Chelsea vs Man City LIVE score and goal updates as Haaland starts, Ake and Chukwuemeka hit post

Manchester City can reduce the gap on Arsenal at the top of the Premier League back down to five points on Thursday night, but face a difficult assignment away at Chelsea.

City fell seven points behind Arsenal on New Year’s Eve with a frustrating draw against Everton, but Arsenal were held by third-placed Newcastle on Tuesday, giving City an immediate chance to regain the ground lost last time out. However, to do that, they will have to get three points at Stamford Bridge, where nothing will be guaranteed against an inconsistent Chelsea side.

Pep Guardiola said that Ruben Dias remains out with a hamstring injury, while Aymeric Laporte was being assessed on Wednesday after missing the Everton game with a minor issue. Phil Foden and Kyle Walker could be in line for recalls after receiving praise from Guardiola this week, having been overlooked in recent outings.

After this game, there is a quick turnaround before a rematch at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, this time in the FA Cup.

Follow below for pre-match build-up, live match updates and post-match reaction from Stamford Bridge.

59′ – Chelsea 0-0 CityJoe Bray

De Bruyne goes wide

Bernardo does brilliantly to jink past Marc Cucurella, and Kevin De Bruyne lashes the cutback wide.

That’s Bernardo’s final involvement, as he’s replaced by Riyad Mahrez. Phil Foden is off for Jack Grealish.

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Two more changes coming

56′ – Chelsea 0-0 CityJoe Bray

Now Chelsea go close

From a set piece, the ball comes back out for another cross. Kai Havertz lets it him him even though he could have shot, and Thiago Silva slams the loose ball agonisingly wide.

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De Bruyne effort saved

Now Kevin De Bruyne takes aim and forces the save from Kepa.

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It’s all City now.

Kevin De Bruyne swings in a ball to the back post. Nathan Ake rises highest, and his effort comes back off the post. From the rebound, Bernardo Silva looks to smash home but Koulibaly blocks it out for a corner.

City’s best efforts so far.

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Already more urgency

Erling Haaland nicks possession and strikes from range, but it’s wide.

Already City look more balanced and more urgent in attack now they’re back to a more familiar formation.

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Back underway

Yep, it’s Walker and Cancelo who are replaced, and are already wrapped up on the bench.

We’re back underway, with Akanji at the back alongside John Stones, with Rico Lewis in his usual right-back/defensive midfield role. Bernardo Silva is over on the right wing now.

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Two changes incoming

Rico Lewis and Manuel Akanji are coming on. Sky Sports suggest Joao Cancelo and Kyle Walker will come off.

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Two substitutes warming up at the break

HT – Chelsea 0-0 CitySimon Bajkowski

Are changes coming at half time?

One shot on target and Phil Foden barely having more touches than Ederson tells the tale of a grisly half for City.

Chelsea are there for the taking but have looked the more dangerous as Guardiola’s inventive formation has not worked out. You wonder whether changes are coming at half-time or if the manager will be encouraged by the last five to ten minutes of the half when City have livened up

Kyle Walker of Manchester City controls the ball whilst under pressure from Kai Havertz of Chelsea (Image: Man City)

HT – Chelsea 0-0 CityTyrone Marshall

Half time ratings


One save with his feet 6


Not clicking with Cancelo 6


Playing as a sweeper and tackled like Beckenbauer to deny Pulisic 8


Being overloaded down his side at times 6


Seen a lot of the ball but done little with it 6


Covering a lot of ground 6


Couple of big tackles 7


Good pass to find Haaland 6

De Bruyne

Wasted one break with a poor cross and couple of loose passes 5


Barely had a kick 5


Should have scored 6

Hakim Ziyech of Chelsea runs with the ball whilst under pressure from Phil Foden of Manchester City (Image: Getty)

HT – Chelsea 0-0 CityJoe Bray

Half time

Well that wasn’t City’s best half of the season, arguably not helped by the various changes to the formation.

Chelsea have struck the post and looked dangerous on the break, despite losing Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic to injury. City have come closest through Erling Haaland but still haven’t had a shot on target.

Joao Cancelo of Manchester City crosses the ball into the box whilst under pressure from Marc Cucurella of Chelsea (Image: Man City)

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Late City pressure

Now City are putting some pressure on, with Joao Cancelo looking dangerous in attack for the first time.

Two minutes are added as Kevin De Bruyne’s deflected effort just evades Phil Foden, who was in an offside position.

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Chelsae hit the post!

Carney Chuckwuemeka sees a deflected effort strike the post with Ederson well beaten. John Stones does well to clear and set Kevin De Bruyne on the break, with Kepa saving from the Belgian at the end of City’s retaliation.

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Haaland over the bar

Erling Haaland has been equally as anonymous, but he’s quick as a flash when Ilkay Gundogan wins the ball in the Chelsea half. The through ball gives Haaland a shooting opportunity under pressure from Kalidou Koulibaly, and the lofted effort is sent over the bar.

