Manchester City manager Manuael Pellegrini was negative in his team selection against Chelsea, but played for a draw and at 1-1 it looked like it had worked.
After a 2-1 defeat, no matter what the situation, those tactics do not look so shrewd.
Pellegrini played his usual 4-2-3-1 formation but put Javi Garcia alongside Fernandinho in the deeper midfield pairing and pushed Yaya Toure further forward as part of the trio behind Sergio Aguero at the expense of Alvaro Negredo.
So the team was the same shape as usual weakened especially as Negredo has been in fine form recently. Toure is better than Garcia is in that deeper midfield role, and he did not make much of an impact in his more advanced role. Playing with Toure alongside Fernandinho in the middle and having Aguero behind Negredo in attack, which is how City lined up when they thrashed Manchester United 4-1 in September, is a much stronger team.
Pellegrini picked this side in order to have more of the ball in midfield - and it worked but having more possession did not give City a significant advantage against Chelsea.
City passed it around nicely and had 58% possession in the first half at Stamford Bridge, but that did not bother Chelsea. They were 1-0 up at the break and could have scored more goals by then too.
Chelsea did not come under heavy pressure until a spell midway through the second half, when City started getting the ball forward quicker. Their possession percentage dropped, but they became more of a threat.
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