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Chelsea ratings: Mendy shines on return; Kante experiment fails


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abriel Jesus’ goal gave defending champions Manchester City a 1-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday as the Blues’ unbeaten start to the season came to an end.

Two brilliant saves denied Grealish. Very solid handling from set-pieces. Let down by his defence for Jesus’ goal.

Moved to wingback after James’ injury and it gave Chelsea more of a presence on the right.

Headed prevented Dias from meeting first half corner. Generally solid, but, like the rest of Chelsea’s centre backs, did not cover himself in glory for Jesus’ goal.

Typically robust – he had Jesus under lock and key in the first half, but given far more of a tough time after the break.

Had to go off injured midway through the first half. Did not have much of an impact before that with Chelsea rarely using the right-hand side.

Important interception denied Jesus a shot on goal. Did not look comfortable when City ran beyond him.

Did more than any Chelsea midfielder to try to relieve the pressure with his forward runs. Use of the ball let him down.

Through-ball to Werner in the first half could have opened the scoring. Stretched City with his runs.

Deployed higher up the pitch and it did not work. Too easily taken out of the game by City’s passing and not creative enough to link the play.


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