Manchester City v Chelsea



GB at 2016-12-03 16:08:22

#cityvcfc Here are the main talking points in respect to the officials in this game:

  • A major flash point right at the end of this game will grab the headlines, and unfortunately in my opinion the referee’s handling of the game did little to prevent this one from boiling over.
  • This may have been a very exciting game for the football fans, but there was plenty to discuss about the tactics used by the referee to control it, which did not always instil confidence that he really had a firm grip on the proceedings.
  • A clear missed yellow card in the first half when David Luiz (C 30) blatantly impeded Sergio Agüero (MC 10) on his route to goal, came back to bite the referee on the bum at the end when Agüero took matters into his own hands with literally the last “KICK” of the game!

If I was writing an end of term report on Anthony Taylor after that game, then I am afraid I would have to say “Could do better”.

He may have been led into a false sense of security by the players, whom I often commented about seemed to be showing respect to each other for large periods in the game. Unfortunately, the referee may have read that wrong, as he was happy to play too many “risky” advantages for me, when he would have been better to have stopped play and stamped his authority onto it. The longer the game went on, the more likely it looked to me that it was about to get out of control, as the players pushed the referee further and further, and the more he failed to “boss” the game and reign it back in, the more it only seemed like a matter of time before the players took matters into their own hands.

The signs were there in the first half with the missed yellow for Luiz, then the second half started the same with and advantage played deep into the City half following a reckless challenge by N’Golo Kante (C 7). To be fair to Anthony Taylor, the Chelsea player was cautioned when the ball eventually went out of play, but for me that was the chance for him to start the second half more positively, which he failed to do by taking a “chance” and trying to be too clever. We often talk about tempo management, well there was a great example of an opportunity missed.


At half time I suggested that there was already a major talking point to “hang it on” if the game went South in the second half, and I called it again in the 86th minute as a very poor challenge was made in front of the technical areas. By then, it may have been too late for the referee to avert what was about to happen, but he will have learnt a lot from that performance I am sure, and he can reflect on his tactics which eventually proved ineffective in such spectacular style right at the end!

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GB at 2016-12-03 15:33:40

#cityvcfc My final summary will follow very shortly.

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GB at 2016-12-03 15:30:42

Full Time


GB at 2016-12-03 15:29:16

This major flash point does not surprise me at all.

A clear Red Cardoffence by Sergio Agüero (MC 10) with that shocking challenge on Luiz, followed by another correct Red Card for Fernandinho (MC 25) for his Violent conduct in the aftermath!


GB at 2016-12-03 15:19:14

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GB at 2016-12-03 15:18:15

GOAL! Eden Hazard (C 10)


GB at 2016-12-03 15:15:32

With that charge in the back in front of the technical areas it confirms that the players have gradually pushed their luck with the referee in this game and I think he has been lucky at times that this has not ignited in the second half.


GB at 2016-12-03 15:12:15

Yellow Card for Navas (MC 15) for unsporting behaviour for that shirt pull


GB at 2016-12-03 15:08:41

Good teamwork by Adam Nunn and Anthony Taylor with that last corner decision. Neither of them really knew – so they both kept their tinder dry and lets the players decide! That can often be the best option – when it works!


GB at 2016-12-03 15:06:30

I cant help thinking that there is one more BIG CALL to come in this game, so the officials really need to remain focused to get it right!


GB at 2016-12-03 15:04:47

That looked like a hold offence by Chelsea not given in the corner. The referee had moved over to squeeze the play but seemed to allow play to continue, in the hope that the City player would get away. Just Give It, is the message I tell my referees when I am coaching. No need to try to be too clever.


GB at 2016-12-03 15:01:41

#citycfc That would have been interesting for the temperature of the game had City not put the ball out of play with Willian injured. There was no foul and if anything Willian caused his injury, so City could have played on. This incident reflect the respect shown by the players towards each other in this game.


GB at 2016-12-03 14:59:03

GOAL! Willian (C 22)

Now we have a GAME ON!


GB at 2016-12-03 14:57:58

Good spot there by the referee as Gary Cahill (C 24) is nudged in the back and so the free kick is given the right way. Getting those “little” fouls right at this stage of the game is very important.


GB at 2016-12-03 14:50:54

#cityvcfc I have noticed Anthony Taylor talking to the players a lot in this game and communicating his decisions and trying to be pro-active in his man-management. So far they have generally responded professionally towards him.


GB at 2016-12-03 14:48:45

GOAL! Diego Costa (C 19) The Chelsea player did really well to control the ball without using his arm! Just as well because Taylor was never going to be able to spot it if he had done from where he was!


