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Barclays Premier League

Stamford Bridge

Sun 27 Oct 2013 16:00 (Attendance: 41,495)

PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V MANCHESTER CITY

Stamford Bridge hosts the weekend's biggest fixture with both sides back from away games in Europe. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton set the scene for Sunday's game…


TALKING POINTS
The first and second favourites to lift the Barclays Premier League trophy next May meet this weekend in what could be the most important match of the season so far. Both teams have had their difficulties but are improving rapidly on the back of better results.

Stamford Bridge is a fortress again. Chelsea have won 11 and drawn two of our 13 most recent home Premier League games since QPR left Fulham Road with three points on 2 January. We have also scored 14 goals in four games and a minimum of two in nine successive top-flight games at the Bridge.

Manchester City would be 14th rather than fourth if only away games were taken into account but did taste success across town at West Ham last weekend. They have the Premier League's worst record this season for squandering points from a winning position - eight lost in total. Chelsea have won every league game in which we have led and gained four points from losing positions.

City's arrival around this time of year is an echo of the opening to Jose Mourinho's first season in charge, 2004/05. As in the last few months, the Blues began the campaign without extravagance, the most emphatic victory being a 2-0 at Selhurst Park.

After eight games Mourinho's unbeaten side travelled to Manchester in October 2004 in second place, two points behind Arsenal - just as things stand in 2013.

KEY STAT
Chelsea and Manchester City are the only clubs still to have a 100 per cent home league record this term.


Then comes the part we definitely hope to avoid: in torrential rain on a slick Eastlands pitch Paulo Ferreira tangled with Nicolas Anelka just outside the box and a penalty was awarded. The referee then was same as this Sunday: Howard Webb. Anelka scored from the spot and it was the only goal of the game.

Thus jolted, but with Arjen Robben finally ready to make his debut, Chelsea responded with a formidable run up to Christmas including six four-goal hauls that set the pace for the remainder of the season. A game of this stature is never quite as important as the aftermath and response.

Back in 2004 City were steered by that quintessential British football man Kevin Keegan. The Chilean coach Manuel Pellegrini is in his debut season. He is new to English football culture and conditions - the physical demands on players, lack of a winter break, spirit of smaller clubs.

So far he has managed some excellent results - notably the 3-1 win at Upton Park last weekend - and some surprisingly poor ones. His stellar side have yet fully to shake off the impression that they raise their game only when they fancy it. One thing is certain: any game against the Blues falls into that category.

Mourinho's managerial statistics since the start of the season are now 64 per cent wins, 22 per cent draws and 14 per cent losses, closing in on the 67 per cent, 22 per cent and 11 per cent he managed here between 2004 and 2007. Pellegrini's record at City is 49 per cent wins, 25 per cent draws, 26 per cent losses.

This will be the new City manager's sixth league joust across the technical area with the Portuguese. When they met in the Primera between 2011 and 2013 Real trumped Malaga in three of the five games, with one drawn.

Pellegrini and Mourinho

Most notable among those results were emphatic 7-0, 4-0 and 6-2 beatings. The latter, as recent as May 2013, included a penalty fluffed by Ronaldo and two red cards for Malaga. If Pellegrini needs to check the details he might confer with his central defender Martín Demichelis, who was on the receiving end in all three matches.

The encouraging 3-0 victory over Schalke on Tuesday put the Blues top of Group E and with a big advantage in the head-to-head results that come into play in the event of a points tie.

Chelsea's clean sheet was the first by Champions League visitors to Gelsenkirchen for 11 matches. At the other end, Fernando Torres has now scored a hugely impressive nine goals in his last nine UEFA matches. Surprisingly, Eden Hazard's was his first in Europe's elite competition.

For those wondering why Chelsea wore royal blue in Germany, the answer is that the hosts' third choice green strip is also their official one for the Champions League this season. When we last played there in 2007 their European kit was black and light blue, so Avram Grant's men wore yellow and black.

KEY TWEET
Are City Chelsea's biggest rivals to this season's Premier League title? #CFCPMB

 

Barclays Premier League top six
Top Pld Gd Pts
1 Arsenal 8 +9 19
2 Chelsea 8 +9 17
3 Liverpool 8 +6 17
4 Man City 8 +11 16
5 Tottenham 8 +3 16
6 Southampton 8 +5 15

 

Big six mini league

Top Pld Gd Pts
1 Man City 1 +3 3
2 Arsenal 1 +1 3
3 Liverpool 1 +1 3
4 Chelsea 2 0 2
5 Tottenham 2 -1 1
6 Man Utd 3 -4 1

 

Crisis club Crystal Palace have held Arsenal in their last two home league meetings. Two former Chelsea coaches, Brendan Rodgers and Steve Clarke, meet at Anfield. Stoke manager Mark Hughes has not steered a side to victory at Old Trafford since September 2005. Hull are unbeaten in two Premier League trips to White Hart Lane.


Barclays Premier League fixtures
Saturday
Crystal Palace v Arsenal 12.45pm - BT Sport
Aston Villa v Everton 3pm
Liverpool v West Brom 3pm
Manchester United v Stoke 3pm
Norwich v Cardiff 3pm
Southampton v Fulham 5.30pm - Sky Sports
Sunday
Sunderland v Newcastle 1.30pm - Sky Sports
Chelsea v Manchester City 4pm - Sky Sports
Swansea v West Ham 4pm
Tottenham v Hull 4pm


 

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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V MANCHESTER CITY - PART TWO

TACTICAL BRIEF
The second meanest defence in the Barclays Premier League, Chelsea's, faces top scorers Manchester City on Sunday. Both clubs are in their hottest form of the season so far.

The Pensioners' attack may find opportunities against a shaky City rearguard but the defence will face a far sterner test than against Schalke. The visitors' attacking resources are among the best and most creative in Europe.

There might be a case for the pace, drive and anticipation of David Luiz ahead of Gary Cahill, especially if the Brazilian has learned from his Cardiff error. He also knows how to score against Mancunians.

D Luiz Chelsea v Man City


In Germany midweek, Ryan Bertrand remained on the bench as Cesar Azpilicueta, a right-footer, was rewarded for his bright cameo against the Welsh with a start in place of injured Ashley Cole. With Cole now fit, the most senior of the full-backs is expected to return.

Mourinho has the luxury of in-form strikers. With Demba Ba likely perhaps to start at Arsenal on Tuesday, the choice is probably between Fernando Torres, in his finest form for Chelsea, and Samuel Eto'o, who opened his account last weekend. Ba has scored against City for three different sides but lost on each occasion.

Offensively City have also been very efficient, offering a threat from all over the pitch, with the Argentinean Pablo Zabaleta sometimes approaching his form of two season ago.

They have not been so expert protecting the lead this season with individual lapses proving costly. Joe Hart does not present the impenetrable barrier of two seasons back, shipping nine in his last five matches.

The defensive frailties of the last 15 months haunted them again on Wednesday and they were fortunate to leave Moscow with all three points. For a tall team they can be aerially suspect and have conceded a lot of set-piece goals - two alone against Cardiff - but they also score from them.

It was an impressive victory for Man City at West Ham last weekend, especially following an international break. But it was only their fourth in their last 12 away top-flight games. They have twice lost 3-2 on the road and this is the third of four consecutive away trips for the Mancunians.

They cannot really blame the absence of injured Vincent Kompany for their struggles. Although none of his rivals for the centre-back role displays quite the same level of passing, positioning and professionalism, City have actually fared marginally better in games without their usual skipper this season.

In 283 minutes with him on the pitch the Citizens have conceded five goals in four Premier League games; over the 436 minutes he has been sidelined with groin injuries they have conceded one fewer. Kompany is again ruled out.

The least convincing replacement has been Javier Garcia, who in their 2-3 defeat at Cardiff and again in Moscow, struggled with the switch from his regular midfield role. He was dropped for the Everton game, with the more often benched Joleon Lescott stepping in.

Another experienced centre-back, Martín Demichelis, 32, has been on the treatment table since reuniting with Pellegrini, his former boss at Malaga and River Plate. Some reports suggest he could be available for Sunday.

