Hazard to play lone striker role again, according to Sarri

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The Italian has resisted calls to return Kante to the deep-lying midfield role where he shone in winning the World Cup with France and Premier League titles for Leicester City and Chelsea at the expense of Jorginho.

Manchester City's defeat to Chelsea had nothing to do with the absence of Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne, according to Pep Guardiola.

Liverpool now lead City by a point after Mohamed Salah's hat-trick secured an impressive 4-0 win at Bournemouth.

It is nearly impossible to overestimate what winning the Premier League would mean to Liverpool fans. Sane and Sterling's miss chances are a hint of the fact that they weren't expecting to be this strong. "In general we were fantastic".

"Sometimes we are upset because we lost, but we showed we wanted to win". It's a massive boost to the Reds' title chances, though it is still incredibly early as we're still in the first half of the season.

N'Golo Kante emphatically opened the scoring at Stamford Bridge before David Luiz headed home a second.

"Now we need to play with this level of determination, with the right aggression, in the other matches".

Much was made of both managers opting to start without recognised strikers, particularly Maurizio Sarri's decision to pick Eden Hazard as a "false nine". Even though Jesus was brought in the second half but till that time, the game was settled. "I reacted, got there and had a shot and I'm happy to score", said Kante.

And it was three of those introduced to the side from Wednesday's 2-2 draw with Arsenal that scored in the first-half with Ashley Young, Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku on target.

Guardiola took pride in his team's performance despite the defeat, saying he never felt they were going to match the Arsenal Invincibles, who went through an entire Premier League season unbeaten in 2003-04. "At times it was attractive football".

Bale surged down the left flank moments later and forced Aleksandar Jovanovic into a sprawling save, the former Tottenham man not punished for then dinking narrowly wide when one-on-one with the goalkeeper as his first-half strike proved sufficient.

"Now it is recovery for the Champions League".

"We strongly condemn all forms of discrimination and encourage all fans and participants who believe that they have been the subject of, or witness to, discriminatory abuse to report it through the appropriate channels: The FA, our County FAs or our partners Kick It Out".

It was the first time City had been behind in the league since drawing with Wolverhampton Wanderers in August and it was surprisingly toothless chasing the game either side of Luiz heading home Chelsea's second from a corner in the 78th minute.

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