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Chelsea 2 - Manchester City 0

Barclays Premier League

Stamford Bridge


Attendance: 41, 741

Referee: Chris Foy

2 - 0
Manchester City
David Luiz 78, Ramires 90 +2
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 41, 741
The Teams
David Luiz
De Jong
Toure Y
Turnbull GK
Taylor GK
Johnson A
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Johnny On The Spot: City's 10th defeat of a long league and cup season coincides with Roberto Mancini's first taste of defeat in the English capital...The fact that the players Mancio settled upon to secure a point in London were not positively reinforced until the last 10 minutes speaks volumes for the suggestion that the City boss thought the job was done. But his old adversary Carlo Ancelotti had other ideas by introducing Drogba and Anelka 10 minutes earlier to shake the game up...The majority of City's players gave there all again, this time in a bid to avoid defeat. But once again we witnessed a City side lacking effort and urgency in the closing stages of a game. Harsh as it is to single out one scapegoat in Aleksander Kolarov, his lack of pace and defensive awareness were ruthlessly exposed for Chelsea's goals. Full backs need pace and positional sense as pre-requisites in this league, otherwise they get murdered...The weary Citizens now trudge off into the international break following a Europa League exit and a Premier League top three exit. The Blues have played 14 games in a hectic 50 days but Mancio must galvanise his side and prepare to boldly change the record for the 8 remaining league games and the FA Cup semi-final or run the risk of a mountain of hard work that has brought us this far being undone...As far as this correspondent is concerned, today is the day when it was confirmed that resurgent Chelsea, (who we failed to give a game to) will go head to head with the rags for the title and City must meanwhile go head to head again with Spurs for the fourth placed finish.

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday March 20 2011

Time: 6:07PM

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The only surprise about losing (which I knew would happen the second Tevez was ruled out) is that Torres didn't follow the pattern of strikers out of form/new at club breaking their duck against us. Other than that we played really well for 75 minutes even though we were negative after about 20, which is odd as we looked quite good going forward early. Only when Chelsea grew into the game did Mancini suddenly seem to batten down the hatches. The risk of playing for the draw is if it doesn't work, you're in the firing line. And Mancini will be in the firing line today as the Sheikh moves one step closer towards an attempt to acquire Mourinho. But, as futile as it may sound, our players have been run ragged lately (10 men against Kiev for 60 minutes on Thursday) so to play with such discipline for most of the match is impressive. Our best players were De Jong, Kompany, and Lescott. Even though Kompany and Lescott are both looking super as a CB pairing, I wish we had signed Luiz as we could have at worst played him as a left-back instead of Kolarov, who just doesn't seem to have the pace for English football. This international break will give a lot of players some time to rest at last after weeks and weeks of what seems like matches every 3 days. Tevez hasn't been called up by the Argies which is good news.
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20/03/2011 18:12:00

Annoying thing about the Luiz situation is that Mancini wanted to sign him badly but the men upstairs didn't think he would justify the price tag of 24-25 million.
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20/03/2011 18:14:00

Well done Chelsea, better team won on the day.
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20/03/2011 18:15:00

We set our cards out with a plan and it failed. If it worked we'd have taken home a deserved draw. But it failed and Chelsea fully deserved their win.
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20/03/2011 18:18:00

no doubt about that BD, but I still think if Bob had set up to have a go, we would have looked alike a side without a clue. 2 shots on target tells everything. I think we could have taken Chelsea today if Bob had more faith in his strikers, he hasn't and we deservedly lost.
Buzz Lightyear
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20/03/2011 18:22:00

Very dissapointed with our tactics which were clearly to get a 0-0 draw. We only had 1 decent shot at goal for the whole game, and apart from the 10 first minutes we were outperformed by a Chelsea team that wanted to win. We need to start playing a more offensive game if we are to get anything this year including 4th place in the premiership...unfortunately am not sure Mancini is the right man for offensive football...I'm starting to lose patience.
blue ponderer
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20/03/2011 18:26:00

Amen to that StuMCFC! Only 'we' wouldn't have played our cards like that. Mancini did though. I've always been 100% behind him, maybe i'm now 75% behind him or maybe i'm just annoyed.
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20/03/2011 18:38:00

Mancini hangs his strikers out to dry. He bought 2 of them but doesn't seem to want to show any faith whatsoever in them. I felt sorry for Dzeko today. No support at all. dreadful tactics.
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20/03/2011 18:52:00

