Chelsea went out of the FA Cup after a 2-0 against Manchester City. This was the second consecutive time we have gone out of the competition after a defeat against City. Jose Mourinho named a strong starting line-up, while City rested a couple of key players like Negredo with the midweek Champions league match against Barcelona in mind.
However, it was City who dominated the match with cutting-edge play and incisive passing. The trio behind Samuel Eto’o – including Eden Hazard – were suffocated by City’s midfield, who made it sure that they would not be given any space.
Mourinho admitted after the match that City deserved to win. He said:
“City played much better than us and deserved to win. Football is in peace when the best team wins. Two weeks ago the best team won and today the best team won.
“Give credit to my players because today proved that to win twice against City and to win here is very difficult to do. Credit for what my team did two weeks ago. Today the situation was simple. It’s simple to analyse. They were the best team and they won.”
Stevan Jovetic opened the scoring in the first half, while Samir Nasri scored the second after coming on as a substitute. The worst thing about the match was that Chelsea never looked like scoring at any time in the match. Ramires and Willian were extremely poor, but Jose would have been disappointed with Chelsea’s reaction – or lack of it – in the second half.
This defeat means that Chelsea have won only two of the last five matches in all competitions. After the spectacular run since the 3-2 defeat against Stoke, Jose perhaps needs to come up with a new idea.
Chelsea’s next match is against Everton in the league.
Manchester City (4-4-2): Pantilimon; Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy; Milner, Toure, Garcia, Silva; Jovetic (Nasri 60), Dzeko
Goals: Jovetic 15, Nasri 65
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech (c); Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Ramires (Torres 60), Willian (Oscar 70), Hazard; Eto’o (Salah h-t)