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Elite City prove they are real deal

Ask any City fan what come to mind when they think about Chelsea against City and they'll all probably tell you the same.

Power, organisation, ruthless determination, focus and a landslide of goals against!

In the past City have been too fragile psychologically or guilty of not having players up for the physical battle against the Londoners brute strength.

In Drogba and Anelka up front backed up by Lampard, Essien and Ballack, you have a midfield powerhouse that is the most dominating midfield in the world.

In midweek City showed signs that they had that physical brute force to compete for the first time by crunching the life out of Arsenals talented young gunners.

Yet the scintillating performance today proved to millions watching that this City side now has the power to go with the skill and fancy footwork to trouble any defence in the world.

With the players such as Lescott, De Jong, Richards, Barry and Kompany City are no longer the bullied, but the bullies of the playground.

City began the game showing the same intensity as against Arsenal and looked the better side with more shots on target and corners, but fell behind to an own goal form Emmanuel Adebayor.

No one would think that the best team in Europe at the moment would have then gone on to take control of the game, but nothing could be further from the truth as City showed another part of their new character.

The new resilience that has seen City only beaten once all season was again evident as the Sky Blues immediately pressured the Chelsea midfield, playing some exhilarating stuff stretching the Chelsea fullbacks and interchanging passes at will.

City finally broke the deadlock after a centre was floated into the Chelsea area and after the ball had found its way to Adebayor the big front man lashed it into the net.

The ball did hit Micah Richards on the arms before it fell to Adebayor, but the young England defender could have done nothing to avoid it.

Key a predictable mass protest from Chelsea, but it was to be in vain as the goal would stand and Webb waved the players back to the centre circle.

You know you have Chelsea on the back foot, when Ashley Cole is acting like a petulant school boy as if the opposition should not have the right to be on top.

The second half continued began with the same intensity as the first with both sides looking to impose their dominance on the game.

It was City spurred on by their magnificent support that began to look like the superior team again.

After a period of intense pressure, City finally found the breakthrough when a free kick was fired in by the electric Carlos Tevez past a Peter Cech that Paul Merson had previously lorded as the best in the business last week- Nice one Toady!

You need a nut-cracker to break a hard nut as Arsenal found out to their cost last weekend and City certainly were cracking bones with Lescott and Bridge giving Drogba a hard time and De Jong showing Essien there is more than one master of destruction in this league.

City, after recent collapses, understandably had a period of uncertainty when Chelsea created a few chances.
Drogba went close on a couple of occasions and Chelsea looked like they would get an undeserved goal.

Both Wayne Bridge and Micah Richards had become casualties in this all out war and had to be replaced by Nedum Onuoha and Vincent Kompany respectively.

Gareth Barry was shifted to left back and although already exhausted and on a yellow, proved his value to the team with a composed display.

Onouha on the other hand, made the mistake of letting Drogba get goal side and a rash challenge brought the Ivory Coast star for a definite penalty.

What happened next transformed this game into a Premier League classic with all forty-eight thousand fans in the stadium, millions worldwide watching and all of the Premier League teams held their breath as Frank Lampard faced off with Shay Given.

The resulting penalty save was met with shock and exultation from no doubt everybody not wearing Chelsea Blue as Given denied Lampard's nervous penalty making every England fan sit nervously on their chair at a similar prospect next summer in South Africa.

It seemed as though every Chelsea player had been booked, including the subs by the time John Terry was forced to leave the field but there were to be no defensive lapses this week however, as City closed out the game after six minutes of stoppage time.

Tevez and Richards were fantastic, but none of it would have been possible without winning the infantry battle against Lampard, Ballack and Essien, and Nigel De Jong's destructive presence in midfield puts him up there with the very best defensive midfielders in the world.

Have City found their Claude Makele, the lynchpin of their early success? If they have then the Blue Juggernaut is finally back on its way to the top four.

Although United et al will have been cheering the Blues on to the final whistle today, some of them now know that City will be chasing them down from now until the very end of the season.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The journalist

Writer: GloucBlade Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday December 5 2009

Time: 9:00PM

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I don't wanna destroy the good feeling - this was just one game, although an exceptional performance that it was. We need to carry this forward and onward, and then I will believe we are awesome.
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05/12/2009 20:53:00

Awesome not quite mate, but real top 4 material we are. We haven't been dominated by anyone this season.
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05/12/2009 21:02:00

And now they're gonna believe us.
Johnny Baguette
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05/12/2009 21:13:00

We'll still have the odd bad result, but this game confirms that Hughes is doing more right than wrong. A much needed tonic to give him the time he needs to turn performances like this into a weekly occurrence.
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05/12/2009 22:26:00

Great win, happy days but don't get ahead of yourselves. You still can't defend set-pieces and Chelsea were unlucky not to tie it even if you were the better side for 75 mins. You need to learn to defend till the 90th minute. Oh well....after this shock result, I presume you'll get back to form.....drawing games again.
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05/12/2009 23:31:00

Heady days. And Given would have kept a clean sheet but for the freak rebound off Ade... Now City really have something to build upon. Roll on Bolton, Spurs, Sunderland and Stoke!
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05/12/2009 23:53:00

FU - I take yourr point about needing to learn to defend, and our defenders are clearly getting better. Manure on the other hand will surely not do so well without your entire defence, so I'd stick to worrying about that if I were you!
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this means nothing if we don't beat Bolton
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06/12/2009 00:18:00

Statistically it does!
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06/12/2009 00:48:00

Well done lads,best of luck for the rest of the season.
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06/12/2009 01:10:00

Great display by city, wtf..and that shay given of yours..hmm! Well, i really do hope we return the favour when you come to stamford bridge.
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06/12/2009 06:34:00

It's nice to see a couple of Chelsea fans come on here and praising us and wishing us good luck for the rest of the season, thanks fellas as you wouldn't get an Yernitid fan coming on here and saying the same
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06/12/2009 11:34:00

Fair play to you Chelsea lads, very gracious in defeat. Your still my pick for the title this year.
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06/12/2009 12:10:00

Cheers Chelsea showing a bit of class, thats the way to win fans on the way to the title. Good luck for the rest of the season.
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06/12/2009 13:21:00

thanks back in your box.
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06/12/2009 15:35:00

It was a decent win yesterday but I'm with arthur7171 on this as failure to win at Bolton next weekend and this result will be long forgotten.
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06/12/2009 21:54:00

Not by any of the top four it won't Kev and psychologically it will have a huge effect on morale when playing any of them.
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07/12/2009 01:38:00


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