Published on February 1st, 2015 | by Daniel Cheeseman0
Chelsea 1-1 Manchester City | Daniel Cheeseman
“A Missed Opportunity”
While a 1-1 draw away at Chelsea is still a fantastic result that we should all be very proud of, I can’t help but think that maybe we could and should have taken all 3 points from The Bridge.
What I’m trying to say is, if there was ever a good time to play Chelsea – it was on Saturday. Jose Mourinho’s side were obviously still fatigued from their mid-week game against Liverpool, and were also without the likes of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, and so I think it was the perfect chance for us to capitalize.
I’m not saying that the team they played at the weekend wasn’t strong, as it featured several top-quality players such as Hazard and Oscar, it’s just that it was probably one of the weakest Chelsea sides that we could have hoped to have played.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m very aware that we were also without the likes of Yaya, Nasri and Bony, so maybe upon reflection I’m being a bit too harsh! 😉
However, one thing I will say is that I was very disappointed with Manuel Pellegrini’s decision to bring off David Silva and Sergio Aguero towards the end of the game, after Chelsea had decided to sit back and park the bus.
Just when it looked like Chelsea were there for the taking, the last thing I’d have done is brought off our 2 best attacking players, and I honestly believe that had they stayed on we might have just had enough quality to win the game. I noticed that David Silva was shaking his head as he walked off the pitch, which tells me that he also felt the change in momentum, and that we really should have taken advantage of it while it lasted.
I know that going all-out attack against a side like Chelsea might seem a bit reckless, and under normal circumstances it would be, but once they had taken off Remy, Willian and Oscar we didn’t really need to worry about them scoring a second, and so that’s the point when I think we really should have gone for it.
In the end I’d say that I’m more than satisfied with a draw away at Chelsea, it’s just a shame that we weren’t brave enough to deal the final blow while Chelsea were on the back foot.
Isn’t it amazing how I (and several other fans) have gone from dreading the game against Chelsea and fearing the worst for months beforehand, to then come out of it somewhat disappointed with a draw? But I suppose that’s just football for you!
Next we play Hull City at the Etihad on Saturday, in a game which should hopefully mark the return of Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony to the team. We’ve had a few poor results at home in the past few games, so let’s hope that the Blues can fire themselves up enough to get the result we need against the Tigers and keep this Blue moon rising!