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‘We saw champions play like champions’: Rio Ferdinand praises Manchester City’s performance at Chelsea

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‘We saw champions play like champions’: Rio Ferdinand praises Man City’s display in dominant win over title rivals Chelsea, insisting ‘it could have been three or four’

  • Manchester City triumphed in a crucial title race with Chelsea on Saturday
  • City won the Premier League last season and the Blues will be a top contender
  • Thomas Tuchel’s side looked invincible so far this season, but got unlocked
  • Rio Ferdinand praised Pep Guardiola’s side after the win











Rio Ferdinand told ‘anyone who would listen’ about Manchester City’s crushing performance at Chelsea on Saturday, he was so impressed with the champions.

Thomas Tuchel’s men were undefeated and foreboding in the Stamford Bridge game, but City proved to the rest of the Premier League that the German’s European champions can be stopped.

Gabriel Jesus scored a winner in the second half as the Blues stuttered and sputtered under relentless pressure as Pep Guardiola’s side erased three points behind the Blues.

Manchester City were at their best in a win over league title rivals Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel's team looked machined, but the Blues struggled with City's press

Thomas Tuchel’s team looked machined, but the Blues struggled with City’s press

“I think it was more the performance than the result,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.

“We were all amazed by the performance. I talked about it this weekend with anyone who wants to listen about football.

“It was so convincing, it could have been three. Their best player, Kevin De Bruyne, didn’t really get into the game until the second half. They worked as a unit and really dominated Chelsea.”

Rio Ferdinand impressed the champions, believing they could have scored more

Rio Ferdinand impressed the champions, believing they could have scored more

Former City centre-back Joleon Lescott added: “I haven’t seen Chelsea ineffective since Tuchel took charge. It was complete dominance.

‘The result means a lot. The performance, excellent.’

“I thought it was a masterclass on so many levels,” Owen Hargreaves added.

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