PREMIER LEAGUE: MANCHESTER CITY 1-0 CHELSEA

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Top of the Premier League Table Manchester City side celebrate victory

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Bernardo Silva opened the match scoring against Chelsea Fc with the winning goal for Man City

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte v Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

PREMIER LEAGUE: MANCHESTER CITY 1-0 CHELSEA

Premier League Match-Week 30 results: Man City, Liverpool, Man Utd, Spurs in top four spots

Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea

Man City goal: Bernardo Silva (50 min)

A top-form Manchester City club hosted reigning Premier League champions, Chelsea, as Pep Guardiola's talented side took another massive step towards the Premier League 2018 title with an intense "Battle of the Blues" victory at Etihad Stadium in Manchester UK on Sunday. Chelsea now in fifth place have 53 points on the Premier League Table 25 points below Man City. Conte’s side have now suffered a fourth successive away defeat, and a fourth loss in their last five league games. Chelsea’s loss to Man City leaves them 5 points behind fourth-placed Spurs in the battle to qualify for the Champions League.

Portuguese international Bernardo Silva opened the match scoring with a goal for Man City past Chelsea’s defense to the back post. An error from Christensen allowed City to move down the left inside channel. David Silva seized on the loose ball and fired it across the goal face. Bernardo Silva then sent his effort into superstar goalie Thibaut Courtois.

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Manchester City goalie Ederson Moraes earned another clean sheet 

Man City only need 18 goals from their remaining 10 EPL matches to reach 100 in the Premier League this season. Man City can become the first team in Premier League history to reach 100 points in a single season, remarked Chelsea manager Antonio Conte. The Manchester Citizens need 5 wins from 10 games to claim their 3rd league title in 7 seasons. City has 14 home wins in a row, and are 18 points clear at the top over 2nd place Liverpool and need just 12 more points from 9 matches to be named 2017-18 champions. Against Chelsea, City set a new record of 902 passes completed in a Premier League match - the most ever in a Premier League game. Chelsea hold the record for most points after reaching 95 in the 2004-05 season. Chelsea’s Italian boss, won the title with 93 points last season. Guardiola's City are 15 points clear at the top and will finish the season on 105 points, 10 more than the current record if they win their remaining 10 games.

"They have the possibility of reaching 100 points because they're showing to be the best in the league," said Conte. "If they continue with this fire, with this hunger, for sure they can achieve this result. It won't be easy."

City still have to face Manchester United at home on 7 April and Tottenham away on 14 April.

Conte is a "master" tactician and will leave his mark on English football, according to City manager Guardiola. Former Italy boss Conte adopted a 5-3-2 formation to guide Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first season in charge. But the Blues are 22 points adrift of leaders City ahead of their game in Manchester.

"I think Conte is going to leave something to English football. I am sure of that," said Guardiola referring to Chelsea’s 5th Premier League triumph. "What Antonio has done here in the Premier League, maybe the people don't realise. He introduced another way to attack with five at the back, another system. A lot of teams, even Arsenal, had to do a lot of imitating to do that. Tactically, he is a master. He did it amazingly with the national team with Italy and when he went to Turin."

Manchester City’s recent Carabao Cup win was the club’s first silverware under Pep Guardiola.

City won the Carabao Cup defeating Arsenal 3-0 at Wembley, giving Guardiola his first Chelsea trophy as manager. City have lost only once in the league this season and need five wins from their remaining 10 games to clinch the title.

"In this moment they seem unstoppable," said Conte. "We must have great admiration. Sometimes it is very difficult to find a weakness in this team. When you work very well and there is a great feeling between the manager and the club, you can work in the way you want, to try to improve your team in the best way. Manchester City has the possibility to spend a lot of money. When you link this situation - a good manager, much money to spend in the transfer market, the same ambition - this is the final result."

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Liverpool goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois v top Man City striker Sergio "Kun" Aguero

Squads

Manchester City

Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Gundogan, Bernardo, Sane, Silva (c), De Bruyne, Aguero Subs: Bravo, Stones, Kompany, Danilo, Jesus, Yaya Toure, Foden

Chelsea

Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Fabregas, Drinkwater, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Pedro. Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Zappacosta, Emerson, Chalobah, Giroud, Morata

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Bernardo Silva of Man City chases down Chelsea’s Eden Hazard

Looking ahead

Going into England Premier League Match-Week 30, first-place Manchester City have 40 points and are looking like they have nailed the top spot on the Premier League Table, the EPL title, and the opportunity to play in the prestigious Champions League again next season. Chelsea are in 5th place on the table. Buy legal,150% guaranteed Manchester City tickets and Chelsea tickets now securely online from LiveFootballTickets.com! You can buy the very best legal, authentic football tickets for any 2018 Man City and Chelsea Premier League fixtures that are shown below as currently on sale, including Manchester Derby tickets - even at the last minute. Simply choose the game you would like to attend, click on the match tickets link, and go through the easy and secure purchase process @ LiveFootballTickets.com. Relax and enjoy the match!

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