Sunday, 21 February 2016
Chelsea discipline Manchester City 5-1 match details
The match which saw Chelsea's Eden Hazard scoring his second goal of the season, Oscar missing penalty, William and Diego Costa all scoring a goal.
Fabrigas won the man of the match after his fantastic PERFORMANCE in the evening.
Speaking before the game the Chilean said: "We have just 13 (senior) players available to play. We have to play Champions League on Wednesday. We'll see the best team we can play on Sunday. Young players have the option and they must take their chances."
Guus Hiddink decided to play an unchanged side from the one that lost 2-1 against PSG on Tuesday. John Terry's injury meant Branislav Ivanovic had to once again cover in central defence.
The young Manchester City side started the brighter of the two teams, as Chelsea failed to play at a fast-tempo for the first 10 minutes.
The first chance of the game fell to 19-year old David Faupala who skillfully made his way past two Chelsea defenders before offloading a strike at goal, Courtois was alert to the threat and saved well.
Chelsea's Catalan duo of Fabregas and Pedro combined wonderfully after 12 minutes, a reverse pass from Fabregas saw Pedro with the goal at his mercy, but the winger's chip hit the post after beating Caballero in the Man City goal.
Chelsea began to reassert their dominance around the 20 minute mark, with much of their creative play coming from the midfield duo of Fabregas and Eden Hazard. Fabregas tested Caballero in the 22nd minute, but his shot didn't have the power to force an opener.
Hazard and Fabregas combined yet again on the 34th minute, sublime movement and link up play saw Eden Hazard lay the ball across to Diego Costa, who simply slotted the ball past Caballero in the Manchester City goal.
The lead lasted for just 94 seconds as Man City looked for an instant reaction. Iheanacho acted as a prominent figure in the build up and his side-foot across goal found 19-year-old David Faupala, who beat Azpilicueta to the ball to equalise.
GOAL! Number 51 for City youth has scored. Faupala with the equaliser. Quite funny really!
Caballero was brought into action minutes later as Pedro was put through by Fabregas, but the Spaniard's shot was expertly saved by Man City's keeper.
Both teams went into the break level at 1-1 after an exhilarating first half.
Chelsea started the second-half much the same as they finished the first, with comfortable possession football that patiently played in front of Man City's defence.
Chelsea looked the more dangerous of the two sides and they took the lead just three minutes into the second half. Eden Hazard's delicate through ball found Willian, who scored his 10th goal of the season with a well-placed shot down to the right of Caballero in Man City's goal.
Gary Cahill continued Chelsea's lightening start to the second-half as Man City failed to clear their lines from a corner, the England defender latched on to a loose ball and struck in a powerful volley to make it 3-1.
GOAL! Cahill scores and it's 3-1 to Chelsea just after half-time.
The youthful Manchester City side responded well. Composed build-up play from Garcia and Iheanacho almost saw the lively Faupala score his second goal of the game, but Chelsea's defence were alert to the threat and cleared well.
However, Manchester City's defence continued to struggle without the towering figure of Vincent Kompany. Martin Demichelis carelessly brought down Eden Hazard on the Chelsea box and the Belgian wrong-footed Caballero in City's goal with a smartly struck free kick to make it 4-1.
In the end it was Chelsea's quality that prevailed and waves of relenting Chelsea pressure saw Martin Demichelis foul Traore inside the box to give away a penalty. The penalty was taken almost too casually from Oscar as his strike was superbly saved by Caballero.
Bertrand Traore came within inches away from making it 5-1 after quick incisive passing in Man City's box cut open the defence, only for Traore's shot to trickle onto the post.
The 20-year-old forward soon made amends as he headed in Oscar's looping cross in the 89th minute to make it 5-1.
Traore's goal was the final meaningful moment in a match that was, despite a testing first half, a comfortable victory for Chelsea.
Can Chelsea still qualified for the Champions league next season?