Could perhaps have done more to keep Balotelli at bay for the opener but was otherwise in command.
Restored to the starting X1 by the Luiz suspension, the Portugese made some good attacking breaks but was fallible in defense. Lucky not to concede a first half penalty when he carelessly upended Silva in the box.
Spent most of the game fighting fires in his own half after clearly being instructed to restrict his attacking surges.
Shifted back to center back by Luiz suspension and was all over the place to start with, noticeably leaving a big gap for Balotelli to wander through and score the early opener. Far more comfortable after the break.
Recovered from a horrendous start, in which he was culpable for allowing Balotelli to drift unmarked into an offside position for the opener, to deliver a reasonably polished display. His vulnerability when Chelsea played a high defensive line were undeniable, however.
Had the unenviable task of monitoring the elusive City attackers but recovered his pose after a difficult start to deliver another class-filled display in the screening role.
Generally subdued in the first half but became increasingly influential after the break with his trickery and excellent ball control.
Hit-and-miss distribution but justified his inclusion with expert volley for the equalizer after drifting unmarked into the box a la Lampard. Subbed in the 73rd minute.
Quelled by City's first half dominance but his driving runs and energetic breaks were one of the features of Chelsea's comeback, although he was occasionally wanton.
A shining light in the driving rain and arguably the outstanding player on the pitch. Engineered both Chelsea goals, first by consummately beating Clichy and laying on the opener with his weaker foot and then forcing the Lescott handball. Clichy couldn't handle him before his sending-off.
His strength and power kept Lescott and Kompany busy but not nearly as dominant as he was against Valencia five days ago.
Hardly overworked but still shipped two goals. However, two keepers might not have kept out Lampard's penalty.
Received a first half booking for rashly upending Drogba and had a few uncertain moments when Chelsea cantered towards the penalty box.
Mixed solidity with rashness, first at right back and then on the left flank for the last third of the game.
Ruined what had been a fine display by losing his composure and blatantly handballing Sturridge's cross-cum-shot to gift Chelsea their late penalty.
Looked the weakest link in the City back four and could have few complaints with his second half dismissal for two bookable offenses. Could not cope with pace of Sturridge and was beaten all ends up by the No. 23 for the equalizer.
Tore into Chelsea's midfield in a relentlessly energetic display alongside Barry but guilty of failing to track back and cover Meireles for the equalizer. Could also be in hot water with the FA for appearing to stamp on Mata in the first half.
Kept City ticking over in the first half but overrun for the last half hour, particularly when Ramires ran at him with pace.
Drifting inside from the right flank, the elusive Spaniard only harmed Chelsea in spurts although played a big role in the opener by finding Aguero. Subbed with 15 minutes left.
Frequently swapped wings with Silva, although his role was more of subjugation rather than creation. Energetic but lacked quality on the ball.
Nonchalantly tucked away the opener after rounding Cech as if he wasn't there. Caused mayhem early on alongside Aguero in a twin-pronged attack but quiet thereafter.
Sacrificed by Mancini following Clichy's red card but had caused huge problems for Chelsea in the opening 20 minutes. Brilliantly teed Balotelli up for the opener with an exquisite pass with the outside of his right boot.
- 22 R. Turnbull
- 19 Paulo Ferreira
Helped slow the game down for the last seven minutes after replacing Mata.
J. Obi Mikel
A late replacement for Sturridge.
Emphatically rifled home the penalty after being given license in the last 17 minutes to play just behind Drogba.
- 21 S. Kalou
- 9 Fernando Torres