Player ratings: Chelsea v Manchester City

Given – Back to his best. Saves from Anelka were the highlight, but equally important was his ability to hold on to shots and keep the defence focussed. 8

Richards – Possibly feeling the effects of 120 minutes against Stoke, Micah made a few clumsy tackles and struggled to get to grips with Anelka. Grew stronger as the game wore on. 6

Kompany – A single mistake in failing to track Lampard for the first goal. Otherwise excellent, keeping out Drogba and co for lengthy periods. 8

Lescott – Another who stood strong with a backs to the wall performance. All the attention was on other England defenders, but Joleon was the best on show. 8

Bridge – No surprise that once the game was under way, Wayne simply got on with the job. A much better showing than against Stoke with his improved positional sense under Mancini contributing to a solid back line. 7

De Jong – Never as dominant as against Liverpool, but still did a terrific job in keeping Joe Cole and Lampard out. 8

Zabaleta – Thrown in as another midfielder destroyer, Pablo did well to survive a clash of heads with Drogba and gave Richards some valuable support. 8

Barry – Used his experience well. Good to see him getting into the opposition penalty area to win the penalty when we were already in the lead. 7

Johnson – Struggled with the pitch and a posse of Chelsea defenders whenever he had the ball in the first half. 6

Bellamy – A first half of defensive duty gave way to the dynamic counter-attacking we saw earlier in the season. Terrific to see him last the 90 minutes. 8

Tevez – Given the quality of the opposition and the fact he only landed in London on Friday, this was a stunning display. We have a talisman. 10


Wright-Phillips – An excellently timed run and cross for the fourth was just what we wanted from Shaun. 8

Santa Cruz – Surprisingly brought on in place of Bridge. Helped occupy Chelsea defenders without doing anything spectacular. 5

Sylvinho – Fleeting appearance to see us through to full-time.

Man of the match: Carlos Tevez.

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Verdict: Chelsea 2 Manchester City 4


  1. pretty fair scores. thought barry deserved more tho.
    got stuck in and had a hand in 2 of the goals. passing was much better and did his fair share of defensive duties. best game he has had in a while and given the opposition, a leaders performance.

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