At Upton Park right-back Micah Richards made his first start in place of Zabaleta since the disastrous 1-3 home defeat by Bayern but Aleksandar Kolarov - who played further forward against the Hammers - could revert.

Striker Edin Dzeko is another who has not seen much action since the successive defeats to Aston Villa and the European champions, but he offers attacking variation with his height and power.

More recently Pellegrini's preferred forward set-up has been Sergio Aguero tucked in behind Alvaro Negredo. Aguero made it seven goals in four games on Wednesday and the pair again linked cleverly.

Whether City have the same tenacious defensive midfield screen as when Gareth Barry and Nigel de Jong were available is debatable. In Gelsenkirchen Chelsea displayed just the kind of efficient counter attacking that can test Pellegrini's side, with Eden Hazard and Oscar in scintillating form.

The 4-4-1-1 formation Pellegrini has settled on (one he used successfully at Villarreal) might mean his side are outnumbered in midfield against some teams and they rely heavily on the powerful, mobile presence of asymmetrical centre midfield pair Yaya Toure and Fernandinho to handle that.

Toure on off days can allow the better teams to overwhelm City's rearguard, but at his best he trundles upfield like a wrecking ball. His Brazilian partner is more urgent, presses high up the field and has conceded the most fouls in his team. Fernandinho and Willian were goalscoring teammates for Shakhtar against Chelsea in last season's Europa League.

A key facet of City's strategy is to maintain possession in their opponents' half, building pressure and providing opportunities for the characteristic short through-passes that unlock defences.

Main exponents of those touches, David Silva and Samir Nasri, generally fill the two wide berths either side of Aguero while Jesus Navas is more of an orthodox winger. James Milner and Jack Rodwell are other options when a more hardworking and defence-aware presence is required.

Jose Mourinho praised the shape and stability John Mikel Obi provided when he came on against Schalke but Frank Lampard and Ramires have looked a good partnership in centre midfield for the Blues.

Meanwhile, Petr Cech quietly reasserted his claim to be the world's best goalie in Gelsenkirchen and makes his 301st Premier League appearance on Sunday, his 445th overall (see Milestones in the Stats Corner).

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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V MANCHESTER CITY - PART TWO

WE HAVE HISTORY
Manchester City have scored in just two of their last 11 matches at Stamford Bridge and won two top-flight league games at Stamford Bridge in 21 attempts over 35 years.

However, they have won seven of the last 10 meetings between the clubs since December 2009, and won four and drawn one of the last five games in all competitions since we won at Stamford Bridge in December 2011.

One of the last matches at Stamford Bridge before the arrival of Roman Abramovich in summer 2003 was the visit of Kevin Keegan's Manchester City on 22 March. The hosts lay in fourth place following back-to-back defeats a week earlier but a 2-0 win at West Brom restored confidence in a top-four finish and a chance to qualify for the Champions League.

Bottom-half City harboured few such ambitions but had plenty of experience in the likes of Peter Schmeichel, Robbie Fowler and Shaun Goater, although Steve Howey had refused to travel once he was informed he would do so as a substitute.

The visitors held out for 36 minutes, at which point Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink reached Gianfranco Zola's teasing near-post cross ahead of Sylvain Distin and prodded past Schmeichel.

Five minutes later it was 2-0, John Terry jumping unimpeded by markers to meet Graeme Le Saux's corner with an emphatic header from close range.

Chelsea v Man C


The tide mostly flowed the same way after the break, although Niclas Jensen might have restored City's interest when he shot wide of an open goal. Soon the Pensioners were in total control when Terry flicked on Hasselbaink's corner for Mario Stanic to sweep into the net.

Frank Lampard made it four after neat interplay with Joe Cole left Schmeichel stranded and with 10 minutes remaining William Gallas completed the rout, tapping in Lampard's cross. Sun Jihai's late second yellow finished off a wonderful afternoon for the home crowd.

Chelsea ended the 2002/03 season in a Champions League qualifying place; City finished ninth.


