N’Golo Kante’s powerful, side-footed effort crashed into the roof of the City goal on the cusp of half-time, and it was the Blues who would take to the second period in the ascendancy.
David Luiz rose highest to meet Eden Hazard’s whipped corner, nudging a header up and over Ederson across the goal and into the back of the net.
MATCH FACTS AND STATS
Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (Barkley 65), Pedro, Hazard (Giroud 90), Willian (Loftus-Cheek 74)
Subs not used: Fabregas, Caballero, Christensen, Emerson Palmieri
Scorers: Kante 45, David Luiz 78
Booked: Jorginho, Pedro
Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Delph, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Silva (Gundogan 68), Mahrez (Foden 84), Sterling, Sane (Gabriel Jesus 53)
Subs not used: Danilo, Kompany, Otamendi, Muric
Referee: Michael Oliver.
Until they arrived at Stamford Bridge, Manchester City had only been behind in Premier League games for 12 minutes this season. They had not lost in the league since April 7th when they fell at home to Manchester United with the title all but won. The idea of a domestic City defeat has started to seem like an offence against nature.
City played it down but it did not seem unreasonable to anticipate they would go through the entire league season unbeaten. Another edition of the Invincibles.
They had, after all, survived trips to Anfield, Wembley and the Emirates without tasting defeat. The hardest work in maintaining an unblemished record appeared to be behind them.