Manchester City v Chelsea


RD at 2014-09-21 18:12:19

Match Analysis.

There was always danger of RED cards in the second half and the second caution of Zabaleta was, in my opinion, quite correct. It was a reckless challenge on Costa and unfortunately there was some afters which led to Costa also receiving a yellow card. In addition to these, we had 3 more yellow cards to both teams. From a consistency point of view we might have had at least two more Chelsea yellows following the tackles by Schurrle and Fabregas. Whilst these are the kind of statistics you don’t want to read, City will argue that they should have had two penalties – one on Dzeko, which I believe should have been given and the second on Toure, which looks like legs coming together and Dean was well placed to deny the City appeals. Given his proximity I can go with him on this one. His two Assistants both contributed well and he will be pleased with their support. Not an easy day at the office for our team of officials. Mike Dean is still one of the best but I just pose the question as to how many yellow cards were really necessary. Did he set his threshold too high or caution too early. Plenty to discuss and learn from and I am sure this will be examined on the Ref Show next week. I posed the question in my report as to whether or not Frank Lampard a Chelsea legend could win City a point. He certainly did that and will become just as important for City as the season unfolds. A great game, not for the feint hearted but lots to discuss and two really good goals to send both sets of fans home with a point each.

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All the best,

Roger Dilkes

RD at 2014-09-21 17:54:42

Referee Dean blows his whistle to end the game. A draw 1-1 is the result

Match summary to follow.

RD at 2014-09-21 17:51:18

4 minutes added as Kompany commits another foul in a central position.

Is this going to be Drogba. Spray administered.

Here goes. Well over!

RD at 2014-09-21 17:45:54

Drogba 11 on and Costa 19  off

RD at 2014-09-21 17:44:57

The answer to my question is YES – Lampard has done the impossible. He scores for the light blues. Game on 1-1.

RD at 2014-09-21 17:43:21

Corner to City, Terry clears.

RD at 2014-09-21 17:41:41

City still have belief, can they equalise?

RD at 2014-09-21 17:41:03

Costa now causing problems for City . Fouls Sagna after hitting post with great effort.

RD at 2014-09-21 17:40:00

Can Lampard repay City for his move from Chelsea via the MSL?

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RD at 2014-09-21 17:39:17

Burt flags Aguero offside, well done

RD at 2014-09-21 17:38:40

Deliberate trip by Fabregas and he gets away with it. Consistency?

RD at 2014-09-21 17:38:00

Lampard 18 on for 11 Kolarov

RD at 2014-09-21 17:37:04

Good flag from Brooks to award Chelsea a foul by Kolarov. From the free kick save by Hart.

Ivanovic then fouls Toure and another yellow card is issuedYellow Card

RD at 2014-09-21 17:33:00

Schurrle commits rash challenge and on todays decision making should have been cautioned.

City sub 25 off and 15 on.

RD at 2014-09-21 17:31:32

Schurrle finishes a brilliant counter attack. Great ball from Hazard puts Chelsea 1 up.

RD at 2014-09-21 17:30:11

City sub Dzeko 10 and bring on Sagna No 3.

City have a corner, nothing materialises.

RD at 2014-09-21 17:28:27

This is what I thought would happen as I referred to in my half time analysis. Let’s hope there are no more!

RD at 2014-09-21 17:27:26

Zabaleta fouls Costa and there is some afters which Mike Dean deals with and a second yellow and then a RED is given.Yellow CardRed Card

Costa is also cautioned for his part in the aftersYellow Card

RD at 2014-09-21 17:23:24

Schurrle makes an immediate impact

RD at 2014-09-21 17:22:41

Foul on Ramires allows substitutes from Chelsea to take place.

14 on and 7 Off 12 on and 22 Off

RD at 2014-09-21 17:18:09

Ramires looks to be struggling. Kompany fouls Hazard in dangerous position Dean full of concentration. Spray out.  Fabregas shot into wall.

RD at 2014-09-21 17:16:24

Great position by A/R Burt for all three incidents in quick succession. Well done.

