It was a night when Pep Guardiola twisted on the tactical front and then twisted some more. For much of a slow-burning encounter, part of the battle was to decode the schemes of the Manchester City manager.
His most recognised left-back, João Cancelo? Pinned high on the right wing. The returning Kyle Walker? On the right of a defensive three. The midfield was flexible to the point of indecipherable. And for the opening 45 minutes, it did not work.
Written by David Hytner at Stamford Bridge
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