Our last 10 league meetings at Stamford Bridge
2003/04 - Chelsea won 1-0
2004/05 - Drew 0-0
2005/06 - Chelsea won 2-0
2006/07 - Chelsea won 3-0
2007/08 - Chelsea won 6-0
2008/09 - Chelsea won 1-0
2009/10 - Man City won 4-2
2010/11 - Chelsea won 2-0
2011/12 - Chelsea won 2-1
2012/13 - Drew 0-0


PMB

 

Other matches last season
12 August 2012 FA Community Shield, Villa Park
Man City……..….…3 Chelsea………..……2
Y Toure 52                  Torres 39
Tevez 58                      Bertrand 79
Nasri 64
                      Att: 36,394


24 February 2013 Barclays Premier League
Man City……..…..…2 Chelsea………..……0
Y Toure 62
Tevez 85
                      Att: 47,256


14 April 2013 FA Cup semi-final, Wembley
Man City……..…..…2 Chelsea………..……1
Nasri 34                       Ba 66
Aguero 47
                      Att: 85,621


Chelsea v Manchester City in all competitions
Games played 147
Chelsea wins 61
City wins 49
Draws 37


Head to head in the League at Stamford Bridge
Games played 68
Chelsea wins 34
City wins 13
Draws 21


Biggest league win at Stamford Bridge for each team
27/10/2007 - Chelsea 6-0 Manchester City
16/09/1978 - Chelsea 1-4 Manchester City


DAYS SINCE
Chelsea dropped points at Stamford Bridge: 172
Man City had a score draw in the Premier League: 266
Arsenal won a trophy: 3,081
Liverpool won the league: 8,576


 

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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V MANCHESTER CITY

CHELSEA STATS
Only Southampton (three) have conceded fewer than Chelsea's five in eight league outings.

In the Barclays Premier League, we have won 34 points of the last 36 at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have lost one of our last 16 Premier League matches.

We have won all four league games when we have scored the opening goal.

Last six results
Sep 24 Swindon (Capital One Cup a) W 2-0
Sat 28 Tottenham (a) D 1-1
Oct 1 Steaua Bucharest (Champions League a) W 4-0
Oct 6 Norwich (a) W 3-1
Oct 19 Cardiff (h) W 4-1
Oct 22 Schalke (Champions League a) W 3-0


Premier League scorers (14)
Oscar 4, Hazard 3, Eto'o 1, Ivanovic 1, Lampard 1, Mikel 1, Terry 1, Willian 1, own goal 1


League games since
A home win: 0
A home draw: 5
A home defeat: 13


Chelsea's next three games
Tue 29 Oct Arsenal (Capital One Cup) away 7.45pm
Sat 2 Nov Newcastle away 12.45pm
Wed 6 Nov Schalke (Champions League) home 7.45pm



MILESTONES
If selected, Branislav Ivanovic will make his 150th Premier League appearance.

Petr Cech will make his 445th Chelsea appearance equalling Dennis Wise as our sixth-highest appearance-maker.


MAN CITY STATS
Formed
1880

Major trophies
3 League championships, last in 2012
5 FA Cups, last in 2011
1 European Cup Winners' Cup in 1970
2 League Cups, last in 1976
4 FA Charity/Community Shields, last in 2012


Last season
Premier League - Second
Champions League - Group stage
FA Cup - Runners-up
Capital One Cup - Third round


Man City have scored 20 goals this season, more than any other Premier League team.

City have won 29 and drawn two of the 31 Premier League games in which Sergio Aguero has scored.

Five of City's league goals have been scored in the last minute or stoppage time of the first or second half.

Eight of City's nine Premier League goals conceded have been scored in the second half.


