Verdict: Chelsea 2 Manchester City 1

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.

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Preview: Chelsea v Manchester City

City’s unbeaten league record is set for arguably it’s toughest remaining test at Stamford Bridge. André Villas-Boas is desperate for the win, claiming it could be make or break for Chelsea’s title challenge.

City need the win to re-establish our five point lead over United. It should be a fascinating game between two fully committed sides.

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Verdict: Chelsea 2 Manchester City 0

City’s impressive run of victories against Chelsea came to an end when David Luiz headed home a Didier Drogba free-kick and Ramires added a late second with Roberto Mancini’s side chasing an equaliser. After playing for an hour with ten men on Thursday, it was no surprise to see us fade after a decent opening period.

When City beat Chelsea earlier in the season, we were the first team to match them physically throughout the game. After a run of 11 games in the last 36 days that wasn’t the case here. Aside from Nigel de Jong, City’s midfield didn’t have the legs to compete with Chelsea over 90 minutes.

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