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The Ped Report City 2-0 Chelsea

Cold rain was the welcoming force at Fortress Etihad today as the teams lined-up for the second time in twelve days for another heavyweight contest between the nation's leading football clubs.

Both teams had to make changes, with Pellegrini not making the mistakes of risking the likes of Richards, preferring the dependable Zabaleta and Clichy on the corners, and restoring Lescott alongside Kompany in the centres. Ahead of them Garcia, returning from injury, was preferred with Milner replacing Navas out right to counteract the effect of Hazard who was rampant in the recent meeting in the Barclays Premier League. Yaya and the Magician, Silva made up the rest of the midfield with Jovetic and Dzeko up top in the absence of the Mighty Atom, Aguero and the Beast who is still recovering from a shoulder injury.

In the other dugout, Mouthy Mourinho, who we once found amusing but who we now find distasteful and a pain in a dark place, tinkered with his side but still played all of his big guns although Terry had to sit this one out and Mikel was for some reason allowed a match in midfield. Matic and Ramires were to provide the thuggery along with Luiz with Hazard making up a five-man midfield leaving the ageing Eto'o to plough a lone furrow up front.

City set off on the front foot and in a manner that was absent in the recent league meeting and Chelsea didn't see the ball in the early exchanges. The sky Blues mixed up play sitting in deep when they had to and breaking rapidly as play developed. The right hand side looked solid with Milner ahead of Zabaleta and the left looked mobile with Clichy getting forward at will and Silva at his majestic, magical best.

Everything Chelsea tried down the middle found Garcia breaking them down and if they tried Hazard, he was stopped on the inside by Milner and the outside by Zaba. Garcia's inclusion allowed Yaya to play fifteen yards further up the field and he quickly showed the difference in his football when he plays as a supplementary attacker rather than a deep sitting defensive midfielder.

Without the organisation of Terry, Chelsea's defence was up for grabs as they failed to master the lively Jovetic and even a resurgent Dzeko who for once grafted all night even though he did adorn the seating decks with most of his goal attempts, rather than the back of the net.

With a dozen minutes on the clock Yaya drove into the Chelsea cover like a Rugby League second row forward scattering everyone in his wake. His well struck shot was only parried by Cech and although Jovetic was on the rebound in a flash his shot hit the bar and went over. This was however his equivalent of an Aguero sighter as in the next attack Silva played an excellent pass into the path of Dzeko who was in a position that normally tempts him with a shot that ends up in level two. Out of the corner of his eye he spotted Jovetic in space, played him in and the Montenegrin's early strike went in off the inside of the post, with the entire defence on the wrong foot. The cheers from the Blue Mooners could have negated the need for cranes to lift the South Stand roof to facilitate the stadium expension.

After that Chelsea never looked in the hunt as everything they tried hit a brick wall. Regular readers of the Ped Report will be all too well aware of my scathing attacks on Garcia ahead of his injury but I had to eat my words and withdraw his nickname as his game improved almost beyond belief. Today he put in his best yet performance for City easily snuffing out anything and everything that the London Blues tried to get going through the middle. Indeed it was Chelsea who looked like lollipop men as they moved from side to side and making no headway back to front. Their only shot of the first half finished up in block 116, which was amazing when you consider that the keep net was kept in for today's match.

City missed four clear chances to increase the score especially as Cech looked unsure and spilled a couple of shots into an area where Aguero or Negredo would have been sniffing, but with Dzeko hovering as usual at the edge of the box, he got away with it.

After the break Mourinho removed Eto'o who had done precisely nothing and moved Hazard into the middle to get him out of the clutches of Milner and Zabaleta. This did little more than sentence him to the clutches of Lescott and Kompany and even Mourinho as the "master tactician who knows how to win" scratched his head in the technical area.

Jovetic had caused the Chelsea back line problems all night but looked remarkably silly on the hour when he bounced off Luiz and plunged to the floor. He was yellow carded for his trouble and rightly so. I dislike the prospect of City gaining a diver, but when I looked at the match again this evening found it quite hilarious that the TV commentator Clown Tyldesley was slagging him off when his beloved Stretford Sub-Aqua FC, formerly known as Manchester United have captured the market in terms of ridiculous divers especially Young who spends most of his time on the grass. There are others in the ManUre shirts who try to con referees week-in-week-out.

Immediately he was tugged by Pellegrini and was replaced by the returning-from-injury Nasri. And which Nasri would we see? Would it be a tentative Nasri, nursing what could have been a season-threatening injury or would it be the Nasri we had seen up until then, devastating and dangerous?

The answer came within seven minutes during which he had already looked in control of his form. On 68 minutes he drove into the Chelsea cover, played a delicious pass into Silva who taunted the Chelsea defence before returning the compliment into Nasri's path for him to slot into the net to close off the match and zip Mourinho's mouth firmly shut.

The City fans couldn't disguise their glee as they serenaded the ghastly Chelsea manager with the hymnal "Jose Mourinho, your football is shite" (Can I say that in these pages?) (YES in this context -Ed).

