By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games
Manchester City set out their stall for this campaign with an impressive 1-0 victory over reigning Premier League champions Chelsea at the City of Manchester stadium, with Carlos Tevez one of the heroes.
Frustratingly for Micah, the hamstring injury that had hampered him all week failed to disappear and as such the young defender was ruled out.
But in his absence the likes of Tevez, Vincent Kompany and Gareth Barry held firm to secure three points against the previously imperious looking Blues.
It was City who looked most dangerous early on, Tevez almost directing a Nigel de Jong ball goal-wards only for it to whizz wide.
Similarly, Tevez was just inches away from connecting with Pablo Zabaleta’s ball in with Petr Cech back-pedaling, and as the visitors struggled to stamp their authority on the game, both Barry and Zabaleta had shots of their own blocked by Chelsea’s defence.
At the other end, Michael Essien shot just wide from distance and the danger they forever possess was demonstrated minutes later.
Branislav Ivanovic connected with Didier Drogba’s corner only for the effort to re-bound off the bar and back into his path, but Joe Hart was on hard to make a reaction save to the follow up header.
Neither side seemed overly willing to commit men forward in search of the opener, and the danger Carlo Ancelotti’s side posed came mainly from Essien in the centre.
Fortunately for City, the Ghanaian’s shooting boots were way off throughout the afternoon, even when he was teed up after nice play by Nicolas Anelka and Florent Malouda.
Still City held resolute and David Silva forced a fine low save from Cech with an angled shot, and it was a sign of the changing tide for, moments later, the hosts were in front.
An innocuous clearance by Zabaleta was picked up by Yaya Toure who in turn found Tevez, and the Argentine international used his pace and trickery to evade Ashley Cole and slot the ball across goal and beyond Cech to hand his side the lead.
The West Londoners had seemingly been undone in much the same way as last season, and in their hunt for a goal they brought off Drogba for former City boy Daniel Sturridge, but their opponents were unwilling to relinquish the three points.
With Roberto Mancini’s men holding firm, City handed Chelsea their first defeat of the season and highlighted that they can match the big-boys when it comes to it.
Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Toure, Boyata, Milner, De Jong, Barry, Toure Yaya, Silva, Tevez. Subs: Given, Adebayor, Adam Johnson, Boateng, Lescott, Vieira, Jo.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Alex, Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Essien, Malouda, Drogba, Anelka. Subs: Turnbull, Zhirkov, Ferreira, Sturridge, Van Aanholt, Kakuta, McEachran.