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Hello and welcome to Soccerlens’ live coverage of tonight’s Premier League match, Manchester City vs Chelsea. 

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Hosted by Tom Gatehouse, the Lens will keep you up to date with events as they unfold at the Etihad.

Ably partnered by resident analyst Saikat Mandal, together we will endeavour to bring you comprehensive coverage of tonight’s action.

Be sure to send us your thoughts on Twitter.

Tom: @tragatehouse

Saikat: @saikat_lens 

Enjoy the match!

 Manchester City vs Chelsea: Live Tom Gatehouse 03/02/201422:31

Right, well, that’s it from us!

Mourinho got his wish for a game to really show off the Premier League to it’s fullest potential!

Chelsea were magnificent, but City also played their part in what was certainly the game of the season to date.

Enjoy the rest of your night, we’re off to soak our blistering fingers in warm water.

See you next time!

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 Manchester City vs Chelsea: Live Tom Gatehouse 03/02/201422:27

Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage speaking for the BBC at Etihad Stadium

“Jose Mourinho has not put a foot wrong as manager. To a man, his players have carried out his instructions perfectly.

“Martin Demichelis has slowed Manchester City down in possession.”

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Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic, speaking to Sky Sports: “It was very hard, because Manchester City are a very good team. We have to continue to play like this.

“The team is younger than when I was first here. We can improve now as the players are young.”

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More mind games from Jose, and it will be like salt to the wound for City, who have been deservedly beaten here today by Mourinho’s ‘boys’

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: “The next pre-season, me and my players will say openly that we are mature, solid from day one and are candidates for the league. This season is about evolution.

“We can [win the title] if they lose it [Manchester City]. Arsenal are working for many, many years for the evolution of their team.

“What we are doing this season is what Arsenal have been building to for years.

“It means nothing for us to come here and park the bus and win 1-0 in a lucky situation. The evolution is more important.”

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Now we wait for Jose Mourinho to squeeze his over-inflated head back out of the Chelsea dressing room to address the cameras…should be a hoot!

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A genuinely sensational game, and an absolute pleasure to watch!
Branislav Ivanovic’s first half thunderbolt was the difference in the end, but City squandered a host of excellent chances, while Chelsea could have easily added to their goal, but were denied by the post on three separate occasions!

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Jose Mourinho managed to bump chests with three of his backroom staff on his way down the tunnel! His players’ warrior-like display has certainly had an effect on the eccentric Portuguese!

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Just two points separating City and Chelsea from leaders Arsenal now. Any slip-up may be devastating from here…

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Take a look at the Premier League table! Very, very interesting!

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Arguably man-of-the-match Gary Cahill looks mightily pleased with himself, and why wouldn’t he! Absolute warrior tonight!

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Chelsea fans celebrating what is a massive, massive victory for them!

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Final score: Manchester City 0-1 Chelsea

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CITY BEATEN AT HOME

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GAME OVER

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How are we keeping up with this, Saikat?!

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Last action of the game, corner

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Hazard off, Ba on

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Joveticcccc — Oh! What a hit but but what a save from Cech

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Chelsea, and Gary Cahill in particular, evoking the memories of that famous defensive Champions League final display in 2012

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92′ Last few seconds

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Yellow card for time wasting but Mourinho won’t mind that

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91′ – Mikel coming on for Willian

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91′ – Navas cross – yet another clearance. Corner

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City desperate. Chelsea defence rock solid

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Mourinho apoplectic on the touch-line! He wanted a red!

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Terry threw his head at that last shot!

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86′ Oscar was fouled by Nastasic. Chelsea appealing for Red card.. But just yellow. Sensible decision

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Absolutely extraordinary display from Chelsea’s back-line tonight

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85′ Another corner for City

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84′ – Kolarov earns another corner for City.

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84′ – Corner for Chelsea. Short corner taken by Hazard

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82′ – Eto’o off. Oscar on

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81′ – City continuing to look dangerous. Oscar coming on…

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10 to go! Can Chelsea hang on?

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78′ – David Luiz with a long range effort. Highly ambitious. Way off target

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Looks like Dietmar agrees with you about the City freekick, Saikat!

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Mourinho wanted a match from this century? He’s got one!

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76′ – Terry in the box, danger cleared..

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75′ – Chelsea corner. Brilliant from Matic again, snatching the ball from…. Yaya!

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It was a stunning save from Cech, who threw himself at that Silva freeick!

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74′ – Brilliant movement once again from City. Another superb delivery from Kolarov. Silva again should have done better. His smile says it all!

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73′ – Corner. City are pushing hard for the equalizer. Still 0-1

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72′ – What a save from Cech!!!

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72′ – Silva to take the freekick

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72′ – Freekick to City. Bit lucky

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71′ – SPOTTED: Brendan Rodgers watching the game with his son in a City box

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70′ Chelsea breaking through Matic. Ramires gives Hart a catching practice.

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Colossal play from Gary Cahill, who races back from hitting the post to make a crucial double block. John Terry shows his appreciation!

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69′ – Cahill clears. Dangerous attack from City.

