Premier League

March 20, 2011



2 - 0

Manchester City

Premier League

16:00 +00:00, March 20, 2011

Stamford Bridge, England

Referee: C Foy

  • 94'

    Two goals from a pair of Brazilians were enough for Chelsea. Man City looked like they might hold out, but once they went behind, they never looked like finding a goal.

  • 94'

    FULL TIME A hard-fought and deserved win for Carlo Ancelotti's team against a disappointing Manchester City.

  • 93'

    Two victories over both Manchester clubs, it would look like Chelsea are beginning to rediscover their best form.

  • 92'

    David Luiz picks up a booking for a wreckless challenge. A blemish on his copy book.

  • 91'

    GOAL Ramires will a superb solo effort to seal the win! The Brazilian with a neat Cruyff turn 30-yards from goal, he then advances beyong Kolarov and Barry before slotting a firmly-struck side-foot effort past Hart!

  • 90'


  • 89'

    Kolarov is booked for a tackle from behind on Drogba.

  • 88'

    Chelsea corner, Didier Drogba attempts to work an angle for a shot on goal before Kolarov blocks.

  • 87'

    Petr Cech, who has largely been a spectator today, leaps to catch a Balotelli flick on from Micah Richards' long throw.

  • 86'

    Can Man City create one chance? They haven't really looked like scoring all afternoon.

  • 85'

    Dzeko again attempting to force and effort on goal, only to be denied by Luiz. It's been another impressive performance from the Brazilian.

  • 84'

    Yuri Zhirkov was allowed to run and run at the City defence before he was eventually stopped. Chelsea look full of confidence since the goal.

  • 83'

    Man City look a beaten team at the moment, there is no sense there is a goal on the cards for them.

  • 82'

    Didier Drogba again with a threatening delivery, which narrowly evades Essien and Luiz.

  • 81'

    Gareth Barry into the book for a trip on Ramires. Another free kick to Chelsea...

  • 80'

    Mario Balotelli and Adam Johnson on for Yaya Toure and James Milner

  • 79'

    Chelsea finally get the goal their more adventurous approach probably merits. City are set to ring the changes...

  • 77'

    GOAL David Luiz gives Chelsea the lead!!! Drogba whips in a fantastic free kick, Luiz peels away and directs a powerful header beyond Joe Hart. The England goalkeeper gets a hand to it, but it's not enough.

  • 77'

    Chelsea with another free kick, as Micah Richards crudely brings down Luiz near the corner flag...

  • 77'

    Yuri Zhirkov on for Salomon Kalou

  • 76'

    Kolarov's ailment is not as bad as first feared as Barry trips Anelka...

  • 75'

    Kolarov sweeps to shoot, but is blocked by Luiz. The Serbian instantly signals for treatment...

  • 74'

    Edin Dzeko gets back to do some defensive work and heads the free kick away.

  • 74'

    Kolarov leaps with Ivanovic and fouls the Serbian, Chelsea free kick...

  • 72'

    Toure is back on his feet and looks fine to continue. James Milner is penalised for a handball near the Chelsea corner flag.

  • 71'

    Yaya Toure is down and receiving some treatment, Patrick Vieira would be a ready-made replacement.

  • 70'

    A chorus of boos greeted Torres withdrawal, and they weren't aimed at the Spaniard. Ancelotti's decision was not a popular one with Stamford Bridge faithful.

  • 69'

    Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka on for Florent Malouda and Fernando Torres

  • 68'

    Fernando Torres wants a free kick after being brought down by Kompany, nothing given.

  • 67'

    Drogba and Anelka are BOTH preparing to come on...

  • 66'

    David Silva's free kick is flicked on by Dzeko, who sees his looping header land narrowly over the crossbar.

  • 65'

    A rare City attack as Dzeko is fed by Silva. Bearing down on Luiz, Dzeko attempts a shot which is well blocked. The Bosnian does manage to earn a dangerous set piece for City though...

  • 64'

    How long will Ancelotti leave it before he introduces Drogba or Anelka? Torres is having a pretty decent game, so would he sacrifice a midfielder?

  • 63'

    Ramires is penalised for a foul on James Milner. City with a chance to get hold of possession for the first time in the half.

  • 62'

    Chelsea are cranking up the pressure, will they find a breakthrough?

  • 61'

    Ivanovic with a chance, Lampard's cross arrived with Serbian, whose header was flying into the bottom corner before it deflected off Vincent Kompany.

