City regain top spot in Premiership

City regain top spot in Premiership

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says the club are "lucky" to have a player like "humble" Kevin de Bruyne.

Pep Guardiola labelled Manchester City's 1-0 win over Chelsea as an "important" moment in the leaders' bid to dethrone the Premier League champions.

Following his star turn in Wednesday's 2-1 win over Atletico, Eden Hazard took his place in the Chelsea starting XI for the first time in a league fixture this season.

The result means that City have now kept four consecutive Premier League clean sheets for the first time under Guardiola and have won their last five top-flight away games.

The hosts suffered a blow as in the 35th minute Alvaro Morata was forced off the pitch with an injury and was replaced by Willian.

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard insists no-one is to blame for Kevin de Bruyne's departure. "That's why we are so happy".

"But after what I have seen here today, if we finish above them then I think we will win the title".

"The doctor in the next few days has to check his condition but I don't think he can play for the national team", Conte said. "We needed to take this risk because Morata for us is an important player".

The match was never easy as Chelsea defended with spirit and intelligence, although rarely threatening City at the other end of the field. City is yet to lose a game in the league and sits at the top of the table on goal difference with Manchester United.

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Morata had the game's first attempt on goal early in the game but his header from N'Golo Kante's cross went just over the bar. Including their defeat on the final day of last season, that's 720 minutes without a top-flight goal.

Fellaini wasn't finished yet and the Belgian midfielder headed United's third from a Rashford free-kick in the 49th minute.

City had scored 16 goals in their three previous league matches, but in successfully overwhelming the defending champions on their own patch, this was arguably their most impressive performance of the campaign to date. "We started strong and finished strong", Mourinho said.

"(But) I don't like selfish players, honestly.

"The momentum is good and the players are happy and confident".

Harry Kane is having no such problems. "He is scoring goals, his energy is fantastic".

Senegalese worldwide Diafra Sakho came off the bench to score a last-minute victor as West Ham defeated fellow strugglers Swansea 1-0 while Stoke City held off a frantic late onslaught as Peter Crouch scored the victor to edge Southampton 2-1.

Elsewhere Bournemouth will play former champions Leicester City while Stoke face off with Southampton.

Bournemouth remain second bottom after being held to a 0-0 draw by Leicester at Dean Court.