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Manchester City Beat Chelsea 1-3 To Increase Pressure On Lampard 

Manchester City Beat Chelsea 1-3 To Increase Pressure On Lampard 
Manchester City Beat Chelsea 1-3 To Increase Pressure On Lampard 

Manchester City has taken all three points at the Bridge, after producing a ruthless attacking display to beat Chelsea 1-3 and increase the pressure on Frank Lampard.

The defeat by Chelsea is the 4th in six games, as pressure continues to mount on Frank Lampard to find quick and fast solutions to the form.

The visitors, who were without a number of first-team players following an outbreak of coronavirus at the club, stunned Chelsea with three goals in 16 first-half minutes.

Ilkay Gundogan’s crisp low finish broke the deadlock and Phil Foden doubled City’s lead three minutes later, tucking a superb first-time strike beyond Edouard Mendy after fine work from Kevin de Bruyne.

De Bruyne deservedly got his name on the scoresheet with a close-range finish after Raheem Sterling’s curling strike had rebounded off the woodwork.

Callum Hudson-Odoi scored in second-half stoppage time for Chelsea, firing Kai Havertz’s cross beyond Premier League debutant Zack Steffen.

Manchester City were without Kyle Walker, Gabriel Jesus, Ederson, Ferran Torres, Eric Garcia and Tommy Doyle against Chelsea.

After the game, Lampard admitted his side were going through a “tough spell” after being frustrated by Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on Monday.

He said: “We made mistakes, individual mistakes, and didn’t get close enough. They punished us.

“If you want to reach the top level which City have been for a few years now, you have to accept the pressures.

“The second half we competed but at 3-0 the game was pretty much done. I am not trying to talk up the last 20 minutes of the game because at 3-0 the vitals of the game have changed, but I was still looking for a reaction.

“I am not putting ourselves down. Today was painful in the first half in football terms because their level of play showed where we need to aspire to be. In the second half I saw a reaction, but the work needs to be done.”

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola told BBC Sport: “We played really well. It’s unfortunate about the last goal but the result at Stamford Bridge is fantastic. Today we were back like we were two or three seasons ago. An important win at Chelsea away.

“The Premier League is weird for everything [this season]. We just have to be focused during the games but otherwise relax. Hopefully in the Premier League in the last six, seven games we can be there fighting.”

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