Come lunchtime and everything changed. The charm offensive by the Chelsea captain was a failure and Mancini’s mob put four past a team that had until that point only conceeded eight in total.
Chelsea’s woes were endemic of the off field fiascos which is to say largely self inflicted. Sir Alex must be rubbing his hands at the thought of Chelsea being Cechless for the foreseable.
Hilario was as cat like. Like a cat that had just eaten an entire week’s food in one sitting. Terry ought to have done better closing down Tevez, but the reality was the Chelsea keeper was beaten by a pretty soft toe poke.
City weren’t actually as sensational as the scoreline might suggest. When reduced to nine men, it was Chelsea that took advantage. City could barely string more than two passes together.
City were packing some rotters in fact. Micah Richards is a blunt instrument. Gareth Barry may have won a penalty but he did bugger all else of note. ‘England’s’ Gareth Barry. What a treat that prospect doesn’t look. Bellamy was hugely motivated, as was the surely jet lagged Tevez.
There is only a few quid between the player spend of these two sides now. The scoreline suggests that City’s stock is rising. I say that the truth is that Chelsea’s is actually falling.
The sooner Chelsea focus on football again and not tarts selling their stories to the press – the better.
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