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Villa Park

Sun 12 Aug 2012 13:30 (Attendance: 36,394)


As the Gershwins put it, long ago, the song of Munich is ended but the melody lingers on. With that in mind, we now embark on supporting a Chelsea that, first among its London peers, have been crowned the kings of Europe.

Draw strength that, when disappointment or heartbreak visit in the future, they can't take that away from us. Pre-Munich, and in other circumstances, a poor set of pre-season results might have caused more consternation.

At 1.30 on Sunday at Villa Park we contest the first of seven trophies over the 2012/13 campaign. Three we would have entered anyway; the rest - the Champions League, Uefa Super Cup, Fifa Club World Cup, and this weekend's showpiece - we qualified for purely by winning the Champions League or FA Cup.

 Chelsea lift Champions League

Three of the last five Community Shields have been won on penalties.

The last time Chelsea earned a place in this showpiece as a result of winning the cup, not the league, was in 2009, when champions Manchester United were beaten 4-1 in a penalty shoot-out after a 2-2 draw. The Blues went on to win the double under Carlo Ancelotti that season.

The result of Chelsea's four other recent appearances in this showcase match have proved similarly portentous in the ensuing league contest.


Defeat by United in 2007 and 2010, and Liverpool in 2006, was followed by Sir Alex Ferguson's men winning the title. When Chelsea beat Arsenal in 2005, however, José Mourinho went on to steer the Blues to back-to-back success in the Premier League.

Of course, that could well be coincidence rather than the suggestion of any impact the Shield result has over the rest of the football calendar.

Can the outcome of the Community Shield influence the course of Chelsea's season? Let us know at #CFCPMB

In most years the FA Cup alone would have been a beautiful climax to the season, even though we have won it in four of the last six seasons. Last May, as in 2010, the Double season, our FA Cup final victory over Liverpool (not to mention beating Spurs 5-1 to get there) has been almost upstaged by the massive achievement of becoming Europe's finest.

Whatever the benefits yielded from cup wins, there is no doubt the club will be looking for a vast improvement on last season's sixth place finish.

Some exciting new faces have arrived as great servants moved on. Skilful Belgian Eden Hazard arrives from Lille with ringing endorsement of former Blue Joe Cole, and the title 'Europe's hottest property'. His preseason performances have already whetted the appetite.

Winger Marko Marin has shown flashes of the trickery that made him one of Germany's highest-rated youngsters.

We also have a new number 11 to hail following Didier Drogba's heroic adieu. The new man in the shirt, Oscar, has started auspiciously this week, becoming Chelsea's first Olympic finalist since Vivian John 'Jack' Woodward in 1912. (Great Britain skipper Woodward defeated his future Pensioners teammate Nils Middelboe's Denmark side 4-2 in the Stockholm final.)

Should the versatile young Brazilian prove even half the inspiration the acclaimed centre-forward was at Stamford Bridge, fans are in for a treat.

The last 10 FA Community Shields

Winners Runners-up
2002 Arsenal Liverpool
2003 Man Utd Arsenal
2004 Arsenal Man Utd
2005 Chelsea Arsenal
2006 Liverpool Chelsea
2007 Man Utd Chelsea
2008 Man Utd Portsmouth
2009 Chelsea Man Utd
2010 Man Utd Chelsea
2011 Man Utd Man City


If the scores are level after 90 minutes, the winner will be decided on penalties. No extra time will be played.

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Confused as to whether it is the last match of pre-season or the first of the campaign proper, the Community Shield is always awkward to preview, and the more so after a summer of European Championships and Olympics duty.


John Terry was absent for the Blues' 1-2 defeat at the Etihad in March. It is difficult to imagine City benefiting from the sloppiness evident towards the end of that match with the fired-up skipper present. Chelsea never looked like holding on to the late lead earned by Gary Cahill, and Roberto Di Matteo will want to see evidence that the sloppiness at the back - three successive preseason defeats - has been consigned to the past.

How do you replace the irreplaceable Didier Drogba? The obvious answer is you can't, and the Blues will look to other methods to produce the rabbits from hats as the Ivorian once did. City were without Joleon Lescott and Vincent Kompany the last time we met but rarely conceded good chances to Chelsea - for whom Drogba started on the bench. Fernando Torres will hope his teammates find the right pass for him to start as the Blues' no.1 striker in fine fashion.

