to a beautiful Riyad Mahrez free-kick, Julian Alvarez’s successful penalty kick conversion, and a fantastic team effort that Phil Foden capped off. Later, Mahrez added insult to Chelsea’s injury when he successfully converted another penalty.

Graham Potter will continue to be under pressure due to losses like these as well as the team’s total lack of skill and grit. While City was easily winning, Chelsea played significantly below the standard that was required of them.

The Performing Side:

Riyad Mahrez: Mahrez has beaten Chelsea once more! His precise free-kick broke the score in a game that had been devoid of any significant possibilities up until that point. It flew past Kepa Arrizabalaga and into the top corner. Then, to further humiliate Chelsea, he scored a late penalty, blasting it through the goal’s ceiling. He has eight goals to his name in all competitions after scoring in each of his team’s three games this season versus the Blues. The 31-year-old was a lively character throughout the game as well since he was constantly ready to link up with his fellow attackers and occasionally send some dangerous balls into the box.

Pep Guardiola: Guardiola performed flawlessly that day. Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne were given time to recuperate, which was the proper alteration to make to his starting lineup, but he still managed to field a team that could easily defeat their opponents. They were intelligent and highly motivated, practically the exact opposite of the visitors, and they were superior to Chelsea everywhere on the field. This break will help keep two of his most crucial players fresh ahead of a cup match against Southampton in the Carabao Cup in three days and the Manchester Derby three days later.

Phil Foden: In addition to scoring his team’s third goal to put the game beyond Chelsea’s reach and winning a late penalty, Foden was a crucial component of this victory. Foden’s roster berth is still up for grabs as Jack Grealish battles for a regular starting position in Guardiola’s squad. Foden is a legitimate threat to the defending English champions because of his outstanding mobility off the ball and his capacity for assuming risky positions. He undoubtedly demonstrated that he deserves a spot in City’s starting lineup and that Guardiola must give the England international a starting position if he hopes to keep this fantastic talent satisfied.

The Losing Side:

Kai Havertz: Havertz was fortunate to avoid receiving a card for a rough challenge on Rodri of Manchester City early in the game because he was far from the ball and did not appear to be trying for it when he stamped on the midfielder’s foot. Then, while City was trailing 1-0, he put his team under tremendous strain when he blatantly handled the ball in the Chelsea area, resulting in a penalty that Julian Alvarez converted to make it 2-0. The 23-year-old made no offensive contributions for the Blues and posed little threat to City goalkeeper Stefan Ortega during the first half.

Graham Potter: The manager of Chelsea was heard stating as he watched the video of Kai Havertz awarding City a penalty. It was a fitting response given that it appears that everything is stacked against the 47-year-old losing his job. Every poor performance causes support for the coach to decline, and in the second half, the Blues supporters made their displeasure known by beginning to sing Thomas Tuchel’s name. But given that Potter once again failed to instill any sort of battling spirit in his players for this game, he can hardly be surprised by the vitriol directed at him.

Mason Mount: Mount was shifted to the left wing to assist Kai Havertz up front, but Chelsea’s attack appeared to be little more than a hologram as they failed to create any chances during this game. Havertz was removed from his squad before the second half due to his performance, but Mount did not fare much better and was replaced with little over 15 minutes remaining. While he did launch Chelsea’s opening shot of the match, it was a feeble, imprecise attempt, and he was unable to capitalize on that one participation in the remainder of his performance. He also struggled to connect with those around him.

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Salman Shaikh
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