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City still can’t find a way through, really frustrating for the home side…

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Gary Cahill rose brilliantly there, and sent an angled header against the base of the City post. It’s all Chelsea at the moment! They’ve now hit the post 3 times!!

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67′ – Last ditch defending from Chelsea

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67′ – Would you believe it?? Chelsea have hit the post yet again!!!

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Chelsea currently with 59% possession…

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66′ – Another corner

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65′ – Corner to Chelsea.

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64′ – Cleared comfortably.

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63′ – Freekick to City, Matic handball.

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Fascinating match. Chelsea looking the more likely to score the next goal here, with the Blues looking to soak up possession, and hit City on the counter

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62′ – Brilliant from Matic. The big guy is bossing the midfield at the moment. Lovely pass to Ramires as well

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61′ – No change to scoreline. Off target

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60′ – Jovetic fouled by Luiz. Free kick in a good position…Kolarov territory

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59′ – Hazard and Willian just electric. Yaya fouls the Brazilian. Another freekick

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58′- Both sides failing to maintain possession

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57′ – Luiz hits the wall

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Freekick for Chelsea in a dangerous area

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56′- Jovetic on. Negredo off

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The Serbian lets rip from a full 30 yards out, striking the outside of Joe Hart’s right-hand post!

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54′ – Jovetic to replace Negredo

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52′ – MATIC HITS THE POST!!

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Played at blinding pace, its a wonder i’m anywhere near to keeping up with it!

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Game of the season? I’d say so!

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50′ – Toure does get a shot away, with the Ivorian inches wide from an equaliser!

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50′ – Last grasp defending from Chelsea, as Dzeko looked to pull the trigger

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What an intriguing game!

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48′ – Eden Hazard has been nothing short of sensational today, arguably his best game to date. He once again dances past numerous City challenges, and Willian puts it wide following a goal-mouth scramble!

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Would a second Chelsea goal kill City off? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below…

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46′ – Ball into the Chelsea box, and Dzeko heads wide

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Stefan Jovetic among the City players warming up, change imminent?

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New Chelsea signing Mohammed Salah is on the bench remember, I wonder if Mourinho will hand him his debut?

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It’s quite something, the second Chelsea kicked off, almost every City player started sprinting! Amazing

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Here we go, can Chelsea withstand the predicted City barrage?

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Almost ready for the second half. Don’t blink!

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What do you think? Let us know in the comments below. Or ask us on Twitter:

Tom: @tragatehouse

Saikat: @saikat_lens

 Manchester City vs Chelsea: Live Tom Gatehouse 03/02/201420:52

Ivanovic’s goal was arguably against the run of play, but it has done wonders for Chelsea in this tie, with the Blues’ hard work paying off. Perhaps they have benefited from a little luck, considering the chances squandered by City…surely more goals to come in this one!

 Manchester City vs Chelsea: Live Tom Gatehouse 03/02/201420:51

Phew! That was quite something! Halftime at the Etihad and Chelsea, somehow, have the lead. The Blues were overrun for long periods of the first half, but always looked dangerous on the counter

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46′ – Eto’o almost in again! Demichelis saves his own skin by taking the ball of the Cameroonian at the last second, having allowed the striker too much space

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Half time at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City 0-1 Chelsea

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Mourinho holds his head in his hands…he knows that was a huge chance!

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2 minutes added time

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Hazard dances into the area from the left, lays the ball across the box, and Eto’o comes streaming in to smash his shot against the woodwork. So nearly 2-0!

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43′ – ETO’O HITS THE BAR!!!

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43′ Samuel Eto’o hits the bar. Another glorious opportunity wasted..

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42′ – Kolarov booked for a scything challenge on a rampaging David Luiz

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40′ – Big chance for City!! Edin Dzeko picks up a loose ball from a corner, but cannot keep his shot down. Another let off for Chelsea

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39′ – Nemanja Matic the latest Chelsea man to go in the book

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…but it is wasted

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37′ – Yaya does magnificently in the middle, weaving through what seemed like 14 challenges, winning his side a corner…

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Chelsea coming into the game more now, that Ivanovic goal has done wonders!

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36′ – Demichelis booked for a clumsy challenge on Hazard

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…but it comes to nothing, with Hart gathering

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…but it peters out, with Hart gathering

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35′ – Eto’o through…

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Chelsea really struggling down the flanks

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34′ – Navas mistimes his volley from a left-wing cross, and it falls into a grateful Petr Cech’s arms

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Jose goes mental as goalscorer Ivanovic is immediately booked for a late challenge on Silva

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39′ – Nemanja Matic the latest Chelsea man to go in the book

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No chance for Joe Hart, he simply cannot do anything. That was supposed to be his weaker foot… Amazing strike!!!

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What a strike!!!!!

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IVANOVIC scores for Chelsea

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30′ – Navas’ shot blocked by Matic

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re: 29′ – Thankfully for us!

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29′ – For the first time the game has slowed down a bit.

