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Chelsea 2 - Manchester City 1

Barclays Premier League

Stamford Bridge


Attendance: 41,730

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

2 - 1
Manchester City
Meireles (34), Lampard (pen 83)
Balotelli (2)
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 41,730
The Teams
Petr Cech
Joe Hart
Jose Bosingwa
Pablo Zabaleta
Branislav Ivanovic
Joleon Lescott
John Terry
Vincent Kompany
Ashley Cole
Gael Clichy
James Milner
Oriol Romeu
Yaya Toure
Raul Meireles
Gareth Barry
Daniel Sturridge
David Silva
Didier Drogba
Sergio Aguero
Juan Mata
Mario Balotelli
Ross Turnbull
Costel Pantilimon
Frank Lampard
Edin Dzeko
Fernando Torres
Adam Johnson
Stefan Savic
Florent Malouda
Samir Nasri
Paulo Ferreira
Kolo Toure
Salomon Kalou
Nigel De Jong
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Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Johnny On The Spot
Finally Planet Hack and a legion of anti-City brigaders realise some success on English soil as the 10 man Citizens were left to rue their early profligacy amid a dream start and a classic homer performance from Mark Clattenburg in this narrow defeat at Chelsea. You won't find many Blues complaining about Gael Clichy's stupid second yellow card or the handball that England's Joleon Lescott could do nothing about, but boy can we point to relentless cynical fouls from Chelsea, most noteably by new age traveller Raul Meireles and a stonewall penalty that would have sealed what was a pisspoor Chelsea showing. In contrast, Chelsea to a turf plummeting man seem unable to cope with any body contact. They truly were staring down the barrel of a tonking in the first half hour.

It's hard to criticise a City frontline with a stunning 49 goals in the bank from 15 games or a defence that has only conceded 15 goals, but I'm going to. Chelsea, hopelessly all at sea could not cope with a maze of City triangles but the Manchester men simply did not make them pay. That said, had the penalty been given, you sensed it would have been game over and a Chelsea faithful shrieking abuse at every City player in earshot knew it. The goal City gifted Chelsea was as soft as they come. The Citizens had 8 back to Chelsea's cautious 4 yet somehow a goalscoring opportunity was allowed in. Sadly, the cross in came from a classless Daniel Sturridge who has clearly forgotten the career saving support he received at City following repeated hip surgery.

In conclusion, we thought it a measure of how far we had come two seasons ago when the rags scraped past us in a League Cup Semi-Final. To see Chelsea's fans celebrating this fortuitous win as if they had indeed won a trophy is indicative of City's standing within the English game now. Arsenal, you are next.

The journalist

Writer: danielqpr Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday December 13 2011

Time: 8:00AM

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Time to put this game behind us - now its time to think about Sunday's game against Arsenal.
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13/12/2011 09:00:00

Raul mereiles and travis Bickle - separated at birth?

All I know is that one of them is a dangerous psychotic and the other one drives a taxi.
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13/12/2011 13:34:00

well i guess sturidge is not as classless as gael clichy.i almost choke.
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13/12/2011 13:37:00

What has class got to do with anything?
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13/12/2011 13:43:00

Better luck next time sunnymackres
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13/12/2011 14:02:00

Tudor, calm down a little bit would you? As Ramires said, you haven't won anything yet and to be honest you are overrating yourself. Ok you are top of the league, playing some nice football blablabla, but please stay where you belong. When you'll win back-to-back titles, back-to-back Fa Cups or when you'll win a Double then we'll see. "To see Chelsea's fans celebrating this fortuitous win as if they had indeed won a trophy is indicative of City's standing within the English game now". God, just...LOL. Keep your feet on the ground buddy. How did your players celebrate when they trashed United at Old Trafford? Our players celebrated because 1) they were losing after two minutes and managed to pull it back and 2) before the Valencia game we were supposed to be in crisis. No we didn't celebrate like hell because it was City, but because it was a must-win game that's all. If it was United or Arsenal it would have been exactly the same. You've struggled in Europe, where teams are ruthless and don't show too much respect and to be honest, almost all the teams in the league this season have showed you too much respect. As I said, you are top of the league but in no way you have a "strong standing within the English game" yet. Achieve something and then we'll see.
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13/12/2011 16:00:00

Go FrLampsy Go! :D
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14/12/2011 22:17:00

advice do not mess with FrLamp! ever!! :D
El Niño
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14/12/2011 23:46:00

FRLamp, do your players gather in a huddle like that after every big win? When you beat us at Stamford Bridge last season I don't recall a reaction like that, it would seem that we are quite the scalp therefore I think it's fair enough to say our standing within the English game has risen, am I getting above myself in thinking that?
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