Chelsea vs Man City 12/12/11 – The Day of Truth

Venue: Stamford Bridge Date: Monday 12 December Kick-off: 20:00 GMT Coverage: Watch live on Sky Sports 1; listen on BBC Radio 5 live and local radio; text commentary on BBC Sport website


Chelsea go into their 15th game of the season ten points behind their opponents and current leaders Man City. Chelsea manager Villas Boas said ‘that either we continue to challenge for the Premier League if we win or if we draw, or the Premier League becomes extremely difficult if we lose’. All chances of the title would be erased with a defeat, and the task will still be no easy one with a win.

However, In the wake of a stinging rebuke to Chelsea’s critics, Portuguese man-of-war Andre Villas-Boas needs his players to display their backbone during Monday night’s clash. Having “given everyone a slap in the face” by beating Valencia, Chelsea must now resuscitate their domestic title challenge. Their recent home record in this fixture is impressive, but then so is this current City side.

Roberto Mancini’s team are averaging more than three goals a game and their current club record run of 17 league matches without defeat has only been bettered by four sides in the Premier League – including Chelsea. Mancini has been philosophical about City’s Champions League exit and is unlikely to get carried away whatever the result at Stamford Bridge. His counterpart, Villas-Boas, may not be so calm if Chelsea slip 13 points behind the leaders on Monday night.

Frank Lampard is hoping for a recall to make his 350th premier league start for Chelsea. Jose Bosingwa has recovered from injury so may replace fellow defender David Luiz who serves a one match ban. I wonder if Chelsea are going to readopt their tactics used in the Champions League by dropping deeper and using pace to counter-attack dangerously. This was successful against Valencia so I think they should stick.

Keep the blue flag flying high! Here’s something to remind you what Chelsea can do. Chelsea 6-0 Man City 27 October 2007. Enjoy

England beat Spain 1-0

Frank Lampard scored the only goal as England beat reigning World Cup and European champions Spain.








Wearing the captain’s armband, Lampard led his side to a thrilling victory with a simple 49th minute head in after Darren Bent had struck the woodwork.

The world champions dominated possession throughout but were unable to finish their superiority. There were very little chances until David Villa’s volley was frustratingly blocked by the post late on. Substitute Cesc Fabregas also wasted a chance by firing wide from ten yards out shortly after

England’s team was missing key players such as John Terry and Wayne Rooney so Fabio Capello took a large risk in selecting some younger players. He announced that he is “very happy because we have found some youngsters who can play with the seniors” and this was certainly true  – they played brilliantly.

In particular, central defender Phil Jagielka and Man of the Match Scott Parker proved to be tireless in never letting the Spanish through. They halted the creative midfield of Silva, Xavi and Iniesta as well as exploiting good offensive plays. It seems amazing that the Spaniards were unable to trouble Joe Hart, even with 65% of possession.

That is certainly one key area England will need to work on if they plan to perform in the Euro 2012; retaining possession. However, the attacking style adopted seemed very impressive and I am sure that everybody will settle for a win.

England’s next match is against Sweden on Tuesday and it has been revealed that John Terry will return to the starting line up as well as Cahill, Sturridge, Zamora and Walker. I hope I can look forward to celebrating another England win.