Joey Barton tips hat: Mourinho destroyed City's season-long aura in 45 mins

Queens Park Rangers midfielder and social media commentator credits Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho for great tactics versus Manchester City.

Manchester City showed a tactical naivety heading into their home clash against fellow Premier League challenging Chelsea on Monday, February 3 at the Etihad Stadium as they played 'right into Jose Mourinho's hands'.

That is the view of Joey Barton, 31, a defensive shield currently employed by Queens Park Rangers and formerly of Newcastle United and City, who added that Mourinho's utilisation of a counter-attack policy, combined with the superb displays returned by Nemanja Matic, David Luiz and Eden Hazard, were the differences in what was a convincing win for Chelsea, who now have amassed the same points haul as the side they defeated last night.

Defender Branislav Ivanovic struck the game's sole goal - a powerful first half shot struck from outside the box with his weaker foot and Chelsea even threatened throughout the second half to double their lead.

There was an emerging opinion in the press that Mourinho may adopt precisely the same tactic he so abhorred West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce using against him, when the Blues tied the Irons 0-0 in a performance Mourinho labeled '19th century'. There was nothing out-dated about Jose's football in Manchester, though, as Chelsea were simply the better prepared team, playing the superior football.

Mourinho has long protested against Chelsea's title chances talked up by bookmakers and the media, particularly because he is vying for the crown against Manuel Pellegrini, who commands an expensively-assembled band of superstars with quality competition for places in every position.

Those superstars - Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo, David Silva, Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany - have been responsible for a plethora of high scoring victories, accumulating a seemingly invincible aura in the process; something Barton said has now been 'destroyed' by The Happy One from Stamford Bridge…

image: © Jason Bagley

Register for CHELSEA team updates

Register for MANCHESTER CITY team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch