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Chelsea 1 - Manchester City 0

Stamford Bridge

Sunday, March 12th, 2009, 1.30pm

Attendance: 41,810

Chelsea Ease To Win, As City Fall Flat!

A freak shin shot from Essien re-ignited Chelsea`s ambitions of League glory as City recorded yet another defeat away from Eastlands.

Things didn`t get off to a good start for the away side when Chelsea had the ball in the back of the net inside 60 seconds. Lampard managed to flick the ball into the net, but all cheers were quickly extinguished as the linesman correctly ruled for an offside.

Chelsea began to get in full flow, and had a couple of chances to test Given but City`s nervous defence managed to block everything with last ditch tackles. However from a foul on the 18th minute, City`s defence finally caved.

free-kick, just inside City`s half was taken quickly and found the unmarked Essien who had time and space to loop the ball around Given and into the top corner. A clinical finish? I don`t think so but they all count and if the task wasn`t had enough for City, now it looked impossible.

City finally managed to get themselves in the Chelsea half, and from the passing, Caicedo produced a shot that he dragged wide. Down the other end, arms where raised when Anelka went to the floor after tangling with Onuoha. From my view it looked like a penalty but City escaped having their deficit doubled.

However Chelsea should have doubled the lead six minutes later. Drogba wriggled free in the area before back-heeling the ball right into the path of Ballack but the German`s shot flew inches wide. Chelsea should have been two goals to the good, it was quite a miss!

ity then posed their first threat. Robinho`s cross-cum shot went towards Caicedo on the back stick, but Carvalho got in front of the bulky forward. Another half chance then followed when Ireland produced a great run before feeding Caicedo who ran out of room and the danger was cleared.

Halftime: Chelsea 1 Manchester City 0.

Chelsea`s dominance continued at the start of the second half with Drogba being denied two great tackles, which ironically happened at the same time. Onuoha was then on hand to deny Anelka, but the Frenchman managed to get a shot off shortly after but he dragged it wide.

A good move from Chelsea saw Bosingwa pass to Drogba but this time if was Given who managed to stop Drogba scoring. The in-form striker produced a shot from a tight-angle which Given had to parry from his near-post. Shortly afterwards Hughes made his first change of the game. Caicedo was replaced by Evans.



sense of nervousness was entering the stadium but City could not string more than 6 passes together never mind a positive attack. In fact it was Chelsea who went close again when Belleti`s drive crashed against the post. Kelvin Etuhu then replaced Elano on the 66th minute as Hughes proved even more that he has no clue to what he`s doing anymore. I mean Etuhu proved he can try when he fired his shot wide within seconds of coming on, but we lacked quality on the pitch and taken off Elano who was lazy but could have changed the game with one pass was surely a mistake.

A substitute I wish happened earlier finally took place with around 8 minutes left. Bojinov was introduced and within minutes City had their first proper shot on goal and it was the Bulgarian who produced it, however his smart volley flew straight at Cech.

Dunne then had to clear off the line as both teams tried to find the crucial goal, but where Chelsea were creating the chances, City just lost the ball once they entered Chelsea`s half.

Fulltime: Chelsea 1 Manchester City 0.

Star Player

Onuoha - The only player to really show some heart for the cause and without him, it could have been a cricket score.




