Chelsea Player Ratings vs Man City: Disasi, Sterling, Gusto, others shine

Djordje Petrovic – 7.5 – Pulled off a brilliant save to deny Haaland soon after being cautioned for wasting time. Unlucky not to finish with a shutout.

Ben Chilwell – 7 – Enjoyed a fascinating battle with international teammate Foden down Chelsea’s left flank.

Levi Colwill – 6.5 – Produced a big saving block after the hour mark. “I can’t quite work out how Man City haven’t got a goal,” enthused Carragher afterwards.

Axel Disasi – 8.5 – Made three vital goal-saving clearances on the stroke of half-time. He never let up after the break. Disasi was nothing short of immense at the back this evening.

Malo Gusto – 7 – This was a strong outing for the young full-back, who competed in 10 duels, winning seven.

Enzo Fernández – 6 – Was up for the fight and even squared off with teammate Jackson after taking the ball away from his feet and sending a shot high, wide and handsome.

Moisés Caicedo – 5.5 – Fortunate not to have been sent off this evening. Referee Andrew Madley or the VAR team didn’t see his reckless stamp on Doku. He did go into the book after going through De Bruyne.

Raheem Sterling – 8 – Punished his former club, and it was coming. After again finding himself staring down Ederson via another Blues counter-attack, the ex-City forward sent Walker for a walk before finding the far corner. Only Sergio Agüero (106) has scored more Premier League goals at the Etihad Stadium than him (52). Didn’t finish the game, but this was among his better showings this season. He’s also the first player in the competition to score home and away against City having previously played for them.

Conor Gallagher – 6 – Unsurprisingly, this was another combative performance from Chelsea’s distance runner, but he was on his behaviour, not adding to his yellow card collection.

Cole Palmer – 6.5 – Returning to his former stomping ground, Palmer was part of the build-up for Chelsea’s opener, which was as good as it got for the City academy graduate.

Nicolas Jackson – 7 – Kicking himself after Ederson thwarted him. The much-maligned Senegalese forward, in fairness, needed an extra touch as Gusto’s cross wasn’t perfect. However, no side has missed more big chances in the Premier League this season than Chelsea (48), with Jackson missing 14 (the fourth most of any player in the division). He did, though, produce the ideal cross for Sterling’s go-ahead goal.

Substitutes:

Christopher Nkunku (for Sterling 64) – 4 – Had the one real chance in front of goal.

Trevoh Chalobah (for Palmer 71) – N/A – A late sub.

Cesare Casadei (for Jackson 82) – N/A – A late sub.

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Unhappy Pep Guardiola reacts to Erling Haaland missed chances against Chelsea at Etihad

Pep Guardiola has insisted Erling Haaland was not to blame for Manchester City dropping points against Chelsea despite having nine shots without scoring.

City and Chelsea drew 1-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday to slip behind Liverpool and Arsenal, who both won earlier in the day in the Premier League title race.

Haaland had nine of City’s 31 shots and missed a golden chance in the second half when his header from Kevin De Bruyne’s cross flew over the bar. It was the highest number of shots that Haaland has had without scoring in any game with Manchester City.

“It’s good to have nine shots, and next time he’s going to score,” said Guardiola. “I was a football player for 11 years and scored 11 goals. I’m not a proper man to give advice to strikers.

“We create the chances, he had the chances and next time he’s going to score. I don’t blame him. It’s football, it’s human beings.”

Guardiola was unhappy with City’s first-half performance against Chelsea, who took the lead just before half-time through Raheem Sterling.

Éderson made a crucial save from Sterling in the second half before Rodri scored a late equaliser to maintain City’s unbeaten home record, which stretches back to November 2022.

“As a team and a group, the first half was not like we are,” said Guardiola.

“The demands are so high because no-one is going to give it to us, we have to do everything.

“We are Man City so we have to do it for ourselves all the time. From Day 1 I said that. We have to improve the first half and the second half was unbelievable. In general, it was really good after we conceded from Raheem.”

Chelsea, meanwhile, might have gone away with more than just a point had they taken more of their chances while they were on top, but afterwards manager Mauricio Pochettino was happy with one of the better performances of his time in charge.

“So pleased,” he said.

“The effort was massive and the spirit is the way we want to compete with the talent we have. I think we will reach, one day, the levels we expect. To play the best team in the world is never easy and today the character and personality made me very happy.”