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Manchester City 2 - Chelsea  0

FA Barclays Premier League

The Etihad Stadium


Attendance: 47, 256

Referee: Andre Marriner

Manchester City
2 - 0
Y Touré 63′ Tévez 85′
Venue: The Etihad Stadium
Attendance: 47, 256
The Teams
01 Hart
01 Cech
05 Zabaleta
02 Ivanovic
22 Clichy
03 Cole
28 K Touré
04 David Luiz
33 Nastasic
24 Cahill
07 Milner
07 Ramires
14 Garcia
08 Lampard
17 Rodwell
10 Mata
21 Silva
12 Mikel
42 Y Touré
17 Hazard
16 Aguero
29 Ba
30 Pantilimon
22 Turnbull
06 Lescott
26 Terry
13 Kolarov
28 Azpilicueta
08 Nasri
34 Bertrand
11 Sinclair
11 Oscar
10 Dzeko
13 Moses
32 Tévez
09 Torres
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Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
Johnny On The Spot: Fighting spirit and then some. What a travesty it would have been had Manchester City not won this crucial game. Too often this season, not least in the corresponding fixture at Stamford Bridge, City have failed to transform superiority into a clear win but such was that superiority in every department today there was only ever going to be one winner...Roberto Mancini set his side up to flood midfield from the outset naming Aguero as solo striker for the latest must win encounter. City's first half dominance was absolute and a steady flow of carefully constructed attacks was only checked by the strange over-protection afforded to a stream of Chelsea turf plummeters by referee Marriner...Chelsea appeared very much there for the taking with only one long range Lampard rugby conversion registered on the City goal. Hopelessly stifled creatively, they were forced to look to their wings resulting in zero threat...The visitors first shot from open play came on 50 minutes. And a second followed rapidly when Marriner adjudged Hart to have brought down the sprawling and otherwise anonymous Ba in the City box. Oddly, England's Number One wasn't sanctioned and went on to superbly save Lampard's second effort of the game...City's intent and collective will to win finally saw them take the lead shortly afterwards in technically clinical fashion through the immense Yaya Touré who delivered yet again when it truly mattered in what resembled a five-a-side move...Chelsea nemesis Carlos Tévez, having been brought on close to the hour mark to open Chelsea up then wrapped up the three points with a trademark rocket blaster and the roars of "MANCINI" grew louder...Universally derided by scurrilous rag trouser sliming hacks and pundits, Mancio's tactics today were absolutely spot on. His side maintained the best defensive record in the league with a 12th clean sheet. His total control of midfield was symbolised by Benitez's withdrawl of Hazard, Mikel and Lampard who all failed abysmally in Manchester. In stark contrast to a woeful Chelsea performance, the City gaffer's men never gave up today and some serious shifts were put in right across the team. The movement and desire were there for all to see and bode well for the big run-in. On this evidence City are going to fight to the end. Stats Courtesy BBC Sport

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 24 2013

Time: 3:26PM

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Excellent performance, more of the same please. That foul stat is astonishing, if I were the suspicious type that would raise an eyebrow.
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24/02/2013 16:30:00

I think it was give me a contact game by Kolo, he was on top form and is a great squad player. A good team performance when everyone did their part, Chelsea restricted to hardly any chances to score and when given the golden opportunity of a penalty, England's number 1 showed why he has that title. Chelsea were just looking for counter attacks, but City controlled the game and it really was just a matter of time before they scored, but it needed something special. Another charge at the end of the season will do nicely and the gap may well shorten.
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24/02/2013 17:32:00

The International Olympic Committee would like to congratulate Chelsea on surpassing the Chinese Olympic diving team's haul of 10 medals at this summer's Games. Well done Cheslea, here's hoping you can keep up the sterling form for Rio.
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