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Chelsea 2 - Mcfc 4

Stamford BRIDGE

12.45 Gmt

Attendance: 41,812

Inspirational, Phenomenal, Perfect!

An unbelievable performance, completely unexpected, ensured Manchester City inflicted a rare defeat on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Two goals apiece from Carlos Tevez and Craig Bellamy completed a 4-2 rout against a petulant 9 man Chelsea.

This match had it all. The build-up was intense, enlightening and nerve-wracking. Whether it was Team Terry V Team Bridge, Russia V Abu Dhabi, Challengers to the throne V Pretenders to the throne, or simply Chelsea V Manchester City the match which unfolded was nothing short of remarkable.

After defeat at Stoke and Hull and uninspiring victories against Bolton and Portsmouth a 'Typical City' would have shown up today, proved everyone wrong and salvaged a famous victory. However, even the most avid, purist Manchester City fan wouldn't have expected the scenes we were watching.

The intensity was increasing even before kick-off, the standard hand-shake from both teams commenced with all eyes on John Terry and Wayne Bridge. Bridge again portrayed the broken friendship as he refused to shake Terry's hand.

Hearts beating, palms sweating and adrenaline going nothing could remove the anticipation of the match.

Unsurprisingly both teams were cautious, a point would have been a fantastic achievement for us and Chelsea's usual approach is a slow build up that finishes with a remarkable piece of skill. The greatest opportunities were falling to the home-side but the back five looked resolute. City's approach was to sit back, hold tight and then pick Chelsea off with lightening fast breaks.

The attacks were few and far between, the crowd was becoming restless and more goal mouth action was needed. Cue Nemesis, Frank Lampard. Some slack defending allowed the goal-scoring midfielder to attack, he did so willingly and his right foot shot defeated Shay Given.

With City creating very little this was the worst possible outcome. Chelsea were now allowed to sit back and force the issue when they needed. 1-0 at the break was still respectable, but not for Carlos Tevez. Back from his traumatic experience, his willingness and desire allowed him to create confusion. He twisted and turned, ran and ran, until finally, off-balance,he struck home, slightly fortuitous, but either way it beat Hilario.

The second half wasn`t too dissimilar to the first. The scores were still level and neither side was battling desperately for that opening goal. Suddenly, Bellamy struck. Bellamy was positive all game, his speed, agility and desire wasn't matched by the Chelsea defence and a quick break allowed Bellamy to run half the field and shoot crisply across the goal, brilliantly into the bottom corner.

Chelsea were struggling to match the opposition speed and skill and this was causing major problems.

Barry was next in line to attack; he challenged Belletti and ran full throttle at the Chelsea goal. Belletti was haring back but could only bring Barry down. This wasn't the worst of it, the substitute Belletti then received his marching orders and to add salt in the wound Tevez struck his penalty beyond Hilario to make it all-but over.

Chelsea were crumbling, unexpectedly, they wilted under pressure and were proving their own worst enemy. Ballack was fortunate to still be on the pitch and took matters into his own hands when his horrendous tackle resulted in Chelsea playing with 9 men.

Despite City sitting comfortable, they continued to press their opponents and really damage their title hopes as well as pushing our claim for the top four.

Another flourishing break, combining, speed, awareness and critical decision making allowed Wright-Phillips to cross for the unmarked Bellamy who also got his second, taking City's total to four.

The match was a rout, City were feeling pulsated, nothing could destroy this marvellous performance. With time ticking and a famous victory about to be recorded, Mike Dean decided to appease the home fans and allow Lampard to net his second from the spot, despite Barry winning the ball.

This was only a slight consolation, something to make the score-line slightly less disheartening for title-winning favourites.

City should be rightly taking all the plaudits for their phenomenal efforts. Defensively solid from front to back and breaking with such devastating effect this was a perfect performance. Mancini has silenced his critics for the time-being as City rush full on into fourth spot.

Star Player

Carlos Tevez- An extremelly difficult decision, but playing on his own and giving City a crucial equaliser meant Tevez was the main man. An unbelievable performance that spoke volumes of his mental ability as well as his undoubted footballing ability. Two fantastic goals.

Player Ratings


Recent harsh criticism meant all eyes were on Shay. He did not disappoint, despite conceding two goals he inspired the back four and thwarted many great opportunities. Also allowed us to break very quickly.


Probably City's poorest performer. Still finding his match fitness. Under the glaring eye of Capello, Richards allowed Chelsea to attack easily. Poor challenges allowed several free-kicks in good positions.


At fault for the first goal, Kompany put that behind him. Second half, he combined well with Lescott to remain solid.


Despite his hefty price-tag Lescott has proved his critics wrong with class performances. Worked well with Kompany and prevented many aerial bombardments.


Team Bridge was in full flow today and he added to the ocassion by refusing to shake that horrible rent-boys hand. Attacked very well and created space for others. Looked very hard to take on. Much improved after his injury.


