August 12, 2012 by backofthenetjl
Man City began preparations for the upcoming Premier League season with a 3-2 victory over Chelsea at Villa Park. Samir Nasri’s goal proved to be the decisive goal in an entertaining contest.
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo fielded a strong lineup, featuring new signing Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Fernando Torres, Ramires and Frank Lampard. City were subject to some injuries, with Joe Hart, Mario Balotelli, Gareth Barry and Micah Richards all being ruled out. Roberto Mancini opted to continue with the 3 at the back system, Vincent Kompany was selected in defence alongside Stefan Savic and Pablo Zabaleta, Aleksander Kolarov and James Milner were deployed as wing-backs, whilst Nigel De Jong, Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri started in midfield and Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez completing the lineup.
City made the brighter start in early stages, with Carlos Tevez coming extremely close within taking the lead from a free-kick from distance, which was beaten away by Cech. Soon after the Champions had another chance to open the scoring, this time Samir Nasri testing Peter Cech, though it was going to be difficult to get past Czech Republic shot-stopper.Cech was forced into another save moments later, palming away Kolarov’s inswinging corner.
For the majority of the half, it was City who had the upper hand and were keeping possession very well, with only Eden Hazard forcing Costel Pantillimon into a save, thought he big Romanian held it well. But against the run of play, in the 39th minute, Chelsea took the lead, Ramires found space outside the box and flicked the ball to Torres, who skilfully finished for a real smash and grab goal. Things seemed to be going well for Chelsea, until 4 minutes before half time, Ivanovic saw red, for a tackle on Kolorov, potentially ruining their chances of winning the game, as playing with a man down against the reigning Champions was no easy task.
HT Chelsea 1-0 City
City then leveled things up, minutes after the break, Milner’s cross was only partially cleared as far as Yaya Toure and the Ivorian drove a shot into the corner. Then moments later, City took the lead, Carlos Tevez linked up well with Nasri and then skipped past David Luiz, before curling a shot past Cech. Chelsea were forced to play with men behind the ball and weren’t posing much of a threat due to the dismissal of Ivanovic, their only chance falling to Ramires, but it was a comfortably save for Pantillimon. Samir Nasri added a third for City and piled more pressure on Chelsea, he steered home Kolarov’s cross for the 4th goal of the game.
Chelsea reduced the deficit in the 80th minute, substitute Ryan Bertrand netting his first goal for the club, after Pantillimon spilled Sturridge’s well struck effort. But City held out and could of extended their lead, if Aguero would of put away a chance late on. A very entertaining game, with both sides showing promising signs for the season ahead, a good way to begin the competitive action.
FT Chelsea 2-3 City
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Mikel, Ramires, Lampard, Mata,(Sturridge) Torres, Hazard(Bertrand)
City: Pantillimon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Savic(Clichy), Milner, De Jong, Yaya Toure, Kolarov, Nasri(Silva), Aguero, Tevez(Dzeko)