GB at 2016-12-03 14:44:07

There have been a few of those cases where players have “stepped on” each other and I repeat what I said before that the players have done well not to over-react and react aggressively towards each other.


GB at 2016-12-03 14:41:28

The tempo seems to be rising now as the players start to push the referee to see how much they can really get away with as Costa invites a challenge from behind and goes down like a sack of spuds!


GB at 2016-12-03 14:38:40

Anthony Taylor has continued in the same way in this second half and plumps for the ADVANTAGE when a really strong challenge goes in on the City player. The ball was deep into the City half, only just outside of the “red zone” where it is never worth risking control by playing advantage. Once again he seemed to get away with his tactic, but there are enough signs for me in this game to suggest that this is not the one to take chances in.


GB at 2016-12-03 14:34:28

Early opportunity for the referee to get back into this game as Costa clearly has a look before running into his opponent.


GB at 2016-12-03 14:32:44

Second half is underway and I am making a prediction that this one has the potential to come to the boil!

GB at 2016-12-03 14:31:29

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GB at 2016-12-03 14:30:46

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GB at 2016-12-03 14:29:47

#cityvcfc Well this game certainly has “a bit in it” and the part played by the referee has already thrown up a few discussion points and I very much doubt they won’t be the last judging by the way this is going.

The biggest talking point so far has to be the deliberate impeding actions of David Luiz (C 30) on Sergio Agüero (MC 10) in the 28th minute. I do not think that was a serious contender for a Red Card, as there was far too much for the attacker left to do to say that an “obvious” goalscoring opportunity had been denied, but none the less the deliberate act of breaking up a promising attack should have resulted in a yellow card for the Chelsea player which could have affected how he plays for the rest of the game.

There were a few times earlier in the game where I felt Taylor was “trying too hard” and played a few “doggy” advantages when it would have been safer to stop play and stamp his authority on it. Apart from the major talking point above, to be fair he has let the game flow and allowed the players to compete with commitment as there has been no real aggression – but if this all goes South in the second half, there is already something to “hang it on”, which he only has himself to blame for.


GB at 2016-12-03 14:18:26

Half Time

Manchester City 1 v 0 Chelsea


GB at 2016-12-03 14:17:19

GOAL! Own Goal by Gary Cahill (C 24) and probably no less that City deserved from this game so far.

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GB at 2016-12-03 14:15:03

Another enormous call for the referee as The City player goes down in the penalty Area. Taylor was well placed and had a great view of the incident which helped him to sell his decision to allow play to continue.


GB at 2016-12-03 14:11:21

Anthony Taylor’s fitness looked good then as he was right there on the edge of the penalty area as that important fair challenge was made.


GB at 2016-12-03 14:09:34

We can discuss a few incidents in the first half at half time, but it has to be said that the attitude of the players has been very good towards the officials – even when they have not always agreed with them.

GB at 2016-12-03 14:07:51

Thanks to Simon Jackson @Jackson_S_D for his Tweet – my sentiments exactly!

“awful decision not 2 penalise Luiz 4 the block on Aguero. Made worse be him clearly putting the whistle to his mouth”


GB at 2016-12-03 14:04:37

#cityvcfc David Luiz (C 30) definitely seemed to “get away with one” then as he deliberately impeded Sergio Agüero (MC 10) on route towards goal. It was a long way out and far too much to do for that to be a DOGSO, but the correct call was surely to stop play and issue a yellow card. It is not a weakness to give the decisions players expect. The referee was a little behind play, but could still have recognised that offence from where he was.


GB at 2016-12-03 14:00:03

Good shot of Adam Nunn on the far side then getting right to the touchline to make his decisions. An assistant who cant keep really gets exposed there.


GB at 2016-12-03 13:57:45

#cityvcfc Straight forward offside call by Stuart Burt to chalk off that “goal” by City – but they still need to be given nonetheless!


GB at 2016-12-03 13:55:49

Everyone expected this one to be a tough battle and that’s how it is panning out, but it has to be said that the challenges are generally hard but not overzealous and the referee is doing his best to keep it flowing. It remains to be seen if his tactics will prove effective.


GB at 2016-12-03 13:52:06

#cityvcfc Yellow Card for Nicolas Otamendi (MC 30) for that reckless challenge. Anthony Taylor knew he had to step in then following those exchanges a few minutes ago and needed to set his tolerance level before this one got away from him


GB at 2016-12-03 13:48:51

#cityvcfc 3 players down and all of a sudden the Anthony Taylor has wasted all that good work in the opening 10 minutes by trying to be too clever as the challenges started to fly in then. The first one should have resulted in a free kick on the half way line. Better to stamp authority on the game there and then rather than try to play advantage so far away from the goal. Then the players take matters into their own hands as the retribution challenge goes in. The referee will need to be careful that this one does not get away from him now.


