July 17, 2019

Manchester City 1-0 winners over Chelsea

Tevez celebrates his goal with friends. A refreshing change from the 'all about me' Didier Drogba

Chelsea’s five match winning start in the Premier League has come to an end at the hands of Manchester City and Carlos Tevez at Eastlands.

In a battle of the Italian managers, Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti brought his unbeaten side north to continue the monsoon of goals, but Roberto Mancini and his team stood firm in a close match that could have gone either way.

For the first time this season luck was not on Chelsea’s side. With so much penalty area activity at both ends it is a small miracle that there was only one goal.

Earlier in the week Mancini turned heads by predicting that Chelsea would cruise to the title again this season. But if Manchester United can win away at Bolton tomorrow then Chelsea’s lead will be a solitary point. Not a lot to show for 20 goals in only five matches before today.

Manchester City defended with aggression, but only conceded two yellow cards in the match. Branislav Ivanovic hit the post for Chelsea in the first half but that was as close as they got.

It was left to the mecurial Carlos Tevez to break the deadlock after 59 minutes. He ran half the length of the pitch and powered in off the post past Blues goalkeeper Petr Cech. For Tevez it was his sixth goal in his last five matches against Chelsea.

Chelsea were without Frank Lampard, but it must be a worry for Blue’s fans that Drogba was subbed with 15 minutes left because he wasn’t offering much.