The game between the Premier League champions and FA Cup winners is the traditional season curtain-raiser but on this evidence the gap between the two teams, which last season was 30 points, is as wide as ever despite the arrival of Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea manager and the signing of midfielder Jorginho. "Kovacic, it is better to have rest with a little injury. But spend less energy far from the goal and play in the last 25 metres". Now the tables have been turned in a rivalry that saw Tottenham beat Liverpool 4-1 at home last season and finish a place ahead in third.
Manchester City star striker Sergio Aguero.
"Phil Foden is ready for the Premier League, he was last season and now he has one more year's experience", said Guardiola.
Maurizio Sarri has stated that Eden Hazard still has room for improvement, despite his hat-trick against Cardiff City.
The Portuguese had to wait for his time to shine during City's record-breaking campaign last season, but is now Guardiola's main man in midfield with Kevin De Bruyne sidelined by a long-term knee injury. "That's why he deserves to play all the minutes he's playing".
Smalling defended well for Jose Mourinho's Manchester United side and even managed to bag a goal, doubling United's lead in the first half.
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Sarri on his options up front: "I don't know [who will be the Premier League starter in the future]. But I'm delighted with his performance, a big compliment to him".
And he drew a laugh when he joked about goal-scorer Chris Smalling's new haircut.
"He [Hazard] told me after the match against Cardiff he was exhausted so I thought it was better [for him] to rest", Sarri said, having confirmed that David Luiz and Mateo Kovacic have also been kept back in London because of fatigue and injury respectively.
But a 3-1 win away to Everton on Sunday quelled those concerns, at least for the time being, and gave the Chilean an extra reason to celebrate his 65th birthday.
Fellaini recovered possession for United more often than any other player (10 times), while also winning seven of his nine aerial duels, and providing the assist for Chris Smalling's goal - not bad.
West Ham United finally got their first Premier League win of the season, with Marco Arnautovic starring and scoring in the 61st minute. "I am convinced and the players are convinced".