How Chelsea can claim to be on a par with German and Spanish champions

The proof is in the pudding that Chelsea are on a par with two European giants.

Chelsea are the only English club to beat Manchester City at the Etihad this term and, furthermore, they have that only in common with European champions Bayern Munich and Spanish champions Barcelona this term.

Barcelona beat Manchester City 2-0 at the Etihad on Tuesday night in the first leg of their last sixteen tie with the Citizens in the Champions League. The only other team to beat City at home this term was Bayern Munich back in their 3-1 victory in October in the Champions League.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side have seemed unstoppable this term until faces with opposition from the Blues, the German giants and their Spanish counterparts. In fact Chelsea’s 1-0 win at the Etihad in February meant the Blues did the double over City home and away this term after beating them 2-1 at Stamford Bridge back in October.

Prior to their defeat to Bayern Munich at the Etihad the same month, City had been unbeaten at home for 5 months since their 3-2 defeat to Norwich on the last day of the Premier League season back on May 19 2013.

City lost only one other league game last term at the Etihad to Manchester United in the derby on December 9 2012. They were, however, defeated in every game in the Champions League last term and three times at home to Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, and Real Madrid.

Chelsea’s win at the Etihad this term puts them on a par with the best in Europe – the Spanish champions, Dutch champions, German champions and Champions League finalists. Jose Mourinho has in fact beaten Manchester City more times in the last two years than any other manager four times in total out of a possible five, losing only Chelsea's FA Cup clash last weekend at the Etihad. He won twice against the Citizens with Real Madrid last term and twice this term with the Blues.

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