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Does Jose Mourinho hold the secret to stop Manchester City scoring at the Etihad?

Manchester City have been scoring for fun this season, but the stats say Chelsea could do the unthinkable, and come away from the Etihad with a clean sheet

by Josh Powell | January 30, 2014

Chelsea travel to Manchester City on Monday night, in what is – if you’re a firm believer that the annual Arsenal collapse is just around the corner – pretty much a title decider.

Jose Mourinho’s men drew first blood, beating winning 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in the league last October, and the Special One appears to hold the secret to stopping free-scoring City.

Can Jose stop City infograph

Yes we know, bar bricking up the goal there isn’t much you can do to stop Man City at the Etihad. And from what we’ve heard, there isn’t much wet concrete mix knocking around pitch side.

  • Manchester City have racked up a ridiculous 125 goals in all competitions this season
  • At home they have treated the Etihad crowd to 72 goals in just 18 matches, an average of four goals a game
  • In the league, City have a 100 per cent record, winning all 11 games, scoring 42 and conceding just eight

Silva and Aguero celebrate

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Luckily Mourinho has something special hidden away underneath his ridiculously fancy Armani jacket. The secret is unknown, but the aura of the Portuguese manager seems to have had a detrimental effect on the Man City strikeforce for the last decade.

  • Jose Mourinho has taken on a Manchester City side nine times as manager, losing just once back in 2004
  • In those nine matches he has conceded just five goals – an average of  o.56 goals a game
  • In seven games as manager of Chelsea, Mourinho has conceded just two goals against Manchester City, keeping five clean sheets on the way

And it’s not just Mourinho that the City players appear to have a problem with. It’s Chelsea as a whole, and the London side are fairly solid on their travels this season.

  • In the last 25 games against Chelsea, Man City have failed to score 56 per cent of the time
  • Over the last decade they have averaged just 0.87 goals a game against the Blues
  • Chelsea have the best defensive record on the road in the top flight this season, conceding just 11 goals in 11 games, keeping five clean sheets. It has been more than six hours since Jose Mourinho’s side last conceded a goal away from home

Jose Mourinho wink

The other big London sides haven’t exactly had a great deal of success keeping City’s strikeforce at bay, Tottenham got hammered 6-0 and 5-1, and Arsenal were battered 6-3 in December.

But Chelsea, guided by Jose Mourinho, seem to have the answer. The Pensioners are 4/1 to keep a clean sheet at the Etihad and 7/1 to win the game without conceding.

On the road this season Chelsea have played Arsenal twice, Manchester United and Tottenham. They’ve drawn three, won one and conceded just one goal. Man City haven’t failed to score at home in the league since November 2010, but Mourinho’s tactics might play into the hands of a 0-0 draw at 11/1.

  • Will you be backing Petr Cech to make it 151 top flight clean sheets for Chelsea? Get the latest odds here: Desktop | Mobile

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