2010 World Cup teammates for Ivory Coast tangle as Chelsea striker DIDIER DROGBA and Manchester City defender KOLO TOURE (28) track the ball during the “Battle of the Billionaires” at the City of Manchester Stadium in the north of England. (Michael Steele/Getty Images Europe)
A second half goal from Argentina World Cup striker CARLOS TEVEZ staked ambitious MANCHESTER CITY to a victory by the minimum scoreline over defending English Premier League champions CHELSEA at the Eastlands in the “Battle of the Billionaires”.
Chelsea, of course, are owned by Russian-Jewish businessman and oil magnate ROMAN ABRAMOVICH, who is reputed to be the fourth-richest in all of Russia and, according to Forbes Magazine in 2010, the 50th wealthiest person in the whole world.
Manchester City, meanwhile, are managed by the Abu Dhabi United Group for Development and Investment private equity company owned by United Arab Emirates Royal Family member SHEIKH MANSOUR BIN ZAYED AL NAHYAN.
Table-topping Chelsea came into the match having won their first five EPL games this season on the trot, piling up an gawdy 21-1 goal-differential in the process; for a Blues attack on absolute fire the first five league matches, France World Cup winger FLORENT MALOUDA led the way with six goals while the pair of Ivory Coast World Cup strikers, DIDIER DROGBA and SALOMON KALOU, contributed five and four goals apiece, repectively.
Manchester City, who spent nearly 140.0 million English pounds on new players this summer specifically in order to challenge the London champions this year, entered the early-season showdown with a more modest, but productive, record of two wins and two draws on their first five outings in the EPL this term.
Both teams did, interestingly enough, drop their Carling League Cup contests in midweek — Chelsea lost dramatically 4-3 with a 90th minute goal to Newcastle United while Manchester City let the early lead escape and were defeated 2-1 by West Bromwich Albion — ahead of the significant Clash Of Clubs With Cash.
1 – Manchester City ——— Tevez 59′
0 – Chelsea
MANCHESTER CITY : Hart ; Boyata (Boateng 89′), K. Toure, Kompany, Zabaleta ; Silva (A. Johnson 78′), de Jong, Barry, Y. Toure, Milner ; Tevez (Adebayor 87′)
CHELSEA : Cech ; Cole, Terry, Alex, Ivanovic ; Malouda, Essien, Obi (Zhirkov 69), Ramires (McEachran 81′) ; Drogba (Sturridge 75′), Anelka
Chelsea controlled more of the ball and produced more attempts at goal (18-10) than Manchester City, but, in reality, neither side brought their shooting boots to the match — each team managed only four shots on target for the game.
The visitors were unlucky to not take the lead in the first half when Serbia World Cup defender BRANISLAV IVANOVIC headed off the crossbar; Manchester City’s England international goalkeeper JOE HART handled the Chelsea right back’s follow-up on the rebound.
After a run starting from midfield, the Argentine Tevez fashioned the only goal of the game in the 59th minute with a low shot from the top of the penalty area which caromed neatly into the net off the right-hand post of Chelsea’s Czech Republic international goalkeeper PETER CECH.