Published on September 22nd, 2014 | by Daniel Cheeseman2
Manchester City 1-1 Chelsea | The City Nitty Gritty
“I hate playing Chelsea”
I always have, and always will hate playing Chelsea. It’s like they build a team that’s designed to wind you up and p*ss you off.
They’re very similar to United in the way that they sign players that fit the club’s ego and general style of play. Diego Costa is the perfect example – even though I had only seen him play a few times for his former club Atletico and briefly in the World Cup, I could tell that he was a very cocky, arrogant and – in my opinion – overrated player. The fact that he was under the influence of Diego Simeone for most of his time at Atletico probably didn’t help the cause, and it was no surprise to me when he clinched a deal with Chelsea so early in the summer transfer window.
There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that Diego Costa should have been sent off in that match. I’m not saying that Pablo Zabaleta didn’t deserve to go too, because he did commit 2 yellow card-worthy challenges, but I have no idea how Costa managed to get away with just a booking on the day.
After the match, Pablo publicly apologized for his red card on Twitter, and then gave his thoughts on Diego Costa:
However after seeing this image I can't believe that Diego Costa remained on the pitch. pic.twitter.com/WwjyG9CXzx
— Pablo Zabaleta (@pablo_zabaleta) September 21, 2014
Anyway, it’s time to get off the topic of Diego Costa and Chelsea now, and onto how brilliant our team played.
I thought it was unfair to pick out just one player as the man of the match on Sunday, as so many played brilliantly.
It was a fantastic home debut for Eliaquim Mangala, he ticked all the boxes we’ve been looking for in a defender; he has pace, strength, aerial ability and a lot of enthusiam – and on top of that he’s only 23 years old! He gelled in with his partner Vincent Kompany almost instantly, and if you didn’t know better you’d think that they’d have played together for years.
Another player who impressed me was James Milner. His work-rate didn’t drop below 110% throughout the game, and even though he might not be the fanciest of players, or score the most goals, he definitely made a big impact at the weekend.
It was also great to see glimpses of the old Yaya Toure. While he’s still not at his best, he did manage to create a few good chances for us over the course of the game and looked a lot more enthusiastic than he has done so far this season.
I must admit, when I saw Frank Lampard preparing to come on with just over 10 minutes to go, I initially thought “do we really have to resort to him?” as the dream was too good to be true. But another part of me was also thinking “I bet he scores the equaliser” because of the way the Chelsea fans were praising him with several verses of “Super Frankie Lampard”.
You know the saying – Karma’s a b*tch!
Overall, I would say that it was a typically heavily-fought game between City and Chelsea. You could argue that we deserved to win, with 58% possession and more shots on goal, but I’d say that a draw is a fair result, taking into consideration the fact that we had 10 men for the last 30 mins or so.
Next up is Sheffield Wednesday, and if it were up to me I would start the game with a strong-ish team and tell the players to try to kill the game off early.
Once (and only once) the game has been won would I take any of our better players off, as I think it is important to stay in as many competitions as possible – in order to keep our options open if we happen to get knocked out of any of the others.
Come on City!