Manchester City vs. Chelsea – Initial Reaction And Analysis!
Welcome everyone. It was the Premier League weekend which meant fun, excitement, and FOOOOOTBALL!
We are only in the second week of the Premier League and the top 2 teams of last season already squared up against each other at Etihad!
Mourinho, as expected, went in with a 4-3-3 formation as Ramires replaced the injured Oscar to provide some physicality against Toure and co. and possibly help Ivanovic against Raheem Sterling on the right-hand side!
Frankly, a draw would have been a brilliant result for the Blues and that’s what Mourinho probably expected from his team, but things turned out a bit different than expected.
So, without wasting any further time, let’s get on with the initial reaction, shall we?
– The home team started the game brilliantly as Sergio Aguero ran behind Terry and Cahill to almost make it 1-0 in the 20th second of the game (!). Fortunately, Asmir Begovic is an excellent Goalkeeper as he saved us from a nightmarish start to the fixture! We are surely missing some pace at the back.
– It was an exciting start to the much-anticipated fixture as both the teams looked to score on the break. Sergio Aguero and David Silva combined brilliantly to cause some problems in the Blues defense as the Spaniard looked to be at his very best against Terry and co.
– Aguero had a couple of great chances to open the scoring around the 17th minute mark, but the Argentinian was denied on both the occasions by an excellent Asmir Begovic who had been the Man of the Match so far for Chelsea!
Yet another chance fell Aguero’s way in the 20th minute, but the Striker failed to convert Kolarov’s cross in the box. City could well have been 3-0 by now, thanks to some woeful defending from the Blues.
– Half an hour passed and just when Chelsea finally looked to be settling down Aguero put City 1-0 ahead with 32 minutes gone on the clock. It was a well-deserved goal for the Striker who combined well with Toure in the box turning Gary Cahill inside out like a school child before putting the ball in the back of Begovic’s net!
Was it coming? Well, it should have been at least 4-0 for City with the way they dominated this fixture so far and that’s not even an exaggeration!
– City’s constant pressing and pace up front looked to have caused all sort of problems for the Blues, as Fabregas and Ramires looked lost in the midfield, while our defenders were just too slow to deal with Aguero and co.
At least, Fabregas did contribute upfront with some nice link up play with Hazard and Willian; while, Ramires, for the most part, was a waste!
Diego Costa and Gary Cahill, meanwhile, suffered serious injuries at the end of the first half, but both were able to continue the game after treatment. Diego Costa did show his frustration over Fernandinho’s challenge and continued his argument even in the tunnel!
– The first half ended with a scoreline of 1-0 in favor of the home team. Frankly, Chelsea must have felt fortunate for not conceding 3 or 4 goals; that’s how much dominant the home side was in the half!
Let’s see if Mourinho can turn it around in the second half as this game had the ingredients to be one of the epic battles!
– So, Jose Mourinho subbed off John Terry for the first time in Premier League in favor of Kurt Zouma. A surprising start to the second half!
There wasn’t any surprise as to who started on top as City continued where they left off, pressing Chelsea relentlessly and creating opportunities in the box.
More misery for Chelsea as Eden Hazard found Ramires with a through ball and the Brazilian, who was woeful so far, managed to find the net, albeit in an offside position!
– Chelsea did well to slow down the tempo of the game as we searched for an equalizer. Willian, for one, looked good, as the Brazilian combined well with the attackers in search of that all-important one point!
– I felt that this could have been a game for Juan Cuadrado to make a difference, given the pace at which the game was played. Sure enough, Mourinho made an attacking change as he introduced the Colombian in place of Ramires in the 64th minute!
– Just stating a fact; How many goals do you think Aguero would have scored if he had converted every opportunity today? I would say about half a dozen; that’s how dominating the top scorer of last season had been! Brilliant stuff from the Argentinian and very well supported from the likes of Silva, Toure, and Kolarov. Chelsea’s defense, on their part, looked impotent coping against the pace of City!
– 78th minute, Falcao replaces Willian and Kompany scores a header to make it 2-0 for City. Game over Chelsea!
Coming back to the goal, Kompany out muscled Ivanovic in the box to score a header from a corner. Awful stuff from the Serbian! Awful performance from Chelsea! 3 points in the bag for City who go five points clear off the Blues with just 2 games played!
Some fans might kill me for saying this, but we are not retaining the League title, even though it’s only the second game of the season.
– Embarrassing for the Champions as Fernandinho made it 3-0 in the 85th minute from the edge of the box. No intent, no speed just utterly bad performance from the Champions who should be glad by the scoreline. Just lucky the match didn’t end 8-0, the way City played!
That’s it from me now! The coming week is already ruined!
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