Manchester City players appear to be in a confident mood despite their 1-1 draw with Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Citizens had to come from behind with a numerical disadvantage to pick up a point against their main title rivals.
After a goalless first half, Manuel Pellegrini’s side went down to 10 men midway through the second period when right-back Pablo Zabaleta was sent off for a tussle with Chelsea striker Diego Costa.
Just five minutes later Andre Schurrle broke the deadlock when he turned in Eden Hazard’s cross from close range. Chelsea appeared set for maximum points at the Etihad, but there was a final twist in the tale.
Blues legend Frank Lampard came on in place of Aleksandar Kolarov for the Citizens on 78 minutes, and five minutes later shot home James Milner’s pass from close range.
The match finished in a 1-1 draw, and it was perhaps a fair result. A number of City players, including captain Vincent Kompany, defender Eliaquim Mangala and striker Sergio Aguero, took to social networking site Twitter to give their thoughts on the game.
Happy to have played my first game for City. The atmosphere at the stadium is superb. Thank you to the fans for their support to the team.— Eliaquim Mangala (@Elia22Mangala) September 21, 2014
I would like to apologise to everyone for my red card today.— Pablo Zabaleta (@pablo_zabaleta) September 21, 2014
However after seeing this image I can't believe that Diego Costa remained on the pitch. pic.twitter.com/WwjyG9CXzx— Pablo Zabaleta (@pablo_zabaleta) September 21, 2014
Without a doubt, we deserved more. We played intensely and dominated the match in spite of the expulsion.We have to keep it up! C'mon, City!— Sergio Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) September 21, 2014