GB at 2016-12-03 13:42:52

Although the tempo has be relatively high in the opening 10 minutes, the referee will be happy with his involvement so far as he has generally let this one get off to a good start without missing anything whilst at the same time not over managing it either.


GB at 2016-12-03 13:38:59

NEVER deliberate hand ball in a million years as the balls strikes the Chelsea player on the arm whilst he is on the floor. East call for the Referee


GB at 2016-12-03 13:36:12

#cityvcfc I have to say that the reactions of the players to that first poor challenge bodes well as none of them over-reacted to what looked very nasty in the replay.


GB at 2016-12-03 13:33:41

Early chance for Anthony Taylor to demonstrate his alertness early in the game as that contact looked very late on the Chelsea player.


GB at 2016-12-03 13:30:31

Chelsea won the toss so it will be Manchester City to kick off.

Good luck to all the officials and may the ball run kindly for you!

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GB at 2016-12-03 13:25:54

Not long to go now as the players and officials prepare to leave the tunnel


GB at 2016-12-03 13:20:41

#cityvcfc This is the type of game that every official hopes to be appointed to and Anthony Taylor will be relishing the opportunity to demonstrate today why he is the man for the job! Man-management and faultless recognition of fair and unfair challenges are obviously going to be of paramount importance for this encounter, but I personally hope that Anthony quickly engages with the players and displays an empathy with how they want to play. Reading a game like this in the opening stages will be vital if control is to be established without spoiling the sceptical, and it can often come down to the first robust tackle or clear challenge to the referee’s authority. Over-react to that first one and all of a sudden we have yellow cards all over the place for the sake of consistency, and a potential “soft” second yellow. But a failure to react strongly enough to the first major decision to be made can be equally as damaging to the referee’s over all control, as the players will see this as a weakness and take matters into their own hands! This balance is what every referee is looking for in every game, but when the stakes are as high as in this one, the focus inevitable falls on the man in the middle if he doesn’t get it right.

If anyone likes to “read the signs” given out by Premier league appointments (which often require a super computer to decipher them), a “non FIFA” assistant on the line in the shape of Adam Nunn for this top of the table clash, with a vacancy on the list next year following the resignation of Mike Mullarkey, might be something to reflect upon when the list is announced on January 1st 2017? No pressure Adam, but this is not the game to get a key match decision wrong …….


GB at 2016-12-03 13:19:30

Referee: Anthony Taylor

AR1:  Stuart Burt

AR2:  Adam Nunn

4th Official: Mike Dean

Anthony Taylor

Here are the starting line-ups for this game:

GB at 2016-12-03 13:17:09

Manchester City


1       Claudio Bravo (MC 1)

8       Ilkay Gundgan (MC 8)

10     Sergio Agüero (MC 10)

11     Aleksandar Kolarov (MC 11)

15     Jesús Navas (MC 15)

17     Kevin De Bruyne (MC 17)

19     Leroy Sane (MC 19)

21     David Silva (MC 21)

24     John Stones (MC 24)

25     Fernandinho (MC 25)

30     Nicolas Otamendi (MC 30)


3       Bacary Sagna (MC 3)

5       Pablo Zabaleta (MC 5)

6       Fernando Reges (MC 6)

13     Wilfredo Caballero (MC 13)

22     Gaël Clichy (MC 22)

42     Yaya Touré (MC 42)

72     Kelechi Iheanacho (MC 72)



13     Thibaut Courtois (C 13)

3       Marcos Alonso (C 3)

4       Cesc Fàbregas (C 4)

7       N’Golo Kante (C 7)

10     Eden Hazard (C 10)

11     Pedro (C 11)

15     Victor Moses (C 15)

19     Diego Costa (C 19)

24     Gary Cahill (C 24)

28     César Azpilicueta (C 28)

30     David Luiz (C 30)


1       Asmir Begovi? (C 1)

2       Branislav Ivanovi? (C 2)

8       Oscar (C 8)

22     Willian (C 22)

23     Michy Batshuayi (C 23)

29     Nathaniel Chalobah (C 29)

34     Ola Aina (C34)


GB at 2016-12-03 13:14:45

Well they don’t get much bigger than this one in respect to the current form and positions in the table of these two teams. Something will need to give today in what promises to be a real battle of the titans, between the highest scoring teams this season led by two charismatic and respected tacticians. So sit back, hold tight – and let the games begin!


GB at 2016-12-03 13:13:45

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