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De Bruyne beauty sends City 13 points clear of Chelsea

A superb goal from Kevin De Bruyne decided the contest between the Premier League’s top two on Saturday and seemingly the destination of the championship, with Manchester City’s 1-0 win over Chelsea moving them 13 points clear at the summit.

It was a game billed as the last chance for Chelsea – and third-placed Liverpool – to keep the defending champions in sight but City were dominant, pinning their visitors back in their own half for long periods. They eventually produced the moment of quality to extend their remarkable winning streak in the league to 12 matches.

City should have been ahead well before then, with Jack Grealish spurning a glorious opening after Mateo Kovacic had been caught in possession by De Bruyne. City’s £100m man clipped his shot straight at the on-rushing Kepa five minutes before half-time, and still has just two Premier League goals to his name since his record-breaking summer transfer.

Chelsea didn’t have a shot in the first half – the first time that has happened in the Premier League under Thomas Tuchel – but they had three in the opening four minutes of the second, with Romelu Lukaku drawing a fine stop from Ederson from his own one-on-one chance.

Chelsea got the better of City in last season’s Champions League final but it would now take something extraordinary for them or Liverpool to prevent Guardiola making it four Premier League titles in the past four seasons.

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