The Guardian, Kevin McCarra: “The persistence of Chelsea was outdone only by the patience of the crowd. This was one of those occasions when expensive sides seem intent on producing shoddy football. The victors can be faulted only slightly. Even when they were caught up in the dreariness, Chelsea still had a desire to attack and deserved the late goals. Manchester City did not change their conservative stance until it was too late. The injured Carlos Tevez was badly missed but a club with City’s funds is supposed to have redoubtable alternatives.”
Daily Telegraph, Henry Winter: “All good teams boast a back-up strategy and Plan B for Brazilians certainly worked brilliantly for Chelsea at the Bridge on Sunday. Late goals from David Luiz and Ramires kept Chelsea’s title flame flickering after their initial tactical set-up failed to bring the best out of Fernando Torres, the birthday boy denied the gift of a goal he craved.”
The Independent, Sam Wallace: “It has been a while since we have seen Roman Abramovich throwing himself about anxiously in his seat at Stamford Bridge or exchanging exuberant high-fives with his son in the manner of slightly embarrassing fathers the world over, but yesterday he looked as animated as he has done in a while.”
Official Chelsea FC Website: “David Luiz headed Chelsea into the lead against Manchester City before Ramires finished off the visitors in stoppage time. The Brazilian duo found the net late in the game following a tense encounter at the Bridge. The win takes the Blues back up to third in the table, four points behind second-place Arsenal.”
“We wanted to win but it was not easy to find a solution in the final third in the first-half.
“The second-half was better because Manchester City were softer; they played Thursday night and were a little bit tired and we had more opportunity at the end of the game.
“We needed to be patient. It was a difficult game because we didn’t want to concede on the counter-attack like we did in the last game against them.
“Tactically it was a good as well. We played for 90 minutes with good fighting spirit, so I am happy for this, and our moment is good, we showed this on the pitch.
“David Luiz and Ramires had a fantastic performance and fantastic goals and Ramires showed he is improving very well. Defensively David Luiz worked with a fantastic tempo and one-against-one was good, his performance was really good.”