IT was a case of men versus boys at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon as two of the league’s top sides played each other for the first time this season.
However, despite both teams being considered title challengers by some this season, the distance between the two could not be any further apart in all aspects.
Manchester City had gone 3-0 up against Chelsea within the first 30 minutes, and it was game over before they could even settle in to the match.
Pure and simple, Pep Guardiola’s City showed that they are absolutely levels above Frank Lampard’s Chelsea right now; and the Blues have miles and miles to travel if they are even to get near the levels of the Manchester side.
City were outstanding, and Chelsea were poor – this was the bottom line. But it wasn’t the story in the first 15 minutes.
Chelsea came out firing and actually took the game to a Covid-19 depleted City line up, they were unlucky not to get a penalty and things could have looked a lot different.
But Lampard’s team once again showed the lack of self-belief and how timid they are when City took the lead with pretty much their first attacking move of the game.
Instead of standing back up and going at it again, Chelsea fell apart and allowed City to take control of the match – this spelled game over for them.
Their intensity levels were not quick enough when putting pressure on the ball when City had it in attacking areas, and their lack of desire to get to the second ball, or block a dangerous pass or shot was clear for all to see.
Take nothing away from City, they were absolutely class when picking apart a weak Chelsea defence – but again, they wanted it more, they wanted the second ball more, and they hunted Chelsea in numbers, something that Lampard’s side failed to do once again.
We know that Lampard has a whole host of new signings with some still taking time to settle in, but I fear for just how long the Chelsea board will allow these results to go on for, and I know that they will need to see results improve immediately.
But today was yet another wakeup call proving just how far away Chelsea are from a team like City.
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