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Played
March 20, 2011 4:00 PM GMT
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ C. Foy‎
Attendance:‬ 41741‎
 
79′ David Luiz
 
90+2′ Ramires
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 2-0 Manchester City

By Wayne Veysey at Stamford Bridge

  • Petr Cech
    336
    15
    3.00

    Petr Cech

    Made a terrific parry to deny Toure early on but was little involved thereafter as City attacked with increasing infrequency. His catching was excellent throughout.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    279
    51
    3.00

    Branislav Ivanovic

    One of those days when his composure did not match his commitment. Sloppy in possession, although he protected Chelsea's right flank diligently. Had an excellent headed opportunity blocked by Kompany.

  • David Luiz
    1047
    32
    4.00

    David Luiz Top of the Match

    At least one of Roman Abramovich's January signings is scoring. Defended sensibly and his class on the ball stood out on afternoon when there was so little in the way of quality. His winning header was a study in penalty box movement and finishing. A penny for Torres' thoughts when that hit the net?

  • John Terry
    401
    23
    3.50

    John Terry

    Entering the field to chants of 'There's Only One England Captain' (and no-one can dispute it now), his reading of the game was excellent and shrugged off a knee injury in the 54th minute to play through the pain barrier.

  • Ashley Cole
    307
    18
    3.50

    Ashley Cole

    Another Sunday, another unflattering appearance in the tabloids. Cole's ability to shrug off the controversy is one of his greatest strengths and today was no different. He quietened down after a rampaging start but Milner got no change out of the left-back.

  • Ramires
    533
    17
    3.50

    Ramires

    His battle with Kolarov was one of the most engrossing of the match and the improving Brazilian never shirked in his task. Showed a real flash of quality with his brilliant run and finish for the second goal after stealing behind City's advancing defence.

  • Michael Essien
    246
    67
    3.00

    Michael Essien

    Threw himself into some tasty challenges early on and, in a game that showcased defensive rather than attacking skills, he was more effective without the ball than with it.

  • Frank Lampard
    242
    111
    2.50

    Frank Lampard

    Burst forward at every available opportunity but did not benefit from the knock-downs and lay-offs that he thrives on. Chelsea's new 4-4-2 formation seems to have diluted his match-winning capabilities.

  • Florent Malouda
    198
    158
    2.50

    Florent Malouda

    Scuffed the best chance of the match in the 51st minute and generally lacklustre as his 2011 downturn showed no sign of ending. Withdrawn after 71 minutes.

  • Salomon Kalou
    216
    95
    3.00

    Salomon Kalou

    Surprisingly preferred to Anelka and Drogba, he looked lively rather than lethal and there was little to suggest his inclusion was anything other than meaningless rotation.

  • Fernando Torres
    366
    251
    2.50

    Fernando Torres

    On his 27th birthday, there was little sign that the landmark had provided closure on the most frustrating 12 months of his professional career. Given little space to run at the City defence, he tried hard but struggled to conjure openings and his touch was hit-and-miss. Got a standing ovation when he was subbed with 19 minutes left.

Substitutions

  • Yuri Zhirkov
    304
    15
    3.00

    Yuri Zhirkov

    His arrival on the pitch coincided with Chelsea's best spell of the match. Made some strong runs against tiring defenders.

  • Didier Drogba
    496
    16
    3.50

    Didier Drogba

    Totally involved from the moment he joined the fray. Looked the most effective of Chelsea's four strikers and it will be hard for Ancelotti to leave him out for the next game.

  • Nicolas Anelka
    248
    36
    3.00

    Nicolas Anelka

    Helped Chelsea dominate the late stages.

  • Joe Hart
    62
    86
    3.00

    Joe Hart

    Did not make his first save until the 42nd minute - a relatively comfortable one from Kalou - on a quieter afternoon than he could have anticipated. Always exuded confidence and authority and could do little to keep out either of the goals.

  • Micah Richards
    74
    91
    3.50

    Micah Richards

    A formidably muscular performance from the right-back, who helped fom an excellent City barrier in front of Hart.

  • Vincent Kompany
    153
    95
    4.00

    Vincent Kompany

    Outstanding display by the centre-half, who showed that Terry is not the only footballer who can combine wearing an armband with flawless defending. His anticipation and tackling were superb, as they always are in the big games.

  • Joleon Lescott
    34
    94
    3.00

    Joleon Lescott

    Gave Torres and Kalou little room for manoeuvre and he seemed to pop up whenever there was a sniff of danger. But was caught out by Ramires for the second goal.

  • Aleksandar Kolarov
    60
    105
    3.00

    Aleksandar Kolarov

    Got in some excellent positions on the left flank, although his fizzing deliveries were of varying degrees of accuracy.

  • Nigel De Jong
    98
    96
    3.50

    Nigel De Jong

    Disrupted the rhythm of opponents with his relentless tracking and harrying. Did not deserve to be on the losing side.

  • Yaya Touré
    49
    96
    3.00

    Yaya Touré

    Some occasional nice touches from the big man but did not get on the ball as much as City would have liked.

  • Gareth Barry
    30
    116
    2.50

    Gareth Barry

    Formed a strong barrier in front of the back four with De Jong but must offer more further up the pitch. If Luiz is Sideshow Bob, Gareth is Sideways Baz.

  • James Milner
    49
    89
    2.50

    James Milner

    Provided good protection for Richards on the right flank but offered litte going forward. Booked in the first half for a poor challenge on Malouda.

  • David Silva
    62
    234
    3.00

    David Silva

    Completely anonymous in the first half apart from some startling wayward passes, he woke up after the break and was a real threat with some clever passing.

  • Edin Dzeko
    135
    240
    2.50

    Edin Dzeko Flop of the Match

    He battled hard but his touch was ponderous and showed little of the predatory instinct that made his name at Wolfsburg.

Substitutions

  • Adam Johnson
    36
    96
    0.00

    Adam Johnson

    Replaced Milner on the right flank but had no opportunity to run at the Chelsea defence.

  • Mario Balotelli
    56
    122
    0.00

    Mario Balotelli

    The subject of much mirth as he tried on his bib by the touchline during the match, he made little impact when he came on.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0