Liverpool top after Chelsea inflict Man City's first league defeat
Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus (second right) goes for the ball past Chelsea's Marcos Alonso (right) Chelsea's Mateo Kovacic (second left) during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in London
Chelsea inflicted champions Manchester City's first Premier League defeat of the season with a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge that allowed Liverpool to go top of the table on Saturday.
N'Golo Kante and David Luiz were on target for Maurizio Sarri's men as City paid for failing to take advantage of their first-half dominance. "I am very happy with the win because it is not very easy to win against Manchester City or Pep Guardiola," said Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri. Liverpool now lead City by a point after Mohamed Salah's hat-trick secured an impressive 4-0 win at Bournemouth. City had looked imperious in recent weeks, winning their previous seven Premier League games, and started in the same vein. However, Pep Guardiola's men missed the injured Sergio Aguero up front as Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane wasted early chances. "Chelsea are a good team, good players but in the first half it was incredible, we were exceptional," said Guardiola.
"In general we were fantastic. I don't have any regrets, we came and showed we wanted to win.
"We created chances. They had one in 44 minutes and we conceded a goal, sometimes that happens."