Chelsea vs. Manchester City: 6 Lessons Learned from the Blues' 2-1 Win

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Chelsea vs. Manchester City: 6 Lessons Learned from the Blues' 2-1 Win
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At last, Chelsea have done it. After three straight losses to "Big Six" opposition, Chelsea won 2-1 over table-toppers Manchester City.

In doing so, they leapfrogged Tottenham and Arsenal into third place and closed the gap in the title race with Manchester City and Manchester United to just seven points.

In all honesty, it wasn't a dominating performance. Chelsea were rather evenly matched with Manchester City when it was 11 on 11.

But even after Gael Clichy was sent off, Andre Villas-Boas and Chelsea cautiously probed City's defense in the hopes of finding an opening rather than going for the kill.

In the end, though, it worked. Daniel Sturridge, who also set up Chelsea's first goal by skinning Gael Clichy, earned a penalty for Chelsea when his shot hit Joleon Lescott's arm.

Frank Lampard then coolly stepped up to convert the penalty that would doom City to their first league loss.

So what did we learn from this top-of-the-table clash? Let's find out.

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