Manchester City fans react on Twitter to Bacary Sagna's performance v Chelsea

The 31-year-old former Arsenal star was handed a surprise start against Jose Mourinho's men.

Was Manuel Pellegrini’s decision to start Bacary Sagna at Chelsea a masterstroke?

As soon as the Manchester City boss named the former Arsenal right-back in his starting line-up ahead of Pablo Zabaleta, it was guaranteed to create headlines.

Since leaving Arsenal, Sagna has struggled to oust Zabaleta from his natural habitat – the starting berth at right-back – and it is no wonder considering the Argentine’s quality.

In one of, if not the, biggest games of Manchester City’s season, however, Pellegrini named Sagna as his first-choice right-back.

How did he fare against Chelsea? There are two ways of looking at it…

Above is a selection of reaction from Manchester City fans after Chelsea scored to go 1-0 up against the Premier League champions.

The former Arsenal defender was indeed blamed for not tracking Eden Hazard well enough as the Blues threatened to end the day eight points clear of Pellegrini’s men.

Come full-time, however…

Indeed, after the game, Manchester City supporters seemed to be singing from a different hymn sheet.

Overall, Sagna’s performance appears to have been received with much praise. His best in a City shirt so far? Quite possibly.

So back to the question in hand: did Pellegrini pull off a masterstroke by starting the former Arsenal man against Chelsea? One costly moment of weakness but an otherwise strong display: it’s certainly up for debate…

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