Given the lack of opportunities so far, that’s a big one missed.

37′ – Chelsea 0-0 CityTyrone Marshall

Foden has been anonymous

Foden’s return to the team was overdue but it’s hard to remember him having a kick in an attacking position yet and when Chelsea win the ball they are looking to target Ake’s side.

Ziyech and Aubameyang have worked an overload in that area a couple of times, with Foden not sensing the danger as quickly as Cancelo does on the other side.

32′ – Chelsea 0-0 CityJoe Bray

Gundogan effort is wide

A rare City attack is a little scrappy, but it falls to Ilkay Gundogan to shoot. He opens up and tries to curl into the bottom corner, but it’s harmlessly wide.

That’s City’s first shot of the game.

26′ – Chelsea 0-0 CitySimon Bajkowski

City’s set-up inviting pressure

Cancelo is not playing well and this formation isn’t working. Chelsea are having far too much joy cutting through City and Phil Foden simply can’t get a touch.

Instead of rubbing salt into Chelsea wounds, City are giving them hope with this set-up.

25′ – Chelsea 0-0 CityTyrone Marshall

Mixed opening 25 for Guardiola

Guardiola calling Bernardo over now to issue some instructions to him. Not sure he’s entirely happy with how his side are playing in this unusual set-up. There’s a lot falling City’s way though, Chelsea lost Mason Mount in training and now Sterling and Pulisic have gone off injured in the first quarter.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola shout instructions from the Stamford Bridge touchline (Image: AFP via Getty )

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Ederson called into action

Chelsea are pushing on the break and Ederson is needed to push away a dangerous cross, while Nathan Ake blocks Chuckwuemeka who nearly scores with his first touch.

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Pulisic replaced

Graham Potter spoke of Chelsea’s rotten luck with injuries before the game, as Mason Mount became the latest player to pick up a problem to rule him out of this game.

Now, after Raheem Sterling went off, Christian Pulisic has to go off after failing to shake off the effects from that Stones tackle. There was no suggestion of a foul from Stones, but Pulisic did get caught as the two came together and he’s replaced by youngster Carney Chuckwuemeka.

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City fans in fine voice

The City fans are singing loudly in their corner of the ground.

The club get a lot of stick for supposedly not having fans, but it is a particularly good effort from the travelling supporters tonight given the dire state of the railways that make getting to night games so far away so much more difficult.

18′ – Chelsea 0-0 CityTyrone Marshall

Guardiola wants more urgency

A long spell of possession for City but Guardiola twice slapped his thigh on the touchline during that move. He seemed to want the balls played forward to De Bruyne a bit quicker, rather than going to Rodri and Bernardo. He spoke to De Bruyne when the move broke down and gave him a thumbs up for his movement.

17′ – Chelsea 0-0 CityJoe Bray

Great challenge from Stones

Now the game’s opened up. First Ilkay Gundogan crosses and it’s saved before Erling Haaland can reach it.

Then there’s a mix up between Joao Cancelo and Kyle Walker which allows Chelsea to break. When Christian Pulisic pulls the trigger in the box, John Stones appears from nowhere to slide in and block the ball out for a corner.

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Cagey opening

After all the confusion of City’s formation, and Raheem Sterling’s unfortunate injury, there’s not been many chances to note.

City have had most of the ball, with Chelsea content to sit back and wait for an opportunity to break. A mishit Marc Cucurella cross that sailed into the side netting is the closest either side have got.

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Sterling replaced already

Raheem Sterling can’t continue, after appearing to tweak his hamstring in a challenge with John Stones. Chelsea rightly don’t take any risks, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is on.

Aubameyang does like a goal against City…

2′ – Chelsea 0-0 CityTyrone Marshall

Making sense of City’s formation

Graham Potter watching the start to this game and talking to his assistant as he tries to get a handle on what City are doing.

He might be happy to see Raheem Sterling go down with an early injury. Cancelo is playing on the right and high up, it looks like a back three, or a back four if Rodri drops, but he’s often playing in advance of the Stones/Walker line.

I was going to call it a back three and then Ake popped up in a very advanced left-back role, so who knows. Guardiola has just called Haaland over to issue an instructions as well.

2′ – Chelsea 0-0 CitySimon Bajkowski

Cancelo has the most to prove

Of the players returning to the team, Joao Cancelo arguably has most to prove. He’s been disappointing by his own standards for most of 2022 and lost his place in the Portugal team during the World Cup. Guardiola has shown recently he is perfectly prepared to play Nathan Ake at left-back so his position at City has weakened.

1′ – Chelsea 0-0 CityJoe Bray

Kick off!

We’re underway.

Joao Cancelo is lining up on the right wing. Nathan Ake is at left-back, and Rodri is in central defence. Bernardo Silva has dropped back into central midfield.

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A moment to remember Pele

Chelsea are holding a minute’s applause to remember Pele, who died last week. This is their first home game since the Brazilian icon passed away.