Man City avenge Chelsea loss in FA Cup
Manchester City avenged their recent loss to Chelsea in the Premier League with a 2-0 home win on Saturday that sent them into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup
London: Manchester City avenged their recent loss to Chelsea in the Premier League with a 2-0 home win on Saturday that sent them into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
Manchester City's French midfielder Samir Nasri (R) celebrates scoring their second goal during the English FA Cup fifth round football match between Manchester City and Chelsea at The Etihad Stadium in Manchester. Pic/AFP
City's perfect home record in the league was spoilt last week when Chelsea pulled off a 1-0 win at the Etihad Stadium, but goals in each half from Stevan Jovetic and Samir Nasri gave Manuel Pellegrini's side revenge.
"We wanted revenge today," City captain Vincent Kompany told ITV.
"Twelve days ago we had a really bad game. We gave them a lot of chances, but we created a lot as well. Today we just adapted. They played the same and it was comfortable for us."
Both managers named strong teams for the heavyweight fifth-round clash, but hosts City dominated from the off.
Jovetic seemed determined to impress and after clipping a shot just over the crossbar when Petr Cech spilled an effort from Yaya Toure, the Montenegrin forward broke the deadlock in the 16th minute.
Edin Dzeko was the architect with a measured pass into the box for Jovetic, who placed a delicate shot into the net via the base of the left-hand post.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho introduced January signing Mohamed Salah and striker Fernando Torres in the second half, but it was City substitute Nasri who made the difference.
Back in action after a five-week lay-off with a knee injury, the Frenchman doubled City's lead in the 67th minute when he played a neat one-two with David Silva before prodding the ball into an unguarded net.
City centre-back Joleon Lescott saw a goal ruled out for offside shortly afterwards, but it was the only source of regret for the hosts, who welcome Barcelona to the Etihad in the Champions League on Tuesday.
"The second goal was an offside, but we would still have lost 1-0 as we were never close to scaring City in the game," said Mourinho.
"Today proved how difficult it is to win here, which shows how well my team did in the last game."