Goals on both sides of half-time gave Chelsea a 2-0 win over Manchester City in Premier League action on Saturday night.
Having had their attitude and mentality questioned by Maurizio Sarri following the defeat to Wolves, this was a response from his side.
The past few weeks have been difficult for Chelsea but they have been revitalised under Sarri and here provided their most notable performance, and result, of his tenure so far.
Chelsea relied on solid defending to break up wave after wave of City’s early attacks. Leroy Sane gave the visitors another opportunity in the 33rd minute when he got past Kepa on a throughball, only to have his shot deflected.
The home side finally settled in, and broke the stalemate in the 44th minute when Eden Hazard played a ball in the penalty area back to N’Golo Kante for an emphatic strike to the roof of the net.
Chelsea came out the of the break riding the momentum from Kante’s goal, with several early attempts to keep City on their back heels.
City were able to earn a free kick in the 57th minute just left of the 18-yard box on Hazard’s hand ball, but Kyle Walker’s shot was aptly pushed away.
There was no denying Chelsea’s collective commitment in the face of Manchester City’s relentless waves of attacks during the first half, while after the interval the hosts showed a desire to not only retain their lead but build on it, which they did thanks to David Luiz’s header on 78 minutes.