Remy Is A Limited Replacement For Costa
Loic Remy’s mobility and his knowledge of where the goal is is what has got him so far in his football career, and whilst it is clear that the Frenchman is no Diego Costa, he does at least offer something to the side when his esteemed teammate is suspended.
Remy got on the end of Eden Hazard’s brilliant cross to open the scoring for his side, but then he didn’t really do anything else as Mourinho ordered his side to go on the defensive.
Utilising his forward’s pace was key to that gameplan, though, and Remy did what he had to do.
Thibaut Courtous Isn’t Infallible
After his stellar performance over two legs took Chelsea into the Capital One Cup final at the expense of Liverpool, as well as his numerous other displays this season, we were beginning to wonder if Thibaut Courtois could actually do no wrong. Maybe he was some sort of goalkeeping robot sent to these shores to mock our current stoppers?
Well, no. He’s just a susceptible to errors as any other goalkeeper as his attempts at keeping out City’s goal showed.
City Were Much Improved
From the ashes of the home disappointments against Arsenal and Middlesbrough rose this performance from Manchester City, who were hugely improved from recent displays.
The key to that improvement lay with the midfield pair of Fernando and Fernandinho, who battled and snarled the way through the contest and gained a foothold in the midfield which plenty of Chelsea’s opponents this season haven’t been able to grasp.
Zouma Could Be A Long-Term Replacement For Cahill
Initially brought in for the Liverpool game to help deal with Raheem Sterling’s pace, Kurt Zouma kept his place in the Chelsea side and hardly put a foot wrong for the Blues at the back.
The young Frenchman is still very raw and so we can’t expect miracles from him straight away, but he stood tall and did well against the threat of Sergio Aguero. Better than many established names have done, at any rate.
City Will Take The Moral Victory, But That’s It
If there is a moral victor here then it is City, but they’ve only taken a point from the game.
It is a point which gives them something to build on, though, and if Manuel Pellegrini was so inclined then he could use Chelsea’s defensive approach as evidence that Mourinho’s side are scared of his.
Battle lines are drawn.