Alan Shearer names the two Chelsea players who made the biggest difference during Man City win

Alan Shearer names the two Chelsea players who made the biggest difference during Man City win

Chelsea came from behind to defeat Manchester City 2-1 on Saturday evening at the Etihad Stadium, thanks to goals from Hakim Ziyech and Marcos Alonso.

Following Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening, former Newcastle United and England striker Alan Shearer praised both Reece James and Marcos Alonso's second-half efforts, claiming they made the difference.

After falling behind to a close-range finish from Raheem Sterling just before halftime, Chelsea equalized just past the hour mark when Hakim Ziyech rifled in a short, powerful effort from the edge of the box, before left wing-back Alonso popped up in the 92nd minute to turn home Timo Werner's low pass back into the mix.


Chelsea's fortunes could have been very different had Sergio Aguero scored his penalty on the stroke of halftime, squandering City's chance to go 2-0 up and come ever closer to clinching the Premier League championship.

Nonetheless, Chelsea, as they have done so frequently under head coach Thomas Tuchel since his arrival in January, refused to give up, delivering a largely dominant second-half performance.

Tuchel's decision to drive wing-backs James and Alonso higher up the field in an effort to make the Blues more competitive in the final third proved crucial, according to Match of the Day pundit Shearer.

"They were much better in the second half because they had Alonso and James higher up the pitch and more involved," Shearer explained on BBC Sport's Match of the Day.

"You can see what I mean by their graphics there [on screen] - their touches in the opposition box between them. They scored one in the first half and five in the second.

"As I previously said, they gained at least 20, 25 yards further up the field.

"Reece James, who I thought was magnificent, particularly in the second half, gave [Benjamin] Mendy a run for his money. They couldn't keep up with his speed, ambition, and ability to get to the top. He was willing to do this on at least three or four occasions.

"But when he does so, he pulls everyone else up with him. It took a lot of talent to get into that spot, and he has a teammate on the other hand - Alonso.

"With all of them in there [the penalty area], James is searching for him and attempting to identify him.

"His first thought is to get past Mendy and into the room. It's a fantastic ball, and Alonso is unfortunate not to be able to get to it.

"This time, it is his [Alonso's] turn. He pushes forward and causes havoc.

"I've illustrated Alonso once more. Werner has a decent run, but he [Alonso] gets his luck, and he deserves it, as does James because they were getting in there and were willing to gamble.

"That made a significant difference in the second half. It was a major victory for them."


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