  • 60'

    An hour gone, and still goalless at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea corner...

  • 59'

    Branislav Ivanovic with a truly terrible shot on goal after a cleared cross fell nicely for him. Drogba and Anelka both warming up...

  • 58'

    A strong challenge from Torres, who looks up for it today, on De Jong. Nothing given by referee Chris Foy.

  • 57'

    Nigel de Jong is in the book after a blatant block on Michael Essien.

  • 56'

    Torres is released by Malouda and is in behind Man City, but the flag is raised.

  • 55'

    More excellent play from Torres. The Spaniard dispossesses De Jong and runs at the City backline, before laying off to Lampard. The England midfielder is squeezed out before he land a shot on goal.

  • 54'

    Both men are back in play.

  • 53'

    Fortunately for Chelsea, Terry is back on his feet. Fabio Capello looks on, relieved.

  • 52'

    Hart throws the ball out of play and Terry looks in pain. This could be bad news for the Chelsea skipper, and recently reinstated England captain...

  • 51'

    Toure and Terry are both down in a heap...

  • 50'

    Florent Malouda wastes the best chance of the match! A good burst from Torres, who brings play forward before feeding Malouda. The Frenchman tees up Kalou, who lays it back to Malouda. Ten yards from goal, Malouda scuffs his shot and rolls harmlessly into the arms of Hart.

  • 49'

    Excellent defending from City, after clearing the corner, they press Chelsea into playing the ball all the way back to Petr Cech.

  • 49'

    Salomon Kalou lets fly from the edge of the box, the shot is deflected and it's a Chelsea corner...

  • 48'

    David Luiz launches a forray forward and after losing possession, he barges Kolarov straight off the ball.

  • 47'

    Ashley Cole crosses for Malouda, the Frenchman's volley is poorly struck as he falls backwards and it's well wide.

  • 46'

    No clear chances for either team, as of yet. That will need to change if we are to avoid a goalless draw.

  • 45'


  • 45'

    The teams have returned, the second half is imminent.

  • 45'

    So far so good for City. After Spurs' draw yesterday, you get the impression Mancini would take this result.

  • 45'

    Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka are warming up, a change for Chelsea perhaps?

  • 45'

    HALF TIME Chelsea have been in the ascendency, but City have defended well. This game needs a goal and hopefully we'll find one in the second half.

  • 45'


  • 45'

    Micah Richards attempts to connect with the corner, but Chelsea clear.

  • 44'

    Kolarov, in space, attempts to drill a low cross into the box. Luiz clears, but City have a corner...

  • 42'

    Chelsea trying to increase the pressure on City, but Roberto Mancini's team have defended well.

  • 41'

    Kalou involved again, this time testing Joe Hart. Malouda's cross arrived at Kalou, who took a touch and turned neatly, but his scuffed shot floated into the arms of a relieved Hart.

  • 40'

    More neat work from Kalou, attempting to slalom through De Jong and Kompany before being shepherded out of play.

  • 39'

    Florent Malouda rejoins the action, seemingly fully recovered.

  • 38'

    A mild fracas between the two teams as Ashley Cole tries to dispossess a stricken James Milner. Florent Malouda is off receiving treatment after a clash of heads with Edin Dzeko.

  • 37'

    Ashley Cole tries to float a deep cross into the area, his delivery is deflected to Joe Hart.

  • 36'

    Into the last ten minutes of the half, will we get a goal? Chelsea are looking the team most likely to do it as David Silva runs the ball out of play.

  • 35'

    Another opening for Chelsea, the lively Ramires involved again. He latched on to a wonderful Torres flick to get behind Kolarov. Ramires pulled back for Lampard, who was denied by a fantastic Kompany block.

  • 34'

    The corner is a decent one, but City head clear.

  • 33'

    Kalou tries to release Torres, who had made a good run. De Jong tracks back to turn behind for a corner...

  • 32'

    The game has dropped into a slight lull at the moment. We need a goal.

  • 31'

    The latest player to try and fail from long range is Milner, who drags a drive tamely wide.

  • 29'

    Interesting pictures of Carlos Tevez on the Man City bench. He's wearing some head gear that would be appropriate to the slopes, rather than a March afternoon on the King's Road.

  • 28'

    Another Lampard effort from long-range. This one is worse than his last, and on his trusty right-foot as well.

  • 27'

    Again Milner is wasteful on the wing. After going past Ashley Cole, he tries advance beyond John Terry, but with no success.

