Chelsea, Man City stage engrossing, rain-drenched 8-goal draw
Armando Broja won a stoppage-time penalty and Cole Palmer converted it against his former club as Chelsea and Manchester City played an intoxicating 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Rodri’s late goal appeared to deliver Manchester City an engrossing win over Chelsea at StamfordBridge, as Mauricio Pochettino and Pep Guardiola orchestrated a rain-drenched classic in London, but Ruben Dias’ slide in the box cut down Broja and sent Palmer to the spot.
The lead changed hands twice and the game was level at 1-1, 2-2, and 3-3 as Erling Haaland scored twice to join teammates Manuel Akanji and Rodri on the score sheet for the victors while Thiago Silva, Raheem Sterling, Nicolas Jackson, and Palmer struck for the hard-luck Blues.
Man City held 54 percent of the ball as the teams combined for more than 5 xG — Chelsea led that 2.96-2.83 — and the Blues took 17 of the game’s 31 shot attempts.
Nineteen of those shots were on target, as Man City keeper Ederson made five saves to Robert Sanchez’s six.
Man City’s point puts it atop the table by a point (28) over Liverpool and Arsenal heading into the international break, while Chelsea’s take it 10th with 16 points. - Nicholas Mendola
Players deliver spectacle as Guardiola, Pochettino draw up beauty
Everybody played their part on Sunday, from the tacticians to the stars, as Manchester City and Chelsea produced a rain-soaked feast for all in this eight-goal split in London.
Mauricio Pochettino’s game plan had Pep Guardiola’s men looking uneasy at the start, but the Catalan wizard had answers throughout the game as changes in tactics and personnel swung the flow back-and-forth.
That’s not to say there wasn’t a superior team, as Manchester City had more superior passages of play, but that was expected and will only encourage Pochettino and the Chelsea set given this project is still so new to the manager.
You had Erling Haaland dueling with Thiago Silva, Conor Gallagher trying to out-run Manuel Akanji and Rodri, and Raheem Sterling daring Kyle Walker to lose sight of him on the Blues’ left side. Chelsea captain Reece James helped the hosts have so much love on the other side of the pitch.
And the rain made the game an aesthetic wonder.
It’s crazy to think of the talent unavailable to these big-spending teams, as Kevin De Bruyne, Christopher Nkunku, John Stones, and Wesley Fofana were all missing from a game that still produced a Champions League final caliber show.
More, please. - Nicholas Mendola
No rest for the weary after a little rest for the weary. The international break will be followed by Man City hosting Liverpool at 7:30am ET Saturday (Nov. 25), 2.5 hours before Chelsea visits Newcastle United.
How to watch Chelsea vs Manchester City live, stream link and start time
Kick off: 11:30am ET, Sunday (November 12)
TV Channel: USA Network
Online: Stream via NBC.com
Chelsea vs Manchester City live updates, as it happened - By Joe Prince-Wright
Chelsea vs Manchester City final score: 4-4
Scorers: Haaland (25'), Thiago Silva (29'), Raheem Sterling (37'), Manuel Akanji (45+1'), Erling Haaland (47'), Jackson (67'), Rodri (86'), Palmer (90'+5)
Chelsea vs Man City player ratings -- by Joe Prince Wright
GOAL!!! Chelsea 4-4 Manchester City score - Cole Palmer
Ruben Dias’ slide through the box caught Armando Broja’s back leg, and there’s no doubt about a stoppage-time penalty coming the way of Chelsea.
It’s ex-Man City man Cole Palmer at the spot, and there’s just as little doubt about his penalty. He blazes it past Ederson to send us to a likely split.
GOAL!!! Chelsea 3-4 Manchester City score - Rodri
A wicked turn off Thiago Silva has the game’s seventh and perhaps decisive goal going the way of the visitors.
Rodri lashes into the ball from outside the box and Silva sticks his leg out in reaction to leave Robert Sanchez in the lurch.
CHANCE! Chelsea should be 4-3 up
Malo Gusto is played in after some great work by Sterling but he lifts his shot over the bar. He has to score. He knows it. Relief for Man City.
GOALLL! Chelsea 3-3 Manchester City - Nicolas Jackson
Nicolas Jackson finishes after Ederson spills Conor Gallagher’s shot. Stamford Bridge goes wild. What a game. What a final 20 minutes we have coming up.
CHANCE! Palmer so close after a mazy run
Cole Palmer with a brilliant run but Ederson denies him what would’ve been a stunning solo goal. Chelsea still in this. Palmer and Sterling still causing problems against their former clubs. Mudryk and Malo Gusto are on for Fernandez and James as Chelsea mix things up a little bit. Grealish is on for City. Right now, it’s still open but City look the most likely to grab the next goal.
GOALLL! Chelsea 2-3 Manchester City
Erling Haaland gives City the lead right at the start of the second half. Foden finds Alvarez and he squares for Haaland to bundle him from close range. They all count and after a quick VAR check for a potential handball on Haaland, the goal stands. Very poor defensively from Chelsea.
HALF TIME: Chelsea 2-2 Manchester City
What. A. Half. Chelsea created so many chances in that first half but so did City. Just when it looked like Pochettino’s Blues would surge further in front, City equalized right on half time. This has the feel of those classic Guardiola v Pochettino encounters from Poch’s Spurs era.
