BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE

Stamford Bridge, England

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    The second half did not get too much better then. Chelsea did improve but to be honest neither side were able to fashion too many chances. Both sets of defences were pretty well organised. Bore draw.

  • 90'

    And there goes the final whistle.

  • 90'

    Balotelli gets booked for a dive as it looks like he was body checked by Luiz.

  • 90'

    Nastasic wins the header from the corner but he can only direct it at Cech.

  • 90'

    Two minutes of added time to be played.

  • 90'

    Tevez tries to play in Silva but Romeu puts the foot in and concedes the corner.

  • 89'

    Romeu's pass to Cole is poor and it goes out for a throw.

  • 88'

    Kompany makes a vital challenge on Torres as the Spaniard looked like he was going to beat him and drive towards goal.

  • 87'

    Ramires win the ball in the middle and searches for Torres but the ball ends up coming right back at him.

  • 86'

    Balotelli comes on for Aguero. Can he make a difference?

  • 85'

    A City move comes to an end as Ramires intercepts. Chelsea break down the other end and Cole fires an effort from the edge of the box that Hart tips over the bar. Goal kick given though.

  • 84'

    Torres goes down in the box but the ref waves play on.

  • 83'

    Mata sends in a corner but City get it clear.

  • 83'

    Mata sends in a free-kick from the right but City head it clear.

  • 81'

    Moses crosses from the right as Chelsea break down the other end but his cross is poor.

  • 80'

    Toure plays in Milner on the right who fires in a ball across goal that Cech is just able to deal with using his feet.

  • 79'

    Romeu comes on for Mikel.

  • 79'

    Milner picks out Tevez with a cross from the right. The striker brings it down well but fires it well over.

  • 79'

    Let's hope not.

  • 78'

    Both teams are really struggling to penetrate the opposition's defence. Looks like it might stay a 0-0 draw.

  • 77'

    Kolarov goes into the book for a foul on Moses.

  • 76'

    Aguero knocks the ball back across the face of the goal from the corner but Chelsea get it clear.

  • 76'

    Milner's cross is blocked by Cole for the corner.

  • 75'

    Silva's corner is dealt with by Chelsea.

  • 75'

    Tevez sends a cross in from the right and wins a corner as Cech is unable to keep hold of it.

  • 74'

    City have had 59% of the second half possession.

  • 73'

    Oscar tries to thread a ball into Cole but Kompany intercepts.

  • 72'

    Moses' first contribution is a poor ball over the top in search of Torres. The Spaniard had no chance of catching it.

  • 71'

    Moses comes on for Hazard.

  • 70'

    Tevez got two goals last week against Villa. He could be the game-changer today.

  • 69'

    Dzeko has worked hard today but has not made the biggest of impacts.

  • 68'

    Tevez comes on for Dzeko.

  • 68'

    It's City's turn to begin to turn the screw now.

  • 67'

    Milner sends a dangerous ball in from the right but nobody is there to meet it. Azpilicueta soon concedes the corner for a tackle on Dzeko.

  • 66'

    Silva picks out Dzeko with the pass. The striker fires an effort across the face of goal and Cole is able to clear. Dangerous for Chelsea there.

  • 66'

    Tevez is getting ready to come on.

  • 65'

    Zabaleta gets booked for the foul on Ivanovic.

  • 65'

    Ivanovic gets brought down on the edge of the area as Chelsea counter but the referee plays advantage and the home side eventually lose the ball.

  • 64'

    Zabaleta gets forward but Milner is just unable to find him with his pass.

  • 63'

    Ivanovic heads clear Zabaleta's cross.

  • 61'

    Mata tees up Torres on the edge of the box but the striker is unable to keep his shot down and it goes just over. Unlucky.

  • 61'

    A great run from Hazard as the space seemed to open up from him but he was unable to get the shot away.

  • 60'

    Kompany heads clear a Mata corner.

  • 59'

    Toure fires an effort in at goal from distance. Cech spills it but manages to smother it just before Dzeko's arrival.

  • 59'

    Chelsea look like breaking as Torres runs clear but the move comes to an end.

  • 59'

    Torres heads Kolarov's header clear.

  • 58'

    Kolarov tries to send a ball in from the left but Mikel does well to block and it goes off for a corner.

  • 57'

    Chelsea have upped their game in this second half.

  • 57'

    Luiz heads Mata's corner over the bar.

  • 56'

    Kolarov does well to head a Chelsea cross off for a corner while under pressure from Torres.

  • 55'

    Azpilicueta sends a poor ball in from the right and City clear and counter up the other end. Toure has a great chance to play in Aguero but he gets the pass all wrong.

  • 54'

    Mata sends in a free-kick from the right but City head clear.

