By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Away Games
Chelsea dealt Manchester City a blow as they cruised to a 2-0 home victory over their Premier League rivals, with Micah and co unable to mount a late comeback against the West Londoners.
Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli were named among the substitutes as Edin Dzeko led the line alone, whilst Salomon Kalou and Fernando Torres spearheaded the Blues’ attack.
City did actually begin the brighter of the two sides, in form midfielder David Silva looking to work openings in the Chelsea defence and Dzeko narrowly missing the target early on.
Yaya Toure also went close with a 20-yard daisy cutter, whilst at the other end the hosts had a penalty appeal turned down when the ball struck Joleon Lescott’s arm, with the referee judging it to have been ball to hand.
The best chance of the first half was worked by Kalou who, benefitting from a slip by Vincent Kompany, turned and shot on goal only for Joe Hart to make the save, and the home side continued their ascendancy in to the second half.
Florent Malouda should have done better minutes after the break after a nice build up by Chelsea, with the Frenchman instead finding Hart’s hands, and soon after Branislav Ivanovic was unlucky to see his header hit Kompany as it looked destined for the back of the net.
Just as it appeared City may be able to keep their opponents at bay, Chelsea struck. Didier Drogba – introduced only moments before – picked out the impressive David Luiz with a free-kick and the defender powered the ball home to make it 1-0.
Micah had to be on guard to make a crucial block s Ashley Cole teed up a shot soon after, but Chelsea were not to be thwarted again as Ramires made it two.
The midfielder collected the ball 30 yards out before jinking his way past three defenders and slotting the ball home to make it 2-0 and put the result beyond doubt, and the final whistle went to seal a comfortable victory for the London outfit and leave City looking to end a disappointing few results of late.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, David Luiz, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Essien, Lampard, Kalou, Torres, Malouda. Subs: Turnbull, Drogba, Mikel, Bosingwa, Zhirkov, Ferreira, Anelka.
Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, De Jong, Toure Yaya, Barry, Milner, Dzeko, Silva. Subs: Taylor, Wright-Phillips, Adam Johnson, Boateng, Vieira, Boyata, Balotelli.