Manager Manuel Pellegrini
Days in charge: 135
Played 12
Won 8
Drawn 1
Lost 3


City's last 10 year league history
Pts Pos
2003/04 41 16th
2004/05 52 8th
2005/06 43 15th
2006/07 42 14th
2007/08 55 9th
2008/09 50 10th
2009/10 67 5th
2010/11 71 3rd
2011/12 89 1st
2012/13 78 2nd

Last six results
Sep 24 Wigan (League Cup h) W 5-0
Sep 28 Aston Villa (a) L 2-3
Oct 2 Bayern Munich (Champions League h) L 1-3
Oct 5 Everton (h) W 3-1
Oct 19 West Ham (a) W 3-1
Oct 23 CSKA Moscow (Champions League a) W 2-1



Premier League scorers (20)
Aguero 6, Toure 4, Negredo 3, Dzeko 2, Nasri 2, Silva 2, own goals 1



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League games since
An away win: 0
An away draw: 2
An away defeat: 1


CITY'S MAJOR SUMMER MOVES AND AUTUMN LOANS
Ins
Fernandinho (Shakhtar Donetsk, £30m), Stevan Jovetic (Fiorentina, £22m), Alvaro Negredo (Sevilla, £20m), Jesus Navas (Sevilla, £14.9m), Martin Demichelis (Atletico Madrid, £4.2m)
Outs Carlos Tevez (Juventus, £12m), Kolo Toure (Liverpool, free), Wayne Bridge (Reading, free), Roque Santa Cruz (Malaga, free), Maicon (Roma, undisclosed), Gareth Barry (Everton, loan), Scott Sinclair (West Brom, loan), Abdul Razak (Anzhi Makhachkala, loan)


THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Referee Howard Webb has already been the whistler for both teams this term: our only league defeat at Everton and City's home derby win against Man Utd, both in September.


OTHERWISE ENGAGED
There are no suspensions. Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands against Cardiff City but was fined rather than banned. 

 

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Chelsea v Man City

 

Chelsea

  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
  • 24
    Gary Cahill
  • 26
    John Terry
  • 3
    Ashley Cole
  • 7
    Nascimento Ramires
  • 8
    Frank Lampard Substitution
  • 14
    Andre Schurrle Substitution
  • 11
    Emboaba Oscar
  • 17
    Eden Hazard Substitution
  • 9
    Fernando Torres

Substitutions

  • 10
    Juan Mata
  • 4
    David Luiz
  • 29
    Samuel Eto'o Substitution
  • 23
    Mark Schwarzer
  • 22
    da Silva Willian Substitution
  • 12
    John Mikel Substitution
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta
Shots on Target
4
6
Shots off Target
8
9
Corners
3
6
Fouls
11
15
Most fouls
Ramires
Fernandinho
3
3
Yellow Cards
2
3
Red Cards

Manchester City

  • 1
    Joe Hart
  • 5
    Pablo Zabaleta
  • 26
    Martin Demichelis
  • 33
    Matija Nastasic
  • 22
    Gael Clichy
  • 14
    Substitution Francisco Javi Garcia
  • 25
    Luis Fernandinho
  • 8
    Substitution Samir Nasri
  • 42
    Yaya Toure
  • 21
    David Silva
  • 16
    Substitution Sergio Aguero

Substitutions

  • 30
    Costel Pantilimon
  • 9
    Substitution Alvaro Negredo
  • 13
    Substitution Aleksandar Kolarov
  • 2
    Micah Richards
  • 10
    Edin Dzeko
  • 15
    Gonzalez Jesus Navas
  • 7
    Substitution James Milner

CHELSEA v MAN CITY - 27/10/13

Chelsea vs Manchester City Highlights

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MATCH REPORT: CHELSEA 2 MANCHESTER CITY 1

Summary
A 90th-minute Fernando Torres goal secured a 2-1 victory over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in what was an entertaining afternoon in west London.

The game appeared to be heading for a draw after Andre Schurrle's first-half opener had been cancelled out by Sergio Aguero three minutes into the second half, but Torres, a constant thorn in the side of the City defence, pounced on a mix-up between Matija Nastasic and Joe Hart right at the death to seal a fifth successive victory for Jose Mourinho's side.

It's now eight games unbeaten for the Blues as we go from strength to strength. A first victory of the season over a direct rival will aid the confidence in the group no end and we can now look forward to two away games on the horizon, starting with a trip to Arsenal on Tuesday in the Capital One Cup, which is followed by a Premier League game at Newcastle United next Saturday lunchtime.