RD at 2014-09-21 17:14:59

Willian commits foul and stops Silva. From free kick another corner to City. Fernandinho latches on to a weak Chelsea clearance and he blasts it wide.

RD at 2014-09-21 17:13:19

Toure fouls Costa and Dean is in quickly to prevent any afters.

RD at 2014-09-21 17:12:08

Mangala holds Costa and foul is given quite rightly.

RD at 2014-09-21 17:11:22

Mike Dean very close to the collision of Toure and Ivanovic. Nothing given.

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At the other hand Brooks gives a good offside decision against Costa

RD at 2014-09-21 17:08:47

The penalty claim for City.

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RD at 2014-09-21 17:07:13

Another corner No 11 and we move on.

RD at 2014-09-21 17:06:18

From the first attack, a corner to City, nothing materialises. Where have we heard that before?

RD at 2014-09-21 17:04:48

Mike Dean gets us underway.

RD at 2014-09-21 17:01:20

Half Time summary:

Six cautions. Manchester City 4 Chelsea 2. This means that certain players will have to be very careful in the second half or we could well finish the game with teams of less than 11 aside. The managers need to look at this and use their substitutes well if the game becomes too physical. Mike Dean will need to be consistent as he has set his threshold, so players will know where they stand with him. The Assistants have shown good concentration and I have been impressed with Burt and his movement, both sprinting and crabbing. Mike Dean will be impressing upon them to stay focused and watch his back when challenges have taken place and he has followed play. There have been one or two that have gone on ‘off the ball’, but not caused any real problems for the officials. The half time analysis has shown the Costa challenge which I referred to earlier and it shows the referee looking right down the barrel and not having an angle to give anything other than the corner. A more acute angle would have given him a much better view and this would have led to a penalty being awarded. You can never switch off I these games, especially in or around the penalty area. Lots to play for, let’s get ready for another intriguing 45 minutes.

RD at 2014-09-21 16:49:51

Mike Dean brings the first half to a conclusion

RD at 2014-09-21 16:48:37

Trainers on to look at Willian after the challenge. Up on his feet and walking off steadily.

RD at 2014-09-21 16:47:26

A corner now to City from which Silva fouls Willian. Must have been worried with his challenge and with the Referee in close vicinity.

RD at 2014-09-21 16:45:37

Corner to Chelsea  as 3 minutes extra time is added.

RD at 2014-09-21 16:43:52

Toure is the next to be cautioned for pulling back his opponent. Silly caution.Yellow Card

RD at 2014-09-21 16:42:31

Foul by Fabregas on Fernandinho. Dean in again. Quite correct.

RD at 2014-09-21 16:40:54

Foul to City and Matic kicks the ball away. Cautioned by DeanYellow Card

Now Silva cautioned for trip on WillianYellow Card

Players need to be more disciplined or reds could follow


RD at 2014-09-21 16:38:35

Costa runs into Kompany, tries to rough him up. Dean gives correct decision.

RD at 2014-09-21 16:35:54

Another corner to City following a forward’s challenge by Costa on Dzeko. Careful!

RD at 2014-09-21 16:35:09

Ramires cautioned for reckless challenge as he loses his head.

RD at 2014-09-21 16:34:00

Appeals for penalties at both ends, nothing given.

RD at 2014-09-21 16:33:21

Fabregas takes kick after spray used.


RD at 2014-09-21 16:32:39

Another corner signalled by A/R Brooks but again nothing materialises from the kick. Good to see so far players concentrating on their defending and attacking – no grappling to talk about.

Zabaleta cautioned quite rightly did not want Hazard to get past him.

RD at 2014-09-21 16:27:43

Look at Mike Dean’s body language and smile. Says it all.

RD at 2014-09-21 16:27:07

How many corners is it going to take – this is number 6.

RD at 2014-09-21 16:26:35

A/R Burt stretches his legs to chase a long through ball. Good to see.

RD at 2014-09-21 16:25:13

Foul by Matic on Silva when Chelsea lose the ball. Referee in quickly again. Good control so far and not too fussy.

