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City assert their authority

Having lost twice to Chelsea in the Premier League, Manchester City dumped them out of the FA Cup last night. For both clubs, the league and Champions League remain the bigger prizes but there will be rich satisfaction for Manuel Pellegrini in proving Jose Mourinho does not have a hold over him.

That "little horse", or so Mourinho argued Chelsea were in triumphing just under two weeks ago, ran out of legs. They were not at the races, strangely muted, subdued and sterile as City were dominant.

City will believe this was a watershed moment – not least with Barcelona to come in the Champions League on Tuesday – to banish the doubts that they are tough enough to compete with Mourinho.


This was one that went badly wrong for him and Chelsea, who threatened little and appeared jaded as they were over-run at times by wounded opponents.

Stevan Jovetic continued his rehabilitation after an injury-hit campaign to open the scoring after 16 minutes before substitute Samir Nasri marked his return after five weeks out with the second. The result kept alive City's challenge in four competitions and provided Pellegrini with only a second win in 10 attempts against Mourinho.

Sunday Indo Sport