Team news
Jose Mourinho made one change to the side which beat Schalke 3-0 in midweek, with the returning Ashley Cole replacing Cesar Azpilicueta at left-back. Gary Cahill retained his place in the centre of defence alongside John Terry, ensuring he made his first Premier League start since the 2-0 win over Fulham last month. Fresh from his brace in Gelsenkirchen, Torres was once again chosen to lead the line. A strong Chelsea bench included David Luiz, Juan Mata and Samuel Eto'o.

For the visitors, Pablo Zabaleta came in for Micah Richards at right-back, while in the absence of skipper Vincent Kompany, Martin Demechelis partnered Nastasic, with Javier Garcia playing in a deep midfield role. The in-form Aguero started as the lone striker for Manuel Pellegrini's side.

First half
Both teams went into the game in a rich vein of form and coming off the back of away wins in the Champions League, but it was the Blues who threatened first.

City failed to clear their lines following a Frank Lampard corner and as the ball ran out to Oscar just outside the penalty area, the Brazilian swung a teasing cross to the far post where Cahill arrived. The defender connected well on the volley but he was unable to keep it down. As chances go, it was a decent one, particularly so early in the game.

Chelsea v Man C

City, after a slow start, began to get a foothold in the match, and they were seeing plenty of the ball. With Fernandinho and Garcia holding, Yaya Toure, wearing the captain's armband, was deployed in a slightly more advanced role, and they looked to utilise his threat as often as possible.

Both defences, however, were standing firm and goalscoring opportunities at either end were proving hard to come by, but as the half-hour mark approached the pace of the game went up a notch.

Twice in quick succession Torres went close, first from a delightful Ramires cross and soon after when he fired over the bar from close range, the best chance of the game up until that point.

The Spaniard was growing in stature, and in the 32nd minute he lit up Stamford Bridge with a wonderful run, accelerating away from Gael Clichy on the right-hand side, his delivery across goal was inch-perfect and Schurrle arrived to stab home from close range and give us the lead.

Chelsea v Man C


It was the German international's first goal for the club, and he knew exactly who to thank, pointing towards Torres as he wheeled away in celebration.

Moments later our lead was almost doubled, and in some style, as Torres, racing away from the chasing City defenders, held the ball up, came inside, and fired a dipping strike beyond the despairing dive of Hart, only to see it come back off the joint and roll away to safety.

It was Mourinho's men with their tails up, but with so many talented players at their disposal City's threat remained, particularly on the break, and four minutes before the break it required a brilliant stop by Petr Cech at his near post to deny Aguero.

Looking to restore parity before half-time, City poured forward in the closing minutes. Toure tried his luck from distance but his strike was always rising and flew into the upper tier of the Shed End.

Second half
It was City who began the second half on the front foot, and three minutes after the restart they were back on level terms.

Silva fed Samir Nasri deep inside our half; the Frenchman looked up and slipped it into the path of Aguero, but while there appeared no imminent danger, the striker crashed an unstoppable effort past Cech and into the roof of the net.

Chelsea v Man C

It was Aguero's fifth goal in four games and one that sparked Pellegrini's side into life.

Minutes later Silva was presented with a glorious opportunity to put them in front but, rather than taking the shot on, opted to pass, allowing the Blues to clear the danger, while Garcia was then afforded a free header from a Silva free-kick but could only guide it down and into the arms of Cech.

Our response, however, was a positive one, and after Hazard saw his appeals for a penalty waved away following a challenge by Zabaleta inside the box, Torres went close, seeing his header from Lampard's free-kick saved by Hart.

Chelsea v Man C

Now it was the Blues with the momentum, and from another of our quick breaks Garcia was fortunate not to be dismissed for an off-the-ball body-check which took Torres out of the action. City breathed a collective sigh of relief when only a yellow card was produced, and from the resulting free-kick Terry, who deserved credit for reaching Lampard's delivery, could only steer his effort over the bar. At the other end, meanwhile, Cech did brilliantly to thwart Silva with his feet.

Mourinho made a double substitution in the 65th minute, introducing John Mikel Obi and Willian to the action, with Lampard and the goalscorer Schurrle making way, and soon after it was City's turn to change things up as Jesus Navas replaced Nasri.

