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Chelsea 2 - Manchester City 1

Stamford Bridge

Monday 12th December 2011 8.00PM

Attendance: 41,730

Blues Unbeaten Run Ended By Twelve Man Chelsea

As City entered the second game of the critical Christmas period, they found themselves up against a resurgent Chelsea determined to prove they could keep up with this season`s pace setters. Stamford Bridge had not been a happy hunting ground for City during the Premier League era as out of twenty eight games played, Chelsea have won nineteen and City only five. However, if there is one thing we had learnt this season, was that City had torn up the record books up to now. Make no mistake, this was a game City needed to win to make their mark and go thirteen points clear of Chelsea, but Chelsea were fired up.

Mancini made three changes, one enforced, as the resplendent and amazing Micah Richards failed to recover from injury. The other players to come in were Milner and Balotelli. The team sheet read as follows: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Toure, Barry, Milner, Silva, Balotelli and Aguero. On the bench were: Pantillimon, Kolo Toure, Savic, De Jong, Johnson, Nasri and Dzeko (all of whom would walk into ANY Premier League side) .

The atmosphere was tense as Terry fired up his team-mates and it looked like we were in for a tasty night. City kicked off in the pouring rain, playing left to right and looked to settle early on the ball playing in neatly around Stamford Bridge.

Within ninety seconds, after a Chelsea free kick, City broke after a neat pass by Zabaleta to Aguero. The Argentinian pivoted, took a couple of steps put a through ball between the two centre halves for Balotelli to run onto. City`s talismanic striker was forced wide by Chech but cut the ball back from an acute angle to score City`s first goal with his first shot. One nil.

What was noticeable from early on was Chelsea playing a high line and leaving a lot of room for the City front three. With City`s pressing style the London back four needed to be on top of their game.

There followed as could be expected a period of Chelsea pressure as the sought to fight back from their early set-back. City were however giving Chelsea no room to dwell on the ball, chasing and harrying, pressing high up the field and forcing Chelsea into errors. This was Barcelona-esque football.

Chelsea`s first shot came in the tenth minute and the earnt a corner after the shot was deflected. Right from the set play, Balotelli played a looping through ball over the Chelsea defence. Aguero used his strength and balance to get past the two centre halves and got off a great shot which went just wide of the post. A good chance gone begging.

In the thirteenth minute City played a wonderful passing move of thirty odd passes which found Silva on the edge of the Chelsea box. He jinked left then right and cut into the box, only to be clearly brought down by Boswinga. The ref clearly not wanting to do City any favours, waived play on in a clear demonstration of poor decision making.

In the following few minutes Chelsea managed a couple of crosses into City`s box, but each time, one or other of Kompany or Lescott were on hand to repel the ball and each time Chelsea looked to threaten, City stood firm and were soon on the attack again.

Chelsea earnt a corner in the twenty fourth minute after Hart saved their second goal attempt, a shot by Drogba delivered after a run at Zabaleta. The defence dealt well with the set piece and had soon forced Chelsea back to their centre halves.

As the half hour approached, City`s ball retention had been outstanding as they elegantly stroked the ball around the pitch looking for an opening. When they did lose possession, they hunted in packs with two or three players instantly harrying the Chelsea player on the ball.

Twenty nine minutes in and the awful ref once again made a poor and inexplicable decision as Meireles went in 'red card` high on Silva, flooring the little Spaniard. Clattenberg almost gave nothing but after a few seconds of thinking gave the free kick, but didn`t deem it necessary to even verbally reprimand the Chelsea player for his on pitch thuggery.

Disaster struck for City on thirty three minutes. After a long, hopeful crossfield ball, Terry found Sturridge, who took on Clichy and beat him hands down. His cross into the box found Meireles who had made an intelligent run and the Chelsea midfielder put the ball past Joe Hart and into the City net, against the run of play it has to be said.

Thirty seconds later and more thuggery by Chelsea as their goal scorer and midfield enforcer Meireles this time attempted to break Zabaleta`s leg. A yellow card was this time forthcoming, but had the ref made the right decision first time, Chelsea would be down to ten men.

With seven minutes of the half left, City picked the ball up on the edge of their box and played a wonderful flowing, passing move up pitch with Silva, Balotelli, Toure and Aguero all invlolved. Whilst the move was ended by Aguero straying into an offside position, it was a wonderful thing to behold.

First yellow card of the game for City came on the stroke of fourty minutes after Terry dispossessed Balotelli and played Drogba in for a run on goal. Kompany felled the Chelsea striker and Clattenberg was very quick in pulling his card from his pocket and brandishing it with seeming relish.

As the half drew to a close, the scoreline belied the actual play which City had dominated and other than a piece of brilliance by Sturridge, the Manchester team would and should have been going in one nil up. Oh and Chelsea should almost certainly be down to ten men as the free fouling ex-Liverpool thug Meireles put himself about and City should have had a penalty after a foul on Silva in the box

Chelsea kicked of the second half as the London rain bucketed down on Stamford Bridge. Neither managers had made any changes so the starting eleven for each side faced off.

