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Manchester City and Chelsea: Three things we learned

Manchester City defeated Chelsea in the first ‘competitive’ game of the 2012-13 English season.

Even though the Blues took the lead via a Fernando Torres chip, a poor refereeing decision, followed by some dominating and exhilarating play by the Citizens, allowed City to win their first trophy of the new season.

Without further ado, let us have a look at three most important things we learned from the ‘El Cashico’.

1. Roberto Mancini - No transfers a blessing in disguise?

Over the past few weeks, City manager Roberto Mancini had often complained about City's lack of initiative and determination in the transfer market and urged them to spend in the summer so as to compete on all fronts this term.

The club bosses finally had to give into the Italian’s demands by allowing him to sign Jack Rodwell for £12m from Everton, a signing that looks more like a luxury rather than a need.

However, after the Community Shield clash, the question arises, that do City really need to make transfer signings this summer?

The club have arguably one of the most complete and in-depth squads in Europe There is the required ‘gel’ between the players and many of them are entering the primes of their career.

It took seasons for the Sky Blues to develop this kind of coordination, understanding and communication between the players and a new signing at this stage would only disrupt the team's organisation.

As good as it is to try and improve the side with quality signings, City don’t need any new players.

Mancini just needs to trust his current squad and give the players the required playing time so that they can truly flourish at the Etihad Stadium without an enormous competition for places.

2. Fernando Torres - Return of El Nino?

Fernando Torres is without doubt facing the most important season of his career so far.

The Spanish international has failed miserably at Chelsea since joining the Blues in the winter transfer window of the 2011-12 season.

Many expect him to falter this season too, however, the run up to the new season couldn’t have been better for the World Cup and Euro winning star.

Torres won the golden boot at Euro 2012 around a month ago and heavily impressed the critics and fans with his performance for Chelsea on Sunday.

He scored the opener for the Blues with a beautiful chip over Pantilimon in the 40th minute and thoroughly troubled the City defenders with his well-timed runs and neat trickery.

Even though it is too early and bold to predict how Torres would fare in the 2012-13 season, but from what we have seen until now, Chelsea fans could surely hope that the former Liverpool star would be back among goals this term and would produce a wonderful campaign for his club to prove all his doubters wrong.

3. Chelsea - What about the defence?

Chelsea have arguably one of the best midfield in world football right now.

Roberto Di Matteo spent millions on acquiring the best viable midfielders in the transfer market, but it appears like that he forgot that the defense too needed some changes and possibly some new additions.

John Terry looked well past his prime, Mikel and Luiz struggled and the red card to Ivanovic- even though was quite controversial and uncalled for- showed that Chelsea are struggling at the back.

Di Matteo might have done well to bring in the likes of Oscar and Eden Hazard to the Bridge, it’s time for the ex-West Brom manager to now think about the club’s defence and how to counter the problems present at the back.

By Surya Solanki

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