  • 26'

    Lampard's shot clatters into Nigel de Jong in the Man City wall.

  • 25'

    James Milner is carded for a late trip on Malouda. Dangerous Chelsea free kick...

  • 24'

    A strong run again, from Yaya Toure this time. The reaches Milner on the right, and with options in the middle, his cross is poor.

  • 23'

    Frank Lampard is released by Ramires and through on goal he forces a strong save from Hart. The flag was raised, so it wouldn't have counted, but it was impressive goalkeeping.

  • 22'

    A fine run from Torres, as he brushes off several challenges to reach the touchline. He cuts back towards Kalou, who is beaten to the ball by the City defence.

  • 21'

    A waste from Kolarov, as he attempts a shot from a ridiculous distance and it's easily defended by Chelsea.

  • 20'

    Free kick given for another Essien foul on Dzeko, a chance for City to put the ball in the box.

  • 19'

    Chelsea are claiming a penalty against Joleon Lescott, Kalou may have a point. Kalou's cross struck Lescott's arm, but it was from very close quarters. They've been given in the past.

  • 18'

    Chelsea have gained the upper hand in the last ten minutes, after a bright start from City.

  • 17'

    Frank Lampard with a range-finder from the edge of the City box, it's on his weaker foot and it never troubling Joe Hart, who watches it go wide.

  • 16'

    Torres attempts to force his way through after latching on to Lampard's pass. It's a strong run, but he is stopped by Kompany.

  • 14'

    Both teams are playing quite an open, attacking game so far. A refreshing change, certainly for Man City.

  • 13'

    Chelsea have woken up, Kalou with another run. He is stopped by Barry and the block rolls out to Ashley Cole, who lashes a shot over Joe Hart's goal.

  • 12'

    Calamitous scenes in the Man City box. Kalou makes a positive run forward and lays off to Ramires. The Brazilian passes back to Kalou, only he stumbles and ends up felling the Ivorian as he bares down on goal.

  • 11'

    Fernando Torres gets control of the ball for the first time. Kalou makes a run and the Spaniard looks to find him, but the pass is over hit. Goal kick to Man City.

  • 10'

    David Luiz with some tenacious defending to prevent Toure releasing Silva. A lethargic start from Chelsea.

  • 9'

    Edin Dzeko controls a cross into the Chelsea box, as he tries to tee up Toure he slips and the home team can clear.

  • 7'

    Man City have settled the quicker of the two teams and are seeing the majority of possession.

  • 6'

    A very nasty challenge from Michael Essien on Edin Dzeko. The Chelsea man is lucky to avoid a yellow card.

  • 5'

    Very neat play from James Milner, he engineers a deft back-heel to release Yaya Toure. The Ivorian's low, curling shot is palmed away by Cech.

  • 4'

    Roberto Mancini's side are seeing plenty of the ball early doors and have settled into a passing game. Kolarov gets to the byline again, but Essien cuts out his pull back.

  • 3'

    Kolarov with his first push forward, his cross is straight into the arms of Petr Cech.

  • 2'

    Another Man City free kick as Fernando Torres barges into the back of Kolarov deep in the visitors' territory.

  • 1'

    An early foul from Essien, a free kick for City in the centre circle.




    A minutes silence now being observed for the Japanese earthquake victim.


    The teams emerge to a warm welcome from the Stamford Bridge crowd.


    Carlos Tevez has missed out on today's match, a relief for Chelsea. The Argentine has scored in his last five matches against the Champions.


    The head-to-head record between Roberto Mancini and Carlo Ancelotti makes for interesting reading. Both men have won eight matches each, with the other three being drawn.


    Manchester City have all the recent form in this contest, having won their last three matches against Chelsea.


    Chelsea captain John Terry has also been reinstated as England skipper. Read more about that here.


    Drogba and Anelka, has any team ever had more potent attacking options on the bench?


    Edin Dzeko is preferred to Mario Balotelli up front for City after Carlos Tevez failed a fitness test. James Milner and David Silva will support the Bosnian.


    They both lead their team's attacks this afternoon. Chelsea leave both Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba on the bench, with Torres supported from Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou.


    This afternoon is the tail of two misfiring strikers. The £50m Fernando Torres and the £27m Edin Dzeko have scored a grand total of zero Premier League goals between them since their high-profile January transfers.


    The Premier League's big spenders collide at Stamford Bridge this afternoon. Chelsea entertain Man City in a mouthwatering contest.