As the contest entered its final 15 minutes it was flowing from end to end, and as City pressed forward it required a superb tackle from Branislav Ivanovic, who had been outstanding for much of the game, to dispossess Aguero on the edge of our box.

Neither side appeared content to settle for a point, and as we went in search of a potentially decisive strike Ramires fizzed one just over Hart's bar from 25 yards.

Mourinho's intent was underlined seven minutes from time when he made his final switch, bringing Eto'o on at the expense of Hazard.

Four minutes from time we almost won it with a Willian free-kick. The Brazilian bent his strike towards goal, all it needed was a touch but the ball evaded everybody and flew inches past Hart's left-hand post.

There was still time for more drama, though, and in the 90th minute we scored a priceless winner.

Chelsea v Man C

A speculative Willian header was aimed at nobody in particular but, under no pressure, Nastasic headed the ball beyond the advancing Hart who had rushed off his line to clear. Torres reacted quickest and raced on to the loose ball, getting there just ahead Demechelis and firing into the empty net to send the home supporters, not to mention the entire Chelsea bench, into a frenzy.

Mourinho celebrated with the fans, the players raced into the far corner and jumped all over the goalscorer. Seldom has a goal been celebrated in such a manner, and it wasn't surprising given the importance of the strike.

City pumped the ball forward in added time in search of a leveller but we defended with bodies on the line and held on for a priceless victory.

'One Step Beyond' by Madness was pumped around the Bridge at the final whistle as players, supporters and management alike celebrated wildly. It was a big win, and one that preserves our 100 per cent home record in the Premier League.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Cole; Ramires, Lampard (Mikel 65); Hazard (Eto'o 83), Oscar, Schurrle (Willian 65); Torres.
Unused substitutes: Schwarzer, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Mata.
Scorers Schurrle 32, Torres 90
Booked Lampard 21, Ramires 51

Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Hart; Zabaleta, Demichelis, Nastasic, Clichy; Garcia (Kolarov 79), Fernandinho; Nasri (Navas 69), Y Toure (c), Silva; Aguero (Negredo 86).
Unused substitutes:Pantilimon, Richards, Milner, Dzeko.
Scorer Aguero 48
Booked
Zabaleta 26, Nastasic 31, Garcia 59.

Referee Howard Webb
Crowd 41,495

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Chelsea magazine, the official monthly publication of Chelsea Football Club, is now available to download digitally for Android and iOS tablets, as well as Android mobile devices. Packed full of exclusive features, it is a must read for any discerning Blues fan. You can buy the latest issue of the magazine now for just £2.99.

Regular features in the magazine for 2013/14 include:

  • Jose Mourinho answering a selection of fans' question in every issue
  • Exclusive players feature with stunning behind-the-scenes images courtesy of the club's official photographer
  • The Games That Made Me Q&A with first-team squad members
  • Celebrity fan interviews
  • Bespoke historical features, catching up with former favourites and reminiscing on classic matches
  • Guest columnist Sebastian Coe
  • Detailed round-up of all the month's matches and full news summary
  • Academy player profile and summary of all the youth-team, reserve and Chelsea Ladies action
  • Shed End section devoted to the fans

Single Issues = £2.99
Annual subscription = £29.99 (only available on iOS)

Android >> click here to download this month's magazine  or search "CFC Magazine" in Google Play

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*Offer ends 28 February 2014.

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...

ARSENAL - 22/3/14 - MOURINHO

We have another big derby game today...

ARSENAL - 22/3/14 - JT

What a great night Tuesday was...

GALATASARAY- 18/3/14 - JT

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...

GALATASARAY - 18/3/14 - MOURINHO

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...

EVERTON - 22/2/14 - MOURINHO

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...

NEWCASTLE UNITED - 8/2/14 - MOURINHO

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

NEWCASTLE UNITED - 8/2/14 - JT

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

WEST HAM UNITED - 29/01/14 - MOURINHO

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...

MAN UNITED - 19/01/14 - MOURINHO

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...

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