Now games between Barcelona and Real Madrid are highly looked forward, everyone enjoys ‘El Classico’. Given how much money Manchester City and Chelsea have spent in recent years I like to think of their games as ‘El Cashico’. Today they met in the community shield (which is where the Premier League winners play the FA Cup winners for the Community Shield).
Whilst teams don’t take the Community Shield that seriously its always nice to start the season with a win and a bit of silverware, so whilst neither team submitted full strength sides they still played a lot of their ‘big guns’. as seen from the line ups:-
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Mikel, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Hazard, Torres.
Subs: Turnbull, Meireles, Cahill, Sturridge, Bertrand, Essien, Piazon.
Manchester City: Pantilimon, Savic, Kompany, Zabaleta, Touré Y, de Jong, Milner, Nasri, Kolarov, Agüero, Tevez.
Subs: Clichy, Johnson, Dzeko, Touré K, Silva, Razak, Johansen.
On paper I’d have said Chelsea had the stronger side as City seemed to be missing key players such as Balotelli, Silva and Barry in their starting eleven. Where as Chelsea had a full strength side including the new £32m signing Eden Hazard. For the first 25 minutes City dominated and almost took the lead through Samir Nasri on 16 minutes, were it not for a great save by Cech. Chelsea tested the City keeper Pantilimon for the first time after 25 minutes. Chelsea then tested Pantilimon again on 29 minutes through Eden Hazard. Hazard showed what a key player he could be for Chelsea with a very impressive first half performance. Chelsea finally took the lead through Fernando Torres on 40 minutes. Everything seemed to be going Chelsea’s
Their confidence didn’t last though as within 2 minutes of the goal the Chelsea defender Ivanovic was sent off (correctly) for a studs up tackle on City’s Kolarov. Ivanovic will now face a suspension as a result, possibly as much as 3 matches so will miss the start of the premier league. Chelsea were however able to hold onto their lead until half time, giving them the opportunity to regroup and reshuffle tactically to adapt to 10 men, if they’d done it against Barcelona then why not against Manchester City?
Whatever Chelsea’s game plan was for the second half it soon fell apart as just 8 minutes in City equalised through Yaya Touré who seized on a poor clearance from Chelsea’s John Terry. Whilst John Terry messed up to be fair to Cech the strike was excellent so there wasn’t much the Chelsea keeper could have done to stop it. Just 7 minutes later City took the lead with an outstanding effort from City striker Carlos Tevez on 59 minutes. 6 minutes later City doubled there lead with a relatively simple goal from City midfielder Samir Nasri, making the score 3-1 to Manchester City.
Chelsea had a disappointing second half but a goal from Ryan Bertrand on 80 minutes gave them a glimmer of hope after he took advantage of a mistake by Pantilimon taking the score to 3-2, however they were unable to find an equaliser. If anything City should have reclaimed their 2 goal advantage when Agüero missed a sitter on 90 minutes. It was an excellent game although in the end Manchester City deservedly won the FA Community Shield. Leave your comments and opinions of the game below.