Sarri explains his key decisions for Chelsea win


Chelsea's 2-0 victory over Manchester City has not changed Maurizio Sarri's view that it will be "impossible" for his team to win the Premier League title this year.

City dominated before N'Golo Kante scored just before half-time at Stamford Bridge after collecting Hazard's pass. Jürgen Klopp's side now lead their rivals by a point with the sides to meet in what could be a pivotal encounter at the Etihad Stadium on 3 January. A little bit lucky in the first half and a very good second half. "For me it's not easy to win against Pep, as you know, so I'm very happy but now we need to find this kind of motivation and play with this level of determination and aggressivity in other matches, otherwise its useless winning matches like this".

"As a back four, in controlling Hazard we kept them from creating a lot of chances". But that is a good lesson.

"We have a team with some difficulties to be motivated", Sarri said. We came and showed we wanted to win.

For the first time this season, Manchester City had injured players and actually missed them.

David Luiz ensured the visitors' 14-game unbeaten run in away Premier League matches was ended when he beat John Stones to Hazard's corner - which Guardiola was adamant was incorrect to award - and looped a header beyond Ederson.

City still had more of the ball in the second half but Chelsea warmed to their challenge and offered more of an offensive threat after the break.

Chelsea end Man City's unbeaten EPL run as N'Golo Kante and David Luiz inflict a 2-0 defeat
Chelsea end Man City's unbeaten EPL run as N'Golo Kante and David Luiz inflict a 2-0 defeat

"It is never easy to digest it after the game, but it is the harsh reality of the league". "At times it was lovely football".

Substitute Aboubakar Kamara's penalty reduced the deficit from the spot but Fulham midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa's sending off in the 68th was followed by Marcus Rashford netting for United in the 82nd.

Tottenham remain ahead of Chelsea and Arsenal in third courtesy of a 2-0 win at Leicester.

Torreira built on his new cult status at Arsenal with an acrobatic 83rd-minute victor that extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 21 matches.

Without Aguero, who could be back for the midweek Champions League clash with Hoffenheim, Guardiola chose to start with Raheem Sterling as a false nine rather than play Gabriel Jesus as a striker. "We will investigate the matter and take the strongest possible action where necessary".

Ralph Hasenhuttl got off to a awful start as Southampton manager as Callum Paterson scored the only goal in a 1-0 win to move Cardiff three points clear of the bottom three and leave Saints level on nine points with Fulham.

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