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The bookmakers and pundits were expecting Chelsea will be overran at the Etihad Stadium tonight, but the Blues held their ground and could have taken the three points if not for defensive errors.
Many were expecting that the Blues will be overrun in the middle of the park by Manchester City, but the Blues called the shot in midfield.
For the first time under Pep Guardiola, Manchester City had less than 50% of the possession in a Premier League match.
In the first half, Chelsea had 55% possession to City’s 45%, while the Blues had 53% in the second half.
Just before kick-off, Lampard revealed that his plan was to dominate City at the Etihad.
He said: “To come to Manchester City and declare I’m going to dominate with the ball would be a bit brave. But we have to be confident we can play.
“We’ve been confident on the ball recently, creating chances, so we have to come with that idea. But we’ve also got to understand we’re coming up against a team that’s been doing this for a few seasons to a really high standard. Both elements of our game, on and off the ball, will have to be spot on to get a result.”
After the game, Lampard revealed that he was pleased with how side played.
Lampard said: “Coming into the game, our recent form and how we’re developing quickly, I wanted to come here and be brave, to compete, to be brave on and off the ball.
“In the first half you saw all of that from us. At 1-0 we have relative control of the game. We didn’t have that little bit of quality in the final third. They had a couple of moments but we were playing well. Throughout the game there were a lot of positives, but we lost and it shows you at this level the finer details in both boxes are what decide these ones.”