Manchester City vs Chelsea: Man-for-man marking

 

Chelsea

PETR CECH: Helped keep Chelsea in game early on with two crucial stops. Not to blame for either goal. 7/10

BRANISLAV IVANOVIC: Crucial block from Aguero but lost his man as the Argentine notched City's second. 6

DAVID LUIZ: Not the type of game that brings out his best. Came more into game after break. Close with free-kick. 6

CESAR AZPILICUETA: Unable to help stop City's attacking verve and unwittingly set up Nasri for opener. 5

RYAN BERTRAND: Filling in for Ashley Cole, the left-back blocked a Tevez shot. Kept busy at back and unable to go forward. 5

RAMIRES: Ineffective in first half and ceded the free-kick that led to City's second. Wasted header in front of goal. 6

JUAN MATA: Curled over before the break but forced to drop back and help out in defence more than he would have liked. 6

OSCAR: Subtle flicks and tricks but Brazilian was unable to utilise his skills to any great effect until City tired. 6

JOHN OBI MIKEL: Struggled to cope with power of City's attacking force. Sacrificed for Torres as Chelsea chased game. 5

EDEN HAZARD: Had effort cleared off line by Kompany but more influential after the break as Chelsea rallied. 6

DEMBA BA: Wonderful movement for Chelsea's goal but too often left isolated. 7

Best off the bench: Fernando Torres

Instant impact without touching ball. Presence created space for Ba to capitalise. 6

Manchester City

COSTEL PANTILIMON: Saved by Kompany early on but contributed a couple of vital saves to keep Chelsea out. 7/10

VINCENT KOMPANY: Headed Hazard shot off line but sliced wide at other end. Fortunate not to give away a penalty against Torres. 8

PABLO ZABALETA: Offered usual reliable presence, both in defence and going forward. Steady display from the Argentine. 6

GAEL CLICHY: Fine run forward in opening minutes set the tone for City's play but struggled to contain late Chelsea rallies. 6

MATIJA NASTASIC: Serb has greatly impressed in recent months and shone both in the air and on the ground yesterday. 7

James Milner: Motored forward on the left wing at every opportunity but was caught in two minds when wasting a counter-attack. 7

Samir Nasri: Linked up well with Yaya Touré in centre. Fortunate with ricochet for opener but cool finish under pressure. 7

Gareth Barry: First in the book for foul on Ramires. Lofted cross set up Aguero for City's second goal after the interval. 7

Yaya Toure: Ivorian has gathered a second wind in recent weeks and sauntered through Chelsea's midfield at will. 8

Sergio Aguero: Clever throughout. Lovely ball for Nasri opener and strong header for second. Nasty lunge on Luiz late on. 8

Carlos Tevez: Energetic display behind Aguero and had Chelsea defence in all sorts of trouble. 8

Best off the bench: JAVI GARCIA

Brought on to help stifle Chelsea's attempts for an equaliser. Aided defensive efforts. 6

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