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Manchester CITY 2 - Chelsea 1

FA Barclays Premier League

The Etihad Stadium


Attendance: 46, 324

Referee: Mike Dean

Manchester CITY
2 - 1
Aguero (pen) 78′ , Nasri 85′
Cahill 60
Venue: The Etihad Stadium
Attendance: 46, 324
The Teams
25 Hart
01 Cech
02 Richards
02 Ivanovic
05 Zabaleta
03 Cole
22 Clichy
04 Luiz
28 K Toure
24 Cahill
19 Nasri
07 Ramires
21 Silva
08 Lampard
34 De Jong
10 Mata
42 Y Toure
12 Mikel
16 Aguero
16 Meireles
45 Balotelli
09 Torres
30 Pantilimon
22 Turnbull
13 Kolarov
17 Bosingwa
15 Savic
05 Essien
07 Milner
15 Malouda
18 Barry
11 Drogba
10 Dzeko
21 Kalou
32 Tevez
23 Sturridge
Game Statistics
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On Target
Yellow Cards
Johnny On The Spot: Roberto Mancini's men responded to a relentles rag mind games gauntlet and plain bad luck tonight with a never say die display that hauled The Citizens up to one point behind the rags in the race for the title...Roberto Di Matteo set Chelsea up to not concede and play on the counter. They lived dangerously from the first whistle...With David Silva well off the pace, a virtuoso display from Samir Nasri took the game to Chelsea throughout a first half dominated by the record breaking home winning side...Chelsea, who had been run ragged for long periods went in at the break looking like a side who couldn't believe they weren't behind. Their back four had looked as rattled as Peter Cech's bar yet the game remained goalless... Mario Balotelli's poor pull shot wide when clean through one on one helped their cause no end. He found himself subbed at half time in favour of Gareth Barry who was sent on to shore up central midfield. So much for talk of Mancio favouritism there then...Chelsea started the second half looking there for the taking. Yet still City could not finish the job. And to stunned disbelief The Blues conceded a pisspoor soft goal to gift Chelsea a ludicrous lead. What a travesty it would have been for City to lose this. In point of fact, Chelsea are a pale shadow of the side that once swept all before them. Frank Lampard's shrieking turf plummet towards the end of the game and the understrength travelling support spoke volumes...Enter Carlos Tevez to a favourable reception and cue Chelsea's defence back tracking and standing off rapidly as El Apache began to get amongst them. The subsequent Chelsea backline confusion resulted in a stonewall penalty sweetly struck by Kun Aguero. Backed by third striker Edin Dzeko who further mixed things up, Tevez exchanged superb passes with the brilliant Samir Nasri to seal a superb fightback. The second witnessed at The Etihad inside a week. This hard fought win could prove the springboard that takes The Blues on a run that will push the rags and their easy run-in all the way to the finish line. The makeshift backline will be reinforced by Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott at Stoke. Win that and the pressure will shift back on to the rags...Special final word tonight for Samir Nasri. Le Petit Prince de Marseille was absolutely brilliant.

The journalist

Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 21 2012

Time: 9:43PM

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Well done, you were better today. Gotta say, it's a real kick in the teeth that Spuds drew in the last minute...
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21/03/2012 21:45:00

Thank ***** for that, we got the result our play deserved. Nasri outstanding tonight.
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21/03/2012 21:47:00

Congrats for the deserved result...please win the league now.
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21/03/2012 21:55:00

We were lucky, but we didn't deserve to be losing I don't think. Some great build up play to score the winner - it had to be THAT good, otherwise we were looking at a draw. Good game though
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21/03/2012 22:00:00

Chelsea came in with a defensive plan. As a CFC supporter I understand it as much as I didn't like it. So you can make the argument that you "deserved" to be in the lead b/c you were playing more positive football. I think that is a bit simplistic b/c Chelsea had a plan that they were executing. Anyway, you showed the character of EPL champions. I think we're all sick to death of United winning the league. Keep pushing.
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21/03/2012 22:06:00

