Manchester City must continue to wait for their premature championship crowning in the Premier League. In a duel with Thomas Tuchel’s FC Chelsea, opponent of the Skyblues in the Champions League final in exactly three weeks, Pep Guardiola’s team lost 1: 2 (1: 0) after a total rotation and missed the victory they needed.
The decision may just be postponed. If city rivals Manchester United lose at midfield club Aston Villa on Sunday (3:05 p.m. on LIVETICKER), the Citizens around national player Ilkay Gündogan win their seventh championship on the couch.
Raheem Sterling (44th) scored for the home side, Hakim Ziyech (63rd) and Marcos Alonso (90th + 2) turned the game. City record scorer Sergio Agüero, who left the club at the end of the season after ten years, missed the big chance to make it 2-0 with a pitiful lob (45 + 3) in the middle of the goal before the break from the penalty spot. Goalkeeper Benjamin Mendy caught the ball loosely. “It was a bad decision and I take full responsibility,” wrote Agüero afterwards on Twitter.
Chelsea took third place from Leicester City with the win. ManCity is 13 points ahead of United.
Four days after the 2-0 in the semi-final second leg of the premier class against Paris St. Germain, Guardiola made nine changes in his starting lineup, including Gündogan, Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden. Only goalkeeper Ederson and defender Ruben Dias stayed in the first eleven.
Pep Guardiola: “The focus will be on the Champions League”
“There is not a single thought about the final because the Premier League is not in our hands. When we have the Premier League, the focus will be on the Champions League,” Guardiola said on Friday. Before the duel between the super tacticians, Tuchel said that every game against the Catalans was “the most difficult”.
The duel required some warm-up time, in the 32nd minute Werner initially hit from offside, 60 seconds later he just missed the goal. Sterling gave City’s first notable shot on goal after 35 minutes, and the England striker struck shortly before the break.
After the break, Chelsea increased the pressure and came to the deserved equalizer. Guardiola scored his best goalscorer in the 71st minute in Gündogan (twelve goals of the season in the Premier League), but almost only the guests played.
After two draws, team manager Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool FC recorded a 2-0 (1-0) win against Southampton FC in the battle for the European Cup. The Reds, for whom Sadio Mane (31st) and Thiago (90th) scored, are one point behind fifth-placed West Ham United.
In the afternoon, national player Robin Koch celebrated a home win against Champions League contenders Tottenham Hotspur with promoted Leeds United. In the 3: 1 (2: 1) against the favorites from London, Koch played through again. The Spurs slipped to seventh place. With 50 points, Leeds is by far the strongest climber this season.