Zack Steffen makes Premier League debut in Manchester City's 3-1 win at Chelsea

More than two years after his transfer to Manchester City was announced, Zack Steffen made his Premier League on Sunday.

With Brazilian keeper Ederson self-isolating due to coronavirus protocols, Steffen started in Manchester City's 3-1 win at Chelsea. The win moved Manchester City into a three-way tie for fourth place but with one or two games in hand on all the teams ahead of it.

Manchester City jumped out to a 3-0 lead over struggling Chelsea on three goals in the first 34 minutes. Steffen did not have much to do, conceding his only goal to Callum Hudson-Odoi in stoppage time.

"The result is incredible for us, especially the way that we played," Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said. "Chelsea are one of the strongest teams, but we had a plan and tried to play how we've done in the past and it worked, the players were fantastic.

The start was the fifth for Steffen in 2020-21 after spending last season on loan to Fortuna Duesseldorf. He won three starts in the Carabao Cup and one in the UEFA Champions League against Marseille.

He will likely start on Wednesday when Manchester City faces Manchester United in the Carabao Cup semifinals.

Manchester City is one of several English teams hit by a COVID-19 outbreak. Its game against Everton last Monday at Goodison Park was postponed hours before kickoff.

8 comments about "Zack Steffen makes Premier League debut in Manchester City's 3-1 win at Chelsea".
  1. beautiful game, January 4, 2021 at 11:02 a.m.

    Chelsea v MC was another example of the typical and blatant officiating shortcomings. Back-pass by MC is handled by its keeper about a foot inside the penalty box. Ref makes correct call for back-pass violation. Referee than places the ball outside the penalty box for a Chelsea direct kick and marks the wall line two yards beyond the penalty spot. That's 8-yards!!!!??? between the wall and the ball; not in accordance with LOTG. Next Pulisic running with ball beats MC opponent who tackles Pulisic from behind; ref whistles foul and again disregards LOTG with no caution. This all happened in the first half... and late in the game the referee cautions a player for a mickey mouse push. This type of officiating has become SOP. The referee in question and many of his colleagues need serious retraining in LOTG interpretation and above all its enforecement. 

  2. Seth Vieux replied, January 4, 2021 at 12:19 p.m.

    Maybe my memory failed, but I thought he did award an indirect kick and MC executed a 2 touch shot? Definitely not defending the officiating on the whole, it was awful, including an obvious PK that should have been awarded when Werner was taken down in the box. Not sure any amount of improvement would have resulted in Chelsea earning a point though. Pep's plan completely outclassed Lampard and only Pulisic and late sub Odoi showed any bravery in attack to make an honest attempt to threaten the MC defense.

  3. frank schoon replied, January 4, 2021 at 1:11 p.m.

    The reffing is what it is. There will always ref incidents  and that's what makes the game 'spicy'.
     
    Chelsea has been going through some injury problems. This is the first game Pulisic and Zayech started together. Ziyech is probably a little gunshy as far as running because of the hamstring injury. Lampard probably preferred to have waited a little longer on Ziyech's playing. But eversince Ziyech's absence the team has not played all that well.

    I think the problem in this game ,although a few, was that James Reece the right back was missing. Reece, helps with penetrating runs past Ziyech forcing the opponents backwards giving Ziyech more room to operate by drawn opponents away. This wasn't happening, there were no crossea coming from the endline as they were usually. That right side was not optimumly employed without Reece. It is amazing how one player can influence or allow another player  to play his style of game better.  The whole team is short of out of sync, but I think they'll get better ,although I"m not impressed with the midfielder Kante and their right centerback who has no ability with the ball..

  4. Seth Vieux replied, January 4, 2021 at 4:31 p.m.

    Frank I think you're right on reference Ziyech in this one. Likely back out there just a little too soon to expect him to be able to hugely impact the gaem, especially when Chelsea played with so little movement off the ball so no one (and certainly not Azpilicueta in for James) was providing him with any dangerous options to make use of his passing acumen. 

    Kante for sure had one of his worst performances I can remember (they don't happen often his credit) and Chelsea's midfield as a whole were completely ineffective. With Kovacic working primarily as the right-side 8 and James not aviaalble Ziyech was short any type of creativity for him to play off of. I think an in-form Havertz playing there and James at right fullback that's a totally different look.

  5. frank schoon replied, January 5, 2021 at 9:47 a.m.

    Seth, sometimes it takes situations like this to see how players perform and take up the leadership mantle....Kante failed ,totally. You have watched Chelsea more than I have and are more familiar with the situation. Kante looks a lot better when everything is running in sync, which pertains to everyone, but a better player even when the team is not in sync will show why he is a good player...he didn't come through. He does not impress me one iota. And this right centerback is just terrible, especially with the ball he adds totally nothing. You notice the opponents allow him to have the ball and back off for he just useless....

  6. humble 1 replied, January 7, 2021 at 12:19 p.m.

    I agree with beautiful game.  Refereeing in EPL is awful is the worse of all the top leagues.  VAR has not helped, it actually made things worse.  They do not realize it is so bad it threatens the quality of the sport.  I have seen this before in the NBA - then a ref went to prison for being tampering with games - scapegoat for sure - it was wide spread - but was snuffed out - or - at least became less obvious.  I do not think EPL is far from this situation.  There is zero accoutability.  Week after week same story - cannot be explained away.  Many have become numb to it.  It is real.  Carry on.

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