Antonio Conte’s tactical masterclass helped Chelsea record a decisive victory over Manchester City and in turn cement his team’s lead at the top of the Premier League table.
The Pensioners saw off City 3-1 at the Etihad with the result itself just one of many headlines to emerge from a blood and thunder affair.
Gary Cahill’s own goal gave the hosts a first-half lead but Chelsea hit back with their blistering counter-attacks offering Diego Costa, Willian and Eden Hazard the opportunities to turn the game around.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the action, starting off with Michael Ballack’s mid-game celebrations…
— Michael Ballack (@Ballack) December 3, 2016
Not everyone was happy though. City fans were livid with referee Anthony Taylor owing to a number of perceived injustices.
What exactly do the Chelsea defenders need to do for Anthony Taylor to give a penalty kick against them? #MCICHE
— Duncan Castles (@DuncanCastles) December 3, 2016
Anthony Taylor hand your notice in pal.
— Jack Davies (@jack_davies94) December 3, 2016
— MCFCarl (@MCFCarl) December 3, 2016
Despite some questionable calls, you can’t argue with the fact that Conte’s Chelsea look very impressive.
— Sid (@SidLokhande7) December 3, 2016
Antonio Conte inherited a dead team, and has built them into monsters. Without any noise or any attack at fellow managers or referees!
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) December 3, 2016
Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa put in particularly eye-catching performances.
Assists this season:
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) December 3, 2016
Costa back to his lethal best. Great goal scorers are worth their weight in coffee.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 3, 2016
Costa’s been incredible today. Best striker in the League at the moment.
— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) December 3, 2016
But there wasn’t much love for City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. A few others copped it too.
— Mulambe (@Nigakilz) December 3, 2016
Can’t finish chances. Not clinical all over. Full backs woeful. Otamendi woeful. Bravo not good enough. Referee was utter shambles.
— Joe (@Joecrossley_16) December 3, 2016
Stones and Kolarov were both solid in the defence today. Otamendi, Bravo, Kun and De Bruyne were the ones that really let us down.
— Sigi (@Ketolablue) December 3, 2016
Not many people mentioning Otamendi’s role in Willians goal. Shocking defending. Not blaming Bravo but he got nowhere near either goal.
— michael owen (@themichaelowen) December 3, 2016
Sergio Aguero’s late sending-off for a horror challenge on David Luiz rules him out for four games while Fernandinho was also given his marching orders for an altercation with Cesc Fabregas. Not a good day for Pep Guardiola and team.
Aguero will now get a four match ban for his second red of the season. #MCFC
— Stuart Brennan (@StuBrennanMEN) December 3, 2016
Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho misses Man City vs. Arsenal after receiving a red card in their game against Chelsea.
— 8 Fact Football (@8Fact_Footballl) December 3, 2016
There you have it.
Chelsea go four points clear at the top of the league while City are left to lick some pretty big wounds.
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