By James Agberebi: Chelsea’s hope of UEFA Champions League qualification suffered a setback following their 1-0 defeat to league leaders Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday.
Super Eagles forward Victor Moses was in action for Chelsea and played 90 minutes.
It is now back-to-back defeats for Chelsea after their 2-1 away defeat to Manchester United last weekend.
After a goalless first half, summer signing Bernardo Silva scored the only goal early in the second half.
City, who are now 18 points ahead of second-placed Liverpool, now need four more wins to emerge champions of the Premier League for this season.
Chelsea are fifth on 53 points, five adrift of Tottenham Hotspur who are fourth.
After a tight opening half, City went close on 26 minutes through Leroy Sane from a free-kick only to see his effort cleared off the line.
Few minutes later Pedro Rodriguez broke into the City area but saw his cross blocked away for a corner.
Towards the end of the first half City thought they have broken the deadlock but Nicolas Otamendi’s effort was ruled out for offside.
City eventually took the lead one minute into the second half as Silva slotted past Thibaut Courtois from David Silva after Andreas Christensen failed to properly clear a cross.
Chelsea broke in the 54th minute and had their first attempt on goal but Moses blasted off target after being teed up by Cesc Fabregas.
City should have doubled their lead on 55 minutes after Silva dazzled into the Chelsea box but Courtois was equal to the task as he parried his left-foot strike away.
City continued to press for a second goal and almost scored on 58 minutes but Silva’s low strike but was blocked for a corner.
In the 67th minute Kevin De Bruyne tried a long range strike on the edge of the box which went way over the bar.
Sane did brilliantly well to beat Moses on the line in the 78th minute but his dangerous cross evaded the onrushing Silva.
Chelsea had the game’s last chance in the 94th minute but his left-foot strike went just wide.