The oppositions between Manchester City and Chelsea are linked and are not alike. Thursday, the Citizens narrowly won (0-1) at Stamford Bridge, as part of the 19th day of the Premier League. Three days later, this Sunday evening, on the occasion of a meeting counting for the 3rd round of the FA Cup, the formation of Pep Guardiola this time encountered no difficulty in getting rid of the Blues at the Etihad ( 4-0), showing his usual control of the game.
This easy success also owes a lot to the talent of Riyad Mahrez, who had already scored the only goal of the match last Thursday. The Algerian thus opened the scoring with a sumptuous free kick, fired from about thirty meters. slightly shifted to the right (1-0, 23rd), before closing the scoring from the penalty spot, after a gross foul by Kalidou Koulibaly on Phil Foden (4-0, 85th). Mahrez also distinguished himself by achieving magnificent control over a side reversal signed Rodri, before shifting Kyle Walker, decisive passer for Foden on the spot (3-0, 38th).
A little earlier, world champion Julian Alvarez, holder for the first time since the end of the World Cup, had scored on a first penalty (2-0, 30th), after Kai Havertz, during a duel aerial with Aymeric Laporte, had boxed the ball incomprehensibly, in his own area. This insane gesture from the German illustrated the feverishness displayed by the Blues executives during this meeting, also like Jorginho, unrecognizable, who conceded a corner by missing a simple pass (34th).
At half-time, Graham Potter tried to change both players (Denis Zakaria and David Datro Fofana entered in place of Havertz and Mateo Kovacic) and system, imposing a three-man defense, which staggered Conor Gallagher in an amazing straight piston position. But the result was hardly convincing, since Chelsea, penalized by an overall lack of movement, delivered a second half as messy as the first, of which we will perhaps only remember a beautiful shot without control from Mason Mount, well diverted by Ortega Moreno (55th).
City could face Arsenal in the next round
In the end, this result allows the Citizens to qualify for the 4th round of the FA Cup, which they will play on the weekend of January 28-29 against the winner of the match Oxford United-Arsenal, which will be played on Monday. . As for the Blues, who have won only one of their last seven matches in all competitions, and who are only tenth in the Premier League, they are sinking into crisis. Graham Potter, who will always be able to justify this bad patch by recalling the many injuries that plague his workforce (Raheem Sterling, N’Golo Kanté, Ben Chilwell, Christian Pulisic…), is more than ever under pressure.