Man City extend Premier League lead, Chelsea beat United

Man United midfielder Mata called Lukaku a'good man who puts the team before himself

This is a good time for Manchester United to be visiting Stamford Bridge. The England winger joins Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick, Marcos Rojo and Marouane Fellaini on the treatment table.

David Luiz's omission came only a few weeks after Conte had described him as his best defender at the club.

The Italian, who has been involved in a mini-feud with the former Blues boss this season, left his counterpart waiting in vain as he rushed to the middle of the pitch to celebrate his side's win with his players, with his assistants taking up handshake duties while he congratulated the Blues squad, pumping his fists in the air.

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There has never been a bigger gap between the top two after 11 matches in Premier League history and Guardiola's swashbuckling side are heavy favourites to win the title.

Tiemoue Bakayoko had an early chance to put the hosts in front but missed the target, United goalkeeper David De Gea denied Eden Hazard and Morata lacked power with a strike before halftime.

Chelsea was transformed from the disorganized team that was picked apart so easily at Roma in a 3-0 loss, making an assertive start against United. "We go into the worldwide break with three points and this is very important for us", he added.

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I think when they score, they score in the period when they were on top of the game and in control.

Manchester City is the team to catch in the Premier League, and it's getting even more challenging. The win moves fourth-placed Chelsea to within a point of Tottenham and United , who remain in second on goal difference.

"But we know that eight points in the Premier League is not the same as eight points in the Portuguese league or in the Spanish league or in the German league".

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There is still more than two-thirds of the season to go but City is looking a formidable attacking unit that's proving hard to thwart.

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