Chelsea took all three points at the Eithad Stadium, the home of Manchester City on Monday night. Not only did they come away with all three points, they in fact stopped the home side from scoring a single goal.
Chelsea became the first team to achieve this since Birmingham in November 2010. Manchester City were on the receiving end of a Jose Mourinho masterclass in which he perfected his tactics to stop the home side.
Without watching the game, one would say Chelsea ‘parked the bus’ as they did the last time they were in Manchester, when they held Manchester United to a goalless draw. However, this wasn’t the case as Mourinho’s men outfought and outplayed Manchester City.
This was mainly down to one playe - Nemanja Matic. The Chelsea boss took the decision to play the defensive-minded midfielder instead of playmaker and in-form Brazilian youngster Oscar.
Chelsea lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. They attacked with the four attacking players and defended with the rest of the team. Both Matic and David Luiz would intercept City’s attack and Chelsea would quickly break often outnumbering Manchester City.
On one occasion, Manchester City were left defending four against one. This was a key tactic which Mourinho perfected.
By playing two defensive midfielders, he also stopped City's usual game of cutting teams open with quick intricate passing through the heart of the opposition. Pellegrini’s men had to change their game in-order to go out wide and cross the ball into the box which was impeccably guarded by English duo Gary Cahill and John Terry.
The pair - who are known for their aerial ability - were impenetrable in Chelsea’s defence to Mourinho’s delight.
Chelsea did not only defend they hit the woodwork on three occasions, one of them being a 30-yard Matic screamer.
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