Against expectations, Chelsea fell like a pack of cards at the Etihad in a match where the away team were woeful in key areas.
Buying Bergovic was a good decision
After Petr Cech went to the other side of London, buying Asimir Bergovic made so much sense. However, many thought he would come to “warm the bench” like the Czech, in the new era of Mourinho’s extreme love for Thibaut Courtouis.
Courtouis’ red card seemed like a blessing for Bergovic. In fact, it was a blessing. In the game against Pellegrini’s side, Bergovic made 5 saves including the Aguero’s first attempt at goal – a one-on-one.
Chelsea had no presence in the midfield
Apart from Matic, the midfield for the Blues didn’t exist. Cesc Fabregas didn’t impose himself on the game or take the initiative to drive attacking transitions. In fact, he didn’t play as a central midfielder or an attacking midfielder.
In the end, it boils down to the same arguments about the Spaniard’s best position. He has performed below average in the two options.
Ramires is a -1 player
The Brazilian midfielder has been a shadow of himself since Chelsea’s successful Champions League campaign. He’s now more of a liability. Maybe Mourinho has another view or gave him some secret instructions – some positional deadwood role.
Ramirez was awful on the pitch. His first touches, his decision making on the ball, his runs were all poor. Many times he was just clueless.
Chelsea’s defence needs a shake up
According to Mourinho, he decided to substitute Terry not because the defender was bad, but because he wanted to counter CIty’s attacking threat. Well, bringing in Zouma may have made Chelsea play better in Mourinho’s eyes but it didn’t stop City from scoring more. In the end, something needs to be done to cushion threats from attack minded teams.
Maybe a Mikel to pair up with Matic to free Fabregas, a new defender to reduce the effect of fatigue would – do the trick.
City know how to dictate a game
The way Manchester City controlled the game was what their fans yearned for last season especially against Barcelona in the Champions league. Chelsea gave away the midfield to them. With the forwards focused on only attacking, Silva, Yaya Toure and Fernandinho had loads of free space to operate.
Chelsea’s current form is far from A
There seems to be something wrong with the defending champions. Costa and Hazard are barely visible. There is little or no service to the Costa from the midfield. In all perspectives, the team is performing woefully compared to how they started last season.Follow @FootyLogue