David Luiz seals win as Chelsea end Manchester City’s unbeaten start

The Guardian - Dec 08, 19:27 GMT

Now, perhaps, we can understand why Pep Guardiola did not want to entertain any questions before this match about the possibility of Manchester City going unbeaten through the entire season

Now, perhaps, we can understand why Pep Guardiola did not want to entertain any questions before this match about the possibility of Manchester City going unbeaten through the entire season. The Invincibles mark II? Not quite. The champions have been reminded what it feels like to lose in the league eight months since it last happened, and suddenly it is Guardiola’s team playing catch-up towards the top of the table.

On this evidence it is also fair to say that Liverpool, the new leaders, can be encouraged to think their nearest challengers are not quite as flawless as many people believed. For starters, there is no point outpassing opponents if you don’t outscore them, as City did here before N’Golo Kanté put Chelsea into a surprise lead just before half-time. Guardiola’s men had plenty of time to save themselves but gave a surprisingly feeble response and a splendid victory for Chelsea was sealed by David Luiz’s 78th-minute header from a badly defended corner.

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