In a Premier League game where there was back and forth action, the home side prevailed over the visitors by a a score of 2-1 due to a big error from young Matija Nastasic. He headed the ball past his own keeper into the path of Fernando Torres, who slammed home from inches out.
That is right folks, Chelsea defeated Manchester City in a game where they attacked, but ended up depending on Mourinho‘s specialty — the counter. This was a plan that he perfectly executed time and time again during his span at Real Madrid, and he has been able to continue this legacy in London.
Manuel Pellegrini coached a decent City side that was not afraid to attack and actually ended up with more shots overall and on target. However, at times, they hesitated a bit too much in front of frame and did not capitalize when they had opening to fire.
Now, Chelsea sits in third with 18, while City drop to sixth with 17. This is a game where the Manchester club could have been tied with Liverpool at 20 points, but unfortunately for them, it did not pan out that way. Now, they have to find a way to bounce back with perhaps a different look at the mentality as well as the back four.
The absence of captain Vincent Kompany has cost this team dearly, with Nastasic having to team up with Martin Demichelis in the heart of the defense, with the former committing more errors than the veteran, who actually earned his first start of the season. Nastasic has to be replaced before next week’s game, perhaps by Joleon Lescott, who would have never cost his team the game by heading past Joe Hart into the path of the opposing team’s striker.
After this loss, City can must up with a new game plan before next week’s home match against Norwich City.