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5 things we learned from Chelsea’s victory over Manchester City

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Chelsea ended City’s unbeaten start.

Manchester City’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season ended after they suffered a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea.

N’Golo Kante emphatically opened the scoring at Stamford Bridge before David Luiz headed home a second.

Here, Press Association Sport highlights five things we learned from Saturday’s clash.

City are not invincible

Manchester City were beaten at Stamford Bridge
Manchester City were beaten at Stamford Bridge (Adam Davy/PA)

Hazard is versatile

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard was influential in Chelsea's win
Chelsea’s Eden Hazard was influential in Chelsea’s win (Adam Davy/PA)

Injury issues mounting for City

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City were without key players Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero at Stamford Bridge and manager Guardiola may have further injury concerns to contend with. With the busy festive period approaching, midfielder Fernandinho required treatment in the first half before the influential David Silva limped off with an apparent hamstring issue in the second half.

Potency beats possession

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For all of their possession and pressing in attacking areas, City were guilty of creating little. Chelsea would have been grateful to go in goalless at half-time but Kante gave them an undeserved lead from which City could not recover. While the visitors had a handful of decent openings, they failed to register a meaningful attempt on goal until a Gabriel Jesus effort in injury time.

Chelsea unlikely to mount title challenge

Chelsea were tested defensively by City
Chelsea were tested defensively by City (Adam Davy/PA)

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