In midfield, both sides have the ability to stifle and create equally, and who manages both the better will almost certainly decide the outcome of the game. Mikel had an off day in March but was not alone in affording Samir Nasri, Carlos Tezez and, down the Chelsea left, Pablo Zabaleta, far too much time and space.

Tricky, elusive Eden Hazard and the pace and directness of Marko Marin could test the defensive organisation of the powerful duo of Nigel De Jong and Yaya Toure. The new Chelsea men will look to find space to exploit behind City's sometimes dozing full-backs.


Ryan Bertrand, Juan Mata, Oriol Romeu and Daniel Sturridge returned to training on Tuesday; Brazilian signing Oscar is now the only squad member still on Olympics duty ­­- his final match is at 3pm on Saturday against Mexico.

Kevin De Bruyne has already moved out on loan but it seems Di Matteo has the rest of the squad fit and at his disposal.

The Premier League champions have not yet added to their roster and have let go of some peripheral players, such as Wayne Bridge and Owen Hargreaves. Mancini has suggested his squad is not yet ready for the new season and will probably rotate his squad to further that goal.

Kompany has been suffering from a lower leg problem, and Gareth Barry and Micah Richards will be assessed for hernia and head injuries respectively.


Chelsea won the Champions League: 85

City won the Premier League: 91

Arsenal won a trophy: 2,640

Liverpool won the league: 8,135

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Back for the new season, our regular pre-match briefing is split in two. Here is the first part as we prepare for another shot at silverware...

This match was formerly known as the Charity Shield and was first played in 1908 at Stamford Bridge between Football League champions Manchester United and their Southern League counterparts Quen's Park Rangers. United won 4-0 after a replay, also at Stamford Bridge; no Shield match has been replayed since then.

Fulham Road remained its home until 1911, and the Shield would return sporadically in the Twenties, 1930, the Fifties and 1970. Stamford Bridge has staged the benefit match eleven times, more than anywhere except Wembley.

Manchester City's old ground, Maine Road, was used five times, including the last away from north-west London in 1973.

On the majority of occasions it has featured the reigning English Champions and the FA Cup holders, and since 2002 it has been known as the FA Community Shield.

The Shield was played at Wembley Stadium for the first time in 1974, 67,000 witnessing Liverpool beat Leeds 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 draw. Warring Billy Bremner and Kevin Keegan were both sent off.

It must have been on the minds of successive Chelsea boards that the ambitious Pensioners might actually contest the game on home soil occasionally; that did not happen until 1955, then 1970.

Charity Shield 1970

Skipper Roy Bentley led champions Chelsea to a 3-0 win over Newcastle on Wednesday 12 September 1955, scoring once. Ian Hutchinson netted the FA Cup-holders' consolation in a 1-2 defeat by Everton on Saturday 8 August 1970.

Chelsea and Manchester City have never met before in the Community Shield. The Londoners hold the upper hand in meetings in all competitions to date, however, with 61 to City's 46.

Our last 10 meetings

Dec 5 2009 Man City 2 - 1 Chelsea Premier League
Feb 27 2010 Chelsea 2 - 4 Man City Premier League
Sep 25 2010 Man City 1 - 0 Chelsea Premier League
Mar 20 2011 Chelsea 2 - 0 Man City Premier League
Dec 12 2011 Chelsea 2 - 1 Man City Premier League
Mar 21 2012 Man City 2 - 1 Chelsea Premier League

Chelsea v Manchester City in all competitions:

Games played 143

Chelsea wins 61

City wins 46

Draws 36

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This is Chelsea's tenth appearance in the FA Charity or Community Shield.

Chelsea's previous Charity/Community Shields

1955 Newcastle W 3-0

1970 Everton L 1-2

1997 Man Utd D 1-1 lost 2-4 on pens

2000 Man Utd W 2-0

2005 Arenal W 2-1

2006 Liverpool L 1-2

2007 Man Utd D 1-1 lost 0-3 on pens

2009 Man Utd D 2-2 won 4-1 on pens

2010 Man Utd L 1-3

The Blues have won nine and lost 10 of our competitive penalty shoot-outs and won both last season.


