Three key Manchester City players who under-performed against Chelsea

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Manchester City suffered their first home league defeat of the season to Chelsea on Monday evening, but who under-performed for Manuel Pellegrini's side?

Jesus Navas

Navas lost possession more times against Chelsea than he has in any other league match this season.  

The Spanish winger gave the ball away 28 times, four more than on his debut for the Blues when he was still finding his feet.  And a closer look at the statistics suggests a worrying trend, with Navas guilty of losing the ball more in each of his last three league matches.

A dip in form or just a coincidence?  

PlayerMatchMatchdayPossession Lost
Jesús Navas Man City vs Chelsea 24 28
Jesús Navas Man City vs Newcastle 01 22
Jesús Navas Spurs vs Man City 23 17
Jesús Navas Man City vs Cardiff 22 16
Jesús Navas Man City vs Spurs 12 15

David Silva

On only 12 occasions all season has a mistake from a City player led to a shot on their goal.  But against Chelsea, there were two mistakes in one game; one from Pablo Zabaleta and the other from David Silva.

That was the Spanish play-maker's first such error of the season, and a look further down this article will show that Silva did not have the best of games...exactly when he was needed the most.

PlayerMatchMatchdayError Lead To Shot
Fernandinho Newcastle vs Man City 21 1
Javi García Cardiff vs Man City 02 1
Joe Hart Swansea vs Man City 20 1
Aleksandar Kolarov Man City vs Liverpool 18 1
Vincent Kompany Southampton vs Man City 15 1
Samir Nasri West Ham vs Man City 08 1
Costel Pantilimon Southampton vs Man City 15 1
Costel Pantilimon Man City vs Spurs 12 1
David Silva Man City vs Chelsea 24 1
Pablo Zabaleta Man City vs Chelsea 24 1
Pablo Zabaleta Newcastle vs Man City 21 1
Pablo Zabaleta Man City vs Hull 03 1

Silva can always be relied upon to create chances, but against Chelsea - when chances were going to be at a premium - his key-pass stats fell well short of his best performances of the season to date.  

On four occasions, Silva has played six key passes, and on a further three occasions he has played four.  But against Chelsea, that figure dropped to three. 

PlayerMatchMatchday Key Passes
David Silva Man City vs Liverpool 18   6
David Silva Man City vs Crystal Palace 19   6
David Silva Man City vs Everton 07   6
David Silva West Ham vs Man City 08   6
David Silva Cardiff vs Man City 02   4
David Silva Newcastle vs Man City 21   4
David Silva Man City vs Norwich 10   4
David Silva Spurs vs Man City 23   3
David Silva Man City vs Chelsea 24   3

Yaya Toure

Toure is not a player who is easily or regularly criticised, but against Jose Mourinho's side he was short of his imposing best.  His accurate passes fell well short of his season's best against Norwich City.  And while it can be reasonably argued that the opposition was considerably more challenging, the simple fact is the Ivorian did not dominate this match as he would have hoped.

PlayerMatchMatchday Accurate Pass
Yaya Touré Man City vs Norwich 10   110
Yaya Touré Man City vs Newcastle 01   97
Yaya Touré Cardiff vs Man City 02   92
Yaya Touré Sunderland vs Man City 11   86
Yaya Touré West Ham vs Man City 08   86
Yaya Touré Aston Villa vs Man City 06   76
Yaya Touré Man City vs Cardiff 22   76
Yaya Touré Man City vs Chelsea 24   74

 

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