Within a minute, Clichy had been given a yellow card as Sturridge showed another piece of brilliance turning City`s left back and leaving him for dead. Clichy`s only option was to clip the disappearing heels of the Chelsea winger. The resultant free kick nearly paid off for Chelsea as the whole City defence seemed to be drawn to Terry near the penalty spot. The ball flew over all of them and found a Chelsea player coming in from behind them. Whilst the shot was blasted over the bar, it was a warning for City.

Chelsea were playing a deeper line now and City were struggling to break through. The London Blues on the other hand were having a good deal of success with Sturridge and looked to play the ball to him at the earliest opportunity.

On the stroke of fifty minutes, Clichy played a long ball up to Balotelli who looked to have Ivanovic beaten before he was felled by an outstretched elbow. Clattenberg was once again unimpressed and waved play on. It wouldn`t be long before we were into double figures for bad decisions by this ref who was having a terrible, terrible game.

Two minutes later and Mata went on a run from the left of Chelsea`s midfield. He beat Toure, then nutmegged Kompany before being brought down by City`s Captain. A wonderful piece of play by Chelsea.

Ramires was left prone on fifty four minutes after an accidental collision with Toure. City were in a good attacking position, but Milner, ever the good sportsman played the ball out so that Ramires could receive treatment.

The game was much more even in the second half and Chelsea were giving City more trouble with their attacking play and their deeper line was frustrating the narrow City attack. A change needed to be made to give City more width.

On fifty seven minutes Clichy received a second yellow card tackling Ramires with the wrong foot. The Brazilian tumbled to the floor and Clattenberg was certain and quick in his decision to send off the City man. Alarmingly this behaviour was showing the ref for what he was, ignoring blatant red card offences and clear cut penalty decisions for City and jumping on every opportunity to dish out punishment to Mancini`s men. It would be interesting to have a statistical analysis of Clattenberg`s decision making during this match.

City were now on the back foot as Chelsea had the hackles up. Clattenberg awarded another free kick this time against Aguero when replays showed clearly that the Chelsea man tripped himself up. The Stamford Bridge crowd were roaring now as the smelt blood.

Sixty two minutes in and Clattenberg once again ignored a City free kick when Balotelli was rugby tackled to the ground, only to award a free kick seconds later for a foul that really wasn`t.

Mancini took this opportunity to change things. Aguero was sacrificed for Toure who settled in at right back with Zabaleta moving over to the left.

Clattenberg awarded another unusual free kick to Chelsea on sixty five minutes after Mata ran into the back of David Silva. The Chelsea player dropped to the floor and almost instinctively, the ref blew up for a foul against City.

A minute later and Bosingwa beat Zabaleta to the ball and played a wonderful cross into the City box. With Drogba bearing down on the ball, Kompany somehow managed to arrive first and cleared with his head. An excellent save.

On the stroke of seventy minutes after a passing move of thirty or more passes, Zabalata found himself free on the edge of Chelsea`s box. Two Chelsea players went for the ball, both missed it and one caught Zabaleta clean on the shin`s. A clear foul you would think. A free kick in a great area right on the edge of the penalty box. Not in Mr Clattenberg`s world. No. Play on to Chelsea.

There followed a series of fouls on Balotelli. Three in the space of two minutes. The final one by Ramires was so blatant that even this ref was forced to dish out some form of punishment. Ramires was given a yellow.

At this point in the game Mancini made his second substitution and it wasn`t a popular one as Silva was withdrawn and replaced with Nigel De Jong. It was clear City were on the back foot, but looking for the draw was a dangerous game and without the Magician on the pitch, who was going to unlock the bus parked across Chelsea`s penalty box.

City were dropping deeper and deeper as only Balotelli remained up-field. This type of tactic was inviting Chelsea on to them.

Another red card offence by a Chelsea player was missed by Clattenberg on seventy seven minutes as Drogba ignored Zabaleta completely when making a two footed sliding challenge from behind. The ref did award a free kick and a yellow card, but the rule of law in football is that a challenge off the floor and from behind is a red card offence.

Perhaps the tactic by Mancini was beginning to work. Chelsea were becoming increasingly frustrated as despite the possession they were enjoying, they had only forced Hart into one save. This frustration was borne out in a successive series of fouls each time the lost possession.

With nine minutes to go Sturridge beat Zabaleta and cut inside to unleash a wicked shot. Lescott turned his back and threw himself in front of the goal bound ball. Back turned and eyes shut, the ball hit Lescott`s hand. As if scripted, the ref acted without hesitation pointing to the spot. Ball to hand, not deliberate hand ball. Denied a genuine stonewall penalty in the first half and facing one in the second half for accidental hand ball.

