Manchester City lost ground in the Premier League title race after being held to a draw against Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola will feel his team deserved better, considering their dominant possession and numerous chances created for Erling Haaland, which unfortunately went unconverted.

Mauricio Pochettino organized his Chelsea team to focus on counterattacking, utilizing the speed of Raheem Sterling up front. It was Sterling, formerly with Manchester City, who scored the opening goal.

Nicolas Jackson driving down the right flank before passing the ball to him.

Sterling advanced into the box, skillfully maneuvered past Kyle Walker, and elegantly curled the ball beyond Ederson for a composed finish.

Chelsea attempted to preserve their narrow lead by shifting to a defensive formation with five at the back, but Manchester City intensified their pressure significantly.

They relentlessly pushed forward, continuously delivering crosses and set pieces into the box, and found relief when pivotal player Rodri emerged within the final 10 minutes to restore parity.

However, City failed to capitalize on their momentum for the winning goal, and Chelsea managed to hold on during stoppage time, securing a remarkable result against the champions.

When Chelsea last defeated Manchester City, Rodri observed the match from the bench.

He remained an unused substitute in the 2021 Champions League final, and since then, both his and Chelsea's fortunes have undergone dramatic shifts. The Spaniard notably scored the winning goal in Europe's premier club game of 2023, while the former champions endured a disappointing finish in the lower half of the Premier League. Yet, it was the timely intervention of a pivotal player that extended two unbeaten streaks.