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Yesterday (Sunday 23 October) former Chelsea manager José Mourinho made his first return to Stamford Bridge since he was sacked last December. His Manchester United team were thrashed 4-0 by a rampant Chelsea, with the first goal being scored after only 30 seconds.

By half time Chelsea were 2-0 up, and by 62 minutes it was 3-0. Mourinho’s humiliation was complete when Chelsea made it 4-0 in the 71st minute. The win takes Chelsea up to 4th place in the table, just one point behind leaders Manchester City. Manchester United stay in 7th place.


José Mourinho’s Manchester United were thrashed on his first return to Stamford Bridge since being sacked by Chelsea last December.

Manchester City have not registered a win in a month, after flying out of the blocks in their first 6 games they have hit a speed bump. Arsenal and Liverpool are equal with them on points, leaving the title wide open with a quarter of the season gone. It is all to play for!

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Chelsea beat title rivals Manchester City 1-0 at the Etihad last night to go even on points, and end Man City’s 100 percent home record. As of last night, Arsenal are top of the English Premier League on 55 points, Man City are 2nd on 53 points, and Chelsea are 3rd, also on 53 points but with an inferior goal difference to Man City.

Prior to last night’s game, Man City had won 11 games from 11 at home in the English Premiership, which included home victories against Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United, Everton and Spurs. In fact, all the top clubs bar Chelsea. But Mourinho’s men held on for a well deserved 1-0 victory after going ahead from a goal by Serbian defender Branislav Ivanović in the 33rd minute. to lay down an important marker against the team Chelsea’s manager sees as the side most likely to win this year’s title.

Chelsea beat Manchester City 1-0 at the Etihad last night, ending Man City's 100% home record.

Chelsea beat Manchester City 1-0 at the Etihad last night, ending Man City’s 100% home record.

Had Man City retained their 100% home record they would have gone back to the top of the Premiership, leapfrogging Arsenal who have been top for most of the season. But, Chelsea’s victory now leaves the title wide open between the top 3 teams. Mourinho insists he is not expecting to win the EPL in his first year back at Stamford Bridge, but I suspect this is as much mind games as anything else.

The result is also important for the FA Cup 5th round, with Chelsea having drawn Man City at the Etihad, as I mentioned here. That fixture is in less than two weeks’ time, and last night’s victory should still be fresh in both teams’ minds when they take the field. Before then, both Chelsea and Man City have what appear on paper to be relatively easy EPL games. Chelsea have Newcastle at home and then West Bromwich Albion away, whereas Man City have Norwich away and then Sunderland at home.

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After a lacklustre 1-0 win over Stoke City at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have drawn Manchester City at The Etihad Stadium in the 5th round of the FA Cup. Man City have not lost a single home game in all competitions this season, so this is a daunting tie for Mourinho and his team.

The current four top teams of the English Premier League; namely Arsenal, Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool, were all in the hat for the 5th round draw, along with 12 other teams. Remarkably, Chelsea drew Man City and Liverpool drew Arsenal. The fixtures in full are


It is great to see the two Welsh teams who play in the EPL still in the competition. Cardiff have drawn last year’s winners Wigan at home, whilst Swansea have a tough away fixture against Everton, coached by Swansea’s ex-coach Martinez.

Cardiff are currently bottom of the EPL, and it’s always difficult to know whether a successful run in the FA Cup benefits a team when they are struggling in the League. Last year’s winners Wigan ended up being demoted from the EPL, and Cardiff would certainly want to avoid that.

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