- November 25, 2019
- Posted by: Kinglsey Africabettingnews
- Category: European Leagues
The Etihad stadium welcomed Chelsea FC under new manager Frank Lampard, Lampard is not a stranger to the Etihad Stadium as a player but as a manager he is. Lampard left Stamford Bridge in June 2014 and had a stint at Manchester City, where he scored six goals in 32 appearances. He then joined New York City in Major League Soccer in the US, making his debut in August 2015, before ending his 21-year professional playing career in 2017. The fans embraced him as their own as they cheered and applauded him for the crunch tie.
Frank Lampard has debunked the fact that Ngolo Kante is better off a defensive midfielder and it paid out at the Etihad stadium as the French International opened the scoring for the Blues in the 20′ after a brave display.
Chelsea’s approach to the game was a brave one as they tried to play a possession based football, something the new manager is trying to put in them. City was superior in the passing game and dominated the game, but with the determination they had they caused City all manner of trouble in the first 25′ of the game to give them the lead.
The goal in the 20′ got the pressure high particularly for Guardiola and his bench and the same could also be said for the fans as well as the match continued, Guardiola was at his feet all through the game as he could not afford to slip up.
As anticipated, City came attacking just to upturn the scoreline before half time, they dominated the game as Chelsea withdrew defensively.
The goal came exactly 8′ from the time Chelsea opened scoring, a counting attack was lead from the defense line to the attacking line where De Bruyne was handed the ball and dummied the in rushing defender like he wanted to hit the ball with his right foot, only for him to return the ball to the left and fired in a low drive that deflected into the net leaving Arizabalaga completely beaten as he went the wrong direction.
Frank Lampard played under Guardiola during his short stint at the Etihad so he understands Pep’s way of playing, but what he lacked was the right players to carry out the playing style he would have loved to play against Pep. The Midfielders played very well as Jorginho and Kovacic were in their best form and their display was second to none as they held the midfield very well.
Raheem Sterling was not in the match at all in the entire first half to the amazement of the home fans as he was kept quiet by the duo of Kante and Azpilicueta, they made the night very difficult for Sterling.
The second goal came in the 37′ by Riyad Mahrez, the Moroccan has been quiet all through as well, but he got the ball, intelligently dribbled past two Chelsea players inside the 18-yard box with the players’ hands up not wanting to commit a penalty by tackling him since he was already in the box. He curled the ball with a lovely precision to give City the lead as they came from behind to beat the visitors.
Tammy Abraham was substituted for Michy Batshuayi in the 74′, the same was the case for Emerson too, he was subbed for Reece James as he was the weak link at the back, Mason Mount was brought in for Jorginho and that added spark to the Chelsea side a little but was not enough to give them the required win. The likes of Emerson, Zouma, Fikayo, Reece James were all shaky for Chelsea and could not play to Lampard’s expectation, Reece James was brought in and still could not show some level of confidence going forward, they made so many mistakes in the game that kept them under pressure.
The quiet Raheem Sterling had a goal disallowed by VAR for an offside, the call though was right but caused a lot of tension with regards to the cancellation of the goal, Sterling himself said ‘this thing gonna kill me’, referring to the VAR decision, it is almost like he is cursed with VAR decision this season as most of his goals have been ruled out.
Chelsea is at the fourth position in the EPL log and with their transfer ban on course, one would hope they are able to hold out with the crop of players they have now. It was not a bad game for Lampard though they lost but there were lots to take home from the match.