So at home on the big stage, City's uber-confident No.1 was a reassuring presence between the sticks and handled everything coolly and with a dash of swagger.
Pressed into a left-back role, he looked a round peg in a square hole but stuck to his task well. Although booked for kicking Ivanovic into the air like a tennis ball, his commitment was an example to others.
Selflessly coaxed Boyata through the game and held his own against Chelsea's multi-faceted attackers.
Given the nod at right-back because of injuries to City's four senior full-backs (Boateng, Richards, Bridge and Kolarov), the Belgium Under-21 international's inexperience was targeted by Chelsea but he acquitted himself well.
The bedrock on which City's defence is built, he handled Droba far better than anyone else this season. So under-rated but so good.
Simple but effective display alongside De Jong to help City win the fierce midfield battle.
Had his work cut out trying to get some change out of the impregnable Ivanovic. His set-piece delivery was disappointing and his final ball inconsistent.
On the periphery of the action until he finally gained half a yard in the 55th minute and a first-time drive was pushed away smartly by Cech. His influence increased after City went ahead but, like a fine piece of bone china, looks a fragile ornament in the Premier League furnace. Substituted in the 78th minute.
N. de Jong
Snapped at the heels of any man in black who came within breathing distance, made some fine interceptions and generally made a nuisance of himself. A prototype defensive midfield performance.
Pressed into a right midfield role, looked a bit cumbersome initially and kept drifting back into central areas in a bid to influence the play. Sent Tevez clear for the goal and made some strong runs but the Mancini favourite needs to make a position his own.
Will he be deprived of his powers, like biblical character Samson, without his once flowing locks? Not on this evidence. Great commitment throughout and his head-down-charge and angled cross-shot conjured something out of nothing for the home side.
Unconvincing display. His punching was hit-and-miss and seemed to get his angles wrong for Tevez's goal. In the end, he did not even dive for a shot that was hardly scorching the turf.
Goes about his business quietly but an increasingly influential figure at Chelsea, not only at right-back but in both penalty areas. Hit the bar with a header.
Ran the gauntlet from the City fans with his every touch heckled and booed. Although he was comanding in the air, his positioning was suspect at times and was unconvincing when Tevez ran at him but did not allow his concentration to slip. Commanded the penalty area and
For once, he was not the principal target of crowd abuse and for once he did not deliver a flawless display. Allowed Tevez to run and shoot for the only goal of the game.
Better in ther air than on the ground and made one vital headed clearance just as Silva was about to press the trigger. Headed wide from a corner when he should have hit the target late on.
J. Obi Mikel
Booked for a nasty studs-first challenge on Tevez that veered into the 'wild territory" and was substituted soon afterwards.
A tiger in central midfield but twice guilty of pussy-cat finishing either side of half-time. He skied high, wide and not too handsome when the ball fell invitingly to him just outside the box and unable to keep a meaty header from a corner down.
Made some good runs but not quite the left flank marauder who has scored and created for fun in the early games of the season.
Looked a lost soul in the battle for the central acres.
Chelsea' s most potent attacker. Frequently interchanged positions with Drogba and drifted into central areas, where he was a huge threat with his touch and turbo-charged change of pace.
Strangely subdued throughout, the 'Drog' rarely unleased his superlative skills. His movement was lackadaisical and rarely made his presence felt
- 22 R. Turnbull
- 38 P. van Aanholt
- 19 Paulo Ferreira
Did not have long enough to make an impact.
Had some nice touches but could not find the killer pass in the congested areas.
- 44 G. Kakuta
Replaced Drogba with 15 minutes to go but was not given any space to threaten with his speed.