City returned to ‘title form’ in Chelsea victory, says Guardiola

Man City boss Pep Guardiola believes his team showed ‘title form’ in the dominant 3-1 victory over Chelsea.

Ilkay Gundogan scored a great opening goal to put City ahead in the 18th-minute.

Guardiola’s side pretty much controlled the game from that point onwards.

Phil Foden added a second with a sweeping finish in the 21st-minute, after being set up by Kevin de Bruyne.

The Belgian midfielder scored one of his own in the 34th-minute following a great run by Raheem Sterling.

The victory puts City fifth in the Premier League table on 29 points.

The win is also a statement of intent from Guardiola’s men to their rivals.

Speaking to reporters after the match, Guardiola said: “We played really well. The result is excellent at Stamford Bridge, but the way we played was really great. You can’t win titles without playing like that.

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“Chelsea are one of the strongest teams. They are suffering from the last game but you see the quality of their players and the bench. We had a plan. We tried to play like we have in the past and it worked.

“The players were excellent in every way, especially with the ball. We cannot play like other teams, we have to play in our rhythm and attack in the right moment. We won titles in that way, more patient. We missed a bit of this tempo and today we had it.

“We don’t have the physicality and quality of players to make quick transitions, maybe Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne but the others haven’t played with the ball. You create problems and that’s what we have to do. From the keeper to the striker we have to put the ball on the grass, make passes and pick the right moment.

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The way we won leagues and titles is the way we played today. The tempo we have missed in the past, today we recovered it.”

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