RD at 2014-09-21 16:23:42

Chelsea are retaining the ball and playing themselves into the game. Different problems for our guys to consider.

RD at 2014-09-21 16:21:47

Just what I had been mentioning, A/R Burt full of concentration for throw in. But then a foul on Ivanovic – watch out boys for the retaliation.

RD at 2014-09-21 16:19:39

Kolarov correctly penalised for foul on Ramires. Strong challenge, this is not for the feint hearted.

RD at 2014-09-21 16:17:58

It is important that Stuart Burt keeps focused as play has been at the Chelsea end for most of the game.

Another foul to Chelsea on Willian.

Costa fouls Kompany, this is going to be a battle. Dean in quickly. Well done.

RD at 2014-09-21 16:15:56

Toure gives Willian a liitle dig, Dean on the job again

RD at 2014-09-21 16:15:19

Again City have a corner, such is their domination for no result. Chelsea defend well.

RD at 2014-09-21 16:14:18

Another corner to City, but well defended

RD at 2014-09-21 16:13:07

Now he stops up – good refereeing. Sometimes it pays dividends not to let players take things into their own hands. Safe refereeing is always the best policy.

Fernandinho cautionedYellow Card

RD at 2014-09-21 16:11:04

Dean is letting the game breathe but needs to keep focused

RD at 2014-09-21 16:09:24

3rd corner to City , good header from Toure but safe hands by keeper.

RD at 2014-09-21 16:06:43

Little clash off the ball between Costa and Mangala.

RD at 2014-09-21 16:05:59

Silva fouls Willian and the referee awards the free kick.

RD at 2014-09-21 16:05:23

Ivanovic fouls Silva  – Mike Dean in quickly. Spray out. Corner to City from free kick.

RD at 2014-09-21 16:03:05

Corner to City and City maintain early pressure.

RD at 2014-09-21 16:02:12

First foul to City. Silva knocks it in and Chelsea defend.

RD at 2014-09-21 16:00:10

Mike Dean gets us underway on a super afternoon for football. Sunshine not rain.

RD at 2014-09-21 15:55:51

To-day’s match officials are the vastly experienced and former FIFA Referee, Mike Dean, supported by Assistant Referees John Brooks and Stuart Burt. Phil Dowd is 4th official for the second time this weekend and he could well be busy as it is no secret that the two managers do not have much time for each other. It is pleasing to note that the PGMOL have appointed one of the top referees in this country to cover this game, although last season Mike Dean was sarcastically praised by ‘the special one’ for his performance on the day. Praise, that ultimately landed him in trouble with the Football Association.

Although the outcome of this match, will not determine who wins the Premiership next May, it will give a good indication to both sets of fans as to how their respective teams compare at week 5 of this campaign.

We all look forward to an entertaining game and wish our colleagues all the best for their afternoon.

RD at 2014-09-21 15:44:26

This afternoon our coverage concerns the match of the weekend, as we visit the Etihad Stadium where Manchester City entertain Chelsea. This stadium is undergoing development and it is hoped that by August 2015, the capacity will increase to around 55,000. Nonetheless, a full house of some 46,500 is expected.

The away team have won all their games this season in the Premier League and will want to return to London with an unblemished record making it 5 out of 5. City, on the other hand, will want to take all three points and reduce the gap between them to just two points.

Both teams were in Europe this week and City will be disappointed that they did not pick up any points for their display at Bayern Munich after a very spirited performance by Manual Pellegrini’s side against the Champions from last season. Chelsea were held at home by a much improved Schalke team, who surprised Jose Mourinho’s team with a fighting display at Stamford Bridge, where the score was 1-1.

The talking point in all of the games in the Champions League this week was the kit that has been issued to the officials. I much prefer all black and didn’t think much of the ‘beachwear’ as one of my colleagues commented in his blog. What are your thoughts? contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at


So, who will shine today? So many world super stars on show, it is difficult to say, but, the fans are in for a real treat, whichever shade of blue they support. Will the ‘Pensioners’ return to the capital unbeaten or will it be a ‘blue moon’ over Manchester.

Stay with us and enjoy the action.