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Chelsea
2 - 0
Manchester City

Barclays Premier League

Stamford Bridge

20/3/11

Attendance: 41, 741

Referee: Chris Foy

ChelseaManchester City
David Luiz 78, Ramires 90 +2
Cech     Hart    
Ivanovic     Richards    
David Luiz     Kompany    
Terry     Lescott    
Cole     Kolarov    
Ramires     De Jong    
Essien     Toure Y     80
Lampard     Barry    
Kalou     77 Milner     81
Torres     70 Dzeko    
Malouda     70 Silva    
Substitutes
Turnbull GK     Taylor GK    
Drogba     70 SWP    
Mikel     Johnson A     81
Bosingwa     Boateng    
Zhirkov     77 Vieira    
Ferreira     Boyata    
Anelka     70 Balotelli     80
Game Statistics
16
Goal Attempts
5
11
On Target
2
5
Corners
1
3
Offside
0
16
Fouls
13
2
Yellow Cards
5
60
%
40
Comments...
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.

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Sunday March 20 2011
Time: 6:07PM

Comments

0
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.
StuMCFC
20/03/2011 18:12:00
0
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.
StuMCFC
20/03/2011 18:14:00
0
Well done Chelsea, better team won on the day.
Bluedub
20/03/2011 18:15:00
0
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.
StuMCFC
20/03/2011 18:18:00
0
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
20/03/2011 18:22:00
0
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
20/03/2011 18:26:00
0
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.
RobsonGreensleeves
20/03/2011 18:38:00
0
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.
SkyBlueSuedeShoes
20/03/2011 18:52:00
0
5hity city.......
Ess...DaBison
20/03/2011 18:52:00
0
Dzeko certainly worked very hard.
Johnny Baguette
20/03/2011 18:58:00
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