City closed the game out easily, with Chelsea hardly visiting City's end of the field as their 6000 fans were more reminiscent of the Emirates Library rather than the gobshites that usually emanate from west London. City could have added to the scoreline, but 2-0 was more flattering for Chelsea who were well out of this match, no doubt in Mourinho's mind due to the postponement of the midweek match against Sunderland. Surely Mourinho wouldn't have given two hoots if spectators had been killed by low-flying programme seller rapid retail units if it helped his team. Indeed he reported as much when interviewed on talkRubbish after the match. The more I see of this individual the more I detest him. I would probably prefer to see Ferguson back than follow the daily chronicles of this ghastly creature.

The manner in which he spoke of Arsene Wenger this week makes me for once side with Arsenal, and Gooner fans know I don't do that. It was despicable and lacked class. But he lacks class anyway. The reason he doesn't last five minutes in his jobs is because his employers learn very quickly that they can't stand him. They take the odd trophy then offer him the exit door. He takes it and repeats the process. What a balloon!

His shortcomings were highlighted today by the Silent Engineer, his adversary for a number of years who sent 6000 Chelsea fans back down the M6 with their tails firmly between their legs and their mouths superglued shut.

City's back line was majestic and replacement goal tender Pantililmon had nothing to do at all. In midfield, even with Garcia they were more mobile and with Yaya further forward, the Chelsea contingent offered precisely zero. Their back four couldn't cope with the combination of Silva, Jovetic and even Dzeko. The introduction of Nasri was the icing on the cake as Cahill chased his tail and Luiz looked what he is...rubbish.

That Silva only played for 70 minutes and was voted man-of-the-match said it all. He was devastating. You know as well as I do that the Sunday Redtops won't eulogise over Silva in the same way as the dailies did for Hazard twelve days ago, but make no mistake, the Magician might have been kept under wraps by a three-man delegation in the league match, today he found space and hurt Chelsea all evening.

No doubt also the wonders of Wapping will seek to heap pressure on City by claiming that they are still in contention for an unprecedented quadruple of trophies. Well guess what..they are. With Stretford having a week in the sun because their chances of a trophy this season are nil and Arsenal's season about to endure its annual implosion, Manchester City are flying the nation's flag this season. Chelsea will test City all the way in the title race. They have an easy run-in, something overlooked by the Town Cryer of the Kings Road and if City do end up as champions then they deserve it.

Silverware is heading to the Etihad this season. Chelsea for their part will have to concentrate on the league.

Barcelona are the next visitors to the Etihad in the Champions League on Tuesday. They hammered Madrid's fourth team, Rayo Vallecano 6-0 on Saturday night highlighting the fact that the best thing to come out of Valleco is "the Beast", one Alvaro Negredo. I find it astonishing that this weekend's ManUre Evening News reporter suggested that he had to prove himself against Soldado, Torres and Villa if he wants to get to the World Cup in Brazil. Come on, Mr Robson, get real. Soldado can only score penalties, Torres is...useless and Villa, well I like Villa and said last season he would have been a good buy as a back-up striker. That would have been good business on the basis that when he played for Valencia many of his goals were set up by David Silva.

That would have been a mouth-watering prospect at the Etihad. It is also one which Spain can enjoy in the World Cup but for me the best Spanish centre forward in terms of all round play in a very hard league is a no-brainer. And the Beast will continue to prove that over the remainder of the season and be there to offer Europe's best chance of winning the World Cup long after Hodgson's United-based idiots minus Gareth Barry, have flown home.

all times East Manchester GMT

Tu 18Feb 19h45 FC Barcelona, CLR16
Sa 22Feb 15h00 Stoke City, The Etihad, PL
Su 02Mar 14h00 Sunderland, Wembley, LCF
Sa 08Mar 15h00 Aston Villa, The Etihad, PL
We 12Mar 19h45 Barcelona, Nou Camp, CLR16
Sa 15Mar 2014 12h45 Hull, KC Stadium PL
Sa 22Mar 15h00, Fulham, The Etihad, PL
Tu 25Mar 19h45 The Stretfords, the swamp, PL
Sa 29Mar 17h30, Arsenal, The Emirates, PL

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Date:Sunday February 16 2014

Time: 1:00AM

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Is that the City fans who never opened their gobs until you scored a goal. Definitely the better side, Mourinho is building, he's taken a side who finished 13 points behind the leaders and is competing. Increase capacity to 62000? That's another 14500 tickets for away fans.
Pete Borota1
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16/02/2014 01:48:00

you guys ever managed to write an unbiased match report? I mean it's understandable that it would be slightly bias, but the stuff you write is laugable.
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16/02/2014 02:32:00

Thanks for your input lads. Spot on. Mourinho needs to spend more for his latest inheritance to succeed. Bang on the money, Pedmachine.
Johnny Baguette
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16/02/2014 08:41:00

It won't be 14500 Chelsea fans though.You didn't sell 6100 for this match, plus there are the usual no-shows who buy tickets for loyalty points only. It all shows you came for a draw last time and got lucky. Oh and Humza - laughable? The only that is laughable is that jester you call a manager
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16/02/2014 09:16:00

