Five key observations from Chelsea's defeat at Manchester City

Chelsea went down 2-0 away at the Etihad Stadium, leaving the Premier League and Champions League as potential silverware this season.

Chelsea were well beaten at Manchester City in the FA Cup yesterday as the Blues went down 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium thanks to goals from Stevan Jovetic and Samir Nasri.

It was one of the flatter performances Jose Mourinho’s side have produced in recent weeks and we’ve taken a look at several areas to see what we can learn from the performance.

1) John Terry and Frank Lampard

The Blues badly missed their two icons during the game yesterday with Terry missing the match with a muscle problem while Lampard was an unused sub.

That authority and leadership that either would have provided in the heart of the team could have helped lift the performance of key players who underperformed yesterday such as John Obi Mikel and Ramires.

2) Tactics

Manchester City adapted from the Premier League game where Chelsea won 1-0 and Mourinho’s men didn’t.

He went with a midfield trio of Nemanja Matic, Mikel and Ramires which simply didn’t work up against a City team that looked as though they expected, and had prepared for, that very Chelsea system.

3) Mohamed Salah

He’s clearly not ready to play a big role for the club in important matches and competitions.

It’s far too early to judge him because he’s not had a lot of football and is getting used to the English game but he needs to bulk up a little bit as well as working on getting used to the pace and pressure of English football.

4) Striker

Eto’o looked tired, Salah was ineffective up front and Torres didn’t have enough time to turn the game.

Chelsea need a high profile, big name striker who can grab the attack by the scruff of the neck and make things happen.

The fact all of Chelsea’s options up front yesterday didn’t work, allowed City to move their defence high up the pitch pressing and strangling the Blues until they won the ball back.

5) Tiredness

There were plenty of players yesterday who looked vulnerable to fatigue; Cahill, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Eto’o and Willian.

That’s nearly half the team.

Fortunately for Chelsea, they now have a gap before they take on Everton and then Galatasaray in the Champions League which means they should be fresher by the time their next match comes around.

image: © Ben Sutherland

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