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Michael Essien concedes a free kick for a foul on Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Free kick taken by James Milner.
Alex receives a yellow card.
Yuri Zhirkov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Johnson. Direct free kick taken by Adam Johnson.
Michael Essien has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Comfortable save by Joe Hart.
Jerome Boateng is brought on as a substitute for Dedryk Boyata.
The official flags Emmanuel Adebayor offside. Alex takes the indirect free kick.
Branislav Ivanovic concedes a free kick for a foul on James Milner. Carlos Tevez leaves the field to be replaced by Emmanuel Adebayor. Free kick taken by Pablo Zabaleta.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez by John Terry. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Carlos Tevez.
The official flags Carlos Tevez offside. Direct free kick taken by Joshua McEachran.
Ashley Cole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pablo Zabaleta. Vincent Kompany takes the free kick.
Free kick taken by Vincent Kompany.
Joshua McEachran on for Ramires.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya fouled by Ramires, the ref awards a free kick. The referee shows Ramires a yellow card.
Ramires challenges Gnegneri Toure Yaya unfairly and gives away a free kick. Booking for Nicolas Anelka.
Ashley Cole produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
David Silva goes off and Adam Johnson comes on.
Florent Malouda produces a cross, Close range headed effort by Alex misses to the right of the target.
Dedryk Boyata concedes a free kick for a foul on Yuri Zhirkov. The referee shows Dedryk Boyata a yellow card.
Daniel Sturridge joins the action as a substitute, replacing Didier Drogba.
Shot by Michael Essien from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Michael Essien goes wide right of the goal.
Mikel goes off and Yuri Zhirkov comes on.
Short corner taken by Pablo Zabaleta from the left by-line.
Unfair challenge on Alex by Carlos Tevez results in a free kick. Alex takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez by Mikel. The referee books Mikel for unsporting behaviour. James Milner restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Ramires from 18 yards. Kolo Toure gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Ramires by Gnegneri Toure Yaya results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mikel.
Unfair challenge on Ashley Cole by David Silva results in a free kick. Ashley Cole restarts play with the free kick.
Didier Drogba has an effort at goal. Joe Hart makes a comfortable save.
Carlos Tevez scores a goal from just outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 Chelsea.Assist on the goal came from Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
Outswinging corner taken by Didier Drogba.
David Silva takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Florent Malouda.
David Silva takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Brilliant save by Petr Cech.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth Barry by Michael Essien. Direct free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
Foul by Didier Drogba on Pablo Zabaleta, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by James Milner from left wing, save made by Petr Cech.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya concedes a free kick for a foul on Florent Malouda. Ashley Cole takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Didier Drogba from the left by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Michael Essien goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Effort on goal by Nicolas Anelka from 20 yards. Save made by Joe Hart.
Unfair challenge on Ramires by David Silva results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ashley Cole from left wing.
Michael Essien produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Didier Drogba produces a drilled right-footed shot from 25 yards. Kolo Toure gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Didier Drogba on Nigel De Jong. The free kick is delivered left-footed by David Silva from left wing, clearance made by John Terry.
Unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic by Pablo Zabaleta results in a free kick. Pablo Zabaleta goes into the referee's book. Didier Drogba takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Gareth Barry on Didier Drogba, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Michael Essien.
Unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez by Mikel results in a free kick. James Milner shoots direct from the free kick.
Branislav Ivanovic sends in a cross, clearance made by Pablo Zabaleta.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Didier Drogba from the right by-line to the near post, Gnegneri Toure Yaya makes a clearance.
Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot. Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
Didier Drogba decides to take the corner short.
Pablo Zabaleta sends in a cross, Petr Cech makes a comfortable save.
Outswinging corner taken by James Milner, Kolo Toure takes a shot. Comfortable save by Petr Cech.
Michael Essien has an effort at goal from a long way out that goes wide left.
Gareth Barry challenges Michael Essien unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alex takes the direct free kick.
Effort from the edge of the area by Nicolas Anelka goes wide of the right-hand post.
Effort from 20 yards by Pablo Zabaleta. Save by Petr Cech.
Shot by James Milner. Michael Essien gets a block in.
Branislav Ivanovic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pablo Zabaleta. The free kick is swung in right-footed by James Milner.
Shot from just outside the area by Carlos Tevez misses to the left of the target.
James Milner challenges Branislav Ivanovic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Petr Cech.
The match gets underway.
The first half comes to an end.
The referee starts the second half.
The referee signals the end of the game.
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has to cope with a defensive injury crisis ahead of Saturday's Eastlands clash with Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Micah Richards (hamstring), Wayne Bridge (thigh) and Aleksandar Kolarov (ankle) are definitely out, and the fitness of Joleon Lescott (groin) and Jerome Boateng (knee) will need to be checked before Mancini can finalise his line-up.
Further forward, Emmanuel Adebayor returns after missing four matches with a dead leg, but Shaun Wright-Phillips (knee) is also out.
Roberto Mancini has already conceded the Premier League title to Chelsea.
Mancini's Manchester City side tackle the champions with a patched-up side containing just three fully-fit senior defenders.
It is hardly the backdrop he wanted heading into one of the key games of the campaign, and not one that was anticipated when City were spending in excess of £100million this summer.
However, according to Mancini, the result will not have an affect on where the championship ends up this season.
"Chelsea are the best team in the Premier League at the moment," he said.
