Manchester City’s early dominance was hardly reflected by a 1-0 scoreline handed to them by Mario Balotelli’s second minute strike and a famous Chelsea comeback may never have materialised had referee Mark Clattenburg spotted Jose Bosingwa’s trip on David Silva inside the penalty area in the 14th minute. Only after super-slow-motion replays was it apparent that contact had been made, but the official could not have been better placed to see it.
After the sending off the game was totally changed. We did a big performance in the first half, we played very well and should have scored two or three goals. There was a big penalty; the referee was very close but didn’t see. We didn't score other goals in the first half when we had the chance. It doesn’t change anything for us. We knew before we could lose one game. We lost today but the season is very long.
Man City boss, Roberto Mancini
Despite making a record-breaking start to the season, should Manchester United win at QPR in Sunday’s early kick-off, City will start at home to Arsenal later that afternoon from the an all too familiar position, beneath their local rivals. Suddenly, the Premier League title race has taken on a totally different complexion and City’s reaction to having their authority questioned will provide fascinating viewing. Their resolve and discipline was tested last night, as it was in Naples last month, and on both occasions they have been found wanting. Discipline and control was required in the face of a Chelsea storm – instead experienced campaigners like Gael Clichy and Yaya Toure lost their heads. The signs for the chasing pack are encouraging.