Manchester City 0 Chelsea 1 – Mourinho masterminds victory at the Etihad Stadium
Chelsea produced an outstanding performance on Monday night to draw level on points with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.
February 3rd, 2014
Many assumed that Jose Mourinho would order his team to park the proverbial bus against a City side who have blown all their opponents out of the water at the Etihad, although Chelsea didn’t show their opponents too much respect and could have scored more than the one goal.
In addition to Branislav Ivanovic’s left-foot thunderbolt, the visitors hit the woodwork three times, with Samuel Eto’o, Nemanja Matic and Gary Cahill all going close to finding the net for Chelsea.
Eden Hazard was outstanding for the west London club, with the Belgian’s trickery regularly causing problems for a City side who were badly missing Fernandinho in central midfield.
While Yaya Toure looked bright in the opening exchanges, the fact that he was partnered by Martin Demichelis was a problem for the home side who also missed the attacking influence of Sergio Aguero.
Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo were kept quiet throughout the ninety minutes, with David Silva having City’s best chances of scoring, shooting wide of the post from close range on two occasions.
The goal itself saw Ramires find space in the area and Vincent Kompany’s block fell into the path of the onrushing Ivanovic who hit a sublime shot into the bottom corner of the net.
Previously to this, Chelsea had rampaged forward on the counter-attack, with Ramires attempting to shoot on his right foot and Joe Hart was equal to the shot before Willian’s overhead kick flew over the bar.
Matic played very well in central midfield alongside David Luiz, with the Serbian going close to scoring and slotting into the Chelsea system perfectly, while the defence held steady and didn’t look too troubled after a bright opening by Manchester City.