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VMC Flashback: Chelsea Preview March 2006

VMC Flashback: Chelsea Preview March 2006



This week's visit to the VMC Archives takes us back almost 4 years to the day and the Match Preview for City's impending defeat at reigning Champions Chelsea...

You can find the subsequent result and events that took place at the foot of the preview...

Chelsea vs. Manchester City
Stamford Bridge


25/03/06, 15:00 by Andy Leggott

Intro:

City travel to the home of the champions looking for an excercise in damage limitation. Given that our record on the road this year is pretty close to abysmal, the last thing that was needed when we have ten first teamers missing is a trip to Chelsea.

The champions have been in poor form, by their high standards, themselves of late and only last week lost at close neighbours Fulham. They did bounce back on Wednesday however with a 1-0 defeat of Newcastle that saw them progress into the FA Cup semis, something City failed to do themselves on Monday night.

Last season saw City take four points from Chelsea, which included a 0-0 draw at the Bridge. Anything close to that result today would be a magnificent achievement considering the circumstances.

Pscycho Speaks:

Stuart Pearce suggests that the injury crisis is taking its toll on the club at the moment.

'The injuries have tended to come in cycles this season. But we do not have a big enough squad to cope with the numbers we are losing at the moment.'

Chelsea Team News:

Chelsea have Gallas and Robben suspended but otherwise have a full squad to choose from. Wright-Phillips will be looking for a game against his old club.

Player to watch: Lampard

Not quite the Frank Lampard of last season but Chelsea missed him at Eastlands back in December.

Manchester City Team News:

Where do you start? How City line up will be anyone's guess with so many first teamers absent. There has been talk of David Sommeil moving into midfield alongside Musampa but their are so many gaps to fill any of the reserves could get a game. Bradley Wright-Phillips will probably have to start up front again which will be a shame because the lad is clearly low on confidence and looking anything but a Premiership striker. I would like to see Miller given a start but that may be to brave a call for the management.

Player to watch: Who's Playing?

I really don't think any individual will hurt Chelsea. It will take a collective team performance to get anything at all.

Match Facts & Stats

City took 4 points off Chelsea last season and were the only team to beat them in the league. This time around Chelsea managed to nick a late 1-0 victory at Eastlands over the Christmas period. Up until last season City always struggled against Chelsea with 1993 being the last time the blues won at the Bridge, 4-2.

Ref Watch:

Rob Styles .... Watch for a flurry of cards. Hopefully Chelsea fail to control their players again.

Match Prediction:

I can't see anything in this for City. The squad is so lightweight that a 2-0 defeat would perhaps be seen as a good result. The team will need to buckle down to get anything at all but I still think Chelsea will have to much. Much as it pains me to say it, I see a heavy defeat in the capital.

VMC Link: Chelsea Preview March 2006

FINAL SCORE:

Chelsea 2 (2) - 0 (0) Man City

Drogba 30, 33

Chelsea: Cech, Ferreira, Carvalho, Terry, Del Horno, Joe Cole (S Wright-Phillips,72), Lampard, Makelele, Gudjohnsen (Crespo,57), Duff (Essien,53), Drogba
Subs not used: Cudicini, Huth

Man City: James, Sommeil (Riera,45), Mills (Mills,84) , Distin(sent off 45), Dunne, Thatcher, Flood, Ireland (Croft,73), Richards, Musampa, Vassell
Subs not used: Weaver, B Wright-Phillips,

Bookings: Joe Cole (Chelsea) Distin , Mills, Musampa (Man City)

Attendance: 42, 321

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Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Sunday March 28 2010
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