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Mario Balotelli concedes a free kick for a foul on John Terry. Direct free kick taken by Michael Essien.
Marinho David Luiz is booked. Edin Dzeko fouled by Marinho David Luiz, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Ramires scores a goal from inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Chelsea 2-0 Man City.Michael Essien provided the assist for the goal.
Adam Johnson sends in a cross, save made by Petr Cech.
Nigel De Jong fouled by Ramires, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Booking for Aleksandar Kolarov for unsporting behaviour. Aleksandar Kolarov concedes a free kick for a foul on Didier Drogba. Direct free kick taken by Michael Essien.
The ball is sent over by Didier Drogba, clearance by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Corner taken short by Didier Drogba.
Didier Drogba takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Joleon Lescott gets a block in.
Nicolas Anelka produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.
Vincent Kompany challenges Ashley Cole unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Essien takes the direct free kick.
The referee shows Gareth Barry a yellow card. Gareth Barry concedes a free kick for a foul on Ramires. Free kick crossed by Didier Drogba, clearance by Aleksandar Kolarov.
James Milner goes off and Adam Johnson comes on.
Mario Balotelli replaces Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
Marinho David Luiz finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Chelsea 1-0 Man City.Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marinho David Luiz by Micah Richards. The assist for the goal came from Didier Drogba.
Free kick crossed by Frank Lampard, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
(Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Yury Zhirkov coming on for Salomon Kalou.
Nicolas Anelka fouled by Gareth Barry, the ref awards a free kick.
Unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic by Aleksandar Kolarov results in a free kick. Frank Lampard crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.
Handball decision goes against James Milner. Direct free kick taken by Petr Cech.
Edin Dzeko booked for unsporting behaviour.
Florent Malouda goes off and Nicolas Anelka comes on.
Didier Drogba is brought on as a substitute for Fernando Torres.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marinho David Luiz by Edin Dzeko. Marinho David Luiz restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Ramires, clearance by Joleon Lescott.
The referee books Ramires for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Ramires on Aleksandar Kolarov. Nigel De Jong restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Vincent Kompany by Salomon Kalou. Vincent Kompany takes the free kick.
Marinho David Luiz gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Edin Dzeko. James Milner delivers the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Edin Dzeko misses to the right of the goal.
Edin Dzeko has a drilled shot. Marinho David Luiz gets a block in.
Ramires gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Milner. James Milner takes the free kick.
James Milner fouled by Michael Essien, the ref awards a free kick. Nigel De Jong takes the direct free kick.
Florent Malouda decides to take the corner short.
The ball is delivered by Frank Lampard, Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot. Blocked by Vincent Kompany.
Corner taken by Frank Lampard from the right by-line.
Effort on goal by Branislav Ivanovic from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Michael Essien has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Blocked by Vincent Kompany.
Fernando Torres concedes a free kick for a foul on Nigel De Jong. Joleon Lescott takes the free kick.
The referee cautions Nigel De Jong for unsporting behaviour. Unfair challenge on Michael Essien by Nigel De Jong results in a free kick. Frank Lampard takes the direct free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Fernando Torres. Free kick taken by Micah Richards.
Aleksandar Kolarov sends in a cross, Marinho David Luiz makes a clearance.
Florent Malouda takes a shot. Comfortable save by Joe Hart.
Corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda, Joleon Lescott manages to make a clearance.
Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Blocked by Gareth Barry.
Aleksandar Kolarov sends in a cross, save made by Petr Cech.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov by Marinho David Luiz. Gareth Barry takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Vincent Kompany on Florent Malouda. Michael Essien restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov from the left by-line, John Terry manages to make a clearance.
Aleksandar Kolarov produces a cross, Marinho David Luiz makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Ashley Cole, Gareth Barry manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Florent Malouda, Effort from 12 yards by Salomon Kalou. Save by Joe Hart.
James Milner challenges Florent Malouda unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ashley Cole takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Ramires. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
Ramires produces a cross, Effort on goal by Frank Lampard from 12 yards. Blocked by Vincent Kompany.
Corner taken by Florent Malouda from the left by-line, clearance by James Milner.
Branislav Ivanovic produces a cross, blocked by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Effort from outside the penalty box by James Milner goes wide left of the goal.
