Defending Premier League champions Chelsea trail 2014 winners Manchester City at half time, thanks to Sergio Aguero’s 19th top-flight goal of the season.
Aguero broke the deadlock after 32 minutes and 31 seconds at Stamford Bridge, as City exposed Chelsea’s vulnerability to pace with a fast counter-attack.
The goal came from a Cesc Fabregas corner at the other end.
Yaya Toure cleared the in-swinging set-piece at the near post, before the ball fell to Kevin de Bruyne, who played a one-two with Aguero in his own half, then sprinted down the right flank and passed again to the Argentine for him fire past Thibaut Courtois, via a deflection of Gary Cahill.
Chelsea – who started the game 10th in the table with no chance of retaining their title – had been warned about City’s threat on the break moments before Aguero struck.
Courtois made a fine block to deny De Bruyne, after Toure had dispossessed Fabregas on the edge of the City penalty area and played a defence-splitting pass through to the former Chelsea man.
The reason Chelsea struggle against pace is painfully simple. Their team – especially at the back – is old and tired. It needs an injection of talented fresh blood this summer.
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