Another whole-hearted display. Protected the back four well and created several attacks.

De Jong-8

Solid. Effortless. De Jong again proved how important he is, with a great defensive performance. His passing has greatly improved as well. Looks very calm on the ball.


One of his best performances in a blue shirt. With a license to roam more freely, Barry created several attacks and was brought down for the penalty. Never shirked a challenge.


Tried in the first half, but his attacks were too predictable.


Masterclass in wing play. Speed created many problems for the defence who couldn't cope. A fantastic second goal and great determination for the fourth. His running all day relieved pressure.


An extremelly difficult decision, but playing on his own and giving City a crucial equaliser meant Tevez was the main man. An unbelievable performance that spoke volumes of his mental ability as well as his undoubted footballing ability. Two fantastic goals.


Did better than Johnson and allowed more width when playing in his usual position. Was given space and created the fourth goal.

Santa Cruz-6

Held up the ball well. Allowed City attacks.


Brought on for a more defensive approach. Little time.

The journalist

Writer: Yak Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 27 2010

Time: 3:43PM

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well done lads - you've given us a reality check!
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27/02/2010 15:52:00

Merlin hats off for not hiding. But, this was a terrific performance, hopefully it will continue and then we will be the real deal
Once a Blue
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27/02/2010 15:54:00

Well done guys. You beat us twice this season and frankly i'm glad we don't have to play your team in the cup. From a Chelsea fan - big up City keep it going.
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27/02/2010 16:07:00

we looked class today, why can't we do that every game?
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27/02/2010 16:11:00

Well done city. 2 managers 6 points.
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27/02/2010 16:13:00

dood performance by you boys in second half . were good in counter's
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27/02/2010 16:23:00

Brilliant match report and analysis OAB. Fantastic result.
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27/02/2010 16:26:00

well played city from a broken humilated chelsea fan
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27/02/2010 16:46:00

Thanks for showing your class, merlin and suppahigh. You were without two of your best, hope you still have enough to nick United for the title, if it is between you two. ;-)
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27/02/2010 16:49:00

Cheers Chelsea guys - this was a phenomenal game.
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27/02/2010 16:51:00

Fair play Chelsea fans, gracious in defeat. Don't worry lads the Rags still have to come to Manchester to play us. We've beaten them at home aready this season, no reason we can't do it again.
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27/02/2010 17:01:00

Didn't see that coming. The Bridge-Terry factor definitely galvanized you and shook Chelsea at the back
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27/02/2010 17:03:00

well done the chelsea lads for being gracious in defeat.
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27/02/2010 17:16:00

Quality second half performance by city. Im so proud. I know i keep bleating on about city playing better with tevez upfront on his own. WOW what a peformance! This result is just what the fans have been waiting for and it can kick start our season.
Super City Slicker
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27/02/2010 17:18:00

Fantastic result and a great game to watch. Glad a few Chelsea fans can show some class after the ones booing bridge during the game.
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27/02/2010 17:50:00

Thanks for giving us a reality check. Now kindly beat United at your home turf. Surely u dont want them to win title, do u?
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27/02/2010 18:33:00

Too right not expected Chelsea champions league factor? We had a stokie extra time ..quite similar Haven't enjoyed a performance from us for a while..Let it continue We should have duffed up Liverpool last week. Great report and analysis OAB
taggarts nose
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27/02/2010 19:30:00

where the hell did that come from? 4-2 at chelsea, if this keeps up we may terrorise Europe, yet, who knows what the future holds, brilliant blues now lets keep it up...
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27/02/2010 19:38:00

Smart move by mancini.Amping Bridgey on & unsettle Terry.If he had shook Terry's hand it wouldve put him at ease but he didnt.Team Bridge were fired up(Bellamy,De jong & Tevez).I admit it was shameful for those few blues fans who booed Bridge he did a lot for us.Now go **** over the mancs just leave us for another season.
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27/02/2010 20:11:00

I want bellamy!!!
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27/02/2010 20:14:00

Chelsea fans don't worry, we want United more than anything as we have a score to settle following their 'stop City getting to Wembley at all costs' campaign in the Carling Cup. You may have most to fear from Arsenal now though as our trip to The Emirates is probably about their most difficult match on paper at least, left this season.
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27/02/2010 20:45:00

Thanks to the Chelsea fans for their kind words and I really do hope you guys still knock off the rags for the title.
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27/02/2010 23:20:00

Lucky for you guys Toure and Adebayor did not play. It would have been a comfortable chelsea win had they been on the pitch. 39m of quality footballers who would have cost you the points.
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28/02/2010 00:43:00

A stunning victory. Absolutely stunning. Controlling Lampard was key and that done, the stronger team spirit and discipline led to a skilful win.
Johnny Baguette
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28/02/2010 08:34:00

Thanks to all the Chelsea fans who posted - glad to see no sour grapes
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