‘Three consecutive champions’ rotation started Man City defeated Chelsea 1-0… 12 consecutive wins → Perfect Trophy Ceremony → Treble Aim
Manchester City won their last home game in the league and enjoyed their 3rd consecutive league win with fans.
Manchester City defeated Chelsea 1-0 in the 37th round of the Premier League in the 2022-2023 season held at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England on the 22nd (Korean time). Manchester City, who had already confirmed the championship, made 88 points, and Chelsea, who lost six consecutive matches against Manchester City, remained in 12th place with 43 points.
Manchester City started with a 4-2-3-1 formation. Julian Alvarez, Cole Palmer-Phil Foden-Riyad Mahrez, Calvin Phillips-Rico Ruiz, Sergio Gomes-Aymeric Laporte-Manuel Akanzi-Kyle Walker and Stefan Ortega started out. Most of the key players such as Elling Hollan, Kevin De Bruyne and Ruben Dias sat on the bench.
Chelsea faced with a 3-4-1-2 formation. Kai Havertz-Raheem Sterling, Connor Gallagher, Lewis Hall-Ruben Loftus Cheek-Enso Fernandez-Cesar Azpilicueta, Trevo Chalova-Thiago Silva-Wesley Popana and Kepa Arrizabalaga took to the pitch first.
Man City, who won the league for three consecutive seasons, received the Guard of Honor as they entered the stadium with their families before kick-off. The Chelsea players lined up in a row and applauded the champion.
Even with the rotation running, Man City was Man City. The opening goal was scored in the 12th minute of the first half. After Palmer cut off the opponent’s pass, he stabbed a forward pass in front of Alvarez, who penetrated into the box. Alvarez calmly caught the ball and cut the net with an accurate right-footed shot.
Man City hit hard. In the 14th minute of the first half, Palmer received a space pass from Marez, completely broke through the left side, and gave a cutback pass back. Lewis connected this with a sensible heel pass, but the players overlapped in position in front of the goal and could not shoot properly.
Chelsea hit back. In the 33rd minute of the first half, Sterling slipped behind the defense and shot inside the box, but Ortega blocked it. In the 35th minute of the first half, Gallagher blew a decisive header, but this too could not surpass Ortega. The first half ended with Manchester City leading 1-0.
Chelsea swallowed the regret. In the 6th minute of the second half, in the counterattack opportunity, Sterling drove the ball up and gave it to the left. Hall turned to the center and fired a right-footed shot, but Ortega caught it again this time.
The goalpost blocked Man City’s additional goal. In the 13th minute of the second half, Mahrez took a sharp free kick in front of the goal, and Phillips hit it to the head. However, the ball hit the right post and came out.
Chelsea made a change. In the 23rd minute of the second half, Gallagher and Sterling were called in, and Mikhailo Mudric and Noni Madueke were put in.
Álvarez shook the net once again, but it was disallowed for a foul. In the 26th minute of the second half, Mahrez broke through to the right side of the box and put up a low cross in front of the goal. Alvarez pushed the ball into the goal with only his right foot, but after a video review (VAR), Mahrez’s handball was declared.
In the 28th minute of the second half, Man City called Mahrez to the bench and put Elling Hollan in. Soon after, Kevin De Bruyne and Rodri were put in in the 33rd minute, and Gomes and Laporte were benched. In the 40th minute of the second half, Chelsea replaced Havertz with Christian Pulisic, aiming for an equalizer.
No more goals were scored. In the 45th minute of the second half, Moudric’s shot inside the box went over the goalpost, and in the 48th minute of the second half, Aspilicueta’s shot opportunity was also blocked by Foden’s defense. In the end, the match ended with Manchester City winning 1-0.
After the game, excited Manchester City fans poured into the stadium. Because of this, the team was evacuated to the locker room, and the trophy ceremony was delayed. Holland and Kevin de Bruyne were also protected by bodyguards stationed on the pitch.
Football statistics media ‘Foot Mob’ selected Alvarez as the best player for scoring the only goal. He earned an 8 rating with 1 goal, 3 shots and 2 chances created. Behind him, Palmer and Phillips (more than 7.8), Ortega (7.6), and Lewis (7.1) recorded high scores in that order.
After the game, manager Pep Guardiola, who won three consecutive Premier League titles, said, “It’s very special. Congratulations to everyone who worked incredibly hard. We were all patient and we did it.”안전놀이터
“Now I’m so tired. I’m really tired. We shouldn’t have missed the points, and now it’s over. I’m dying to think of Brighton and Brentford. I hope the players can keep this rhythm and play the remaining two finals.” he added.
“It’s unreal. I don’t know what to say. I’m so happy,” said Haaland. It’s not bad,” he congratulated himself.
Now, Man City is challenging the historic treble with the league title behind. In the FA Cup, they compete against Manchester United for the championship, and in the final of the UEFA Champions League (UCL), they face Inter Milan.
So far, the only team in English history to have won the treble is Manchester United in the 1998-1999 season. It is a good opportunity for Manchester City to leave its mark in Premier League history following local rivals Manchester United.
De Bruyne said, “We’re just trying to do the best we can. We want to win more and move on. Now we have to prepare for two games.”