A first time strike by Branislav Ivanovic 32 minutes into the game silenced the Etihad faithful’s and ultimately condemned Manchester City to their first home league defeat this season.
Besides dropping three precious points in a high-intensity top of the table clash, City also failed to score a goal on their home turf for the first time since November 2010.
Everyone agrees that on the day, Manuel Pellegrini was downed by Mourinho tactically; so the question was: how would City respond? Would the defeat be just a minor blip or would it be the beginning of a downturn? At the moment, it seems to be more than just an ordinary blip.
In the course of the ongoing season, Manchester City have scored 68 premier goals while also averaging 4.92 shots on target, 7.64 corners and 63.22 per cent possession per game.
In that game against Chelsea, City had 65.3 per cent of the possession, 12 corners, 19 shots with three on target and yet no goal.
In the end Chelsea ran out as deserved winners.
For Pellegrini, all he needed to do was to ensure his boys forgot about the defeat – which in truth was not by any means as humiliating as it could have been – get back in the right frame of mind and get a win against lowly Norwich City in the weekend. Somehow, Pellegrini and his boys failed.
Going into the game against Norwich, City fans might have been forgiven for anticipating a big win after all they saw their team demolish the Canaries 7-0 on the 2nd of November 2013 at the Etihad.
Unsurprisingly, City had more possession (67.9 per cent) and more corners (14) than they managed against Chelsea days ago. But surprisingly, the Manchester outfit could only hit two shots on target in the entire game, eight shots less than they managed at the Etihad in the first fixture.
In the end, both teams played out a goalless draw with Norwich even coming close to stealing all three points right at the end. The result meant that Man. City have now failed to score in consecutive Premier League games since January 1, 2012.
So with all sorts of records going down the drain in just a few days for City, it seems the loss of Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho is taking quite a toll on the team; but considering the squad depth at the club, that should not be a cause for concern.
At a time like this, City need to prove their mettle; with a game against Sunderland on the horizon, everyone associated with Manchester City will be looking for nothing less than a convincing win, a steam-rolling victory.
If Manuel Pellegrini cannot provide that, his job may well be on a very thin line.
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