  • 54'

    Oscar plays in Torres with a fine ball but the striker gets closed down instantly by two defenders and the move comes to an end.

  • 53'

    Ramires goes for a 30-yard screamer but it was always rising and ends up going well over.

  • 52'

    A cross in from the left just eludes Dzeko at the far post but the striker doesn't give up hope and eventually wins the corner.

  • 51'

    Silva and Dzeko try to work a move on the edge of the Chelsea box but Dzeko's touch brings an end to the move.

  • 51'

    Oscar and Hazard link up well. The Brazilian has had a good game so far.

  • 49'

    Mata picks out Cole with a fine pass on the left. The full back fizzes a dangerous cross in but Kompany does well to deal with it.

  • 49'

    City passing the ball around patiently...

  • 47'

    Chelsea try another long ball to Torres and fail again.

  • 46'

    Aguero tries to run past Luiz but the defender puts a strong tackle in before winning the foul.

  • 46'

    Man City restart the second half.

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    In only one other home match over the past three seasons have Chelsea managed just two first half shots on goal - v Spurs in March 2012.

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    Chelsea have not recorded fewer first half shots (2) in any other Premier League game this season.

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    A pretty boring half in truth, pretty tight as the big games can often be. City have been in control of the game and had a couple of decent chances. A poor Chelsea side have improved as the half has gone on. All square.

  • 45'

    And there goes the half-time whistle.

  • 45'

    A good end to the half for Chelsea, they won't want it to end.

  • 45'

    Oscar whips a ball in from the left but City clear.

  • 45'

    Torres is unable to get his head onto Mata's delivery.

  • 45'

    Torres wins a free-kick for Chelsea in a dangerous position.

  • 44'

    Torres does well to beat a man but Kompany is there to put an important challenge in. That is better from the striker.

  • 42'

    Chelsea break down the other end but a poor Torres touch brings an end to the move.

  • 42'

    A real chance for City as Dzeko heads Kolarov's cross into the path of the unmarked Aguero but the Argentinian can only manage a weak header straight at Cech.

  • 42'

    Silva beats the offside trap on the left but Azpilicueta does well to track back and stop the danger.

  • 41'

    Azpilicueta gives it away, leading Ramires to foul Barry.

  • 39'

    Chelsea win a free-kick in a dangerous position. Luiz takes it but it is a poor effort and straight at Hart with little pace on it.

  • 38'

    Milner sends a ball in from the right. Nastasic gets the header on target but it is lacking pace.

  • 37'

    Zabaleta intercepts again. He plays a neat one-two with Dzeko before firing a shot at goal from inside the area. Cech makes the save but it was straight at him.

  • 35'

    Another Chelsea long ball is overhit and Hart deals with it.

  • 34'

    Oscar goes down on the edge of the box under a challenge from Zabaleta but the ref waves play on.

  • 33'

    City seeing a lot of possession currently. Can they make it count? Their final ball so far could be better.

  • 32'

    Mata tries to play in Cole with a clever ball, following some good work from Oscar, but the Spaniard overhits it.

  • 31'

    City counter but Milner plays the wrong pass when others were in space and Luiz intercepts.

  • 31'

    Ivanovic challenges for the ball but Hart gets it clear.

  • 30'

    Chelsea win a corner.

  • 28'

    Chelsea are really struggling at the moment. The crowd has gone a bit flat too.

  • 27'

    Aguero tries to shoot from the edge of the box but Azpilicueta gets a vital block in.

  • 27'

    Zabaleta has been attacking well today.

  • 27'

    Zabaleta gets forward and tries to slot a ball into Aguero but the striker just fails to control it.

  • 26'

    Luiz again hoofs it up the field but it goes out for a goal kick.

  • 26'

    Chelsea have been giving it away cheaply today.

  • 25'

    Barry intercepts a Chelsea pass. Milner eventually sees the ball down the left but his pass to Kolarov is over hit.

  • 25'

    This game could do with a goal...

  • 24'

    Chelsea continuing to run down blind alleys with their attacks.

  • 23'

    Luiz plays the long ball this time but Oscar is the man trying to win the header and he is a little isolated to do anything with it.

  • 23'

    City passing it around patiently before Nastasic sends a long ball over the top from deep but Cech comes out to claim it.

  • 20'

    City are winning the midfield battle so far.

  • 20'

    A chance for City as Zabaleta whips a ball into the box from the right but Silva can't keep his header down.

  • 19'

    Milner does well to turn on the edge of the box, following Toure's pass, but Cole does enough to put him off and his shot bounces well wide.

  • 18'

    City build another attack but it comes to an end as Aguero gets tackled on the edge of the box.

  • 17'

    Chelsea fans just gave a minute's applause for Di Matteo on the 16th minute, which was the number on his shirt in his Chelsea playing days.

