Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri: “I am very happy with the win because it is not very easy to win against Manchester City or Pep Guardiola. I am happy with the mentality of the team in this match.
“It is difficult for us to find motivation but when we are [motivated], we are a very strong team. Today we played with a very good level of application, determination and the right level of aggressiveness.
“My players have to continue like this. We started well in the second half and in the end we deserved to win.”
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: “Off day? We lost. If you think that, you didn’t see the game. Chelsea are a good team, good players, but in the first half it was incredible, we were exceptional.
“In general, we were fantastic, I don’t have any regrets. We came and showed we wanted to win. We created chances. They had one in 44 minutes and we conceded a goal, sometimes that happens.
“At this level and in the Champions League, the quality of the opponents means they only need a half a chance to score. That was the reality.”
Fortress Stamford Bridge – the stats
Chelsea are unbeaten in 12 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge (W7 D5), their longest run without a home league defeat since a 21-game streak ending in August 2015.
City suffered their first Premier League defeat in 22 games, since a 3-2 loss to Manchester United in April. They also conceded more than one goal in a Premier League game for the first time in 22 matches in the competition, since that derby defeat.
This was Sarri’s first victory over Guardiola, ending a run of three defeats against the Spaniard in all competitions (W1 L3).
Guardiola has lost three leagues games against Chelsea, more than against any other side as a manager.
Kante’s opening goal came from Chelsea’s first shot of the match in the 45th minute, the longest they have had to wait for a shot in a league game at Stamford Bridge since 2006-07.
With four goal involvements in the Premier League this season in 16 games (2 goals, 2 assists), Kante has already equalled his combined goal and assist tallies from his previous two top-flight seasons with Chelsea (2 goals, 2 assists in 69 games).
Hazard has provided an assist in three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since December 2014.
Hazard has now assisted a league-high eight goals in the Premier League this season, which is double the tally he assisted in 34 apps last season (4).