Chelsea match report appears to have been written by Jose Mourinho as club publish heavily biased account of 3-0 defeat to Manchester City

The Chelsea website appeared to be watching a different game to the 3-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon

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Is there anything Jose Mourinho can't do? Despite his time already being taken up by managing Chelsea's first team, medically assessing his players and maintaining rivalries with all areas of the game across the world, the Portuguese also has time to write his own match reports for the club website.

Ok, that probably isn’t true, but the match in question – a 3-0 defeat to Premier League title rivals Manchester City – was hardly the one-way affair that the Blues’ website has painted it in.

The introduction alone is quite amusing, in claiming that Ramires’ goal that was ruled out for offside “changed the complexion” of the game, despite City already 1-0 ahead and in the ascendancy after a strong first-half showing.

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In fact, has it not been for summer recruit Asmir Begovic’s heroics in goal, Chelsea would have been at least 3-0 down after the Bosnia-Herzegovina international pulled off a string of saves to keep Sergio Aguero at bay, something that is mentioned in the Chelsea report.

 

However, what it also claims supports Mourinho’s belief that the 3-0 result was “fake” due to the Londoners being the better side in the second half – despite conceding a further two goals before the full-time whistle.

The fourth paragraph reads: “We dominated after the interval and after Ramires’s goal was disallowed, Hazard drew a fine stop from Joe Hart. Two late City goals, from Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho, added some gloss to a final scoreline which did not accurately reflect the bigger picture.”

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The “bigger picture” was that City had embarrassed Chelsea in the first big encounter of the season, sending out a statement of intent to their title rivals that they mean business this season. A week after being terrorised by Swansea’s Jefferson Montero, Branislav Ivanovic was once again heavily criticised as he was outplayed by Raheem Sterling, and it took the removal of captain John Terry for Chelsea to address the serious issues they had in defence.

 

The report goes on to add “We had a good claim for a penalty with eight minutes played when Diego Costa was tripped by Fernandinho inside the box”, and while the possibility of referee Martin Atkinson pointing to the spot still up for debate, the fact that it was Eliaquim Mangala who tripped Costa doesn’t exactly reflect greatly on the match report.

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“On the other side of the pitch, Mangala resorted to WWE-style tactics to stop the ever-dangerous Diego Costa getting free down the right.”

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Chelsea players react to Fernandinho's goal to make it 3-0

It’s true to say that Mangala has wrestled Costa to the floor and given away a foul, but to suggest that Costa was “ever-dangerous” is quite simply wrong. The Brazil-born Spain international had one effort on goal which failed to hit the target, and he was essentially marked out of the game by Vincent Kompany and Mangala, although both did try and get to the striker with Mangala’s grappling tackle and Kompany’s needless kick shortly after Sergio Aguero’s opener.

Costa showed an inability to hold the ball up long enough to see Eden Hazard and Willian join him in attack, and while he remains a proven goalscorer at Premier League level, to label him ever-dangerous  is not a true reflection on what was a poor game by his and Chelsea’s standards.

To finish, the report couldn’t have used a better sign-off, with the final sentence reading: “It epitomised what had been a game of very fine margins.”

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City’s 18 shots, eight of which were on target dwarfed Chelsea’s 10 efforts with three goalbound, and the margin could – and should – have been greater than the 3-0 deficit.

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