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Gary Neville has had his say on chaos at end of Chelsea vs Man City

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Quite often, games between the Premier League's biggest clubs can end up being drab, cagey affairs.

Yesterday's match between Chelsea and Manchester City was anything but thanks to own goals, contentious refereeing decisions and three impressive Chelsea goals.

However, undoubtedly the biggest talking point from the game at the Etihad was the chaos that erupted in the closing stages as both Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho saw red for City. Now, former Manchester United defender turned pundit, Gary Neville, has had his say on the drama.

With Chelsea leading 3-1 in injury time on Saturday afternoon, things were already going quite badly for Man City before Aguero's rash challenge on David Luiz.

The striker was rightly given a red card and, in the melee that followed as players and coaches from both sides clashed, Fernandinho was also given his marching orders after pushing Cesc Fabregas to the floor.

The Brazilian will now miss three games over the festive period, whilst Aguero will be suspended for four fixtures. Far from ideal for Pep Guardiola as he tries to keep City in the title chase over the next month.

However, whilst the duo's actions could prove costly when it comes to City's Premier League ambitions, Neville has surprisingly backed the actions of players on both sides at the end of the game.

"I can't like the Aguero challenge. I can't," Neville explained on his podcast, via The Mirror. "But what I saw at the end, and it may be the wrong thing to say, I liked that.

"The Premier League won't like it and the FA won't like it. There will be bans, fines and the rest of it but I don't want boring.

"That is players defending the shirt, their teammates and showing passion for the shirt. When there's a tackle like that you expect your teammates to steam in and then the other players to steam in.

"Maybe I shouldn't say I liked it given the position that I am in but it is a considered thought and I'd say the same thing tomorrow too.

"Yes, the Premier League has an image around the world but on the other hand I am constantly hearing there's a lack of loyalty and a lack of passion. Well you've seen some."

There is no doubting that City players showed passion in the final moments of yesterday's game. Fans of the Manchester club would, though, surely have preferred their team to have come out on top against Chelsea, and both players having kept their cool.

Nevertheless, for the neutral at least, the chaos Aguero brought about with his reckless tackle on Luiz added an extra bit of spice to what was already a brilliant game of Premier League football.

And, in Neville's eyes, it brought back memories of some classic grudge matches of the past.

"We talk about the old clashes and they are almost folklore. People say: 'Do you remember that Arsenal and Man United clash in the tunnel?'

"Those moments make football great. There are enough ordinary games in the world out there. But I'll go home tonight and think that was a fantastic game. I'll remember this game."

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Gary Neville
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