Mikel stars as Chelsea lose Community Shield

Nigerian midfielder John Mikel Obi

The Nigerian midfielder played 90mins as his team, Chelsea FC, lost to Manchester City in the Community Shield.

Nigerian International, John Obi Mikel, played all 90 minutes as Chelsea missed out on the FA Community Shield, Sunday afternoon.

The London Club was defeated 3-2 by reigning English Premier League Champions, Manchester City, in the game which took place at the Villa Park.

Mikel operated in the front of the back line of the Coach Roberto Di Matteo tutored side, and was booked in the 43rd minute, with seven other players also receiving yellow cards; while Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea  got a red card.

Sunday’s loss was the fourth successive defeat for Chelsea, having ended three previous pre-season games in defeats.

Sunday’s performance is perhaps a glimpse of what to expect from City, as they set out for their Premier League title defence, when they pulled a  3-2 win over 10-man Chelsea in the Community Shield at Villa Park.

Roberto Mancini’s side are defending champions, for the first time in 44 years, and are in no mood to relinquish their crown on the evidence of this vibrant display.

City fell behind in the 40th minute, when Fernando Torres struck for the European Champions. They however took control of the annual curtain raiser to the top-flight season, which kicks off next weekend, after Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic was sent off for a foul on Aleksandar Kolarov, just before half-time.

Yaya Toure equalised for City in the 53rd minute of a feisty encounter which featured eight bookings.

Carlos Tevez put Mancini’s men ahead with a superb strike six minutes later, and Samir Nasri tapped in their third goal in the 65th minute. An 80th minute strike from Chelsea substitute, Ryan Bertrand, couldn’t stop City winning the Shield for the first time since 1972.

Both teams are expected to learn from the gains and act on the lapses as they get set for the first Premier League fixture next weekend.

While Chelsea has a date with Wigan, Man City will be up against newly promoted Southampton.

Mikel stars as Chelsea lose Community Shield


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