Nothing settled between Manchester City and Chelsea

Published Saturday, January 31, 2015 1:25 PM by Shane Barrow

Well today was The day.  Manchester City visiting Chelsea.  The two big boys of the English Premier League.  A Chelsea win would give them a stranglehold on the league and a clear path to the EPL title.  A City win and the gap would be closed to only two points between the two sides.   Pelligrini or Mourinho.  Who would rule the day?

Chelsea were missing their star striker Diego Costa who received a three match suspension for some bad behavior during the midweek Cup match with Liverpool.  Mourinho would look to Loic Remy to take up the slack.

After a long stalemate in the opening half things livened up towards the end and it was the home side that broke the ice.  Eden Hazard found some space and delivered a ball that Remy poked home from close range.  A lead for a team that rarely ever gives up a lead.

Mourinho has often said it is easy for him to win 1-0.  Today Manchester City had other ideas though and within minutes the match was all square again.  Jesus Navas put it a great cross from the right wing.  Courtois left his goal, but was left flailing as the ball sailed to the waiting Aguero at the back post.  He fired back across the frame only to find the sliding David Silva who directed it home.

1-1 to the break and everything to play for.  The two sides battled it out in the opening minutes of the second half, but really neither looked likely to score.  The match limped along as the two looked for a hero.

In the 75th Manchester City brought on super sub Frank Lampard.  Could the famous Chelsea man do in his old club?  Credit to the Chelsea fans who welcomed him home to Stamford Bridge with a rousing ovation.  Well deserved for sure.

When Willian went down with injury five minutes later it was Mourinho who introduced his own legend in Didier Drogba who promptly drew a foul and earned Chelsea a dangerous free kick.  Unfortunately the Oscar service was subpar and the match continued to the 1-1 finish despite City pushing hard at the end.

In the end the draw was a fair result I think.  Chelsea will definitely take the point as it keeps the five point gap between the two sides at the top of the table.  Manchester City won't she'd a tear over the result on the road in a difficult venue.  The title race is still on with nothing settled today.