RADIO CLIVE'S FIVE: CHELSEA V MAN CITY
Throughout the season former player Clive Walker provides radio and TV commentary on Chelsea's games. Here he selects five aspects from Sunday's sharing of the spoils with the league champions that caught his eye…
1. Chelsea have leaked a few goals recently which has cost us games and it looked as though Rafael Benitez wanted as a starting point the performance to be solid. We have been quite an open side this year and we have some terrific ball players but we had lost our solidity at the back recently and now the need is to find the balance. We played Man City who have equally as good players as we do and as a consequence, neither side wanted to gamble as much as they have done in past games.
2. There was an abundance of quality on the pitch but both managers spoke after the game of the need to do better in the attacking third. Creativity was short from both sides but there was also good defending. It wasn't just the back four in Chelsea's case, the midfield was working hard as well and Fernando Torres was quite deep at times. Eden Hazard and Juan Mata didn't influence the game as much as we would want and Benitez said the link to them needs to be better. Although Oscar did very well, he played a little more defensive than those two. If one of them is out the game, you hope the other will sparkle but that didn't happen on the day.
3. Ashley Cole was a little more exposed at times when Hazard was on the left but then he moved into a more central role and Oscar came out a little wider, and that nullified Man City's attacking on that side. It was cat-and-mouse for long periods with each team waiting for that one opportunity, maybe from a dead-ball situation with someone switching off, but neither side was caught out like that.
4. Chelsea were able to take the game to City a little more in the second half, especially in the early part when I thought Ramires was terrific, trying to drive us forward. There was more of an impetus to get the ball forward quicker before Man City came back at us in the final 20 minutes. Victor Moses deserves a pat on the back as he tried to influence the game when he came on as 71st-minute substitute.
5. Cesar Azpilicueta started and did exceptionally well with a tackle on Edin Dzeko in a dangerous area inside our own area It could so easily be a penalty and those are the fine differences between losing and not losing a game. Thankfully his timing was spot on and he defended very well. He is coming along fine. One-on-one he made some good decisions and he has some pace about him and gives the manager another option. We didn't see much of him as an attacking force but when we play some teams less dangerous than Man City we might see more of that. The two centre-backs concentrated on their defending which they did very well.