Inside Blue Thu 1 Mar 2018
Ahead of this Sunday's visit to the Etihad Stadium, we look back at the Blues who have made their mark on our previous trips to that ground.
Since Manchester City moved in to the stadium in 2003, following its previous use for the Commonwealth Games, we have faced them there on 14 occasions in the Premier League.
Our record is impressive, as exactly half of those matches were won by the Blues – and these are a few of the men who made that possible.
We made our first trip to a ground known at the time as the City of Manchester Stadium in February 2004, which was the first season of the Roman Abramovich era. The Blues hadn't lost at their previous home, Maine Road, during the Premier League era and our fine record in Manchester continued thanks to a superb late lob by our Icelandic striker.
Our long unbeaten away run against City came to an end thanks to Nicolas Anelka, a man who would soon become a Blues favourite, but normal service was resumed in the 2005/06 season. The big story of this day was Frank Lampard's absence after 164 consecutive Premier League appearances, but another ex-West Ham man, Cole, ensured his team-mate wasn't missed thanks to a late winner.
One-nil to Chelsea was the scoreline of choice for the Blues away to Man City, with this victory in March 2007 secured thanks to Lampard's unerring accuracy from the penalty spot. The midfielder enjoyed a good record against City over the years, netting seven times in 21 appearances in all competitions.
It was an eye-catching performance by the Ivorian in the 2007/08 season – and not just because of our electric yellow away kit! After an own goal by Richard Dunne, Kalou made the game safe by rounding Joe Hart to secure a 2-0 victory. It was one of 11 goals scored by the Blues No21 in his second season at the club.
The pre-match hype ahead of our meeting in September 2008 centred on Robinho, who was making his City debut after signing for a British record transfer fee. Though the Brazilian opened the scoring, the Blues fired back through Ricardo Carvalho and Lampard before former City man Anelka put the seal on the win. The Frenchman took advantage of a superb pass by Joe Cole to guide his shot past Hart – and he ended the campaign with the Premier League Golden Boot.
This was an impressive performance at both ends by the Serbian right-back. As well as scoring a thunderous left-footed strike to secure our first win at the Etihad Stadium in almost six years, he was also part of a solid rearguard effort which stopped the home side scoring in a Premier League game for the first time since 2010.
Willian and Eden Hazard
Our most recent game at City's home ended in a victory which proved so vital in bringing the Premier League title to Stamford Bridge. Despite trailing 1-0 at the break, the Blues equalised through Diego Costa and then substitute Willian was sent clear to emphatically fire past Claudio Bravo. Eden Hazard put the seal on a sensational counter-attacking display after the break for Antonio Conte's men.