A 32nd-minute thunderbolt from Branislav Ivanovic proved to be the winner as Chelsea took all three points from Manchester City on Monday
The Blues, who continually threatened on the counter-attack, also hit the woodwork on three occasions at Etihad Stadium while Yaya Toure and David Silva missed good opportunities for the hosts
The result sees the two sides finish the Premier League`s 24th matchday on 53 points apiece, just two back of leaders Arsenal.
Following are player ratings and analysis for both sets of players.
Manchester City: First-Half Analysis
Hart: No chance on the Ivanovic goal and made a superb stop on Ramires.
Zabaleta: Being run into the ground by Hazard.
Kompany: His second-half leadership and orchestration could be crucial.
Nastasic: Getting tangled-up with Kompany and might have done better on the buildup to Chelsea’s goal.
Kolarov: Distribution has been good, and you get the feeling City can get something from the left-hand side.
Navas: Along with Zabaleta has been absolutely over-run on the right.
Demichelis: Lacks the pace to stop the Chelsea counters.
Yaya: Inspirational as usual, and quite nearly put in Silva for an early goal.
Silva: Should have taken Yaya’s pass and put it inside the far post.
Dzeko: Shooting often; yet to hit the target.
Negredo: Only 24 touches so far.
Manchester City: Full-Time Analysis
Hart: Made five saves and had no chance on the Ivanovic goal.
Zabaleta: Better after the restart but his ball distribution was generally poor.
Kompany: Made an important diving header on a dangerous Willian cross late on.
Nastasic: Might have equalised in stoppage time had he pulled off his attempted volley.
Kolarov: Plenty of crosses played into the goalmouth, most of which were ushered to safety by the Chelsea defense.
Navas: Took until late in the second period for him to remember to track back.
Demichelis: Played the full 90 minutes and wasn`t bad, although his lack of pace was evident.
Yaya: Missed the far post by an inch midway through the second half.
Silva: Was more dangerous upon moving into the middle and completed 94% of his passes.
Dzeko: Misfired the entire match.
Negredo: Was replaced by Jovetic after an ineffective night.
Jovetic: Forced Cech into an exceptional save in the dying moments.
Chelsea: First-Half Analysis
Cech: Yet to make a save.
Ivanovic: Scored his first ever Premier League left-footer.
Cahill: Won the header from a City corner that started Chelsea’s goal-scoring break.
Terry: Needs to do better in the air.
Azpilicueta: Helping Hazard absolutely dominate the left flank.
Ramires: Was denied by a superb Hart save midway through the first half.
David Luiz: Breaking up play exceptionally well.
Matic: Distribution has been a bit off, but a physical specimen City are struggling to deal with.
Willian: Tracking back well to help out in defense.
Hazard: The most dangerous attacker on the pitch so far.
Eto’o: Rang one off the crossbar late on.
Chelsea: Full-Time Analysis
Cech: Made a pair of vital stops in the second half.
Ivanovic: Had Silva in his back pocket but gave the ball away a bit too much in possession.
Cahill: Nothing short of heroic from the defender, who also hit the post.
Terry: A typically solid display from the reinvigorated skipper.
Azpilicueta: Showed why he’s been keeping Cole on the bench.
Ramires: Got forward more often than expected.
David Luiz: Made three important tackles to break up play.
Matic: The best midfielder on the night, and he also hit the woodwork on a rare foray into the attacking third.
Willian: An all-around effective performance from the improving Brazilian, who was a key contributor on defensive corners.
Hazard: Teased his opponents with dribbles and feints and was the standout player of the match.
Eto’o: Less involved in the second half and was replaced by Oscar in the 83rd minute.
Oscar: Touched the ball only three times after being introduced.
Mikel: Came on in stoppage time to help shut up shop.
Ba: A time-wasting substitution with the full-time whistle about to blow.