‘Ifreke Inyang: 5 things we learnt from Chelsea vs Man City, Man Utd vs Aston Villa

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‘Ifreke Inyang: 5 things we learnt from vs City, Man Utd vs Aston Villa

It is not every week football fans enjoy a grand to Premier League’s weekend games.

This Saturday, three of the four teams that kicked off the 12.30pm fixtures Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.

Gabriel Jesus provided the breakthrough, as City dominated the Blues at Stamford and 1-0 convincingly, to get back into the race.

At Old Trafford, a miserable week for Ole Gunnar continued, as Kortney Hause netted the decisive goal. Fernandes however had time to blaze off a late penalty.

What are the five things we learnt from both games?

1. Guardiola is still king: This was a high- game for Pep by all account. Not only was it the start of a triple header that still has Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool to come. But because he has lost three times in a row to Thomas Tuchel. The former Barcelona boss accepted the challenge without changing his principles and dominated Chelsea from start to finish on their own turf.

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2. is not the one: If Guardiola is proving his tactical mettle on one side of Manchester, on the other side is flunking quite badly. After been dumped out of the Carabao Cup by West Ham in midweek, the Norwegian saw United stumble in the race, losing 1-0 to a very resilient Aston Villa side. The Red Devils were poor on the day, shaky in defence and laboured in .

3. Bruno, oh dear: With United losing 1-0 at Old Trafford, the had a chance for late redemption. Hause who headed in the only goal of the game was punished for handball and Mike Dean awarded a penalty. Fernandes stepped up with the ball, Cristiano Ronaldo’s shadow looming behind and blasted it over Emi Martinez’s net. One wonders if that is the end of his spot-kick duties.

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4. Chelsea can be beaten: The to City’s win at Chelsea, was their fierce pressing and tidiness in possession. Guardiola’s approach pushed Tuchel’s men back and they resorted to long balls into the path of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner. Both strikers struggled for crumbs, as Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias marshalled the champions’ backline so expertly.

5. The race is on: The two results from Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford have blown the race wide open. Liverpool, City, Chelsea and United are all level on 13 points, with Jurgen Klopp’s men to face 10th Brentford this evening. Next week, the Reds take on Guardiola’s men. The excitement has only begun!

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