Manchester City hammered Chelsea as they ran out 3-0 winners at the Etihad Sunday afternoon and opened up a 5 point gap over the champions in what is sure to be a blow to Jose Mourinho’s hopes of retaining the Premier League title.
This was a game full of goals and controversy as champions Chelsea lost 3-0 to last season’s runner-ups and gave them a 5 point gap between them.
It was another flat and lackluster performance from Chelsea. They looked poor at the back and they struggled to create anything up front. They are carrying their poor performances from pre-season into the league.
The one chance Chelsea did create, which would have levelled the game at 1-1 was wrongfully ruled offside. The ball was chipped over the Manchester City defence for Ramires who then put the ball past Joe Hart into the back of the net. It was a poor call from the officials and one that potentially influenced the result of the match.
The other major incident of controversy came towards the end of the first half when Fernandinho elbowed Diego Costa in the back of the head. Referee Martin Atkinson awarded the Brazilian a yellow card when replay’s show that it looked to be deliberate and that a red card should have been awarded instead.
Costa was also unlucky in that there were a number of little fouls not awarded against him. Again. The FA, Premier League, and referee’s seem to have it out for him. Even on Sky Sports they said that had Costa been the one doing the elbowing he would most likely have seen red. Basically admitting the bias. Well done lads.
However Manchester City fully deserved their win. They were better in every area of the pitch, except in goal but that was only because Hart had very little to do. With the exception of the wrongful offside goal the closest Chelsea came to scoring was when they hit the post in the 90th minute.
It was Sergio Aguero that opened the scoring at what must have surely been his 10th time of trying. David Silva found the striker just inside the box who showed a great touch to control the ball before steering a low shot past Asmir Begovic into the far corner of the goal. It had been coming for some time.
The second goal came late in the second half, Vincent Kompany getting onto the end of Silva corner while the third and final goal was scored a few minutes from the end by the man who should have been sent off at the end of the first half, Fernandinho. Typical really isn’t it?
There are big problems going on at Chelsea that Jose Mourinho needs to fix and sharp. The whole team look’s lackluster. There is no pace anywhere in the side. The defence is slow. They don’t attack with any speed or urgency which allows the opposition to regroup and defend in number. They are lacking a number 10 who can operate just behind the front and open the opposition up with their passing and creativity. Cesc Fabregas likes to operate too deep to be able to do it and both Oscar and Willian don’t have the vision to do so.
It seems impossible to think that this is the same side that walked the league so comfortably last season. Chelsea need to get busy in the transfer market before the window closes at the end of the month and sign a couple of players to inject some fresh energy into the side and compete for places. And right now every place is up for grabs. Even Eden Hazard’s who has been quiet in both of Chelsea’s games so far this season.
As for Manchester City this result will give them great confidence going forward. There are still a couple of questions about them at the back and Fernandinho looks like he could be a vulnerability in terms of fouls and cards but they look more than capable of going all the way and lifting the title. They have goals.
It’s worrying times for the champions.
Once again it was a great game ruined by the officials. Sadly it seems like we are saying that every game at the moment.