5th August, 2018
The match-up between the two “Blues” in the British Premier League has just been completed and the winner turned out to be the “Sky Blues“ from Manchester City. They not only won the match and the cup but did so in a very commanding manner with a 2-0 scoreline which could easily have been much more than that.
Man City played this game in such a way that one would have thought they never went on a break. The same slickness, crisp passing in tight spaces, a good eye for one another’s movements and positioning – much of the same stuff that won them the Premiership last season.
They showed everyone how ready they are for the new season which for them starts away to Arsenal F.C. in just about a week’s time. It will surely take something special to stop them in the League this season.
The Man City squad we saw in this game surely underlined their desire to retain the Premier League title and this is no surprise as they have a Manager who is used to retaining titles right from his Barcelona days to those he spent managing Bayern Munich in Germany.
This team’s concentration was simply electrifying as they contested every ball with gusto even when they were leading and at the end of it all, went home with a comfortable 2-0 win courtesy of goals from who else but Sergio Agüero.
They played the whole game as if their lives depended on it. You get the feeling that the players realize that the competition in the team does not give room for too many mistakes. Chelsea on the other hand, simply had a plate that was too full for comfort. The absence of some key players was seriously felt in this game.
N’Golo Kanté’s absence in the midfield was as glaring as that of the usual cutting edge presence of “ball wizard” Hazard.
The Brazilian Jorginho, who rejected a chance to move to Man City and opted to be at Chelsea by now must be wondering if he took the right decision after this game ended.
By the way, how did both teams line up? Here we go.
1 Caballero, 28 Azpilicueta, 2 Rudiger, 30 Luiz, 3 Alonso, 4 Fabregas, 5 Jorginh, 8 Barkley11 Pedro, 29 Morata, 20 Hudson-Odoi
6 Drinkwater (s 60′), 15 Moses (s 79′), 19 Abraham (s 69′), 21 Zappacosta, 22 Willian (s 59′), 27 Christensen, 59 Bulka
1 Bravo, 2 Walker, 5 Stones, 14 Laporte, 22 Mendy, 47 Foden, 25 Fernandinho, 20 Bernardo Silva, 26 Mahrez, 10 Aguero, 19 Sane
4 Kompany (s 80′), 8 Gundogan (s 46′), 30 Otamendi (s 87′), 31 Ederson, 33 Gabriel Jesus (s 68′), 55 Diaz (s 76′), 81 Gomes (s 90′)