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Pep Guardiola satisfied with Man City’s position ahead of World Cup break



“But the main target in this period is Champions League qualification and don’t be far away from the top of the league. This is the situation.”

Two goals in a five-minute spell early in the second half from Riyad Mahrez and Julian Alvarez proved enough to see off Graham Potter’s Blues.

The goals were reward for a positive period in which City stepped up the pressure but Chelsea also had numerous opportunities in an entertaining contest.

Impressive youngster Lewis Hall was twice denied by home goalkeeper Stefan Ortega and City’s Sergio Gomez had a lucky escape when he headed against his own post.

Hall, 18, was making just his second start for Chelsea and his first of the season after Potter identified him as a player of promise.

“I really enjoyed his performance,” said the Chelsea manager. “He took responsibility and took the ball in tight areas, attacked the box. He could have scored a couple of goals on another day.

“It was a really nice performance, a mature performance. He is a quiet lad but he goes about his work. I have been really impressed with him.”

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