Lampard duly despatched the penalty and Chelsea were undeservedly in the lead. The Chelsea coach made a change before play restarted taking off Mata and replacing him with Malouda.

This was quickly followed by a City substitution as Mancini refused to concede defeat to the ref and replaced the unfortunate Lescott with Dzeko.

With five minutes left, Balotelli was once again fouled in the City left wing position. Milner stepped up to take the free kick and blasted it high and wide of the Chelsea bar. As the ball flew over, Terry clearly put his hand into Balotelli`s face, making sure of contact after having a quick look where his opponent was.

Chelsea then replaced their man of the match, Sturridge with John Obi Mikel. City had it all to do with the clock ticking towards eighty eight minutes.

With a minute to go, City looked to have won the ball off Drogba after the Chelsea player got caught in possession playing for time. The linesman waved for a City goal kick, but to make sure his fellow team mates kept possession for the remaining seconds, Clattenberg over-ruled his colleague and gave Chelsea a corner.

There were four minutes of injury time to be played and City were chasing every ball and every lost cause, but it wasn`t enough. Reduced to ten men and playing against a thoroughly physical Chelsea side helped out enormously by some inexplicable refereeing decisions, this was never going to be City`s night.

In summation, Chelsea were in no way better than City although The Blues didn`t have their best game, but one man made a difference for Chelsea tonight. One man stood out as defining this game. Take a bow son, Mr Clattenberg that was the worst refereeing display I have ever seen.

Star Player

Mario Balotelli - 7

he best of a bad bunch today. Kicked for ninety minutes and didn't respond. Put in tackles and played a great forwards game.

Player Ratings

Joe Hart - 7

Not at fault for any of the goals.

Pablo Zabaleta - 7

Didn't put a foot wrong at right or left back but lacks pace.

Vincent Kompany - 6

Had a poor game and got caught out far too many times both on the ground and in the air.

Joleon Lescott - 6

Not at fault for the pen as his back was turned. Struggled to cope with Drogba.

Gael Clichy - 5

His worst performance in a City shirt. Made to look a poor player by Sturridge.

Yaya Toure - 4

His worst performance in a City shirt. Looked slow and lumbering. Couldn't tackle, couldn't pass and lacked any positive contribution today.

Gareth Barry - 6

If he had pace he would be one of the best in the world, but this game was lost in midfield and with Toure seemingly uninterested in breaking a sweat he needed more.

James Milner - 7

Always reliable and puts in 100%. Unfortunately, can't be relied upon to win every game.

David Silva - 7

Kicked to pieces and struggled to unlock the eight men Chelsea kept behind the ball.

Mario Balotelli - 7

Fouls against went into double figures as Chelsea looked to get Balotelli sent for retaliation after dishing out kick after kick on poor Mario. He played a good game, but City's lack of width reduced the service to him.

Sergio Aguero - 7

Had a good first half but struggled to make an impact after half time.

Kolo Toure - 6.5

Actually didn't do too bad at right back.

Nigel De Jong - 6

Didn't have much of an impact.

Edin Dzeko

Too late to mark.

Manager Rating

Roberto Mancini - 6

Couldn't do much against the referee and post match was certain that the turning point was the clear penalty and possible red card ignored by the ref.

The Twelfth Man

Without doubt one man did make a difference today. The referee seemed determined to be centre of attention today and played a blinding impression of Homer Simpson. Ignoring persistent fouling on Balotelli and Silva. Ignoring a blatant penalty. Giving a dodgy penalty. Sending off one player but ignoring at least two sending off offences for Chelsea. I for one would like each decision analysed by a panel of experts and a panel of fans.

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Date:Monday December 12 2011

