THE EPL Week 9- How The Top 2 Teams Fronted Up
Chelsea 2-1 Man City – Torres Pounces On City Mistake To Claim Late Blues Win
A late winner from Fernando Torres helped Chelsea overcome rivals Manchester City after a mix up at the back between Joe Hart and Matija Nastasic left him with an open goal to secure Chelsea all three points. The late goal left Mourinho celebrating with fans which later prompted City boss Manuel Pellegrini to refuse a handshake with the Chelsea manager!
This week in the English Premier League, Chelsea started brightly and offered more in attack than City in the opening exchanges. The continued absence of Vincent Kompany in the City back four meant a start for debutante Demichelis and he started shakily, kicking a ball in to touch that Hart had clearly called for. Chelsea’s first big chance fell to Torres who found himself onside after a ball over the top, only to blast over from meters out. From then on he strove to make amends, putting himself about the pitch with his persistence finally paying off half an hour in when he crossed the ball for on a plate for Andre Schurrle to tap in from close range. City pressed for the remainder of the half only to create half chances, Fernandinho shooting over from the edge of the area.
Chelsea’s resistance was broken however, only minutes into the second half when a stunningly powerful strike from Aguero running through on goal left Cech with no chance. Playing up front on his own, the Argentine continued to make a nuisance of himself, combining with Yaya Toure to create chances. The game seemed to be heading for a draw with City happy to go back down the M6 with a point. However, in the dying embers of the ninety minutes a hopeful punt forward from a Chelsea defender bounced behind the City defense; Hart came rushing out of his area only for Nastasic to head past him, Torres breathing down his neck. The mix up in communications left both defender and goalkeeper staring in horror as Torres chased the ball down and slotted it into an empty net! The win takes the Blues up to second in the PL, level on points with Liverpool but ahead on goal difference and leaves City dallying in seventh.
Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal – Gunners Edge Past a Spirited Palace Performance
This always looked like a tough match for Palace, especially after the departure of Ian Holloway earlier in the week following their 1-4 loss at home to Fulham on Monday night. Top of the table Arsenal would have been looking to get back to winning ways after their midweek defeat to Borrusia Dortmund in The Champions League; a trip to manager less Palace looked like the perfect opportunity for them to get back on track.
Under caretaker manager Keith Millen, Palace started brightly and kept Arsenal at bay for large parts of the first half. Pressure in the mid field helped to keep the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla quiet while shots from Chamakh and Guedioura stung the hands of Szczesny at the other end. A confident Palace looked to be in the game at half time, with Arsenal looking tired after their mid-week exertions.
However, things took a turn for the worst for Keith Millens men when Guedioura clumsily brought down Gnabry for an Arsenal penalty which was calmly dispatched by Mikel Arteta. The Arsenal captains afternoon came to an abrupt end however, when he was adjudged to have committed a last man tackle on Chamakh which earned him a red card and he was sent packing back to the changing rooms. Palace then pressed and came close to leveling when a strike from Joel Ward crashed against the bar. However, it was not to be their day and as they pushed forwards, Arsenal wrapped up the game with an Olivier Giroud header three minutes from time. The win leaves the Gunners two points clear at the summit, but with Liverpool and current holders Manchester United coming up, can they continue their good run of form?
Rory Owen. Enthusiastic sports blogger.