RADIO CLIVE'S FIVE: CHELSEA V MANCHESTER 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 FA Cup exit at Wembley that caught his eye…
1. When we were 2-0 down, most Chelsea fans would have wanted the team to at least have a go at Manchester City, and that is what happened. In the second half it was a good effort but over the 90 minutes Man City were the better side. In the first half we didn't play like we can which was disappointing and it needed a world-class save by Petr Cech down to his right to keep us in the game.
2. Both sides lined-up more or less how most would have predicted and with David Silva out, Carlos Tevez was always likely to play given his record against Chelsea. It was a question of who was going to get on the ball the most and from their point of view Yaya Toure was able to dominate the midfield in the first half. Gareth Barry played well alongside him and against them, Ramires and John Mikel Obi did their jobs well in terms of making it hard for Man City to play, but without getting us going forward too.
3. Man City were able to drag Chelsea players out of position for their first goal. Goodness knows what Samir Nasri was trying to do when it looked like he was trying to pass from about seven yards out, but he got a lucky ricochet that fell into his path to score. At just 1-0 we had more or less got away with it at half-time given we had not played well. It was always likely there would be a stage when we would. However we conceded the second goal at a bad time and could have put more pressure on Barry's delivery. We were a bit deep, Sergio Aguero pulled away to have a free header and it gave Cech no chance. Man City had missed some better chances than that but at 2-0 it seemed game over.
4. Chelsea were a little more direct in our attacking play in the second-half. City are an attacking side and it asked questions of their backline. Costel Pantilimon hadn't been tested enough for a non-regular keeper and we had to get the ball up there to see what he was like. In the end he made two blinding saves but Demba Ba had been battling away alone until Fernando Torres came on. When he did there was an impact straight away. There was awareness that someone else was up front, putting pressure on their backline, and it put doubt in their minds.
5. When the Man City defence dropped off there was more space for Oscar, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard. Ba's goal got us back into the game but unfortunately we didn't go on and get another one. That there should have been a penalty for Torres was clear cut and Vincent Kompany would have got a second yellow card and had to go, and had the officials not missed the Aguero incident, he would have been sent off too.