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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Excellent debut against Manchester City

Chelsea made a good game on the opening day of the season. The Blues defeated Manchester City with goals from Terry, Lampard and Drogba. A 3-0 was enough to see off a poor City challenge and set the Champions on their way again.

Mourinho couldn't use Michael Ballack because of an injury, but the other new star, Shevchenko, was fit for this match.

Manchester City started with Weaver in goal and Reyna in the problem left midfield position. There was no place for Vassell in the starting eleven as Pearce went with new boy Corradi partnering Samaras up front in an attempt to unsettle the Chelsea defence.

To be fair, the visitors started with a game plan that had worked on previous opportunities, namely close Chelsea down and hope for the best. Thatcher took the instructions to heart and subsequently conceded a dumb free kick that led to Chelsea's opener.

From that moment, Chelsea were never going to be worried by City's lightweight performance. Lampard added a second, via a deflection, when the City defence failed to clear at the edge of their box. In fact, Chelsea looked content to keep it at two until ten minutes from time when an incisive break led to Drogba heading home a Bridge cross.

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