Manchester City lose, but Twitter goes in-Sane

Manchester City's Leroy Sane in action with Chelsea's Victor Moses and Cesc Fabregas

An inept defensive display by Manchester City helped Chelsea to a 3-1 Premier League victory - but it was Leroy Sane who grabbed the attention on Twitter.

Chelsea left Manchester City red-faced and red-carded - as Chelsea manager Antonio Conte's tactical set-up proved too much for Pep Guardiola's City.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

Guardiola's defensive set up saw a back three of John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Aleksandar Kolorov protected by Ilkay Gundogan and Fernandinho.

Aside from this, the side consisted of forwards - namely, Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Jesus Navas and Leroy Sane.

Manchester City's Leroy Sane in action with Chelsea's Victor Moses and Cesc Fabregas

The latter duo were deployed in unfamiliar wing back roles, in an apparent attempt to match Antonio Conte's recently successful 3-4-3. 

Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan celebrates after Chelsea's Gary Cahill scored an own goal and the first goal for Manchester City

However, Guardiola's gloriously attacking line-up was completely overrun by Chelsea's dominance and forward impetus; as Diego Costa and Eden Hazard took full advantage of Manchester City's inconsistent defending and overall poor display from the home team's superstars - typified by De Bruyne's stand-out miss in the second half. 

Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne looks dejected after missing a chance to score

De Bruyne's miss, five yards from goal, would have given City a 2-0 lead, following a Gary Cahill own goal just before half-time.  

Manchester City's Leroy Sane in action with Chelsea's Willian

Shortly after Diego Costa's equaliser, Pep Guardiola replaced Leroy Sane with Gael Clichy - after which point the encounter swung completely in Chelsea's favour, as further goals from Willian and Hazard gave Chelsea their eighth win in a row.

Chelsea's Diego Costa and Manchester City's Fernando clash

Manchester City's frustration boiled over towards the end of the match, with Aguero and Fernandinho seeing red cards after an awful challenge by City's number 10 instigated a touchline brawl.

Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan, David Silva and Leroy Sane warm up with shirts in relation to the victims of the Colombia plane crash containing the Chapecoense players and staff

However, despite the drama of the clash, it was City's Sane who came in for significant praise on Twitter. 

Sane, a £37 million pound signing from German side Schalke, looked threatening with the ball at his feet - and the 19-year-old's pace and trickery troubled Chelsea's Victor Moses on numerous occasions. 

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola celebrates with Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling at the end of the match

Perhaps Sane's display will be enough to oust the likes of Navas and Raheem Sterling in future forward roles - as the German teenager will not want to be handicapped by playing out of position on too many more occasions.

Here's a taste of the Twitter reaction to Manchester City's Sane's showing against Chelsea: 

 

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