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Chelsea vs. Manchester City: Half-time report

So far, so good.. so what?

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After taking the lead via Eden Hazard in only the 10th minute, Chelsea began to soak up the Manchester City pressure and looked content with hitting on the break. City were gifted the equaliser by Thibaut Courtois, whose failed clearance only made it as far as David Silva, whose shot was saved by Courtois but the rebound fell to Sergio Aguero, who calmly slot the ball into an empty net. City would've almost immediately had a second goal as well, if not for Courtois, who did well to close down the angle for Leroy Sane, after David Silva played him through.

Less than ten minutes later, Fernandinho tripping Pedro in the box meant that Chelsea had an opportunity to reclaim their lead; Eden Hazard did poorly on his initial attempt from six yards but ended up putting the ball in the back of the net anyway.

Despite Manchester City's Twitter graphic suggesting a 4-1-4-1 with Fernandinho at right-back, they've lined up in more of a 4-2-3-1 with Fernandinho beside Delph in midfield and Navas in a defensive role. Chelsea's midfield was bypassed too easily on occasions; perhaps we'll see Nemanja Matic make an appearance sooner or later to shore up things in the middle of the park. Meanwhile, at the Liberty Stadium, Wayne Routledge's 11th minute strike has Swansea leading Tottenham.

So far, so good!

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