Time: 10:17PM

Your Comments

What a biased report, friend !! Yes, the Bossingwa foul on Silva should have been a penalty, and Mieleles's tackle was high, but what about Yaya Toure's behaviour , his slap of Mata etc ? He should have been off before Clichy !!
you *****in retarded? how about possible sendings off for toure and kompany before the (finally) sending off of clichy. Could have been a penalty could have been 8 men. take your pick.
Mia Maynard
Dodgy penalty? It was a hand ball in front of goal for goodness sake! Those are penalties. Classy one for making the whole thing about the ref and giving Chelsea no credit when they played some very good driven football. You were definitely the better team at the beginning but from then onwards Chelsea had more attacks and played a lot better. Don't put it all down to the ref that's Fergie-like. I admit your own penalty shout could have been given but Vincent Kompany could also have walked before Clichy did. It went both ways for the most part. Good luck against Arsenal...
so ur telling me that was not a penalty, lescott handball.
Sour grapes, Mia :-)
Toure's tapped Mata. Drogba challenged from behind two footed on Zabaleta and Silva's leg could have been broken. Dirty tactics employed by persistently fouling Balotelli. You won ugly and were in no way deserving of your victory. The ref was appalling and we played the better football. Fact.
most of these fellows dont understand the sport and think it is some video game. we have a few on our site as well. please. it was a good game overall and you guys are still way favorites, but calling this a defeat to 12 men, i wonder what you will call in when you actually get screwed by a ref.
Mia Maynard
Oh I forgot Toure kicking Mata on the ground and doing other Stoke like behaviour. Ill discpiline cost you more than the 12th man.
Yes, Mia. Like Spurs got screwed. What will this idiot say then ?
yeah blue richy fact. agreed. and barry, toure, kompany all should have been sent off then. can include silva too,as he had one bad tackle and if the ref doesnt give a penalty he could even have booked him. so 7 men. We WERE ROBBED. CITY COULD HAVE BEEN 7 men. FACT. leave it.
Mia Maynard
Wow I must have touched a nerve somewhere many responses....hey I say it how I see it....the ref was terrible today. You played good football but are not as good as City and nothing compared to the football played by us in the opening twenty five minutes, culminating in the penalty decision.
Chelsea had the edge over City excluding ref decision. There were some bad decisions but bad decisions canceled out.
Don't cry babies
Rip The Reds Apart
masters of our downfall tonight, need to bounce back at home to robin van persie on sunday
Twelve man chelsea????? Toure should have been sent off.... same as Clichy, Lescott and your players are just mercenaries. Classless ****s. I didn't read your entire article but the headline is the most unfortunate piece of text I ever had the misfortune to glance at.
Blue in Colorado
The old mercenary jibe....ouch. And unfortunate misfortune sounds painful.
@bluerichy, you can say whatever, but the way your players played, they could have as well come to the pitch with machine guns, bullets and automatic assault rifles. What a bunch of classless, dirty, players. Only silva, hart and Aguero looked like real footballers. The rest just acted like they were there to fight.
Blue in Colorado
Chelsea were outplayed until another ref determined a Premier result. Clattencastrophe didn't have the bottle to give a clear penalty or send Merellis off following two shin high tackles but couldn't wait to send Clichy down the tunnel - admittedly for 2 soft and needless fouls. City need not fear Chelsea only the refs.
Barney Daniels
You look to a minor decision for dodgy referees. The clock is ticking, time almost up, City desperate to forge a chance. Clattenberg is stood a distance away from one of those corner flag tussles with no clear sight of the action but luckily the linesmen (or assistant referee if you will) is right there - and deems it a goalkick. Somehow, having revealed himself as the Premier League's newest super-hero with x-ray vision, Clattenberg overrules the decision of his linesman/assistant referee who was so close to the corner flag tussle that he may as well have been a part of it himself.
Poor referees are not exclusive to City of course, see Spurs yesterday for example. Have a fifth official sat in a Sky Sports box and as soon as a difficult decision happens, he is given a slow motion. 5, 10, 15 seconds he can relay the correct decision to fools like *****tenberg and the controversy ends.
the article is as foolish as clichy challenge on ramires.yaya toure,kompany should have been sent of what is wrong with this writer please you need to take five bottles of gin or whisky to be alright.
Then Yaya Toure would have been sent off in the 1st half itself & the result would have been the same :-)
This report is so biased, show some class. To my fellow Chavs, please show some magnanimity.
youve had a fantastic start to the season, but now youvegone and spoilt it by whining and bitching about the ref just like the white hart lane wallies get over it, you lost no amount of bitching about who did what to who, and what the ref didnt give will change the result get on with it
cornish gooner
wait,i heard he said that they play better football???tell me how many shot that city had?take out 2 attacking mind player for 2 defensive mind player didn't mean play ugly?time wasting is some part of football tactics.FACT!bosingwa make a soft tackle.he try to pull out his leg and silva clearly dive.kompany is very very lucky not to be sent off!u should be thankfully not to play with 9 man at least.don't ever think that u are superior than us because u just a EUROPA LEAGUE TEAM!FACT!
Chelsea n Torres Fan
Although I can barely understand you "Chelsea n Torres Fan", Sky did slow motion replays at half-time that show without any shadow of a doubt there was contact. It isn't debatable as you can literally see the limbs meet and the flesh respond accordingly. It was a penalty and a lot more stonewall than Modric's was yesterday. I have no qualms with losing, I just don't like it when such a decision changes a game, not because of anything the players have done, but because of something the referee - who being a few yards away you expect basic competence from - to do his job properly. But Clattenberg always manages to make himself the centre of attention, Spurs have had more reason to hate him than us over the year (Mendes/Carroll).
"that was the worst refereeing display I have ever seen." :D :D :D !! Are you 10 years old or what, bluerichy !? :D You lost. Get over it.
