Winners and losers as Chelsea beaten by Man City after Foden and De Bruyne show

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Manchester City’s Covid-struck side left Chelsea embarrassed in their own backyard with a 3-1 win on Sunday evening.

It was a nightmare start for Chelsea as City took the lead after just 18 minutes when Ilkay Gundogan found the back of the net from range.

Things then went from bad to worse just two minutes later as Phil Foden and Kevin de Bruyne linked up before the former tucked the ball past Edouard Mendy.

The Belgium midfielder got himself on the scoresheet 15 minutes later with a simple finish, pretty much wrapping up the match with more than an hour still left on the clock, though Callum Hudson-Odoi clawed back a consolation goal in injury time.

Winners

Kevin de Bruyne

Every time De Bruyne goes back to Stamford Bridge he must find himself smirking at the player he has become since leaving Chelsea.

And it was yet another masterclass from the Belgian has he put his former club to the sword with a goal and an assist.

Hard to believe the Blues let De Bruyne slip through their fingers.

Phil Foden

The man who will perhaps take up De Bruyne’s mantle, this was only Foden’s second start since October.

But the England international will surely be getting the nod more from Pep Guardiola if he keeps playing like this, also picking up a goal and an assist.

Foden always seems like a threat when he’s on the pitch; he puts in the hard work and tracks back too.

Christian Pulisic

The only Chelsea player who looked like making anything happen, all of the Blues’ chances came through Pulisic.

The American showed why Frank Lampard has become so reliable on him, and his tenacity has to be applauded, even as he watched City tear his defensive colleagues to shreds.

Losers

Mateo Kovacic

To be completely honest, one of his worst performances in a Chelsea shirt to date.

Kovacic had very little, if any, of that creative spark he normally brings to Lampard’s side, and was even worse in defence.

A day to forget for the Croatian.

Timo Werner

Werner’s nightmare at Stamford Bridge continues as he made it twelve games without a goal, despite playing as the main striker against City.

Many were expecting Werner to add real firepower to the Chelsea attack, but there is barely a spark from the German just yet.

Time, he needs time, but how much time?

John Stones

This is a harsh one, but if you had to pick one City player who was arguably not at their best, it would probably have to be Stones.

The England centre-back had very little to do really, but he did look quite worried by the pace of Werner and Pulisic at times.

  • Frank Lampard
  • Pep Guardiola
  • Premier League
  • Chelsea FC
  • Manchester City FC

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