Chelsea 2-1 Manchester City
Jose Mourinho’s celebration for Chelsea’s winner tonight was enough to highlight the importance of his side’s win against Premier-League rivals Manchester City this weekend. Manchester City dominated possession for large parts of the game but it was the efficiency of Mourinho’s team which carved the way to Fernando Torres’ 90th minute winner.
It was a Jekyll & Hyde performance for the Spanish striker who missed an easy opportunity to take
the lead mid-way through the first half, but then recovered well to coast past Gael Clichy and assist Andre Schurrle for Chelsea’s 33rd minute opener, in a man-of-the-match performance. City reacted well to going behind and Sergio Aguero’s clever movement and quick finish allowed the away team to equalise early into the second half. The Argentinean spun off Chelsea’s defensive line to latch onto Sami Nasri’s pass before firing a first time finish inside Petr Cech’s near post, admittedly the keeper getting his angles wrong in the process. After equalising Manchester City looked the stronger team as Yaya Toure and David Silva continued to dictate play in midfield. That was, until the 90th minute when poor decision making from Joe Hart caused a mix up and gifted Fernando Torres a winner. The Spaniard indirectly benefiting from the rewards of his persistent work rate throughout the match.
Arsenal may sit top of the table but will never be far from critics and will surely suffer from a weaker squad as the season reaches its business end. With Moyes’ United struggling this season it leaves Manchester City and Chelsea as favourites for a two-horse title race.
Mourinho’s celebration was, as he explained in his post match press conference, aimed at his son in the Chelsea crowd. In true Mourinho fashion he made sure the opportunity for a psychological edge wasn’t wasted – stating his team had ‘beaten the best team in the league’ – and immediately moving any pressure beginning to loom on his progressively impressive squad. One would expect more emphatic celebrations to come for Chelsea this season.
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