So it seems Jose Mourinho’s latest diversionary tactic is to simply lie. Speaking to Sky Sports after the match with the look of a man who is destined for the hang mans noose he spoke of a ‘fake result’. Blimey Jose what planet are you on? Pellegrini has finally gotten to him.
Eventually you create so much conflict around you that eventually the only one left to criticise is yourself. Luckily for the Mourinho, and knowing his paranoia he might be reading, this is a website to cover Manchester City…and they were AWESOME! The one thing that Mourinho succeeded in doing was firing up the home support as the expanded Eithad Stadium was rocking from the start and the sheer ineptitude of Martin Atkinson got the crowd riled up.
With Pellegrini only making one change to the team, giving Sergio Aguero his first start in place of Bony, he was almost rewarded inside of 60 seconds as Aguero forced a terrific save from Begovic. As in the past the two players had a classic of duel of goalkeeper versus striker as Aguero forced two more world class saves from Begovic, shooting powerfully on the turn which Begovic brilliantly saved using both his side and agility to get down to them. The third save was of such quality that Aguero was seen applauding Begovic after the save.
Kun wouldn’t be denied however as he finally got his goal on the half hour as he turned on a blade of grass, beat four Chelsea defenders and rolled his shot into the bottom left hand corner and in off the post. The Etihad erupted and from then there was only one winner!
The second and third goals were icing on the cake as Kompany made it two goals in two to the sheer delight of himself and he looks like a player clearly fired up to win things this season. The third goal, with defending that wouldn’t look out of place at the Stadium of Light, capped off a superb performance for man-of-the-match Fernandinho. The Brazilian looked as if he had suffered from that dreaded second season syndrome last season or a hangover from the World Cup. In the first game at West Brom he ratted and covered for Yaya Toure but against Chelsea he bossed the midfield and was successful in distracting Diego Costa of his primary goal of trying to win the football match. Was it a red card? course it wasn’t.
There was the amusing moment of the Chelsea medical staff taking to the field in front of the South Stand with shouts of ‘EVA! EVA! EVA!’ ringing round the Eithad and the much forgotten moment two minutes later when both Gary Cahill and Costa were both of the field leaving Chelsea temporarily with nine players for a couple of minutes.
Overall (apologies this is brief but its been a busy week), it was one of the best performances at the Etihad in recent years and easily the best atmosphere for a league game since the move from Maine Road.
Of course, next up is the enigma which is Everton who have managed to drop points at home to Watford whilst winning at Southampton. Three points here will not only keep the early pressure on top spot but will be two extra than we picked up last season.