Frank Lampard produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
Frank Lampard has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
James Milner is shown a yellow card. James Milner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Florent Malouda.
The ball is swung over by James Milner, comfortable save by Petr Cech.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Fernando Torres. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Frank Lampard crosses the ball, Joleon Lescott manages to make a clearance.
Aleksandar Kolarov has an effort at goal. Blocked by Marinho David Luiz.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Edin Dzeko by Michael Essien. Free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
Frank Lampard has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Florent Malouda takes a shot. Vincent Kompany gets a block in.
Foul by Salomon Kalou on Micah Richards, free kick awarded. Vincent Kompany restarts play with the free kick.
Ashley Cole takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
Florent Malouda crosses the ball.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ramires on Gareth Barry. Aleksandar Kolarov takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Essien on Edin Dzeko. Free kick taken by Vincent Kompany.
Shot by Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Save by Petr Cech.
Aleksandar Kolarov delivers the ball, comfortable save by Petr Cech.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ramires on Aleksandar Kolarov. Aleksandar Kolarov takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov by Fernando Torres. Aleksandar Kolarov restarts play with the free kick.
Michael Essien challenges Edin Dzeko unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nigel De Jong takes the free kick.
Fernando Torres, David Luiz, Michael Essien and Florent Malouda are all likely to start Chelsea's Barclays Premier League game against Manchester City on Sunday.
The quartet either came off the bench or were not involved in Wednesday night's Champions League last-16 second leg against FC Copenhagen.
Sunday's match comes to soon for Alex, who is on the brink of making his long-awaited comeback from a knee injury, while Yossi Benayoun (Achilles) will also have to wait until after the international break to return.
Carlo Ancelotti has applauded Didier Drogba's acceptance of Chelsea's striker rotation policy following the arrival of Torres.
Drogba has lost his place in the side since the record-breaking signing of Torres, something he admitted this week he initially struggled to come to terms with.
But having held talks with Ancelotti, during which the Chelsea boss explained his rationale behind the move, the 33-year-old insisted he has come around to the idea of being in and out of the team for the remainder of the season.
Ancelotti said: "I was very happy with Didier said in his interviews. If the players understand that rotation is important for the team, that's important.
"It makes my job easier to manage the team if they understand that, and that means there's no problem."
Speculation about Drogba's future has been rife since the record-breaking £50million signing of Torres and the Ivorian, whose contract expires next year, has revealed he will hold further talks with the club at the end of the season.
The success of Ancelotti's rotation policy will be judged ultimately on the number of goals his strikers score.
So far, they have not managed a solitary goal between them in the Premier League since Torres made his debut against Liverpool almost six weeks ago.
Indeed, Nicolas Anelka's brace in the Champions League last-16 first leg at FC Copenhagen represents the only goals they have netted in any competition.
The collective lack of confidence in front of goal was laid bare in Wednesday night's second leg, when Chelsea squandered around a dozen gilt-edged chances.
Whether rotation has had an effect is debatable, but Ancelotti clearly does not think so as he prepares to recall Torres and Malouda for the clash with City.
And he revealed his rotation policy extends beyond his forward line, with the January arrival of Luiz and the imminent return of Alex from injury meaning the same now applies at the other end of the field.
"The most important thing is that we have four defenders, four centre-backs, and no other team in the world has their quality or experience," said Ancelotti.
"They're not guaranteed places, no. Sometimes they'll need to rest. We have to play eight or nine games in April, so it's impossible to think I can use just 11 players. I'll need 20 players to move through this moment."
City manager Roberto Mancini is threatening to leave Mario Balotelli out of his side to face Chelsea.
Mancini appears to have lost patience with the controversial Italian striker in the wake of his Europa League red card against Dynamo Kiev and his starting place could go to Edin Dzeko.
Winger Adam Johnson made a quicker than expected return from an ankle injury to feature against Kiev on Thursday but is likely to remain on the bench as the Blues concentrate on trying to secure a Champions League spot.
Mancini is certain Torres will come good for Chelsea - he just does not want the £50million striker to start his renaissance against City .
Despite arriving at Stamford Bridge amid a huge fanfare following his British record move from Liverpool in January, Torres is still to score for his new club.
Sunday will mark the Spain star's seventh appearance for the Blues, with victory essential for both sides if they are to stand a chance of overhauling Manchester United and Arsenal in the Premier League title race.
