Guardiola switched his system and wingers in order to attack Chelsea’s full-backs, as in the first half Joao Cancelo was deployed further forward in front of Kyle Walker, but could not get the better of Cucurella. Both Cancelo and Walker were substituted at half-time for Manuel Akanji and Rico Lewis.
Then Grealish and Mahrez came on for Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden, and then minutes later combined as the England star’s cross could not have been cut out by Kepa, and then Cucurella was beaten at the back post by Mahrez. After the World Cup break, Chelsea have lost away to Aston Villa, drawn with Nottingham Forest and defeated Bournemouth prior to taking on Manchester City.
Potter has seen his position come under pressure as before the break his side had gone six domestic games without a win, and next faces a trip to Fulham after a FA Cup tie with Manchester City on Sunday, where they may have to compete without Mount, Pulisic or Sterling.