Pep Guardiola called Manchester City’s compelling clash with Chelsea a ‘good advert’ for the Premier League after a 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea and Manchester City played out an extraordinary game in west London on Sunday evening, one which saw the momentum swing between the two teams to become just the fifth match in Premier League history to have four equalising goals.
Erling Haaland put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot, but Chelsea bounced back to turn the game around through Thiago Silva and Raheem Sterling. Manuel Akanji equalised for the visitors before half-time, before efforts from Haaland and Nicolas Jackson saw six goals evenly shared.
The Citizens looked to have won it late on as Rodri scored with just four minutes to go, but Chelsea struck a late equaliser from the penalty spot. Cole Palmer converted the kick against his former team in a dramatic conclusion to an eight-goal game.
The point leaves Manchester City a point clear at the top of the table heading into November’s international break, and Guardiola reflected on a contest that will rank as an all-time classic.
“It was a good advert and entertaining game for the Premier League and both teams wanted to win. I wouldn’t have expected differently Chelsea have a fantastic team and players,” he told Sky Sports.
“And we know they always play good against fantastic side. We took the game [to Chelsea] it was difficult to control and they had quality from Cole Palmer and Mykhailo Mudryk.
“The players to dribble and run it was difficult to control the game – they were aggressive.
“We have momentum [during the game] two or three transitions one-on-one which we could not finish, but the game was in the moment at the end.
“A tight game, but a fair result. I congratulate the team, we go into the break and we qualify for the Champions League and we comeback [after international break] and go.”