Participant scores as Mahrez strike closes hole on Arsenal

Manchester Metropolis closed the hole on Premier League leaders Arsenal by profitable a tightly fought contest with Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Thursday evening because of Riyad Mahrez’s strike.

Graham Potters’ hosts responded nicely to a pair of harm setbacks to create first rate moments within the first half, however Jack Grealish’s low ball throughout the field picked out fellow substitute Mahrez to faucet in on the again publish within the 63rd minute.

Raheem Sterling’s night towards his previous teammates ended early on on account of harm earlier than Christian Pulisic suffered the same destiny, forcing substitutes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Carney Chukwuemeka to be launched sooner than anticipated.

John Stones produced a pair of fantastic blocks to stop Chelsea going forward within the first half, halting efforts from each Pulisic earlier than the harm and Chukwuemeka after.

Erling Haaland lifted his first probability over the bar whereas Chukwuemeka continued to look harmful, putting the publish. A direct Metropolis counter-attack noticed Kevin De Bruyne’s strike saved by Arrizabalaga.

Pep Guardiola’s guests have been a lot improved after the break, having had their rhythm stunted by an honest Chelsea defensive effort, and finally took the lead minutes after the introduction of substitutes Mahrez and Grealish.

It was Grealish who drifted vast and delivered the ball on a plate for Mahrez, who simply needed to evade Marc Cucurella and steer in on the again publish.

Metropolis got here near doubling their benefit when De Bruyne crossed for Haaland, however not even the Norwegian’s behemoth body may get on the top of it.

The hosts struggled for clear possibilities and when Lewis Corridor skewed vast deep into the second half, it appeared clear the factors could be heading north with Guardiola and Metropolis.

Metropolis have now lowered the hole on league leaders Arsenal to 5 factors, whereas Chelsea are tenth after their fourth loss in six video games.

GK: Kepa Arrizabalaga – 6/10 – Couple of saves to make however was taken out of the equation for Metropolis’s winner.

RB: Cesar Azpilicueta – 6/10 – Seemed a bit sluggish on the draw but in addition dished out some meaty challenges.

CB: Kalidou Koulibaly – 6/10 – Held as much as the problem of Haaland alongside Silva.

CB: Thiago Silva – 7/10 – Continues to fairly comfortably be Chelsea’s finest defender.

LB: Marc Cucurella – 6/10 – Terrific power, although typically his erratic nature noticed him caught out.

CM: Mateo Kovacic – 6/10 – No doubting any ability or effort on his facet, however as soon as Metropolis took management in midfield there wasn’t an excessive amount of Kovacic nor his teammates may do.

CM: Denis Zakaria – 7/10 – Displayed some extremely twinkling ft all through the sport. Confidence appears to be rising.

AM: Hakim Ziyech – 5/10 – Not at his inventive or mercurial finest in a recreation that was by no means prone to get the very best out of him.

RW: Raheem Sterling – N/A – Untimely ending to his outing towards his former membership, coming off injured inside 5 minutes.

ST: Kai Havertz – 6/10 – Concerned in some good moments of construct up for Chelsea, although a of completion by no means appeared seemingly.

LW: Christian Pulisic – N/A – Took a whack from Stones in a problem close to the Metropolis objective and needed to come off shortly after Sterling.


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (5′ for Sterling) – 2/10 – Subbed on early, subbed off with over 20 minutes left. That is a tricky evening.

Carney Chukwuemeka (22′ for Pulisic) – 7/10 – Seemed the most certainly of Chelsea’s attackers to interrupt the impasse, hitting the publish earlier than the break.

Omari Hutchinson (68′ for Aubameyang) – 6/10 – Appears to be like like he can contribute greater than a few of his teammates.

Lewis Corridor (68′ for Cucurella) – 6/10 – Succesful second-half cameo stuffed some good moments of interaction.

Conor Gallagher (69′ for Ziyech) – 6/10 – Charged across the turf a lot to the delight of the house followers.


Graham Potter – 3/10 – Powerful activity to cease his facet’s rot towards the most effective groups in Europe and never helped by accidents. Finally it is one other loss that makes Chelsea’s activity within the second half of the season even harder.

GK: Ederson – 6/10 – Made a few easy saves. Nearly concerned in a collision exterior his field however the hazard was averted.

CB: Kyle Walker – 6/10 – Solely performed the primary 45 minutes, wanting regular sufficient.

CB: John Stones – 8/10 – Made a few actually necessary blocks and distributed the ball nicely all through.

CB: Nathan Ake – 7/10 – Got here near netting when he hit the woodwork. Excessive work fee in defence.

DM: Bernardo Silva – 6/10 – Helped Metropolis stay as tidy as ever however there was no actual spark to Silva’s play earlier than he got here off.

DM: Rodri – 7/10 – Managed the tempo of the sport with wonderful passing and broke up Chelsea assaults whereas defending, legally and in any other case.

RW: Joao Cancelo – 6/10 – Deployed extremely far ahead throughout the first half however the experiment did not appear to work and he was quickly withdrawn.

CM: Kevin De Bruyne – 7/10 – Seemed harmful each time he received on the half-turn and surged in direction of Chelsea’s objective.

CM: Ilkay Gundogan – 8/10 – Created two possibilities and made 4 profitable tackles, establishing Metropolis’s platform in midfield.

LW: Phil Foden – 5/10 – Disappointingly quiet earlier than being changed by the subs who received Metropolis the sport.

ST: Erling Haaland – 6/10 – A recreation with out a objective for the massive Norwegian beast. None of his three pictures have been heading in the right direction.


Manuel Akanji (46′ for Walker) – 6/10 – Helped settle Metropolis’s backline after a difficult first half.

Rico Lewis (46′ for Cancelo) – 6/10 – A bit wasteful within the second half however was no much less persistent and snappy within the sort out.

Jack Grealish (60′ for Foden) – 7/10 – Inch-perfect cross arrange Mahrez to web the one objective of the sport.

Riyad Mahrez (60′ for Silva) – /10 – Readily available on the again publish to faucet in Grealish’s cross.

Kalvin Phillips (86′ for Rodri) – N/A – A late runout.


Pep Guardiola – 7/10 – Not his facet’s best or glistening show, however Guardiola made optimistic adjustments and was rewarded with a winner.

Participant of the match – John Stones