Pep Guardiola hailed Chelsea after dramatic draw

Pep Guardiola was full of praise after thrilling Chelsea draw.

Chelsea were expected to be walked over by league leaders Manchester City last night but it barely played out in that manner.

Erling Haaland scored the opening goal of the night, followed by goals from Thiago Silva and Raheem Sterling giving Chelsea the lead.

But Manuel Akanji’s header leveled the game for the visitors just before half-time.

Within just a few seconds of the second-half restart, Haaland scored another goal from close range before Nicolas Jackson leveled a few minutes later.

Rodri had a deflected strike find the back of the net four minutes before the full-time whistle but a stoppage-time penalty from Calmer secured one point for the Blues.

Pep Guardiola was thoroughly impressed with Chelsea after a thrilling draw on Sunday evening.

“We took the game [to Chelsea] it was difficult to control and they had quality from Cole Palmer and Mykhailo Mudryk,” Guardiola told BBC Sport.

“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.

“And we know they always play good against fantastic side. The players to dribble and run it was difficult to control the game – they were aggressive.”


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