Jul 18 Seattle Sounders (a)W 4-2 Lukaku 2, Hazard, Marin

Jul 22 Paris St Germain (USA) D 1-1 Piazon

Jul 25 MLS All-Stars (USA) L 2-3 Terry, Lampard

Jul 28 AC Milan (USA) L 0-1

Aug 4 Brighton (a) L 1-3 Lampard

Pre-season minutes on pitch

Ivanovic 376, E Hazard 345, Ramires 325, Lampard 323, Cahill 312, Mikel 281, Lukaku 275, Essien 265, D Luiz 264, Cole 220, Cech 220, Ferreira 208, Marin 202, Terry 197, Hutchinson 124, Meireles 124, Torres 113, De Bruyne 110, Turnbull 108, Chalobah 95, Malouda 95, Benayoun 92, Hilário 92, Piazon 91, McEachran 76, Kakuta 73, Blackman 45, Kane 27, Saville 27. Plus minutes with Olympic squads: Oscar 438, Bertrand 349, Sturridge 345, Mata 330, Romeu 192.


John Terry needs one goal to reach 50 in all competitions for the Blues.


This is City's ninth Shield appearance.

City's previous Charity/Community Shields

1934 Arsenal L 0-4

1937 Sunderland W 2-0

1956 Man Utd L 0-1

1968 West Brom W 6-1

1969 Leeds Utd L 1-2

1972 Aston Villa W 1-0

1973 Burnley L 0-1

2011 Man Utd L 2-3

The Citizens have won five of their eight penalty shoot-outs. Their most recent one was against Aalborg in the Uefa Cup in 2008/09 when they won 4-3.


Jul 13 Al Hilal (Austria) L 0-1

Jul 17 Dynamo Dresden (Austria) D 0-0

Jul 20 Beşiktas (Austria) W 2-0Aguero, Kompany

Jul 27 Arsenal (China) W 2-0 Zabaleta, Y Touré

Jul 30 Malaysia XI (a) W 3-1 Aguero, Tevez, A Johnson

Jul 31 Oldham (a) L 1-2 Santa Cruz

Aug 4 Wolfsburg (a) W 2-0 Aguero, Y Touré

Aug 5 Limerick (a) W 4-0 Dzeko 2, Boyata, Scapuzzi


Man City

Ins None

Outs Vladimir Weiss (Pescara, £1.32m), Wayne Bridge (Brighton, loan), Stuart Taylor (released), Owen Hargreaves (released).


Ins Eden Hazard (Lille, undisclosed), Marko Marin (Werder Bremen, undisclosed), Thorgan Hazard (Lens, undisclosed), Oscar (Internacional, undisclosed)

Outs Didier Drogba (out of contract, now Shanghai Shenhua), Salomon Kalou (out of contract, now Lille), José Bosingwa (out of contract), Marko Mitrovic (released), Rhys Taylor (released), Jeffrey Bruma (Hamburg, loan), Thibaut Courtois (Atlético Madrid, loan), Ulises Davila (Sabadell, loan), Kevin De Bruyne (Werder Bremen, loan), Matej Delac (Vitória Guimaräes, loan), Rohan Ince (Yeovil, loan), Tomas Kalas (Vitesse Arnham, loan), Milan Lalkovic (Vitória Guimaräes, loan), Patrick van Aanholt (Vitesse Arnham, loan), Ben Gordon (Birmingham City, loan), Romelu Lukaku (West Bromwich Albion, loan).


The referee is Kevin Friend. His last Blues game was our 1-4 defeat at Anfield against Liverpool in May.


There are no suspensions on either side.