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24′ – David Silva tries a spot of acrobatics on a loose ball, which gives me the chance to roll out this rather fetching graphic…

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Very good first time release from Matic – 4 against 1 – should have scored that. Though, excellent save from Joe Hart.

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Ashley Cole looking frozen on the bench, I bet he’s quite glad he’s not up against this City machine at the moment!

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What a match! You just can’t catch your breath!

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22′ – Chance for City almost straight away! Edin Dzeko deceives Luiz on the edge of the box, and goes to curl one in far post…but there’s not enough spin on the ball, and it floats wide

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…and it’s a poor one. Row Z in fact. Luiz looks incredulously at the turf. Not one he will want to remember.

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20′ – Great little jinking run from Hazard leads to Chelsea winning a free-kick on the edge of the box. Here comes David Luiz…

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19′ – Eto’o with his dancing feet…slams a shot at Hart from a very acute angle. Perhaps not the best choice there from the Cameroonian..

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17′ – How did they not score?! David Silva drags his shot wide from only a few yards out, after the rampaging Yaya put it on a plate! Huge let off for Chelsea

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17′ – Chelsea struggling to retain possession here…

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So So So close… Silva should have hit the target – what a chance missed!

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16′ – Wow! Almost caught Chelsea off-guard! Jesus Navas teases Azpilicueta on the left, before playing in Toure, whose first time shot whistles just over the Chelsea bar!

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Ben Foster was the last goal keeper to keep a clean sheet at this ground.

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16′ – The languid Yaya Toure slows things down for the first time in the centre

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15′ – Fantastic tackle by Ivanovic in the box, and Chelsea are off again!

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15′ – GOAL? No! Ramires has the ball in the net, but it is chalked off, with Eto’o straying offside

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There lies the danger. Look at the space Hazard got.

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14′ – Great run by Hazard…

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13′ – David Luiz feels mightily aggrieved as he gives away a free-kick

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Mourinho hopping up and down on the touchline, evidently perturbed by City’s early dominance

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12′ – Corner headed over by the aforementioned Negredo, no danger to Cech

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10′ – Almost telepathic communication from City here, as they pile relentlessly forward in search of the first goal. Negredo wins a corner…

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10′ – Stunning, stunning move from City! Only 10 minutes gone, and Yaya almost opens the scoring! Inches!

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8′ – City at sixes-and-sevens at the back!A mix-up almost lets in Willian, but Kompany clears

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7′ – Important interception there from Matic, and Chelsea break

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5′ – Kompany goes in heavily on Eto’o, Mike Dean gives the City captain a talking to

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Have to admit, shaky start from Chelsea so far

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3′ – Floated in, but Demichelis heads harmlessly wide

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3′ – Matic gives away a free-kick, left side

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City looking to show the Blues why teams are so terrified to come to the Etihad!

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Incredible pace to the game, and so early on!

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2′ – Negredo ‘beasting’ his way into the box past Cahill, but blazes a shot high and wide

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1′ – Wow, lightning start from City! Pressured John Terry into a dodgy backwards header towards Petr Cech, who bacrely gets it away from danger

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Hold your breath, seconds away from kickoff…

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Tanay says: Would be interesting to see if Mourinho decides to deploy an attacking style today given that Aguero is out of action now.

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Perhaps he might having to say about it…

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I wonder if the absence of Aguero will give Chelsea added confidence here?

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Pitch-side view of the impressive Etihad Stadium

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Mourinho going for a 4-3-3 formation was, to be honest, not what I expected!
David Luiz vs Yaya Toure will be quite a battle, with Ramires surely grateful for the presence of his fellow Brazilian against the Ivorian giant!

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Just under 15 minutes to go until kick-off…

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Missing Fernandinho could be a huge blow for Manchester City. Role of the full-backs would be crucial

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And here is highlights from the last game played between the two sides.
Chelsea coming out 2-1 winners at Stamford Bridge thanks to Fernando Torres late, fortunate goal

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Some scary stats for Chelsea fans below! The Blues haven’t beaten City since 2008, where Robinho made his City debut, scoring a free-kick

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LAST 5 MATCHES AT THE ETIHAD:

Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea 2012/13

Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea 2011/12

Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea 2010/11

Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea 2009/10

Manchester City 1-3 Chelsea 2008/09

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Let me know your best XI in the comments below…

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Here is Paddy Power’s take..

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Before we commence, I wanted to briefly address the current conversational piece in the office: A Man City – Chelsea best XI.

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Welcome all! Here we are, just over half an hour away from what is arguably the biggest match of the season so far. Excited?

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TEAMS

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany (c), Nastasic, Kolarov, Navas, Demichelis, Toure, Silva, Dzeko, Negredo

Subs: Pantilimon, Boyata, Clichy, Milner, Rodwell, Lopes, Jovetic

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Luiz, Matic; Hazard, Ramires, Willian; Eto’o

Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Mikel, Lampard, Oscar, Salah, Ba.

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One Comment to Manchester City vs Chelsea: Live

  1. Would be interesting to see if Mourinho decides to deploy an attacking style today given that Aguero is out of action now.