Bernardo Silva scored the only goal to rescue Manchester City as Pep Guardiola’s men took another stride towards the Premier League title with a 1-0 victory over a negative-football playing Chelsea.
It was indeed a hard-earned victory for City as the scoreline did not in any way reflect City’s dominance of a one-sided contest at the Etihad Stadium, with fading champions Chelsea offering little as they slipped to a fourth defeat in five league games.
The Blues gave City ample opportunity to dig deep for their victory , as they played without a recognized striker and sat back, but Silva’s 46th-minute breakthrough was no less than the hosts deserved.
The win means City’s lead at the top of the table to 18 points and left them only four wins from the title, while Chelsea were cut five points adrift of the top four in fifth place.
City will need to win four league matches to secure the premier league title and probably give full attention to the champions league.