In the first half, as Manchester City beat Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge to put Frank Lampard under pressure, Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne all scored in the first half. City shook off a series of positive cases of coronavirus and the infringement of the social distance protocol by Benjamin Mendy to stun the Blues inside the opening 35 minutes in West London with three first-half goals.
Callum Hudson-Odoi scored a late equalizer for the hosts, but Lampard’s eleven were outclassed in all respects, enabling Pep Guardiola’s side to extend their unbeaten streak to 11 games in all competitions and climb up to fifth in the Premier League. The side of Frank Lampard endured defeat at Stamford Bridge (Andy Rain/PA) On the other hand, Chelsea, in their last six games, managed just one victory and fell to eighth place. The Blues have now lost five of their 17 league games, with their current form run undeniably troubling. In the summer of 2019, Chelsea returned Lampard to Stamford Bridge as head coach and installed Petr Cech as technical advisor with a view to a long-term overhaul. And the Blues will still remain silent when it comes to the £ 220 million spending spree in the summer, with the club having previously implemented a transfer ban. But even in that sense, Lampard completely acknowledges that Cha’s minimum standards are Cha’s minimum standards. After a brilliant performance (Andy Rain/PA), Phil Foden was welcomed by Pep Guardiola. On Sunday night, the way Chelsea capitulated in the first half sent shockwaves through Stamford Bridge. In order to reverse their present woes, Lampard must now mobilize a disgruntled squad to generate renewed confidence, momentum and results. The visitors were forced to play without Ederson, Ferran Torres, Nathan Ake, Gabriel Jesus, Eric Garcia and Kyle Walker – and still won at the Kanter. After his second-half substitution to toast a virtuoso display that left Chelsea in the shadow of the first half, Foden was greeted by Guardiola. When Rodri brought down Timo Werner in the box, the hosts had the better start and should have been given a penalty, but the officials totally missed the incident. In the 18th minute, Ilkay Gundogan put Manchester City ahead (Shaun Botterill/PA) Rodri had previously been bizarrely warned for a highly dubious back pass to Zack Steffen, league debutant goalkeeper. Outside the penalty area, the indirect free kick was issued, another poor decision by referee Anthony Taylor and his official team. However, the domination of City was not long in coming, and De Bruyne gave the first warning when he fired wide when he should have scored. Gundogan quickly gave City the lead when, after a nice ball from Foden, he fired in from a turn. Just three minutes later, with a beautiful straight shot, English youngster Foden put a cross from De Bruyne into the net. In the 34th minute (Ian Walton/PA), Kevin De Bruyne scored the third goal for the visitors. After that second goal, Chelsea’s heads were clearly down, and a disastrous first half was made worse when De Bruyne also slotted in. A pass up top left N’Golo Kante unchecked and he was picked out by Raheem Sterling, who had the composure to pull back and fire the ball into the net after it had already gone halfwallowed. The shot from Sterling bounced off the post and De Bruyne was the first to control the ball and slip it into the net. Before the half-time whistle gave the humiliated hosts a bit of a breather, Gundogan still had time to put the ball in the net as City ripped Chelsea open one more time. Not much else happened in the second half, aside from the unmarked Rodri struggling to get a header under and Hudson-Odoi in the final minute getting a decent finish.