Strapping Blue
I love it the way the Chelsea fans can bitch and moan about the referee when they played QPR (you got shafted), yet laugh at Spurs yesterday (they got shafted) and dare to come on and call us all sorts for bemaoning some extremely dubious decisions that changed the game. Mereiles should not have been on the pitch to score - Bosingwa's foul was as blatant as anything, yet Clatterburg clearly borrowed Wenger's specs tonight. Nobody likes it when these decisions go against them, yet we all are occasionally on the receiving end. I can't argue with Clichy's sending off, though both fouls were soft, and I doubt he'd have picked up a second yellow if it were at the Etihad - Lescott's handball is the sort of thing you'd be defending if it were against Terry, so that's just normal partisanship. I wish the Chelsea fans would just man-up and say that the rub of the green in the first half is what enabled them to go on and win this match. You might have got back into it with 10 men and a two goal deficit, but I doubt it, so enyjoy your cup-final win. I'll just take your abuse, ridicule and frantic relief at the final whistle as a sign that you really are truly terrified of us. And whilst i wish you well this season, sorry, you are not going to win the title, nor the Champions league. Perhaps if AVB is given time to ship out the players he doesn't want and get some of his own in you'll be contenders again - but all you've done tonight is given the red scum of stretford renewed hope that they can catch us (and they will in the short term, given their easy run of games), so well done.
StuMCFC-that is a soft tackle.u just can't claim for such a cheap penalty.referee didn't give u that cheap penalty but he also didn't allow u to play with 9 it's fair.
Chelsea n Torres Fan
@ Chelsea n Torres We can claim for the penalty, Silva's legs were taken in the box, Bosingwa got nowhere near the ball. Watch the replays and tell me that was not a penalty and I'll tell you you know dick-all about football. Then again, seeing as you've named yourself after the biggest waste of money since Shevchenko...
says the man whos club spent 24 million on Adebayor lol
From a relatively neutral viewpoint (ie I hate both your oil subsidised playthings equally) city deserved nothing from today. You had the chavs on the ropes, you could and should have buried them, you destroyed them for the first half hour then got complacent. You were awful in the second half. A billion quid and you looked like Bolton, scared, parking the bus and at 1-1 content with the draw. Mancini wants a slap for taking off a striker for a defender, that signalled the end of your ambitions right there.
You're next niko. Hope arsene and the boys brought a change of underwear, you're going to need it.
Reinforced gussets at the ready sah!
P.S. mancini took off Lescott (a defender) and brought on Dzeko ( a striker), so unless we've watched different games tonight, it looks like you're just making s_it up again Nikolaijns - but why change the habit of a lifetime eh?
fifthcolumnblue-the touch is minimal.furthermore,bosingwa didn't intent to tackle him.u can see he try to pull back his leg.otherwise,silva had intention to make the contact.and he fall just for a very small small other words,it's a dive.
Chelsea n Torres Fan
Looks like we were watching different games then because Mankini brought off your main threat and potential gamechanger Aguero for Toure about 65 mins when it was still 1-1 after the Clichy red instead of subbing either of Milner or Barry, hardly players likely to get you the 3 points. I wasn't talking about the desperate reactive Dzeko sub which he waited until the 85th odd when you'd already fallen behind to make. Cowardly managerial decision to make, one with no balls and it cost you.
@stuMCFC-i watched that spurs game.modric clearly brought down by the opponent leg who was try to block him.otherwise,bosingwa had pull back his leg and try to give the way to silva but silva fell down too easily.
Chelsea n Torres Fan
Very biased report Richy - the only thing i agree with is the 'Silva' penalty. Well done Chelsea, think we let you off the hook after 30mins but you came back well. To you Nicko, bring the turkey butties on Sunday - CITY WILL PROVIDE THE STUFFING.
Right, so the Modric one was a nailed on penalty because it didn't happen to your team, but the Silva one (which was worse IMO) wasn't because it was against your team. Righto, that's put me in my place. And of course the marvellous glutton of gloating Nikolaijns has put me (and my cowardly manager) in my place too. I humbly bow to you southerners, ypou're clearly FAR far cleverer than us poor cap doffing northerners. Hell, if i wasn't an atheist I'd pray for a refereeing performance like Clatterburg, Foy yesterday or Atkinsons at Anfield a few weeks back - ie a homer for City and enjoy listening to the little girl gooners sqeual like the stuck-up little piggies they are. Night night Niko, keep dreaming of the eternal Goonerreich!
Bit of a rant there fcb, obviously this loss has affected you deeply, surely you didn't think you were going to go the season unbeaten did you? That's dreamworld right there. Still playing the chip on shoulder northerner schtick even though you've admitted you're no Northerner is a bit weird and tiresome now so feel free to put it to bed with the sky blue teddy x
No mate, it's the beers and bourbons that have effected me - that and your inherent smug, condecension towards all things related to my club. You continually visit our boards (particularly when there is a bit of bad news - gloating suits you mate), tell me that my club is guilty of a multitude of made-up transgressions, will be the death of football, etc. etc. In short Nikolaijns, I do get a wee bit tired of your attempts to patronise us, particularly when just about every opinion you espouse is completely half-arsed (like your arguments over Adebayor's loan to Spurs), so you'll forgive me if I ocassionally feel the need to tell you where to get off, capiche? For what it's worth, I've lived in both Manchester and London and have lived here for over two decades, so kind of reckon I've arned my spurs. If that's OK with you?
didn't see this in the report (yaya slapping mata):
LOL at this piece of writing...we all love our clubs and all but this is the most biased match report i have ever seen...It could have been a penalty in the first half yes there was contact and on another night with a different ref it could have been given..but it was a dive by Silva anyone can see he was looking for it and
If you think this is more of a penalty than Silva's tonight "Chelsea n Torres Fan" then I don't know what to say -
