Eden Hazard scored twice as Chelsea battled to a 3-3 draw with Roma to stay top of Champions League Group C. Chelsea had surrendered a two-goal lead to trail 3-2 with 20 minutes remaining after former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko’s quick-fire double.
Marouane Fellaini managed to drag a Manchester derby that had been interesting rather than memorable into pure chaos at the Etihad last night, earning a red card for a headbutt on Sergio Aguero some six seconds after being booked for a foul on the same City forward.
Gabriel Jesus has wasted no time in guaranteeing himself a place in Manchester City folklore, his injury-time winner the second of two goals on his full home debut but the young Brazilian’s stunning impact on English football could not disguise the same old problems for Pep Guardiola.
It’s a long, straight motorway, cutting through endless fields of corn, which takes you from the centre of Belgrade to Stara Pazova where, tucked away at the back of a small industrial park, resides the modern home of Serbian football, a state of the art training complex opened in 2011.
If these are the first, stuttering steps of Manchester City’s new era under Pep Guardiola — and make no mistake, there are still deep flaws in his team as his own touchline antics will testify — then the rest of the Premier League could be in trouble when, and if, the manager ever gets his team playing the way he wants.
WHAT a difference a week makes. Seven days on from a humbling home defeat by Liverpool — and with a Champions League loss in between — Manchester City returned to winning ways with a win that took them back to the top of the Premier League. Normal service resumed?