Samir Nasri and Carlos Tevez Shine in Crucial Victory over Chelsea
Manchester City have just kept their title hopes alive after an emphatic come-from-behind victory over Chelsea. Facing a lone goal deficit, conceded at the hands of Gary Cahill, Manchester City upped their energy and took apart Chelsea to come within a point of league leaders Manchester United.
Manchester City looked threatening through out the game, while Chelsea looked like the same lackluster side we have laid witnessed to all season. Their defending looked awful, the midfield gave away the ball needlessly and Fernando Torres was more of a liability than an asset.
Chelsea did take the lead through a Cahill right-footed shot, and it looked as if Manchester United might extend their lead to four points at the top of the table.
But Manchester City pressed hard upon them after the first goal.
In the 66th minute, Carlos Tevez, who had fallen in disfavor with the entire club after his refusal to come on as a substitute during a crucial Champions League game against Bayern Munich, was brought in to replace Nigel de Jong.
His arrival breathed a sort of new life into the Manchester City attack and allowed for City to turn the game around in their favor.
In the 78th minute, Michael Essien, who gave away the ball needlessly on two many occasions and had an absolute dreadful game, conceded a penalty when he raised his hands needlessly to block a Paolo Zabaleta cross.
Sergio Äguero converted the penalty with perfect poise to level the game.
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The highlight of the game came in the 85th minute when Samir Nasri, the primary instigator of a brilliant play with Tevez, scored beautifully off a Tevez through ball.
Who would have thought that Tevez, the man who had been maligned so much, would prove heroic and ensure that City's title hopes remain alive?
Although he looked lethargic at times, he still managed to create space around him and laid off a wonderful pass to Nasri when it mattered most.
Nasri, who had been the best player on the field all night long, lifted the ball into the back of the net gracefully.
Anything less than a win would have effectively killed Manchester City's hopes of a Premier League title, as they were already a point behind Manchester United and face a tough series of fixtures in the last few games.
A defeat to Chelsea would have surely been a disastrous blow to City, who have yet to face a resurgent Arsenal side and crosstown rivals Manchester United.
The top two clubs, United and City, will face each other on April 30, which might very well be the title-deciding game.
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