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Manchester City v. Chelsea, FA Cup: Second Half Thread

Laurence Griffiths

Not the best of starts for Chelsea. While they were able to keep the ball more-than-occasionally, that possession was still the minority, and was pretty ineffective early on. Unlike the League match at the Etihad, City were able to put more pressure of Petr Cech's goal. Moments after nearly capitalising on a near-howler by Petr Cech, Stevan Jovetic got on the end of a lovely City attack to poke through the legs of a diving Cesar Azpilicueta and past Cech for the opener.

After the goal, Chelsea opened up a bit more, and got forward more-dangerously. As a result, both sides got more chances as the second half went on. Chelsea arguably got the better of the chances, but neither side came particularly close in the time remaining.City captain Vincent Kompany was booked for a challenge on Hazard, which could prove important for the rest of the match.

Chelsea haven't looked their best, and have looked fairly tired, as one might expect after a long stretch with minimal squad rotation. Also worrying was the nervousness from Big Pete in the first half, which is unusual for the big Czech. Look for Jose Mourinho to work things out at the half and drive Chelsea to a win in the second half. Or maybe just more of the same lack of pressing, poor touches and passes, and general willingness to let City do their thing. Who knows? Chelsea can only really get better. SECOND HALF WOO!

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