Chelsea 1 Manchester City 1 – Stamford Bridge.
CFC Net Star man – Willian
Jose Mourinho’s men looked some what tired after a hectic few weeks and without key players to manage a draw against reigning Champions Manchester City, in an exciting game at The Bridge.
The first half was a very even contest with both sides giving nothing away and leaving their opponents with very little time on the ball. It was an edgy half with so much at stake being a very obvious issue. It was a half of very few chances with both sides battling hard.
It was the home side who really threatened first on 28 minutes when City captain Vincent Kompany made a mistake out near the touchline losing the ball to Loic Remy. The French striker uses his pace to get away down the flank and pulls it to Eden Hazard, who leaves it for the oncoming Oscar on the edge of the box, who hits a soft effort straight at Joe Hart.
City then came straight back at Chelsea on 31 minutes when Sergio Aguero found himself through on the Chelsea goal. Thibaut Courtois came out to narrow down the angle and Aguero pulled his shot wide of the far post.
The deadlock was broken on 40 minutes when some excellent work on the right hand side from Willian saw him win the ball, lay it off for Ramires, who in turn squares it to Ivanovic, who then hits a delightful lob over to the far side for Hazard to volley across the face of the City goal and give Remy an easy tap in side footed to an open goal.
The lead didn’t last long and Chelsea can be guilty of losing concentration, as Nemanja Matic gave the ball away in his own half, allowing Jesus Navas to easily get past Cesar Azpilicueta and find a cross, which was poorly punched by Courtois straight in to the path of the arriving Aguero. His shot was going wide until David Silva stuck out a leg to poke it home. The teams went in 1-1 at half time, perhaps summing up an even first half correctly.
The second half was a slightly different story as Chelsea struggled with fatigue and were happy to defend and did not offer much of an outlet going forward. The pace dropped as did the urgency to counter attack and Eden Hazard was an invisible man. This did not stop them battling however, and they continued to fight for every ball and defend hard.
City were by far the more threatening and continued to dominate and pressure Chelsea, albeit without having any real clear cut chances. Frank Lampard came on late, receiving a fairly warm welcome from the majority of the Chelsea fans, as did Didier Drogba for the home side. Gary Cahill was then introduced by Mourinho to tighten things up and see out the draw.
Willian was the most threatening and creative player for Chelsea and had a really good game, as did Kurt Zouma and Ramires who were also close to being the star man.
By far Chelsea will be much happier with the result and City will be left frustrated that they did not come away with a win. The gap remains five points between the two and Chelsea march on.
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