It is simplistic RD but to be fair Chelsea rode their luck at times in that first half, overall I think a fair result, we got the bit of luck in the end that our play deserved. Good game I thought. Good luck in your race for CL.
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21/03/2012 22:24:00

In a nutshell, Tevez made Chelsea's area a much busier place than it was before he came on. It's what we've been missing.
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21/03/2012 22:34:00

Mancio:...."I think we deserved to win because we had three or four chances in the first 20 minutes. When they scored I think we didn't deserve to go behind. But we wanted, we desired to win this game. After their goal it was feeling like squeaky bum time. It's more than three points this game."
Johnny Baguette
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21/03/2012 22:36:00

The minute Tevez came on I knew Chelsea was in trouble. That guy is a menace. Incredible footballer, awful personality.
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21/03/2012 23:24:00

It would have been a travesty if we had lost this game, just like the Liverpool game in the LC. In the end we deserved the three points. Hope we score early against Stoke and put them away. Also thought Micah had a good game as a CB. Samir was the MOM no question.
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21/03/2012 23:45:00

Second come from behind win in a week - bodes well that we're finally learning how to win despite not having it all our own way. That said, we most certainly deserved the victory tonight, and Chelsea looks as though their transition has a way to go before they become a team to be feared again. hats off to Samir, he definitely earned his corn tonight.
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21/03/2012 23:55:00

I think we deserved our win tonight, as we showed the fight and desire to rescue a losing position, prehaps we deserved our luck on the penalty decision, it seemed a mirror image of the one down at Stamford Bridge in the reverse fixture. Nasri's winner would have graced any game.
Colin Is The King
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22/03/2012 00:05:00

Beautiful win, typical City to make a game we dominated so difficult, Aguero hitting the bar and Mario's one-on-one miss gave it the feel of another game where we'd be punished by a smash and grab but great character and spirit led to an amazing comeback and the rags' premature celebrations are on hold. Majestic performance by Nasri, he needs to play with this sort of confidence and bravery more often, especially with Silva ailing and out of form.
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22/03/2012 00:09:00

I'm glad Balotelli went off. For me he's 30% genius & 70% liability. That's not a statistic I like.
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22/03/2012 07:57:00

He was ***** last night Robson and Mancini did make the right call but he still has a big part to play in this season, just like he did at the business end last season. A spell on the sidelines wouldn't do him any harm to get him focussed again.
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22/03/2012 08:58:00

Bluedub, good game, congrats. Did you notice why Mancini 'needs' Tevez now!?
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22/03/2012 10:53:00

Still don't believe he's needed Delta. I accept that while he is here he should be used to our advantage but we've shown we can do it without him.
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22/03/2012 10:59:00

Btw Delta, did you cheer super Samir's goal last night?
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22/03/2012 11:00:00

Not really Bluedub, I was too busy cheering Vermaelen's winner against Everton at the time. I said it at the time when Nasri grabbed his share of dirhams last summer that he is a very good player. Just that his good days come 10 times in a year. Its too few for a 38 game league and for an attacking midfielder of a side with title ambitions.
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25/03/2012 07:37:00

Bluedub, strange that you think Tevez was not needed against Chelsea. I dont know maybe...just maybe the assist for the winning goal came from Tevez. Your bias blinds you and thats a fact in this case. Also, you will notice that Mancini will use Tevez as an impact sub in EVERY remaining league game - that means he is needed by Manchester City - another fact.
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25/03/2012 07:42:00

What bias you clown? Mancini is using T***z because he couldn't get rid in January not because he needs him. Nasri won us the game against Chelsea, not T***z. He did well when he came on, I won't deny that but who knows what would have happened had he not been there? I guess you do eh? Why? Well because you're such an obnoxious arrogant**** that you claim your opinion to be fact.
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