Manchester City missed the chance to be confirmed as Premier League champions for the 2020-21 campaign as they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening.
Pep Guardiola’s side needed to pick up all three points to ensure that second-placed Manchester United could not catch them in the final weeks of the season, but Chelsea recovered from one goal behind to secure an impressive win, boosting their top-four chances in the process.
The Citizens are now 13 points clear of Man United, who have two games in hand and can collect a maximum of 15 from their final five matches, while Chelsea have moved above Leicester City into third spot, six points clear of fifth-placed West Ham United.
Man City made the breakthrough in the 44th minute of the contest when Raheem Sterling converted from close range, taking the ball off Sergio Aguero in the process, after Gabriel Jesus had delivered a low cross.
Aguero had the chance to double the home side’s lead from the penalty spot in the final exchanges of the first period, but the Argentine’s Panenka effort was comfortably gathered by Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
The visitors improved in the second half and managed to level the scores in the 63rd minute when Hakim Ziyech expertly picked out the bottom corner with an effort from outside the box.
Chelsea thought that they had scored a second in the 81st minute when Callum Hudson-Odoi converted a low cross from Reece James, but the England international was just in an offside position.
Thomas Tuchel’s side did secure all three points in the final exchanges, though, when Marcos Alonso managed to turn a low cross from Timo Werner into the back of the net.
Next up for Man City is a trip to Newcastle United on May 14, while Chelsea will continue their top-four challenge with a home game against Arsenal on May 12.