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Win over Chelsea puts City ahead of United

| Updated: October 24, 2017 22:09:04

Win over Chelsea puts City ahead of United

Manchester City stayed ahead of age-old local rivals Manchester United at the top of the Premier League on Saturday with a deserved 1-0 win away to champions Chelsea.

After Jose Mourinho's United romped to a 4-0 victory over bottom club Crystal Palace, City had much the better of the late game at Stamford Bridge.

"We are so happy," City manager Pep Guardiola said. "The way we played, especially in the second half, was pleasing."

A second-half goal by former Chelsea forward Kevin de Bruyne won it and left City just ahead of United on goal difference.

Chelsea, starting the day three points behind the Manchester pair in third place, dropped to fourth after two more goals from Harry Kane helped Tottenham Hotspur to a comfortable 4-0 win away to Huddersfield Town.

Manager Antonio Conte blamed Champions League exertions from midweek for his team's subdued performance. "It is logical when you play three games in seven (sic) days you risk something," he said.

United's win left Palace rooted to the bottom of the table after a record seventh successive defeat without a goal to start the season. – Reuters

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