Verdict: Chelsea 2 Manchester City 1

13th December 2011

City succumbed to their first league defeat despite taking the lead courtesy of Mario Balotelli after two minutes. Decisions went against us but it would be wrong to lay all the blame on the referee.

There was a similarity to the Real Madrid v Barcelona match at the weekend. City pressed high up the pitch, scoring early and unsettling the opposition. However such pressing is hard to sustain and eventually the other team came into the game and finished the stronger.

Player ratings: Chelsea v Manchester City

13th December 2011

Hart – No chance with the goals and worth noting that Joe had few saves to make. 6

Zabaleta – Stepped into the breach excellently. With the focus on defending, this was the kind of game to suit Pablo’s strengths. 7