Chelsea lose in Maurizio Sarri first official game: 4 talking points
Hole in the middle, hole at the back
Man City incisive passing no longer surprises anyone after Pep's two years in England. Perhaps, the fact the Blues were exposed this way should not worry the spectators too much but the problem is the constant nature of those passes that saw Chelsea lines crumble like a dry life with a small touch applied.
Man City players could and should have made it 3-0 and the score would still flatter the Blues. But unlike the defenders & midfielders, Willy Caballero had his head turned on almost each time a City player appeared 1 v 1.
Maurizio Sarri has his work cut out to fix the issue. Perhaps, N'Golo Kante will help with the riddle.
Jorginho under pressure
The Man City boss didn't reinvent the wheel as his approach to negate the Blues, if you think about it, was quite simple. Since Chelsea didn't even spend a month under the new manager & their new key player, all that was required of Guardiola was to put Jorginho under surveillance with City players rushing up each time the Italian was on the ball.
It worked to such an extent that City had a few chances to make the score 2-0 when Jorginho got dispossessed. There's no doubt about the class the new arrival possesses, but just as his boss, he has aspects to work on.
Hudson-Odoi ready, but mistakes are mistakes
It's safe to say the 17-year-old was the bright spark in a dull Chelsea attack. Alvaro Morata was languid again and Pedro was making passes into no man's land. Meanwhile, CHO was taking on Kyle Walker and having attempts on goal.
The Englishman can pride himself on the shift he put but he still should've done better seconds before Man City's second goal. His feeble pass to Morata spawned a deadly counter although you can equally blame both the Spaniard and Hudson-Odoi there.
Along with Hudson-Odoi, here's a man deserving a Man of the Match award for the Blues, if someone really wants to hand it out. Man City players lingering on the ball surely helped massively but credit when it's due. It may not be at the forefront of Pep Guardiola's mind but perhaps he may rue letting Willy go and bringing Claudio Bravo in. The Chilean was terrible again and only the scoreline will have masked his errors a bit.
What are your thoughts of the game?