At the Etihad Stadium, Kevin De Bruyne assists Manchester City in defeating Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel.

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At the Etihad Stadium, Kevin De Bruyne helps Manchester City defeat Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea.

Kevin De Bruyne scored 20 minutes from time to give Manchester City a 1-0 victory over Chelsea on Saturday, putting them one step closer to retaining their Premier League title.

The win, City’s 12th in a row in the Premier League, puts Pep Guardiola’s side 13 points clear at the top.

Jack Gaughan of Sportsmail rated both sets of players on what could be a pivotal day in the title race…

MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3) is a Premier League team that plays in the English Premier League.

EDERSON has a rating of 7 out of a possible 10 points.

Almost no involvement until just after half-time, when Romelu Lukaku was brilliantly thwarted.

7 KYLE WALKER

Chelsea’s threat to break down City’s right-hand side was thwarted by strong recovery runs.

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Lukaku outmuscled him early on, but he improved dramatically.

7 AYMERIC LAPORTE

Lukaku was kept relatively quiet, with the Belgians largely isolated and City able to construct from the rear.

7.5 JOAO CANCELO

It appeared to be a simple ball for Kevin De Bruyne, but one that Cancelo executes well.

SILVA, BERNARDO – 7.5

On the right of a three-man midfield, a trademark tenacious display.

Frequently observed hustling possession.

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When it comes to moving City forward, they are unusually wasteful in possession, but they are very strong defensively.

8.5 KEVIN DE BRUYNE

All-action and unyielding.

Curling effort dividing the two teams as he approaches his best.

RAHEEM STERLING – 7.5 out of 10

All afternoon, he was constantly pounding Marcos Alonso and threatening him.

I should’ve taken a bigger risk.

PHIL FODEN – 7.5 POINTS

When drifting into midfield, Linked has a great game.

With the weight of his pass, he gives City more control.

GREALISH, JACK – 7

When clean through late in the first half, he should have put City in front.

It was still risky.

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De Bruyne’s replacement, Ilkay Gundogan (84).

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PEP GUARDIOLA is the manager.

When the game became a slog, he was rewarded for sticking with his starting XI and system.

CHELSEA (3-4-2-1) is a Premier League club based in England.

6 KEPA ARRIZABALAGA

Grealish made a huge save before the break, but his initial positioning for De Bruyne’s strike may be questioned.

RUDIGER ANTONIO – 7

There was a lot of unseen work in helping Grealish double up, and we had to keep an eye on De Bruyne as well.

6.5 THIAGO SILVA

When Foden dropped deeper, Silva was able to act as a spare man thanks to Chelsea’s set-up.

This is an excellent example.

SARR MALANG – 5.5

With Alonso by his side, he had a difficult afternoon.

Chelsea is in a difficult situation due to a few errant passes.

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Kevin De Bruyne scored the only goal of the game with 20 minutes remainingRaheem Sterling was also very effective as he gave Marcos Alonso a torrid timeChristian Pulisic was preferred to Mason Mount but struggled to make an impact Manchester City are now 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League tableSportsmail’s Jack Gaughan rated the performances of the players on show

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