By Caden Helmers
Manchester City have claimed their first Premier League victory in a month after second half strikes sent them to a 2-0 victory over Chelsea today at the City of Manchester Stadium.
Goals from Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez secured three points for City, ensuring that Manchester City still have an opportunity to run down ladder leaders Manchester United, who hold a 12 point lead.
It was a pivotal three points for City, who have given themselves a slim chance to win back to back titles.
City manager Roberto Mancini was adamant that this season was not yet decided, despite United’s sizeable lead on the ladder.
“We can’t think this is finished with 11 games to go. We can’t think this. This is not my mentality, this is not the players’ mentality. We need to play like today, every match to the end of the season.
The reigning champions controlled the first half, but failed to make the most of their opportunities in the first half, with the teams going in to the break locked at 0-0.
Chelsea looked to turn the tide with an early second half attack that saw Demba Ba brought down in the box, gifting Lampard the opportunity the score his 200th goal for the club with a penalty.
An outstretched right hand from Hart denied Chelsea’s chance to take the advantage, much to the delight of 47,256 home fans.
Mancini was full of praise for his keeper’s efforts, which have given City some breathing space in second spot on the ladder.
“I think Joe is the best keeper in England and one of the best in Europe, and I am pleased for him.”
It took just eleven more minutes for City to make Chelsea pay for their missed opportunity, as David Silva found Toure on the edge of the penalty area who took his chance as he curled one in to the back of the net in the 63rd minute.
Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez realised the importance of the missed opportunity, labelling it as a “crucial moment”.
“We didn’t play as well as we had expected, but the penalty could have changed everything. It was a good save and 10 minutes later, they scored.”
With just five minutes left in regulation time, City put the result beyond doubt as Tevez unleashed a powerful strike from outside the box to take an unassailable 2-0 lead.
“We had to take risks and against a very good team, that can cause problems and, so, we conceded a second.”