At least the City fans could maintain a dignified and respectful silence as a tribute to one of the greatest footballers ever to play for England. But then these are the same fans who worship a bloke with fewer morals than an alley cat. Terry would never get, or deserve, such an ovation. Shame on you. Oh, and your manager is a legend - in his own deluded, petty mind.
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16/02/2014 11:08:00

that's a big accusation there skoorb, the type of accusation you'd normally find on the republic of mancunia. just jumped ship have we?
ten men
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16/02/2014 12:52:00

I find it remarkably sad when Chelsea fans use the same stupid arguments and accusations that were used against them in the recent past, you couldn't be more wrong ten men.
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16/02/2014 14:24:00

Blues shut up Mourinho? Is he not the manager of the original BLUES. We can understand you lot are delighted that you won against Chelsea but come on, at least when you are writing your report hold back your emotions a bit? That is not too much asking.
Keyser Soze
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16/02/2014 18:08:00

Err.....the 'original BLUES'? Chelsea FC founded 1905. Manchester City FC founded 1880 {as St Marks (West Gorton)} becoming MCFC in 1894.
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16/02/2014 20:41:00

What's that you're talking about there Skoorb? It sounds suspiciously like history to me, we all know that's not possible.
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16/02/2014 20:46:00

I refer the right honourable Keyser Soze to his outpouring of emotional glee on this website a fortnight ago. Have a look below...
Johnny Baguette
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16/02/2014 21:30:00

I know, sorry. Got a bit carried away there.
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16/02/2014 21:35:00

Manchester City - 1894.
Everton 1878
Birmingham 1905
Chester City 1885
Ipswich Town 1878.

The original Blues? PMSL! Kaiser Soze you don't half talk out yer back passage
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16/02/2014 21:51:00

The original color of Manchester City's home color is unclear. Where as Chelsea always worn Blues since club's inception. So Chelsea remains the original Blue. Talk about Jose Mourinho, apparently he has won more trophies in last 11 years than your club has won in the entire history. FACT.
Keyser Soze
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17/02/2014 06:14:00

Whilst the original colour of St Marks (West Gorton) was black shirts & a Maltese cross, when that club became Manchester City FC in 1894 sky blue in shirts were adopted. But as fifth has pointed out it's a moot point as their are other clubs which he has listed which were formed before either Manchester City or Chelsea who could lay claim to wearing the colour blue first. Why it matters I'm not entirely sure but it's always good to get the facts straight. As with many things what makes a football club is more than just the colours. In particular it is the attitude and behaviour of the fans, players and how the club officials conduct themselves. My original point was that the behaviour of the Chelsea fans on Saturday evening in chanting during the minute's silence for Sit Tom Finney demonstrated a lack of respect for someone who was held in the utmost regard by the footballing world and a thoroughly decent, humble and dignified man. The failure of so those Chelsea fans (not all I am sure) to maintain this silence says a lot just as the inability of Jose Mourinho to stop baiting and pronouncing upon other clubs and managers does. He may have won you trophies but he is not a pleasant person and if winning something his way is how you want to be perceived then good luck, you're welcome to him.
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17/02/2014 06:38:00

Oh and on the subject of accuracy.....Chelsea, the 'original blues'? i don't think so. Seems the original colour shirts worn by Chelsea FC in 1905 Check this out
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17/02/2014 06:42:00

Ok but can't be sure how authentic and reliable that site is. Btw, if you go by definition your color is not even Blue.
Keyser Soze
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17/02/2014 07:26:00

Well we'll have to agree to disagree as I'm moving on now from the world of 'fifty shades of blue'.
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17/02/2014 07:32:00

Seeing as Keyser seems to have failed physics, I'll post this simple little reminder - it's entitled "Why is the sky Blue" LOL
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17/02/2014 11:38:00

The word around Stretford is Mourinho again. It's no secret he wanted Taggart's job last year and was devastated to lose out to Gollum after Sir Bobby vetoed the Potuguese. Considering the spite he's dished out publicly to other club's all season Maureen reserved kind words for the rags and even gave them Mata on a plate. If The Moyesiah continues to nosedive....Mourinho would be up there in a shot.
Johnny Baguette
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17/02/2014 11:47:00

Haha, love it Fifth.
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17/02/2014 11:59:00

LOL, Johnny boy you are as delusional as those Red plastics from your town if not more. Mourinho never wanted that job at Old Toilet. In fact he despises the City of Manchester. London is the only place he likes in England. And he time and again he stated it is only CHelsea in England for him. Reminder Mourinho > Man City.
Keyser Soze
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17/02/2014 16:13:00

Tears of joy when they turned him down, obvs.
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17/02/2014 19:51:00

Lol fifth, and you belive that? That journalism is at its saddest. I can give you N number of quotes from mourinho himself saying he never wanted manure job. And why would a smart manager as jose would go to manure knowing that ship is sinking.
Keyser Soze
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