"They are probably going to win the Premier League title easily.
"They are a strong team, who have been playing together for many years. They have a fantastic manager and they have worked to reach this situation."
Chelsea will be without Salomon Kalou and Yossi Benayoun for three weeks while Frank Lampard has not shaken off his hernia problem in time to play.
Kalou and Benayoun were expected to be out for up to a month after suffering thigh and calf injuries respectively in the 4-3 Carling Cup defeat by Newcastle.
Paulo Ferreira drops to the bench to make way for captain John Terry, who returned in midweek after missing the 4-0 win over Blackpool five days ago with a rib injury, while Nicolas Anelka is set to replace Kalou in the only other change from last week.
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti laughed off suggestions from Mancini that the Blues have already won the title.
Chelsea sit four points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League with five straight wins over West Brom, Wigan, Stoke, West Ham and newly-promoted Blackpool.
The Blues opened the season with successive 6-0 wins over West Brom and Wigan and Mancini has since hinted that, as far as he was concerned, it is Chelsea's title to lose.
However, Ancelotti would not be drawn into playing any kind of mind games with his former national team-mate.
"I agree with him," said Ancelotti.
"It's not a mind game, I know him very well and so he knows us very well. He knows our ability.
"You have to build a mentality of a team. He doesn't have an easy job, he is doing his best. I hope the club appreciate it.
"He's very competitive manager because he has experience, he has ability to read the game.
"It's a very good relationship, we were team-mates in the national team in the past. I met him two months ago in Manchester, the relationship is very good.
"Every game is easy after you win 6-0. You can say it was easy then.
"Before every game it is difficult. We started the season well but now we have another game, a different opponent and City are a strong team, they have a lot of player with a lot of skills.
"We have to prepare for the game well and do our best to play our football for 90 minutes."
Tevez strike sinks champions
After handing Chelsea the title on Friday, Roberto Mancini watched his Manchester City side promptly snatch it away again as Carlos Tevez's second-half strike ended the champions' 100% record with a 1-0 win.
In a tactical battle with defences largely on top throughout, Tevez's moment of inspiration just before the hour proved to be decisive.
Chelsea were unable to halt the South American's burst from halfway and he found the perfect finish too, through Ashley Cole's legs and in off the post.
Carlo Ancelotti's men battled hard to force an equaliser, but, just as they had done for most of the contest, they failed to open up a disciplined City defence and came no nearer than the header Branislav Ivanovic struck the bar with before half-time.
It rather showed up the opinion Mancini offered that Chelsea would win the title easily, and signalled City can join Manchester United and Arsenal in harbouring genuine hopes of glory next May as well.
It was slightly strange that the build up to a game between the Premier League's biggest spenders should be centred around respective injury problems.
Yet that is exactly how it turned out, Ancelotti claiming he had just 12 fit players, which was one more than Mancini.
Defensively, City are struggling with neither Joleon Lescott nor Jerome Boateng - who did make his debut as a late substitute - considered fit enough to start.
And once Wayne Bridge had failed a pre-match fitness test on a thigh injury it was anticipated would keep him out for another fortnight anyway, Mancini went for 19-year-old Belgian Dedryck Boyata, normally a centre-half, to make only his fourth league appearance.
Boyata rewarded his manager with a solid contribution to an obdurate defensive performance from City.
Only once were the Blues opened up properly, and that had nothing to do with the teenager.
In fact it was Tevez who drifted away from Florent Malouda as he anticipated a return pass to Didier Drogba, who had just taken a corner on the Chelsea left.
Tevez's movement gave Malouda the space to curl a deep cross to the far post, where Alex nodded it back to Ivanovic.
The Serbian had two goes at putting Chelsea in front. The first came bouncing back off the bar, giving him a second header to go for, this time Joe Hart making a comfortable save.
Apart from that, both goalmouths were largely underused.
Knowing this was their biggest test of the season so far and without Frank Lampard to drive them forward from midfield, Chelsea were content to play within themselves, keep a fairly rigid shape and let City expend their energy trying to break them down.
For their part, the home side failed to get sufficient support to Tevez, who worked incredibly hard up front on his own but was limited to speculative long-range efforts.
Under such circumstances, it was hardly a surprise it began to get a bit tetchy and Pablo Zabaleta's booking for a reckless sliding tackle on Ivanovic gave way to a period of play scarred by physical confrontation.
The first two minutes of the second period produced as much intense action as there had been in the whole of the first.
After Hart had pushed a curling Nicolas Anelka shot away from danger, Michael Essien should have done far better with the near-post corner than send his header sailing over the bar after being picked out completely unmarked.
City responded with their first meaningful assault on the Chelsea goal, which forced Cech to make a decent low save to deny Silva.
It proved to be the prelude to the deadlock being broken.
Yaya Toure and the nippy Silva deserve mentions for their short pass and running off the ball respectively after Ramires had conceded possession just inside the City half.
The rest of it was all the South American's own work as he ran ferociously at the visitors' defence, jinked to his right, then blasted a shot through Cole's legs and into the net off the inside of Cech's right-hand post.
Twice Essien tried to level from long-range. Twice his radar was way off and the ball sailed over.
Alex glanced a header wide after Boyata had marred his effective performance by getting booked for chopping down YuZhirkov,ry Zhrikov, but with Cole also belting a shot into the side-netting, Chelsea ran out of ideas.
After beating the Chelsea twice last season as well, City are rather getting to like this.
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