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Chelsea v Manchester City



  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
  • 4
    David Luiz
  • 26
    John Terry
  • 3
    Ashley Cole
  • 8
    Frank Lampard
  • 12
    John Mikel
  • 7
    Nascimento Ramires
  • 17
    Eden Hazard Substitution
  • 10
    Juan Mata Substitution
  • 9
    Fernando Torres


  • 16
    Raul Meireles
  • 5
    Michael Essien
  • 40
    Lucas Piazon
  • 23
    Daniel Sturridge Substitution
  • 22
    Ross Turnbull
  • 24
    Gary Cahill
  • 34
    Ryan Bertrand Substitution
Shots on Target
Shots off Target
Most fouls
Yellow Cards
Red Cards

Manchester City

  • 30
    Costel Pantilimon
  • 15
    Substitution Stefan Savic
  • 4
    Vincent Kompany
  • 13
    Aleksandar Kolarov
  • 5
    Pablo Zabaleta
  • 7
    James Milner
  • 42
    Yaya Toure
  • 34
    Nigel De Jong
  • 8
    Substitution Samir Nasri
  • 32
    Substitution Carlos Tevez
  • 16
    Sergio Aguero


  • 63
    Eirik Holmen Johansen
  • 21
    Substitution David Silva
  • 22
    Substitution Gael Clichy
  • 11
    Adam Johnson
  • 28
    Kolo Toure
  • 62
    Abdul Razak
  • 10
    Substitution Edin Dzeko


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Ten-man Chelsea surrendered a first-half lead at Villa Park, ensuring defeat in our first competitive outing of the season.

Fernando Torres put us in front five minutes before half-time only for Branislav Ivanovic to be almost instantly dismissed for a late tackle, meaning an uphill battle in the second half.

Our lead lasted only seven minutes beyond the break, when Yaya Toure crashed home from the edge of the area, and City were quickly in front through Carlos Tevez before Smir Nasri extended the lead.

Chelsea continued to battle but with a man down only rarely threatened. Sub Daniel Sturridge's shot was spilled to Ryan Bertrand for the Olympian to grab his first Chelsea goal, but it proved no more than a consolation on a frustrating afternoon in the West Midlands.


With almost a full squad to choose from, only Marko Marin through injury and Oscar through international duty were unavailable for this one, Roberto Di Matteo was able to select a strong starting 11.

David Luiz received the nod ahead of Gary Cahill to partner John Terry, while John Mikel Obi was selected alongside Frank Lampard as one of two deeper midfielders in the 4-2-3-1 shape. Juan Mata was back for his first Chelsea outing since the Champions League final, and Eden Hazard made his competitive debut.

Youngster Lucas Piazon was among the subs, as was the returning Sturridge.

For City, goalkeeper Joe Hart was injured and so Costello Pantilimon stood in. Mario Balotelli was absent with conjunctivitis.

Chelsea v Manchester City


So much for this game supposedly being the last of pre-season. The contest started at a terrific tempo, with Petr Cech the first of the goalkeepers called into action when he pushed a bending Carlos Tevez free-kick away from goal after three minutes.

After 15 minutes City worked their way through again, Cech denying the forward at close range after some slick passing. The FA Cup winners were not yet firing, while the league champions had quickly found their rhythm.

Captain Vincent Kompany glanced a James Milner corner straight at Cech, while at the other end Hazard's clumsy trip while in possession typified Chelsea's disjointedness.

A Nigel De Jong tackle on Mata instigated another rapid City attack, catching Terry out of position and allowing Milner to find Sergio Aguero, but fortunately his header was wide. Chelsea finally worked the Romanian stand-in goalkeeper after 25 minutes, when Ramires picked out Lampard whose trademark arrival into the area saw him side-foot into the goalkeeper's arms.

A new season always brings hope with it that Mikel might find goal scoring form, but alas the midfielder's shooting boots remain missing, his long-range effort flying well over the bar. Thankfully Hazard appears more hungry for goals, and his low drive brought an unconvincing save from Pantilimon before the half-hour.

By now played had slowed, but it seemed to be benefiting Chelsea who were beginning to gain a foothold in the game.

So much so, in fact, that we took the lead five minutes before half-time. Ashley Cole had galloped forward and crossed, and when the ball fell loose to Ramires he was able to beat his man and flick the ball to Torres, who took a tough and lifted the ball over the keeper and in from eight yards.

Chelsea v Manchester City

Moments later though we were reduced to 10 men, Ivanovic sent off by referee Kevin Friend for appearing to go in two-footed on his compatriot Aleksandar Kolarov. The referee may wish to take a look at the replay, which suggested there was definite contact, and late, but not as malicious a tackle as he perceived.


