Chelsea and Manchester City saw out a cagey 1-1 draw as the lead at the top of the table remains five.
Remy put Chelsea ahead quite superbly but Silva made the lead last only four minutes, as the match was broadcast to 650 million households across the world by a record 26 TV crew stationed inside Stamford Bridge. They were to witness a typically difficult match against two excellent sides, who could not be separated.
It was a proverbial six-pointer game. Chelsea win and an eight point lead is surely unassailable. Manchester City win and the race is still on. Both sides had big names missing — the visitors through Toure being in Africa, with the hosts suffering injuries to Fabregas and Costa.
As expected, the game got off to the most cagey of start. 40 minutes of to-ing and fro-ing saw a chance a piece: Oscar’s left-foot shot was wrapped too sweetly and Hart caught, whilst at the other end, Terry misjudged the ball’s flight and Aguero was through on goal against Courtois. The Belgian stood tall and Aguero side-footed wide a huge opportunity.
As it looked like the game would go in level-pegging at half-time, it did go in level-pegging — but not as you would expect. Chelsea drew first blood with an exquisite goal. Willian barged passed Clichy and Ivanovic’s lob found Hazard. The Belgian one-touch square ball across the penalty area found Remy to run on to. It was a quite brilliant goal.
As Mourinho was about to turn to the tunnel, so Manchester City responded. Navas was played onside by a lagging Ivanovic, and Azpilicueta was naive in his decision-making. Courtois jumped at the ball, flapped and Aguero put his foot through the ball. It was going wide, but Silva’s diversion was crucial.
What would the second half bring? More of the same cagey affair. Manchester City had the better of it and chased as Jovetic and Lampard made appearances, with Chelsea pegged back inside their own half. Cahill and Loftus-Cheek were brought on to close out the match and the gap remains five.
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Man of the Match
KURT ZOUMA: Did not put a foot wrong. It takes some doing to displace Cahill from a starting spot because the defence had done so well in the first half of the season, so for a youngster like Zouma to slot in seamlessly is a great testament to his ability, and immensely promising for his future. Time and again he made the crucial tackles today and had it timed to perfection. Great composure. 8/10
No Chelsea representative will be speaking due to Mourinho’s protest at the recent ban and fine of Costa and himself respectively.
Pellegrini did speak, though, and was spiteful: “There was just one team from the beginning who wanted to win. We took the risks and tried to win. I don’t want to talk about what Chelsea tried to do. [They] defended very well.”
Post written by Martin Li. Martin has had four years’ blogging experience, writing for the likes of Bleacher Report and SWOL. He runs his own Chelsea blog — The Chelsea Chronicle — which has match reaction and analysis from every Chelsea match. You can follow him on Twitter.
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