English Premier League: Manchester City Thrash Reigning Champions Chelsea
Jose Mourinho and Chelsea’s early woes in this premiership season continues.
Last season’s runner-up Manchester City hammered reigning champions Chelsea 3-0 on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium. Chelsea were held 2-2 in their opener against Swansea at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho’s moves fail
After the lackluster draw in the opener Chelsea boss Mourinho demoted medical staff Dr Eva Carneiro and Jon Fearn. Many experts read the move as a ploy to divert attention ahead of the big game against City.
The off-field tactics didn’t work, rather boomeranged, as City took control of the game early and outplayed Chelsea to win convincingly.
Mourinho admitted in a post-match conference that he expected the Blues to take control of the match after the breather and down by a goal, but his on-field tactics failed him too at Etihad Stadium.
Chelsea replaced custodian Thibaut Courtois, who was given the marching order against Swansea, by Asmir Begovic. Begovic on his debut pulled off a hat trick of saves which kept City at bay for half an hour till Argentine striker Sergio Aguero drew first blood.
Another Jose Mourinho tactics failed in the second session. Chelsea skipper John Terry was substituted for the first time in over 170 games at half time on Sunday. Kurt Zouma came on, as Chelsea boss later described the move as “tactical change.”
“I know that Zouma is the fastest defender we have in the squad and in that moment Man City are going to play counter-attack,” Mourinho revealed to a TV channel.
“They are going to play long balls to Aguero and Zouma is a different player than John and it was proven completely right as Zouma was in complete control.”
City took 17 attempts at goal, and Chelsea, despite Mourinho’s claim could only manage two shots at goal after the breather.
Two late strikes sealed the fate of the match. Vincent Kompany, the skipper of Manchester City, nodded in a David Silva’s corner to give the defending champions another jolt.
Ferdinando then rounded up a superb move by coolly slotting home. Begovic was blameless for all the three goals and saved Chelsea from further humiliation.
Chelsea is closer to striking a deal with Ghanaian defender Baba Rahman and John Stones of Everton. Whether their inclusion could lift Mourinho’s defense is a key pointer for Chelsea’s future this season.
Earlier, Arsenal scripted a comeback to win 2-1 at Crystal Palace. The Gunners conceded their opener to West Ham.