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Chelsea 2 - Manchester City 1

Barclays Premier League

Stamford Bridge

12/12/11

Attendance: 41,730

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Chelsea
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
 
 
(85)
John Terry
 
 
 
Vincent Kompany
 
 
Ashley Cole
 
 
 
Gael Clichy
 
 
Ramires
 
 
 
James Milner
 
 
Oriol Romeu
 
 
 
Yaya Toure
 
 
Raul Meireles
 
 
(73)
 
Gareth Barry
 
 
Daniel Sturridge
 
 
(88)
 
David Silva
 
 
(75)
Didier Drogba
 
 
 
Sergio Aguero
 
 
(64)
Juan Mata
 
 
(84)
 
Mario Balotelli
 
 
Substitutes
Ross Turnbull
 
 
 
Costel Pantilimon
 
 
Frank Lampard
 
 
(73)
 
Edin Dzeko
 
 
(85)
Fernando Torres
 
 
 
Adam Johnson
 
 
Mikel
 
 
(88)
 
Stefan Savic
 
 
Florent Malouda
 
 
(84)
 
Samir Nasri
 
 
Paulo Ferreira
 
 
 
Kolo Toure
 
 
(64)
Salomon Kalou
 
 
 
Nigel De Jong
 
 
(75)
Game Statistics
13
Goal Attempts
7
7
On Target
4
5
Corners
1
11
Fouls
18
4
Yellow Cards
2
0
Red Cards
1
58
%
42
Comments...
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.




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Writer: danielqpr Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday December 13 2011

Time: 8:00AM

Your Comments

Time to put this game behind us - now its time to think about Sunday's game against Arsenal.
tudor
Raul mereiles and travis Bickle - separated at birth?

http://img.uefa.com/imgml/TP/players/1/2012/324x324/150016144.jpg

http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lcg9et0VVX1qb0y2oo1_400.jpg

All I know is that one of them is a dangerous psychotic and the other one drives a taxi.
fifthcolumnblue
well i guess sturidge is not as classless as gael clichy.i almost choke.
sunnymakcres
What has class got to do with anything?
Bluedub
Better luck next time sunnymackres
fifthcolumnblue
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.
FrLamp
Go FrLampsy Go! :D
Mr.Bear
advice do not mess with FrLamp! ever!! :D
El Niño
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?
Bluedub
 

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