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Stamford Bridge (ATT 41,792) 25th November 2012 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: C Foy

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No winning start for Rafa Benitez as Chelsea draw with Manchester City

Last Updated: 25/11/12 8:19pm

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Rafa Benitez could not inspire Chelsea to victory over Manchester City in his first game in charge and was the subject of protests from some fans in a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge.

Best of the Game

  • Man of the match: Vincent Kompany overcame concerns about his fitness to provide Manchester City with a rock at the back
  • Chance of the match: Sergio Aguero had a header in the first half which he placed straight at Petr Cech
  • Moment of the match: Fernando Torres being outpaced by Kompany and then James Milner before being tackled in the first half summed up the Spaniard's game
  • Talking Point: Will Rafa Benitez win over the Chelsea fans who protested against his appointment and showed their support of Roberto Di Matteo?

The Spaniard has succeeded the sacked Roberto Di Matteo on an interim basis and his former connection with Liverpool has made him unpopular in London.

Sections of the Chelsea support held up banners against Benitez and they also stood and applauded in the 16th minute, which was Di Matteo's shirt number in his playing days, before the game ended in a forgettable 0-0 draw.

Sergio Aguero wasted the best chance of a turgid Premier League encounter in driving rain, which the visitors had the better of in the first half but the home side the second.

The draw moved unbeaten champions City to within a point of new leaders Manchester United, leaving Chelsea fourth.

Benitez has shored up the Blues' defence during his four days in charge but he has his work cut out to get them playing the scintillating football demanded by the watching Roman Abramovich - and to get Fernando Torres scoring.

But that is nothing compared to winning over the fans on today's evidence.

Chelsea's stadium announcer was drowned out by jeers as he appealed for calm in order to pay tribute to former Chelsea boss Dave Sexton, whose death was confirmed on Sunday.

There were also expletive-laden chants of "you're not wanted here", and signs reading 'Benitez out' - coupled with songs and banners hailing the sacked Di Matteo.

The off-field action was of more interest than events on the pitch, where, although Chelsea kept a first clean sheet in 11 games, they never truly looked like scoring.

Torres, who worked with Benitez at Liverpool, was closely marked by City captain Vincent Kompany and the Spaniard again appeared shadow of his former self.


ChelseaTeam StatisticsManchester City
0Goals0
01st Half Goals0
1Shots on Target5
4Shots off Target3
1Blocked Shots1
6Corners11
10Fouls17
3Offsides1
0Yellow Cards3
0Red Cards0
79.8Passing Success81.9
24Tackles29
79.2Tackles Success79.3
42.3Possession57.7
44.6Territorial Advantage55.4
382Total Passes520
22Total Crosses34
164Lost Balls163
50Recoveries56
44.21st Half Poss.55.8
40.12nd Half Poss.59.9

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Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 16 39
2 Manchester City 16 36
3 Manchester United 16 31
4 West Ham United 16 28
5 Southampton 16 26
6 Arsenal 16 26
7 Tottenham Hotspur 16 24
8 Newcastle United 16 23
9 Swansea City 16 22
10 Everton 16 21
11 Liverpool 16 21
12 Stoke City 16 19
13 Aston Villa 16 19
14 West Bromwich Albion 16 17
15 Sunderland 16 16
16 Crystal Palace 16 15
17 Burnley 16 15
18 Queens Park Rangers 16 14
19 Hull City 16 13
20 Leicester City 16 10

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