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Chelsea vs. Manchester City, Premier League: Half-time report

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It's been a ridiculously open yet low quality game in the first half, with the 1-0 scoreline in favor of the visitors not quite reflecting the amount and quality of chances gifted at both ends of the pitch.  Courtois has already made four saves, one better than the next.

Costa had the ball in the net, too, but he was somewhat questionably ruled offside.  Same linesman then somehow ruled a goal kick after Hart made an excellent save on Loftus-Cheek's turn and left-footed shot.  Chelsea's early verve petered out however, and City slowly grew into the game.  Still, their greatest threat had been mostly on the counter, from our silly final third turnovers (of which there had been many) or, in the case of the goal, from our own corner kick.  Chelsea getting punished for our mistakes, Chelsea not quite punishing City for their mistakes.  Gary Cahill's touch deflecting Aguero's shot beyond Courtois.  Welcome to season 2015-16.

Perhaps the best thing to come from this half has been the influence of Ruben Loftus-Cheek who, while a bit naive, especially in the defensive third at times, has been fun to watch.

Also, please someone kill Nasri's hair-do with fire.

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