SUTTON: Round one goes to Man City but there's a long way to go

CHRIS SUTTON: Round one goes to Pep Guardiola after Manchester City’s victory over Chelsea – but there’s still a long way to go in one of the most exciting title races in years

  • Manchester City produced a dominant display to beat title rivals Chelsea
  • There’s a long way to go in the title fight which should be one of the best ever
  • Jurgen Klopp will feel Liverpool dropped two points in their draw with Brentford

It wasn’t a knockout blow, merely one round in favour of Manchester City, and Pep Guardiola knows there are plenty more left in this fight.

It was a hell of a performance by City. They swarmed all over Chelsea to win the ball back and were braver than the hosts. No striker? No problem.

It was as if City wanted to let their opponents know: ‘We’re still the Premier League champions. We’re still the team to beat. We’re still favourites.’

Pep Guardiola’s side produced a fantastic performance to beat title rivals Chelsea

Liverpool’s draw will feel like two points dropped ahead of their clash with Manchester City

They will want to double down on that when they face Liverpool on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp will consider it two points dropped at Brentford but the Reds won’t be the only side frustrated by Thomas Frank’s team.

It’s looking like one of the most exciting title races in years. You don’t win the Premier League by being Rocky Balboa. You can’t get battered and bruised, then strike the knockout blow on the final day.

It’s a season-long slog. City gave Chelsea a good battering but there’s a long way to go.

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