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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 Withdrawn after 71 minutes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A formidably muscular performance from the right-back, who helped fom an excellent City barrier in front of Hart.
Got in some excellent positions on the left flank, although his fizzing deliveries were of varying degrees of accuracy.
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.
Some occasional nice touches from the big man but did not get on the ball as much as City would have liked.
N. de Jong
Disrupted the rhythm of opponents with his relentless tracking and harrying. Did not deserve to be on the losing side.
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.
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.
He battled hard but his touch was ponderous and showed little of the predatory instinct that made his name at Wolfsburg.
- 22 R. Turnbull
- 17 José Bosingwa
- 19 Paulo Ferreira
- 12 J. Obi Mikel
His arrival on the pitch coincided with Chelsea's best spell of the match. Made some strong runs against tiring defenders.
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.
Helped Chelsea dominate the late stages.
- 12 S. Taylor
- 17 J. Boateng
- 38 D. Boyata
- 24 P. Vieira
Replaced Milner on the right flank but had no opportunity to run at the Chelsea defence.
- 8 S. Wright-Phillips
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.