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Date:Sunday March 15 2009

Time: 4:09PM

Your Comments

thank you chelsea for not giving us the good hiding we deserved today.
bluemooner_mcfc
thank you chelsea for not giving us the good hiding we deserved today.
bluemooner_mcfc
Just got back from the game myself, and I have to say you weren't nearly as dangerous and threatening as I know you can be. Robinho had a complete off-day, Ireland didn't play much better - in fact, I'm struggling to think of anyone in sky blue who stood out today. We weren't great by any stretch of the imagination ourselves, but it should have been three or four really. I went to the previous clash at the CoM and you were so much more of a threat then. What is the problem you guys have with away fixtures?
daspecial1
Just got back from the game myself, and I have to say you weren't nearly as dangerous and threatening as I know you can be. Robinho had a complete off-day, Ireland didn't play much better - in fact, I'm struggling to think of anyone in sky blue who stood out today. We weren't great by any stretch of the imagination ourselves, but it should have been three or four really. I went to the previous clash at the CoM and you were so much more of a threat then. What is the problem you guys have with away fixtures?
daspecial1
Well I don't know why from the start you were negative.We should have killed the game off earlier but to be honest we were never forced to change the gear as you were playing under zero gear except 1 or 2 minutes.Where was 34 million man?lol
Saimon_blues
Well I don't know why from the start you were negative.We should have killed the game off earlier but to be honest we were never forced to change the gear as you were playing under zero gear except 1 or 2 minutes.Where was 34 million man?lol
Saimon_blues
Man city were never in the game
denno4
Man city were never in the game
denno4
Well, we were in a game but it wasnt this one. More likely to be a home fixture, Thursday maybe?
kennyclementstache
Well, we were in a game but it wasnt this one. More likely to be a home fixture, Thursday maybe?
kennyclementstache
Where was Chelsea's 30 million man then Saimon?..or their 28 million man? oh yeah, they have both failed & been sent packing LOL! we'll see who's laughing in a couple of years!
Ghost of 76
Where was Chelsea's 30 million man then Saimon?..or their 28 million man? oh yeah, they have both failed & been sent packing LOL! we'll see who's laughing in a couple of years!
Ghost of 76
friends, all my mcfc brothers, we need some serious favour from you. Save yourselves for CreakingTrafford and and when you are there, make sure you give them the wallopping they really deserve. Show the stinking cheaters, that you are the better, more regal half of the city of Manchester!
Tambling
friends, all my mcfc brothers, we need some serious favour from you. Save yourselves for CreakingTrafford and and when you are there, make sure you give them the wallopping they really deserve. Show the stinking cheaters, that you are the better, more regal half of the city of Manchester!
Tambling
Ghost of 76 yes we will see.We have been waiting man.Yes Sheva was flopped but no one said at that time it was too much but unfortunately he didn't settle.But Robinho never worth British record tranfer fee and we are 3rd now after MANU bagged Berba for second highest bid.we'll see who's laughing in a couple of years!I liked your confidence but I don't see any reason why we should not smile and you should in up coming years? Ok wait I got it.You are the richest club in the world.You will but KAKA,Messi,JT,Gerrald,Buffon,Villa,Ribery,Benzema and bang us 14-0.I am afraid!LOL
Saimon_blues
Ghost of 76 yes we will see.We have been waiting man.Yes Sheva was flopped but no one said at that time it was too much but unfortunately he didn't settle.But Robinho never worth British record tranfer fee and we are 3rd now after MANU bagged Berba for second highest bid.we'll see who's laughing in a couple of years!I liked your confidence but I don't see any reason why we should not smile and you should in up coming years? Ok wait I got it.You are the richest club in the world.You will but KAKA,Messi,JT,Gerrald,Buffon,Villa,Ribery,Benzema and bang us 14-0.I am afraid!LOL
Saimon_blues
I mean buy
Saimon_blues
I mean buy
Saimon_blues
Another tired display after our great UEFA cup game. This shows we haven't got the strength in depth YET.
alphieblues
Another tired display after our great UEFA cup game. This shows we haven't got the strength in depth YET.
alphieblues
I didn't expect anything from todays' game and got exactly that. I did think we would give them a game though - thank god it was only 1-0.
Thaibluefan
I didn't expect anything from todays' game and got exactly that. I did think we would give them a game though - thank god it was only 1-0.
Thaibluefan
I agree with alphie, we were tired and mentally jaded. The team isnt used to playing two games a week. Still this is no excuse. Poor performance by everyone at city today. Onouha was class again. I didnt expect anything today at stamford bridge.
enzo city
I agree with alphie, we were tired and mentally jaded. The team isnt used to playing two games a week. Still this is no excuse. Poor performance by everyone at city today. Onouha was class again. I didnt expect anything today at stamford bridge.
enzo city
Not much to say on this game - at least we gave them three points so that they can stay in touch with the 'rags'.
Thaibluefan
Not much to say on this game - at least we gave them three points so that they can stay in touch with the 'rags'.
Thaibluefan
Got what we deserved on today's performance
Doody
Got what we deserved on today's performance
Doody
 

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