Manchester City 2 Chelsea 0 – Jovetic and Nasri keep quadruple dream alive
City now favourites to win FA Cup following comfortable victory against an under-par Chelsea side
February 15th, 2014
Manchester City enjoyed a revenge of sorts on Saturday evening when inflicting Chelsea’s first defeat since the Blues lost at the Britannia Stadium in December.
Despite the prospect of Barcelona visiting in the Champions League on Tuesday, Manuel Pellegrini named a strong team for the FA Cup clash, with Yaya Toure and David Silva both being included in the midfield, while Stevan Jovetic accompanied Edin Dzeko in attack.
Jovetic has spent much of the season on the sidelines although the Montenegrin broke the deadlock in this match after letting the ball run across him before placing a neat shot behind the despairing arms of Petr Cech.
The same player had missed the chance to put his team moments earlier when Toure shot at Cech only for Jovetic to blaze the rebound over, although City were good value for their lead in the first half as they created the better chances.
Compared to the recent Premier League match, Chelsea failed to click into gear despite Eden Hazard and Willian being included in the starting line-up, while Gary Cahill was fielded in defence despite Jose Mourinho suggesting that the England defender would not make the game.
Mohamed Salah replaced Samuel Eto’o at the break although made little impact as a “false nine”, with Milner and Jovetic missing chances to put the home side further ahead before Samir Nasri delivered the killer blow in the 67th minute.
The Frenchman fed Silva on the left and the Spaniard was able to clip the ball back to Nasri who converted an easy chance to make sure that Manchester City’s hopes of winning the quadruple remain alive.
Joleon Lescott thought he had made it 3-0 before being flagged offside although the damage was already done and City will now focus on the possibility of beating Barcelona.