KENYA BROWN - Monday, November 25, 2019
It was quiet night for Christian Pulisic as Chelsea saw their winning streak snapped by Manchester City as the Premier League returned to action following the international break.
Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea
N'Golo Kante's goal was canceled out by strikes from Kevin De Bruyn and Riyad Mahrez as Manchester City slipped past Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium.
Pulisic, who missed the international break to recover from a hip injury, started for the Blues and played the entire 90 minutes as they saw their six-game league winning streak snapped.
Chelsea entered the game riding on a high and most certainly had to rue that the international break came along when it did as Frank Lampard has had his young players performing well beyond expectations, and possibly contending for the title instead of just a top-four finish.
Citeh, on the other hand, were looking to bounce back from a 3-1 loss to Premier League leaders Liverpool as they set them back in their pursuit of retaining the title.
It was quiet the first 20 minutes of the game, but the French international, Kante, broke the scoreless deadlock with a slotted the ball past Man City goalkeeper Ederson following a beautiful pass from Mateo Kovacic.
It was not the start the host wanted and they needed to respond quickly as they were in danger of falling further behind Liverpool if the scoreline remained as it was.
And they would find the equalizer eight minutes later when De Bruyne finished off the counter-attack with a strike from the edge of the area. The ball was deflected by Kurt Zouma, leaving goalkeeper Kepa no chance to move back to his left to stop the ball from going in.
Mahrez would give Citeh the lead in the 37th minute when he collected a pass from Rodri Hernandez, cut into the area, and fired a left-footed shot past Kepa.
Kepa nearly gifted Sergio Aguero and third a goal for Manchester City near halftime when his kick went directly to the Argentine international. However, the Spaniard had to thank his lucky stars that the shot crashed off the post in the end.
Both sides spurned chances in the second half, but Chelsea came close to leveling the score before the final whistle when Mason Mount, who came off the bench, sent his free-kick towards the goal, but the ball drifted just wide.
A quiet day for Pulisic and a bit of disappointment for the Blues, but they have no time to dwell on the loss as they head to Spain to face Valencia in the Champions League.
Chelsea drops to fourth place in the standings with 26 points.
In other Premier League action, DeAndre Yedlin and Newcastle United had their winning run snapped by Aston Villa in a 2-0 loss.
In the Championship, Tim Ream and Fulham jumped up to fourth place in the standings as they came away with a 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers.
Duane Holmes started for Derby County in their 1-0 win over Preston North End.
Antonee Robinson and Wigan Athletic could not hold onto their lead as they fell to Stoke City in a narrow 2-1 loss.
Matt Miazga started for Reading as their good start under new head coach Mark Bowen was ended by Brentford in a 1-0 loss.
Down in League One, Matthew Olosunde and Rotherham United moved up to fourth place in the standings after their 3-2 win over Milton Keynes Dons.
Giles Phillips watched all of the action from the bench for Wycombe Wanderers and they moved up to the top of the standings following their 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers.