Mour Blues!

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into the bot­tom-right cor­ner.

Kante com­pleted the rout, dart­ing be­tween Smalling and the sleep­walk­ing Paul Pogba to tuck away his first Chelsea goal since his clos­esea­son switch from Le­ices­ter City.

In an ear­lier game yes­ter­day, Manch­ester City re­turned to the top of the Premier League with a 1-1 draw home to Southamp­ton but the per­for­mance again raised ques­tions over the ti­tle cre­den­tials of Pep Guardi­ola’s team.

The stale­mate was a fifth con­sec­u­tive game with­out a vic­tory for City and Guardi­ola, as Kelechi Iheana­cho’s eighth goal in his last 11 league games can­celled out Nathan Redmond’s first-half opener for Southamp­ton, which owed much to an ex­tra­or­di­nary mis­take by City de­fender John Stones.

City, af­ter win­ning their first 10 games un­der Span­ish coach Guardi­ola, have suf­fered a ma­jor dip in form.

Guardi­ola had spo­ken pas­sion­ately in the wake of the mid­week 4-0 de­feat at for­mer club Barcelona about his de­sire to stick to his foot­balling phi­los­o­phy.

Those be­liefs, how­ever, must have been sorely tested in a first half in which his side failed to test Fraser Forster in the Southamp­ton goal and fell be­hind to the vis­i­tors.

The Saints went ahead in the 27th minute fol­low­ing a dis­as­trous back pass from Eng­land cen­tre-half Stones, who non­cha­lantly laid the ball back into the City penalty area de­spite the pres­ence of Redmond.

“From watch­ing them in prepa­ra­tion we knew they would give us chances, they only play three at the back,” Redmond told Sky Sports. “I was an­tic­i­pat­ing it and it was just about keep­ing a cool head and putting the chance away.”

In the 55th min­utes, sub­sti­tute Iheana­cho equalised af­ter a flow­ing move ex­posed gaps in Southamp­ton’s de­fence with passes from Fer­nand­inho and Leroy Sane al­low­ing the young Nige­rian to sweep in a con­fi­dent fin­ish from six yards. – AFP

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Chelsea’s Pe­dro (left) takes the ball around Manch­ester United’s David de Gea (right) on his way to scor­ing the open­ing goal dur­ing their English Premier League match at Stam­ford Bridge yes­ter­day. –

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