Chelsea weekend round-up: Late win, Mata linked with exit and Barkley interest

Ross Barclay

All the latest news and gossip from Stamford Bridge this evening.

Chelsea have beaten Manchester City 2-1 at Stamford Bridge, as Fernando Torres had a starring role in the crucial top of the table clash.

The first goal came after excellent work by Torres, but a moment before he gave us an example of the Torres we have recently become accustomed to.

He missed an absolute sitter for The Blues, before his excellent burst of pace up against Gael Clichy allowed him to lay the ball on a plate for Andre Schurrle to tuck the ball home for 1-0.

After the break however Sergio Aguero showed his class by pulling Manuel Pellegrini's side level - and it looked like that would be the final result as the game reached its conclusion.

But then came a moment of madness, and another bad moment in goal for England number one stopper Joe Hart.

He raced off his line for a long punt up field and ended up running beyond would have been a simple headed backpass from Matija Nastasic.

Nastasic instead headed the ball over the keeper, and Torres rolled the ball into an empty net.

It is Manchester City's third defeat of the season, and Chelsea now move into second place in the table.

Juan Mata is again being linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain this winter.

The Spaniard struggled to make it into the first team at the beginning of the campaign but has since come good under Jose Mourinho.

However the French champions still feel that they can make a move happen, and are prepared to bid high to get their man.

Everton are still after Ross Barkley in January. They are reportedly set to lodge a £20 million bid for the player. However he is said to be unwilling to move ahead of the World Cup next summer, as his current standing in the Everton team seems to have him as a shoe-in for the England squad.


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