The reigning champions against the people’s champion this season following an excellent post-season transfers was a highly anticipated match on the fifth week of the Premier League and both teams certainly did not let the fans down with a very exciting game up to the last minute.
The game started with Man City dictating the pace with its aggressive stance while the Chelsea was very savvy and concentrated on their defensive organization contrasting to what City was doing. Sergio Agüero of Manchester City started the attack and won a free kick on the left wing. They followed their aggression with a corner from Manchester City. Another attempt missed by Agüero header from the center of the box is high and wide to the left after an assist by Pablo Zabaleta with a cross. David Silva of Man City wins a free kick in the attacking half that leads to a corner only to be conceded by Diego Costa. Finally on the 5th minute, the Blues joins on the mix after numerous attempts by Man U and won a free kick in the defensive half. Attempts by Dzeko, Touré, Fernardinho, and Agüero mauled Chelsea’s defense but could not land the knock-out punch coming into the half-time. Fernardinho started the attack for Man City once again at the start of the second half. This time, Chelsea became more aggressive in making attempts and cooking up its pressure. At the 65th minute, Pablo Zabaleta was handed a red card after a tackle on Diego Costa and believed that Costa got away with choking him during the scuffle. It only took five minutes after the shenanigans that André Schürrle scored a left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner, assisted by Eden Hazard with a cross following a fast break. Diego Costa almost got another goal for Chelsea after an attempt that was clean only to hit the right post. The aggressor suddenly became the pray and being stalked by Chelsea mostly because of fatigue playing out for the City due to their numerous misses and they also have less substitutes than Chelsea.
However, Manchester City managed to stun Chelsea with a late equalizer by Frank Lampard on the 85th minute at the Etihad Stadium. Lampard who scored 208 goals for the Blue Lions in his thirteen-year-tenure before leaving for City two months ago. A timely kick in the gut by the former Blue Lion spoiled the immaculate start of Chelsea this season. The game ends in a thrilling 1-1 draw.
After the game, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrin said that: “When I sent Lampard on I told him to go and score. I was so sure he’d play well against Chelsea because he’s a very good professional and he always wanted to be involved in this game from the beginning. I spoke with him at the beginning of the week and he wanted to be involved, he’s a very good player and a great professional so I am very happy for him.”
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: “[It’s] one point won because we arrive here as leaders with two points more than second [place] and we leave the stadium with three points lead. I don’t look to direct opponents, to City, or to other clubs in a special way, I look to the table. We are leaders with three points. We come to a super difficult stadium and a super difficult opponent and we leave in a better condition than when we arrived.”
Most of the attempts came from Man City and Manuel Pellegrini even accused Chelsea of playing like a “small team” and having them come to Man City only to defend but Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho shrugs off these accusations by Pellegrini and countered that the former should stick to his promise not to talk about Chelsea. This simmering heat may succeed and go over to their next match.