So Chelsea emerged for the second period a goal up but a man down, with Ramires reverting to right-back. City replaced Stefan Savic with Gael Clichy.

It took only seven minutes for an equaliser to arrive, and Chelsea will be disappointed with how it came. Milner received too much space in which to cross from the right, Terry failed to clear convincingly, only reaching Toure on the edge of the box, and the Ivorian smashed it low and hard inside Cech's near post.

Chelsea v Manchester City

Nasri almost created a second City goal three minutes later when he crossed from the left, but Cole was alert enough to clear inside his own six-yard box, but City would not need to wait long to go in front.

Nasri found the Argentine on the edge of the area, and after faking to shoot once, taking Terry out of the game, he then bent a stunning drive into Cech's top-left corner, which the goalkeeper could only stand and watch.

The game had completely turned on its head in the space of six minutes, and City had assumed control.

Nasri poked home the third on 64 minutes after Kolarov had cut back from the bye-line, both in space and with Cech helpless, the extra man proving vital to the Citizens' comeback.

City continued to have the better of the play, and Lampard was fortunate not to see a second yellow after a late tackle on Milner, before sub Bertrand put us back in contention.

Daniel Sturridge, Di Matteo's other change, had stung Pantilimon's palms with a low shot, and Pantilimon couldn't hold it, allowing Bertrand to steal in and smash home. Twelve minutes remained.

It was always going to be tough though, and in fact it was City who threatened more in that time. On the stroke of 90 minutes Aguero lazily shot wide with the goal gaping, and then Terry made a last-ditch tackle on sub Edin Dzeko to give us some hope, but there would be no breakthrough.

And so the first of seven titles for the European Champions is gone, but six more remain. Of importance to Di Matteo will be to get his men ready for Wigan next weekend.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, David Luiz, Terry (c), Cole; Mikel, Lampard; Ramires, Mata (Sturridge 74), E Hazard (Bertrand 71); Torres. Unused subs: Turnbull, Cahill, Essien, Meireles, Piazon.
Booked: Ramires 31, Mikel 42, Lampard 45+1, Cole 62, Bertrand 79
Sent off: Ivanovic 41
Goals: Torres 39, Bertrand 79

Manchester City (3-4-1-2): Pantilimon; Savic (Clichy h/t), Kompany (c), Zabaleta; Milner, Y Toure, De Jong, Kolarov; Nasri (Silva 77); Tevez (Dzeko 88), Aguero. Unused subs: Johansen, K Toure, Razak, A Johnson.
Booked: Savic 11, Kompany 48, Pantilimon 79
Goals: Y Toure 52, Tevez 58, Nasri 64

Referee: Kevin Friend
Attendance: 36,394

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Matchday Programme

PSG - 8/4/14 - MOURINHO

We begin this second leg knowing exactly what we need to do to progress...

PSG - 8/4/14 - JT

These are the big games, the big nights we all dreamed of as kids growing up, and we need big performances all round tonight if we are to go through...


We have another big derby game today...

ARSENAL - 22/3/14 - JT

What a great night Tuesday was...


Before we talk about Galatasaray and Didier's return, I want to say how gutted we were to lose three points at Villa on Saturday evening...


Tonight, we return to the Champions League and we, like Manchester United, find ourselves in a difficult position, where we are left to defend English football in Europe...


At the moment, we are top of the league with three points more than Manchester City - or the same points if they win their game in hand...

EVERTON - 22/2/14 - JT

We go into this game top of the league and, with our match being the early kick-off this weekend, a win here against Everton is vital...


Are you happy with our players' performance at Manchester City? If so, show them today!


Monday night was a brilliant performance and a great result for us...


Tonight we go into a difficult game against West Ham understanding the importance of ensuring we take three points from this London derby...

WEST HAM UNITED- 29/01/14 - JT

After a good win over Stoke in the FA Cup, we come back to the league today with a London derby and we are determined to keep our winning streak going now...


Today, we play against the champions. We don't play against a team that is 11 points away from the leaders, we play versus Manchester United...

MAN UNITED - 19/01/14 - JT

We are back at Stamford Bridge today after three away games on the spin, from which we've picked up three important wins...