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As I alluded to in the live commentary of the game, this match represented the classic tactical stalemate often found when two 4-2-3-1 formations meet.
With two holding midfield pivots on the field, the centre of the pitch was all but locked down. Both Manchester City and Chelsea found their best attacking options to be the left and right wings, respectively.
Juan Mata's perfect switches from the right often brought Ashley Cole into play, while James Milner and Sergio Aguero combined well on the Citizens' left.
Other than some congested action on the flanks, there wasn't a lot for either team to feel proud of offensively here.