I'm not gloating, witness seabourch above if you want gloating, I don't continually visit here either so don't flatter yourself. Again I've not said that citeh will be the death of football, and again don't flatter yourself, you're not that important. Nope I'm here with a few points of view, you can view them as half arsed but I view your responses as equally so, I read a lot of articles on vital some I comment on, some I don't. As I've previously stated I don't care where your from, don't wanna know your life history either, it's tedious so don't start, now go sleep it off sweets x
bitter blue ****. die of aids please.
Mata vs Silva. Mata wins.
perhaps you were so bored by the beautiful football that you play that you decided to close your eyes when y.toure kicked and slapped mata did you ? or did you blink when yaya youre barged into ramires countless times. If the referee had a good game you would have been in even more trouble. Be thankful the referee showed mercy on you.
StuMCFC-maybe i'm wrong about SHOULDN'T be a penalty just like silva it what u want me to say?and if u still remember,chris "spoil" foy had never been a good referee.
Chelsea n Torres Fan
Neutral supporter here. Yes the ref was bad, no disagreements but he wasn't biased. City should have had the handball penalty but Toure and Kompany were lucky to be on the pitch. Toure particularly, I've seen players sent off regularly for the two offenses from Toure. If Mata had fallen or rolled on the ground like many other players, Toure would have been off. Give credit to Chelsea, thought they outplayed you guys for 60% of the game. Close match and great to watch but blaming the ref instead of the players is not the way to go...
From what I saw we shouldn't really worry about anything. Game should have been tucked in with a glass of warm milk inside 30 mins. We just beat ourselves really. On another day we'd have waltzed off with all three points easily. Looking forward to Arsenal and how to stop RVP (not Arsenal, just RVP). Should be intriguing.
Thought you lot are quite decent than most of the other teams. But, no, you are just like the other losers. 12 Man? Grow up, a Team who can't beat Napoli at home, doesn't deserve to win PL.
This is the most biased article i've read on vital.
Niko, come on now, parking the bus? Bolton? Mancini replaced an attacker for a defender because we went down to ten men, he had to shore up our defence. Our composure fell apart after the first thirty but to suggest we parked the bus is just ridiculous. Looking forward to the weekend where we'll let out our frustrations on Arsenal and hopefully use that game as a springboard to go on another 14 game unbeaten run.
Dannism - how can you say that. It's totally balanced, in my opinion.
That was a good game though if you really mourn, Yaya Toure was to be sent off very early on the game. Fortunately, he managed the full game and no one is talking about his poor game.
This guy Bluerichy or whatever he calls himself is officially retard. So bitter. Pity really, I thought you lot are a better bunch than those Red side of Manchester. Apart from the only goal you scored, you lot never looked like scoring again. 1 billion spent to park the bus. No wonder you did not make past CL group stage. This is what 3rd year since Mansour bought your club and spent more than Chelsea. You are far from imposing the kind of dominance we had when Roman took over. Be gracious in the defeat. Referee had a good game IMHO. Otherwise you would have ended the game with 8 men on the field.
Keyser Soze
Okay guys...calm down. This article is pretty damn biased (a bit of credit for how Ramires and Sturridge gave certain defenders hell) but we should be a bit more polite considering the amount of bile that gets sent both our ways. You'll excuse us though Citizens (fifthcolumnblue), if we're a bit cocky right now; we were labelled a crisis club 2 weeks ago and taunted by neutrals that we'll lose this one 10-0 (somebody actually told me that) so we're actually far more excited about sticking it to the greater footballing world than to yourselves who as a group of fans I have nothing against. Our vital was getting trolled not by you guys but by an assortment of others in recent days laughing at our pending destruction at the hands of Silva/Aguero so yes the joy and relief at the final whistle is understandable. If Chelsea don't win the title (I doubt we will after dropping so many stupid points but you never know) then I hope it's yours because I'd weep for it to end up on the red side. Have fun with the rest of the season lads and I hope you get the chance to hammer United 4 more times (Europa, FA, and league). See you at the Etihad :)
FA, please ban that animal Yaya for life
Rip The Reds Apart
Such a bias article ! City did outplay us, but to say it was 12 man chelsea is just ridiculous!!! Yaya toure should have been red carded ! Kompany to ! So what if Meireles didn't get sent off ?! Kompany wasn't either !
Good post BlueBanes, I agree that the article is biased and considering it was written in the heat of the moment I can understand why. The penalty that Silva should have got would have changed the face of the game but somehow Clattenburg missed it, them's the breaks, we will get them in our favour another day. After the first half hour when we could and should perhaps have put the game to bed we lost all composure, our passing game was woeful, Yaya and Aguero in particular went missing. In the end Chelsea deserved their win, Sturridge played a blinder as I suspected he might. We are still seven points clear of Chelsea and though this result gives them some confidence it will still take a monumental ***** up by City for Chelsea to catch us, the Rags on the other hand, that's a different matter altogether. Well done Chelsea, congrats, can't wait to get you back at the Etihad.
Cmon guys, I thought the Citizens had more class than this? Silva went down too easily, fat too easily- And when there's doubt, the red doesn't give a penalty! Stop saying that over and over again, it makes you guys look pretty bad. :( As for refereeing decisions, it wasn't only you lot who had bad decisions you way, Mata was basically assaulted numerous times (if Yaya Toure did that in public, he'd be in Jail now) and the red didn't even book him for that. We could also argue that had you been down to 9 men instead of 11, we could've won it comprehensively. I also read elsewhere that Clichy's second yellow was harsh- I mean really??!! I think this article was written in haste- All I'd say is, don't lose your class- That's what separates the red half of Manchester from you lot, so please don't turn into them!!

