Pep Guardiola got his revenge over Thomas Tuchel with a meticulous plan that was executed to perfection as Manchester City waltzed away from Stamford Bridge with a 1-0 win on Saturday afternoon.
City launched out of the blocks and managed to keep Chelsea at bay, suffocating the Blues' route to Romelu Lukaku and subsequently starving the striker of service.
Gabriel Jesus netted the decisive goal just minutes into the second half, though it was Bernardo Silva and Jack Grealish who took the lion's share of the plaudits for their stellar displays.
Silva, who is often deployed on the wing by Guardiola, relished playing in a more central role where he could showcase his defensive nous, while Grealish continued to cause havoc by gliding inside from the left wing.
Dom Farrell, the City Is Ours editor, spoke on the MEN Facebook live stream to discuss City's triumph over Chelsea and the roles both Grealish and Silva played in sealing the potentially crucial win.
Farrell kickstarted proceedings by unpicking City's £100 million winger's display.
DF: "Grealish was occupying the right wing-back and spent a lot of time doing so. That, in theory, would have left Chelsea's centre-backs free, but then you have [Phil] Foden, [Kevin] De Bruyne and Silva all swarming around in there too, clogging Chelsea up - it was a really good performance.
"Grealish and Jesus' ability to occupy the wing-backs was crucial to the win."
The City Is Ours editor continued to laud Grealish, claiming that the Englishman gives Guardiola's side an extra edge after City had previously been accused of being too 'nice'.
DF: "The thing I love most about Grealish is that he is a bit of a scally. There's a lot of mischief about him and he winds opponents up - it's something that City haven't had in the past but every team needs it."
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Farrell finished by noting the performance of Silva, lauding the tireless midfielder for his world-class combination of technical ability and work rate.
DF: "I don't think there is a player in world football with his technical ability who has such a work rate. He doesn't stop. There's something about Bernardo Silva in these 'must not lose' games for City.
"He's relentless and a lovely player to watch. He has an edge to him and all of City's good performances come when he's in the team and that's been the case for the last three or four seasons."
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