Likening Torres' struggles to those of his own striker Dzeko, who has scored four times since a £27million transfer window arrival from Wolfsburg but is still to open his Premier League account and has struggled to gain a regular starting spot recently, Mancini realises the quality will shine through eventually.
"Torres is a fantastic player," he said.
"Maybe he is like Edin at this moment because they are both in new teams and it is not easy. You need time to understand different team-mates. But Torres is always dangerous. And like Edin, when he starts to score he will be a big problem for opposition defences."
Luiz sines in Chelsea win
Another virtuoso display from David Luiz helped keep Chelsea's faint Barclays Premier League title hopes alive and kill off Manchester City's in a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.
Defender Luiz put a clutch of the world's most expensive strikers to shame by breaking the deadlock late on before Ramires wrapped up the points in stoppage-time.
The win lifted Chelsea above City into third place and back within nine points of Manchester United with a game in hand, while City are now 10 adrift having played the same number of matches.
Carlos Tevez's groin injury was a huge blow for the visitors and an even bigger boost for their opponents ahead of kick-off.
The Argentina striker had been the scourge of Chelsea since leaving Manchester United, scoring four times in three successive victories against them.
Mario Balotelli missed out for very different reasons, despite apologising for the moment of madness that saw him sent off against Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League on Thursday night.
Reports of a bust-up with boss Roberto Mancini may not have helped the striker's cause.
One man who had served his time was Chelsea skipper John Terry, who entered the field to chants of, "There's only one England captain!", with Fabio Capello sat in the stands.
The reinstated defender was a bit slow to close down Yaya Toure in the sixth minute, the midfielder given enough space to fire a low 20-yard drive saved well by Petr Cech.
City were on top but Chelsea looked dangerous on the break, wasting a great chance to take a 12th-minute lead when the recalled Salomon Kalou fell over team-mate Ramires as both tried to finish from 12 yards.
That was the cue for the home side to take a grip and they were denied what appeared a clear penalty in the 20th minute when Joleon Lescott handled Kalou's cross.
James Milner, starting for the first time since last month's Manchester derby, earned the game's first yellow card five minutes later after felling Florent Malouda in full flight.
Apart from the early Cech save, neither goalkeeper was being tested, hardly a surprise considering both sides' central strikers had yet to score a Premier League goal for their clubs.
Torres' drought for Chelsea was approaching eight hours and he had not had a sniff on what was his 27th birthday.
That changed in the 34th minute when Kalou presented him with a chance on his left foot from 10 yards, but the Spaniard's lack of confidence was palpable as Nigel de Jong slid in to intercept.
Vincent Kompany then put his body in the way of Frank Lampard's close-range finish.
Kalou almost broke the deadlock three minutes before the break when he brilliantly controlled Malouda's low cross before turning and shooting straight at Joe Hart.
The second half did not start promisingly but when City gifted the ball to Torres in the 51st minute, the striker set up a wonderful, flowing move that Malouda should have finished with a goal instead of sidefooting straight at Hart.
There was concern soon after when Terry stayed down after falling awkwardly.
The reinstated England captain appeared in agony as Capello looked on stony-faced but, following brief treatment, Terry was able to continue.
City came back into the game before De Jong was cautioned for a blatant body check on Essien.
Branislav Ivanovic was unlucky not to give Chelsea a 62nd-minute lead when his point-blank bullet header from Lampard's cross hit Kompany.
Edin Dzeko back-headed Milner's free-kick wide before Ramires was booked for clattering into Aleksander Kolarov.
With 20 minutes, remaining, Torres and Malouda were withdrawn for Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka.
Dzeko was booked for a foul on Luiz before Chelsea brought on Yury Zhirkov for Kalou.
A goal immediately followed as Luiz earned a 77th-minute free-kick wide on the left, Drogba whipped the ball in and the Brazilian glanced a header through the fingertips of Hart.
City sent on Adam Johnson for Milner before Barry saw yellow for a foul on Ramires.
Luiz went close to converting another free-kick from Drogba, who became the latest victim of a bookable offence when brought down by Kolarov.
City threw men forward but they were killed off in the second minute of stoppage time when Ramires danced through their defence before clipping beyond Hart.
There was still time for Luiz to blot his copybook with a late caution but the points were already secure.
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