GOALLL! Chelsea 2-2 Manchester City - Manuel Akanji
Right on half time City are level. A short corner finds Bernardo Silva and his cross finds an unmarked Akanji who heads home. Pochettino is furious with that Chelsea defending. City level. What a game!
SAVE! Robert Sanchez denies Haaland
Brilliant stop down low to deny Haaland. He was clean through and you just expected him to score. Sanchez stands tall.
GOALLL! Chelsea 2-1 Manchester City - Raheem Sterling
A cross into the box from Reece James finds Sterling at the back post and he taps home. The Bridge erupts. What a turnaround.
CLOSE! Phil Foden bends one just wide
City have fought back now and look angry. Phil Foden cuts inside from the right and bends a beauty of an effort with his left foot inches wide. That looked like it was in. What a game this is.
GOALLL! Chelsea 1-1 Manchester City - Thiago Silva
Chelsea level. The corner is whipped to the near post and Thiago Silva flicks home a perfect header. What a game!
SAVE! Ederson with a fine stop to deny Reece James
Reece James smashes a brilliant free kick towards the top corner but Ederson pushes it wide. Chelsea corner.
GOALLL! Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City - Erling Haaland
Erling Haaland slots home the penalty kick and sends Robert Sanchez the wrong way. Chelsea’s fans are not happy with that penalty kick decision but Cucurella was taking a big risk grabbing Haaland that way.
PENALTY KICK - Manchester City get a penalty kick
Marc Cucurella pulls Erling Haaland back just as he’s about to head home and a penalty kick is given. Cucurella can have no complaints. Chelsea had Conor Gallagher down injured in the build-up to that goal but City played on, as they’re entitled to, and Bernardo Silva whipped in a great ball that Haaland was going to get on the end og.
SHOT - Gallagher denied by Ederson
The ball drops to Conor Gallagher on the edge of the box and he takes one touch to tee himself up and then drills a volley at goal but it’s straight at Ederson.
Fast start from the hosts
Chelsea have picked up the ball in midfield on multiple occasions and are driving forward quickly. Man City look a little unsettled but they do have the likes of Kyle Walker to cope with the Chelsea breaks from Sterling and Jackson. For now. City have yet to really get going with Haaland extremely isolated. Now I’ve written that...
Hello and welcome to Stamford Bridge! There is a real buzz around the streets of west London as City roll in. Can Chelsea kick on after their big win against Tottenham earlier this week? Will Man City keep winning as we head into the international break?
Sanchez; James, Disasi, Silva, Cucurella; Caicedo, Fernandez; Palmer, Gallagher, Sterling; Jackson
Manchester City lineup
Ederson; Walker, Dias, Akanji, Gvardiol; Rodri, Silva; Foden, Alvarez, Doku; Haaland
Focus on Chelsea, team news
The Blues now have a more settled starting lineup and we saw against Tottenham that they’re very good at creating counter attacking opportunities. Now, can they take more of them? Sterling and Palmer will be at the heart of their attack and that duo will be desperate to win against City and show Guardiola what he’s missing. Moises Caicedo and Enzo Fernandez will be up for the battle in midfield as they continue to improve as a duo, while Chelsea have to improve defensively as they still gave up some big chances against nine-man Spurs. Wesley Fofana, Christopher Nkunku, Ben Chilwell, Romeo Lavia, Carney Chukwuemeka and Trevoh Chalobah all remain out. Armando Broja could feature on the bench, while it will be intriguing to see if Mykhailo Mudryk starts in attack.
OUT: Christopher Nkunku (knee), Ben Chilwell (hamstring), Romeo Lavia (ankle), Wesley Fofana (torn ACL), Carney Chukwuemeka (knee), Trevoh Chalobah (thigh)
Focus on Manchester City, team news
City have lost twice this season but they’re still top of the Premier League table and have so many attacking players stepping up. Phil Foden, Julian Alvarez, Bernardo Silva and most recently Jeremy Doku have delivered goals and assists and Doku has been a wonderful addition over the summer. Guardiola has been rotating his squad in recent games and knows exactly how to keep his side fresh at this busy point of the season. Stones, Sergio Gomez and Kevin de Bruyne are all out.
OUT: Kevin De Bruyne (hamstring - out until December/January), John Stones (undisclosed), Sergio Gomez (undisclosed)
What is Man City’s record against Chelsea?
Manchester City have dominated Chelsea in recent years, winning all of their last four Premier League games by a scoreline of 1-0. City have also won their last six games in all competitions against Chelsea, outscoring them 10-0 in this run. The all-time record of Manchester City against Chelsea after 52 games in the Premier League is: 18 wins, 7 draws and 27 defeats.
Man City record at Stamford Bridge
Manchester City’s record at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League has been pretty woeful over the years, with their overall record standing at 6 wins, 5 draws and 14 defeats in 23 games. Although, they have won each of their last three league games at Chelsea.
How many goals does Erling Haaland have?
He is top of the Premier League goalscoring charts with 11 goals so far, while in all competitions he has 15 goals this season.