Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea – FA Cup match report
Chelsea were completely out of shape at the Etihad this time as Manchester City progressed in to the quarter finals with a classic performance for the whole 90 minutes.
Stevan Jovetic put the home side in front with 16 minutes on the clock after receiving a neat pass from Edin Dzeko. The lead was doubled mid way through the second half after Samir Nasri netted in a low cross from David Silva which looked to be offside but ensured City’s progress to the next stage of the competition.
Chelsea failed to register one single shot on the goal through out the game but created many half chances and lacked the interest to attack. The Blues kept on flickering through out the game but never threatened the home side in any aspect.
Manchester City started with Jovetic and Dzeko up front along with Milner, Silva behind them and Toure along with Garcia in the holding midfield. Nasri, Negredo and Navas all started from the bench while Pantilmion replaced Joe Hart, a change which might have been made keeping Barcelona in mind.
Chelsea started with Eto’o again with Hazard, Ramires and Willian behind him. Salah, Torres, Oscar, Schurrle, Lampard were all on the bench for Chelsea. The defensive mid field duo chosen this time were Matic and Mikel. The back four saw Cahill and Luiz at centre back positions with Azpilicueta and Ivanovic taking up their original positions.
The visitors made a decent start which barely lasted ten minutes and from this point City took over the game with crisp passes and fantastic through balls. The first real action of the first half was when Petr Cech couldn’t hold on to a powerful shot from Toure and Jovetic’s follow up hit the top of the cross bar.
Two minutes later City countered in brilliant fashion with Jovetic receiving the final ball and swept the ball home with his first touch. Chelsea did nothing much to scare City but one or two crucial blocks were made by City’s defence.
Dzeko almost doubled the homes side’s lead at the stroke of half time where he failed to meet Milner’s cross
Chelsea played without a recognized striker for the first 15 minutes of the second half when Eto’o was substituted for Salah.
The game however went smoothly for City and Samir Nasri’s first appearance after injury got him a goal after he exchanged passes with Silva to slot home from close range sealing City’s progress.
Chelsea brought on Torres and Oscar later on in the second half but it did not make any difference as City continued to march on.
Chelsea players looked tired at the end of the game having played a fixture mid week while City were relieved of their game against Sunderland at the same time.
Manchester City(4-4-2): Pantilmion, Zabaleta, Lescott, Kompany, Clichy, Javi Garcia, Yaya Toure, Silva ( Navas 69′), Milner, Dzeko (Negredo 80′), Jovetic ( Nasri 61′)
Chelsea(4-2-3-1): Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Matic. Willian( Oscar 71′), Ramires ( Torres 61′), Hazard, Eto’o ( Salah 45′)
Booked: Kompany, Jovetic, Garcia, Yaya Toure, Luiz, Matic.