Tevez back to dent Chelsea’s top four hopes
Man City came from behind to beat Chelsea 2-1, with striker Carlos Tevez returning after 6 months in obscurity to set up the winner. Read a match report here
Writer: Lewis Taylor
Midweek football and an absolute screamer of a match between Manchester City and Chelsea. The match was perfectly set with both sides eager to claim all three points. Manchester City would be within touching distance of leaders United and Chelsea one step closer to there champions league place.
The game started with City on top, Nasri with a great strike looping over the head of Cech, all Cech could do was watch, the ball crashed onto the under side of the bar and Chelsea cleared. Luck seemed to be with Chelsea. They tried to counter for themselves with Mata finding space in a dangerous area before failing to trouble Harts goal.
Chelsea looked nervous and made numerous errors. Lampard was one of the culprits, when he picked up the ball and squared it straight to Ballotelli. It was hands on the head stuff from usuall reliable Frank Lampard. Ballotelli sprinted towards goal, however failed to trouble Cech and missed the target completely. Man City grew frustrated, Chelsea looked like they where riding there luck.
Chelsea Sub. Ivanovic off Bosingwa on
Torres started the game after scoring twice against Leicester City in the FA Cup. However form again seemed to hit a stumbling point as he failed to make an impact on the game, but his work rate was fantastic. The two teams played out the first half with a fairly evenly matched 0-0 scoreline.
The second half begun with a City change Balotelli off Barry on. The eagerly anticipated arrival of Carlos Tevez had to wait. Both teams tried to counter attack. City with some good passing in possession. YaYa Toure providing the engine of the team driving forward like a Tank at full speed.
An hour gone and Chelsea have a corner. A great delivery is cleared at first by a City head, David Luiz and Barry attack the ball in which it eventually comes of Barry’s chest and into the path of Gary Cahill. Cahill puts his foot through it but the ball deflects off Toure and past the hapless Hart.
A massive roar from the away supporters and a surprising out of the blue goal for Chelsea. Could Di Matteo make it 5 wins on the trot?
City had to change something and the long awaiting arrival of striker Carlos Tevez entered the mix after some time in the sun. A mixture of boos and cheers from both sets of supporters. Tevez looked up for it trying to make an impact on the game.
Chelsea sub Essien on Mereiles off. Man city sub Dzeko on Silva off
City had some luck of there own when a rocket of a strike crashed on to the hands of Michael Essien. The ref pointing straight to the spot. Aguro stepped up and cooly slotted the ball past Cech. Chelsea 1 Manchester City 1.
There was movement on the bench as Drogba was prepared to come on for a very frustrated Torres. Torres seamed to be less then pleased with the decision.
Late into the game with five minutes to spare City took the lead, Nasri with the goal and as if the script had all ready been written, the provider was Carlos Tevez. A neat one-two pass with Nasri, the Frenchman then dinks a delightful ball over the body of Cech. An eruption from the home fans as Nasri celebrated wildly.
Chelsea looked to have been beaten and despite a few balls into the box, the Blues failed to create any clear cut chances. The game finished 2-1 to City.
A frustrating game for Chelsea. Although with positives to pick up on. The game at the weekend if it wasn’t already is proving to be the makings of an incredible match between Chelsea and Spurs and will go some way to deciding who makes the top-four.
Man City Team
Hart, Zabaleta, Richards, K. Toure, Clichy, Y. Toure, de Jong, Silva, Nasri, Balotelli, Aguero
SUBS: Pantilimon, Savic, Kolarov, Milner, Barry, Dzeko, Tevez
Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Cole, Lampard, Mikel, Ramires, Mata, Meireles, Torres.
SUBS: Turnbull, Bosingwa, Essien, Malouda, Kalou, Sturridge, Drogba
Thankyou for reading
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