5hity city.......
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20/03/2011 18:52:00

Dzeko certainly worked very hard.
Johnny Baguette
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20/03/2011 18:58:00

@Ess...DaBison Show some class if that isn't beyond you, all of us concede you deserved to win but you still can't help but be a juvenile troll. P.S. What were you impressions on Vialli's Chelsea? As I'm sure you supported them back then. *wry smile*
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20/03/2011 19:19:00

fair play to chelsea, they're a top team and took their goals and won the game, if we fail to make top four there are many other games I'll look at over this one in which we carelessly dropped points for an explanation.
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20/03/2011 19:51:00

As a CFC supporter I can comfortably say that we all felt quite good about Tevez not playing. He's made the habit of abusing our back four--although David Luiz is here now and I was sort of looking forward to seeing how he'd cope with Tevez. Anyway, I must say I was surprised by Mancini's negative tactics. Spending all that money and for what, to seek a draw? I don't like it and if I were a City fan I'd resent the negativity. You've got plenty of good players who have real attacking talent; you've also got good players rotting on your bench, which could've eased some of the tired legs out on the pitch today. If it makes any difference, you've got loads of players I like and some I even respect. Best of luck to you in thwarting Spuds for 4th place.
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20/03/2011 19:52:00

And please ignore Ess...daBison. He's a parasite over on our home page. One of many.
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20/03/2011 19:53:00

I have a bad feeling that Man City may miss out the Champions League AGAIN this season. It could be like last season all over again. The real problem is with Mancini I have to say, even if Mancini is a good manager. The problem is that, under the management of Mancini, I just don't feel that the team is convincing enough to beat any team in the world. The team have all the individual star quality that can beat every top team in the world. But the problem is - You just don't have that "unbeatable or invincible feeling" on the TEAM as a whole under Mancini. Perhaps not just me who feel this, most Man City fans do. If rival teams don't fear your team because you play erratically or unconvincingly or negatively (negative football) time and time again and not ruthless enough, don't go for the jugular to kill off the game, you are bound to be beaten. A team that is not feared by other teams is bound to be beatable, because you give them the confidence you are beatable. You sent them the message that you are beatable. That is the feeling of this Man City team. That is the main problem of Mancini's stewardship. The rumour about Mourinho is not coincident though. The possible change of manager - I have already seen it coming.
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20/03/2011 19:53:00

lads - why so negative when so much at stake is my question!
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20/03/2011 19:56:00

Some really tough games coming up for the remaining season - Everton, Liverpool and Tottenham. These 3 teams are the strongest among the rest. If Man City really want the Champions League, they MUST beat all these 3 teams. Failure to get 9 points over them, you can prepare to say goodbye to Champions League. Only Tevez + a solid Man City team can save you now.
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20/03/2011 19:59:00

The only way you'll get Mourinho is if he abandons RM one year into his contract. My feeling is that he wants SAF's job. Otherwise, he wants Ancelotti's. The only appealing thing about City for him would be the money he could spend, which is illusory given the new rules for financial profitability that will soon take effect. I wouldn't hold your breath on getting Mourinho--and Mancini won't survive at City for another season.
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20/03/2011 20:37:00

shut up radio u d1ck...your the 'paracite'
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20/03/2011 21:29:00

I beg to differ Ess.
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20/03/2011 21:30:00

Ess...DaBison is a good example of the negative side of success. Successful clubs attract all breeds of life, aggressively stupid people included. My assumption is that City will eventually emulate our success at Chelsea. It does take time. You can spend and it will help, of course, but it's not an overnight thing. So brace yourselves. It may seem like a dark day today after a defeat, but your club has skyrocketed in an impressive amount of time. And maybe after your first trophy, Ess..DaBison will jump ship and claim his undying love for City. Good luck with that.
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20/03/2011 22:26:00

I stand for all CFC fans wishin y'all well in#4 fight pliz beat the spuds
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21/03/2011 03:51:00

radio your a ******** moron and have no clue about me...most of VC cant stand you and the ********* you come up with..the negative side of success is the very few****s like you...and me jumping ship?? you are truely a moron, because by the sounds of it seems like you've already jumped!
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25/03/2011 20:01:00

and bluedub you can beg all you like...its true!
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25/03/2011 20:01:00

i just hate man *****ty....they're ******** *****s!
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