  • 17'

    It's been a pretty tight affair so far. As one would have expected.

  • 16'

    The corner falls to Toure on the edge of the box but his control lets him down.

  • 15'

    Kolarov sends in another ball from the left. Luiz clears it into Ivanovic and it goes out for the corner.

  • 14'

    Toure plays a long ball in towards Dzeko but Azpilicueta heads clear. Chelsea break down the other end but Torres is unable to control Mata's pass.

  • 13'

    Toure brings down Hazard for a free-kick.

  • 13'

    Chelsea are constantly looking for the early ball to Torres. Hasn't paid off yet though.

  • 12'

    Oscar again tries the early ball in towards Torres but again the City defence read the pass.

  • 11'

    Oscar wins a flick on as he searches for the run of Torres but Kompany clears to safety.

  • 10'

    Oscar gets a cross in from the right but it is poor and City head it clear.

  • 9'

    Kolarov sends a dangerous ball in from the left but Cech is there to deal with it.

  • 9'

    Chelsea are struggling to keep hold of the ball at the minute as City are starting to impose themselves on the game.

  • 8'

    A promising move for Chelsea comes to an end as Cole overhits a pass to Hazard.

  • 7'

    A desperate tackle from Ramires on Aguero stops a dangerous City attack.

  • 6'

    Torres is penalised for a foul on Kompany.

  • 5'

    Chelsea head clear the Kolarov corner.

  • 4'

    Luiz gives away the all cheaply. Silva plays in Zabaleta who made the initial interception but Cole makes an important challenge.

  • 4'

    Play resumes after Ramires went down with an injury but he is fine now.

  • 3'

    Fans have got banners saying 'only one Di Matteo'.

  • 2'

    Ivanovic does well to stop Aguero in his tracks as City look to attack.

  • 2'

    A very positive start from Chelsea.

  • 1'

    Ramires tries to find the run of Cole with an early ball but Silva intercepts. Oscar picks out the left back who fizzes a ball across goal but City clear.

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    Torres gets a couple of early touches.

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    And we're off...

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    Benitez has received some boos from the Chelsea fans.

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    The players are out onto the pitch. We're moments away from kick-off.

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    Howard Webb is the man in charge of today's game.

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    So Torres returns for Chelsea at the expense of Cahill, while City welcome back Milner and Barry at the expense of Maicon and Nasri.

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    Man City subs: Pantilimon, Maicon, Nasri, Garcia, Kolo Toure, Tevez, Balotelli.

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    Chelsea subs: Turnbull, Ferreira, Cahill, Bertrand, Romeu, Marin, Moses.

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    Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Kolarov, Yaya Toure, Barry, Silva, Dzeko, Milner, Aguero.

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    Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Mata, Oscar, Hazard, Torres.

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    Rafa has also insisted that he deserves to be the manager of Chelsea

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    Can Benitez fix Fernando?

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    Join us at 1600 GMT to see Man City travel to Chelsea to meet Rafa Benitez.

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Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Chelsea

  • 6(1)

  • 24

  • 10

  • 42%

    58%

  • Manchester City

  • 9(5)

  • 31

  • 17

Chelsea

Line-up
POS No Name

G

1 Petr Cech

D

2 Branislav Ivanovic

D

3 Ashley Cole

D

4 David Luiz

D

28 César Azpilicueta

M

7 Ramires

M

10 Juan Mata

M

12 John Obi Mikel
M
6 Oriol Romeu

M

17 Eden Hazard
M
13 Victor Moses

F

9 Fernando Torres

F

11 Oscar
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
G 22 Ross Turnbull
D 19 Paulo Ferreira
D 24 Gary Cahill
D 34 Ryan Bertrand
M 6 Oriol Romeu
M 13 Victor Moses
M 21 Marko Marin

Manchester City

Line-up
POS No Name

G

1 Joe Hart

D

4 Vincent Kompany

D

5 Pablo Zabaleta

D

13 Aleksandar Kolarov

D

33 Matija Nastasic

M

7 James Milner

M

18 Gareth Barry

M

21 David Silva

M

42 Yaya Touré

F

10 Edin Dzeko
F
32 Carlos Tevez

F

16 Sergio Agüero
F
45 Mario Balotelli
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
G 30 Costel Pantilimon
D 3 Maicon
D 28 Kolo Touré
M 8 Samir Nasri
M 14 Javi Garcia
F 32 Carlos Tevez
F 45 Mario Balotelli

Match Stats

  • Chelsea
  • Manchester City
6(1) Shots (on goal) 9(5)
10 Fouls 17
6 Corner kicks 11
3 Offsides 1
42% Time of Possession 58%
0 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
5 Saves 1
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