On Thursday evening, Chelsea will host Manchester City, with Frank Lampard’s side hoping to increase their chances for Champions League football next season. As well as the many memorable clashes in the modern era, some of Chelsea’s finest moments against the Sky Blues took place in the second division. Over the years, there have been some tense fixtures between the two sides – and this week, Chelsea will be hoping to conjure up another impressive win…
Chelsea Get Six Past City
27th October 2007
To start with, we head to back to the season of 2007/08, where Chelsea managed an impressive six goals past the Manchester outfit. During Avraham Grant’s spell at the club, the boys in West London were able to run riot at the Bridge, with goals coming from the likes of Didier Drogba, Michael Essien and Andriy Shevchenko. Essien was the first to get on the score sheet, before Drogba scored a brace. Joe Cole, Salomon Kalou and Shevchenko were then able to net goals past the Citizens, as Chelsea asserted their dominance over their Premier League rivals in a 6-0 victory.
This was Chelsea’s biggest win since 1997 and their fifth straight win in all competitions, following the departure of Jose Mourinho just two months earlier. Although it may have been somewhat more manageable to conjure up a convincing win against City back then, it’s worth noting that they were also on a good run under Sven-Goran Eriksson at the time, gaining four wins in a row – something that was firmly interrupted by the Blues.
Comeback Under Conte
3rd December 2016
More recently, Chelsea earned a respected 3-1 win over Manchester City during Antonio Conte’s first season in West London. After Gary Cahill scored an own goal in the latter moments of the first half, Conte’s side were able to produce a thrilling comeback at the Etihad, providing a huge boost to our title prospects that campaign.
It was, of course, Diego Costa who scored the equaliser after 60 minutes, before Willian netted the second just 10 minutes later. Eden Hazard was then able to score the third in injury time – but that wasn’t the only major talking point after 90 minutes. Both Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho were sent off just moments later, after City lost their cool, resulting in a memorable afternoon in Manchester.
18th March 1989
However, before Chelsea were claiming wins against Manchester City in the Premier League, we were also taking part in a set of title-defining battles in the second tier. One of these was in 1989, where Chelsea secured a 3-2 victory against the Citizens. Prior to this match, City were undefeated at home – but goals from Kerry Dixon, Kevin Wilson and Tony Dorigo meant Chelsea were able to cause havoc in Manchester.
The Sky Blues were finally able to respond with goals from Neil McNab and Ged Taggart, but it wasn’t enough to come back. Chelsea’s win over City meant they were therefore crowned champions of the second division. Just five years earlier, under similar circumstances, another win against City late in the season meant Chelsea were promoted – with their opponents unable to reach the same heights.
Full Members’ Cup Final
23rd March 1986
Although not as obvious as the other occasions on this list, Chelsea’s 5-4 win over Manchester City during the Full Members’ Cup Final in 1986 was significant for its own reasons. Just a day before the cup final, both teams competed in the league – with City taking part in a Manchester derby and Chelsea going up against Southampton. The following day, the players travelled to Wembley – and the lack of rest perhaps contributed to the bizarre scoreline.
City got the first goal, following an early strike by Steve Kinsey. Chelsea’s David Speedie then secured a hat-trick, becoming the first senior player to do so at Wembley since Geoff Hurst in the 1966 World Cup final. Colin Lee also scored twice, putting the West London side up 5-1 with just ten minutes remaining. However, City then managed to get three back, resulting in a chaotic and nervy ending for both sides. It was one of Chelsea’s biggest wins at Wembley at that time – and claiming a 5-4 victory over City in front of 68,000 fans is pretty special.
FA Cup Glory
21st February 2016
In the past, Chelsea and Manchester City have faced each other on several occasions during cup competitions. The latest being in the EFL Cup final last year (however, the less said about that the better). Fortunately, our FA Cup Fifth Round meeting with the Citizens in 2016 went quite differently.
Costa’s header meant Chelsea were 1-0 up in the latter stages of the first half, before David Faupala scored the equaliser just minutes later. Willian got the second, while Cahill claimed the third. However, it was Hazard who shined the brightest that afternoon, and his free-kick sent Chelsea three goals ahead. Bertrand Traore got the last goal of the game as Chelsea claimed a comfortable 5-1 victory against their opponents. At that time, Willy Caballero was on the opposite end of the pitch, with the Argentinian unable to prevent the heavy loss.
Edited by: Dan