- A Chelsea fan in peace.

PS: Thanks for Sturridge. ;)
Oh and we won't win the title this season, that's the reason for such crazed celebrations. And contrary to what Mancini says, you guys are already a "top team" - Just don't let the scum win the darned title.
JT_daniel - You make a lot of sense but we Blues are feeling deflated, hurt and frustrated. Hey-ho, bring on the Arsenal this Sunday. We need to bounce back and in style.
JT, as I said above them's the breaks but there is no doubt whatsoever that Silva should have had a penalty. Surely even Chelsea fans can see that?
Cheers Bluedub, a bit of recognition for what it took for us to get a win is appreciated. And I honestly don't see the rags catching you this season, they are looking abysmal (thrashing of Wolves aside, all that'll do is keep Fergie out of the transfer market in January). I doubt they'll finish above you. At the moment I'm still coming to terms with the real prospect of finishing top 4 considering where we were a little while ago, and taking 3 points off you when you've thrashed other top 4 rivals is critical. I'll think about the title in February. Have fun with the Arsenal, you may want to defend a bit more cautiously against the likes of RVP and Walcott though. Probably lucky Clichy won't play.
Clichy has been excellent for us this season, having said that he was made to look silly against Sturridge last night but he'll bounce back. I agree about defending more cautiously but to be fair I thought when we went down to ten we defended very well, Hart was rarely troubled. I think what cost us was trying to force the issue at the start of the second half, when Chelsea dropped deep City should have played with more composure and drew Chelsea out, we didn't we tried to regain the initiative that we had in the first leaving ourselves exposed to the counter which ultimately led to Clichy's sending off, after that there was only ever going to be one outcome, especially with your home crowd roaring you on.
Yeah in fairness he isn't the first full-back to be roasted by Sturridge. The defending wasn't bad at all, but the tendency to leave a leg out (like Clichy did) was so costly, especially considering you had a competent Joe Hart waiting it's simply not worth the risk. Probably should have calmed the game down in the second half as you say because I'll always bet on 11 City players (this season) doing the job. Romeu also did amazingly well to shut down a lot of the attacks calmly and I reckon Silva will have more space against Arsenal. Looking forward to watching that clash but all the more looking forward to returning to the Etihad for El Cashico round II.
Because Chelsea fans would never stoop so low as to blame the ref for a defeat would they? Funny how people conveniently forget how angry a poor referee can make them when the decisions go against their side, yet can't wait to accuse the other team of sour grapes when the bad decisions go the other way.

Chris is an absolute ****. A couple of things need to be done post this match. AVB should give it to the ******** refs for cheating us time and time again. Didier Drogba needs to apologise to Mikel for telling him to shut up after such a poor decision and also apologize to the team. Chris Foy and Drogba got us 7 more yellow cards and potentially another red card plus more players could have been injured. and missed more games. What is the news on Mata? That was poor by the ref. KAKUfrank Read more:

The ref influenced the result like AVB said in his post match interview after the game I am not a guy who is critical of refs but today I have to be even with 9 men we played so well the second half of the game shows that. As for the sendings off Bossman's should've not been sent off it was a race for the ball but the Drogba is understandable the ref had a day to forget everytime our players win the ball a yellow card comes out. Enjoy your win QPR today but when you come to SB you'll be torn to shreds. Elbowz Read more:

m begining to think theres match fixing in the premier league..... we can still do it...we must bounce back by beating arsenal bluedeal Read more:


Worse than Ovrebo...ouch...
The Persian
Yeah Bluebanes, that is certainly some harsh criticism, innit? ;)
The persian - isn't that a type of long-haired ******? No need to shout darling, we all heard you.
The Persian, well done on your win but don't talk *****. Yes Yaya was lucky to not see red but so too was Meireles who could have snapped legs with two filthy challenges just below the knee with studs showing. Maya didn't humiliate anybody, there's no need to exaggerate, the only player humiliated was Clichy by Sturridge. You didn't create enough goodchances for it to be a 3 or 4-1 scoreline, whereas City on the other hand could have been 3 up beforeChelsea even start playing. Well done on your win, over the course of the game you deserved it but there's no need for talking crap.
BTW that's long haired P_U_S_S_Y.

Bleeding swear filter LOL!

Terrible article. The moment you started writing about thugs you should have mentioned Toure.
Yes you guys should have had a penalty. Why do some of our supporters deny this? You could also say that Toure and Kompany should have joined Clichy off the pitch.
You could also say Meireles ACLamp. Mario could have gone down too when Ivanovic slid in on him. Ramires was guilty of a few too. The decision that sticks in City fans craw though is the penalty, at that stage of the game it could have been match defining but feck it, it wasn't given and there's no point crying over spilt milk. This phenomenal run we were on had to end at some stage and there's no shame in a narrow defeat to Chelsea on their patch. Time for City to start a new unbeaten run.
Bluedub - watch it, and judge YaYa Toure yourself..... what would be a fair punishment for him ??
The Persian
let alone the fact that he should have been set off by recieving a second yellow card..... would you ban him for the next match(es) if you could ???
The Persian
Persian, I've already said that Yaya was lucky not to see red, a fair punishment? It's usually a 3 game ban for a straight red isn't it? or maybe two yellows for any two of three he could have received, that would be a one game ban then.
What do you mean would I ban him? Are you talking about retrospective action? Clattenburg saw both the petulant kick and the raised hand and didn't act on either. I don't believe he saw the rake on Ramires calf so I guess it's possible that retrospective action could be taken there but I doubt it as that was probably only worthy of a yellow. What did you make ofMeireles two studs up challenges just below the knees of Silva and Zab, were they not just as filthy as what Yaya did?
If any other fans of Premier League teams are gloating that City's first loss of the season came on the road after a Champions League game in London to the fourth best team in the country then you really have to get a life. Fair play to Chelsea, the team took advantage of some favorable calls...but then again they were railroaded against QPR, so I guess it all works out in the end.
Oh no, we do moan a lot about the refs. Just come down to the forums after every game! :) Mind you, most of it is warranted. lol
The article was written as the game was played and posted ten minutes after the end. Of course its biased.....i am a city fan writing on a fans website, however the over reaction of certain chelsea fans is quite staggering. Come on guys....get a life there are no need for threats and insults as all you are doing is creating bad karma for yourselves. City lost and two of players had second half stinkers, but facts are facts, we should have been two nil up after thirty minutes and only had ourselves to blame for our downfall second half, rather than chelsea raising their game to beat us.
The article was written as the game was played and posted ten minutes after the end. Of course its biased.....i am a city fan writing on a fans website, however the over reaction of certain chelsea fans is quite staggering. Come on guys....get a life there are no need for threats and insults as all you are doing is creating bad karma for yourselves. City lost and two of players had second half stinkers, but facts are facts, we should have been two nil up after thirty minutes and only had ourselves to blame for our downfall second half, rather than chelsea raising their game to beat us.
Fair play Richy, I said above that I felt it was biased but understandably so given that it was written in the heat of the moment. You're doing a stand up job mate, don't let the keyboard warriors with their petty insults get to you. I'm looking forward to your next report mate, I admire anyone that can write these as it's not something I would be able to do myself. Keep up the good work.
Lescott could not get out of the way of the ball and although it was called “handball” it wasn’t intentional. The ball was kicked into his arm and he couldn’t avoid the contact in the tight space of the way his body was positioned.
One FA cup and now citeh is barca. Lol
Wtf are you talking about now foreign viewer? Are you smoking crack by any chance?
Well said bluerichy. There was nothing wrong with your article, what-so-ever. Keep up the good work fellow Blue.
Bluerichy calls it as he sees it - if the keyboard warriors want to disagree with him, tough titties.
@Barney Daniels "chelsea outplayed?" for the first 20 minutes most definitely but after that i think it was even till half time. after halftime chelsea dominated until the red card wen they dominated more.
Fair comment adu_
Pity this article didn't reacch 100 comments. 98 isn't too bad though.
What's a couple of posts between friends anyway? The gooners have all gone home to prepare for their invasion on Sunday night once we've thrashed them LOL, and the Chelsea fans have all made their points.
Oh, and their aren't enough un***d fans on Vital to make a difference anyway. :)

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