Soccerblog had predicted this moment months before any of the nattering nabobs finally came around to its reality. We can indulge in some crow as Roberto Mancini brought Carlos Tevez on in the 66th minute replacing Nigel de Jong. By then City were down by a Gary Cahill goal and with every passing minute in grave danger of seeing their title aspirations go up in smoke.
The comeback began after Michael Essien hand balled Zabaleta's shot and Sergio Aguero duly converted the penalty. Then came the turning point as Samir Nasri danced down the inside left channel and in a 1-2 with Tevez at the edge of the D got the ball back with Cech drawn out of position and finishes off that spectacular move. Afterwards, the Argentinian got a lot of amore from his manager. Mario Balotelli not so much. The City striker shows his future is bleak despite all that prodigious talent. He is a nihilist. He believes in nothing.
City held on to win the match and are one point behind Utd with a better goal differential. They can breathe easier. For Roberto De Matteo his first loss was a reality check and to boot Fernando Torres did not score. The striker was not happy at being subbed with De Matteo assuaging him by giving him some touchline TLC. De Matteo has had this hot hand before. At West Brom he reeled off win after win as pundits piled on all the accolades and then it all imploded. Chelsea are now 5 points behind Spurs in the race for fourth.