In anticipation of Sunday’s trip to Stamford Bridge, here we take a look classic encounter between City and Chelsea from February 2010.
After two months in the job Roberto Mancini’s City side emphatically brushed aside Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea on their own turf with a thrilling 4-2 victory. Thanks to braces from Carlos Tevez and Craig Bellamy, City inflicted Chelsea’s first home defeat of the season and completed the double over their London rivals for the first time since 1957.
The reverse fixture earlier in the season was also a thrilling encounter in which a Tevez free-kick and a penalty save from Joe Hart towards the end secured a nervy 2-1 win. The 4-2 at Stamford Bridge was another story all together.
After withstanding a shower of Chelsea chances in the first half City annihilated Chelsea in the second half. Bellamy’s wonderful solo effort shortly after half time set the tone as City ran riot. Julian Belletti and Michael Ballack both saw red for Chelsea but City were already cruising. The win sent out a serious statement of intent to the rest of the league. After threatening to do so much but failing miserably under Mark Hughes, this victory ensured that City were considered a serious threat to the established hierarchy the Premier Leagee.
Of course, the game is remembered for much more than just the football. It was a field day for anyone who loves to hate John Terry, which is most of the population (of the world), I suspect. The only exceptions, it seems, are those awful Chelsea supporters who created the “Team Terry” banner (see the video). I digress. That tedious fallout between Wayne Bridge and John Terry (which I won’t bore you with the details of here) came to a head in this game. The pre-match handshake or rather the pre-match snubbing by Bridge seemed to unsettle Terry: he had a shocker. To compound his misery and indeed, everyone else’s joy, he got a public dressing down from Craig Bellamy after the match. Bellamy said:
You guys (the media) make a lot more of it you know (the fall-out between Terry and Bridge). I know what JT is like and nothing surprises me about it, so I’m not going to comment on that. I think everybody in football knows what the guy is like, but that’s off the field.
City’s Starting 11
Shay Given, Micah Richards, Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott, Wayne Bridge, Adam Johnson, Pablo Zabaleta, Nigel De Jong, Gareth Barry, Craig Bellamy, Carlos Tevez
Tevez x2, Bellamy x2
On this day Jay Z and Alicia Keys were sitting at 16 in the UK Singles Chart with Empire State of Mind.
Written by Robert Toole