Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is convinced the one point gained at Stamford Bridge could help install new strength in his side, as they fight to retain the Premier League title.
Chelsea took the lead in the 41st minute when Loic Remy comfortably tapped in Eden Hazard’s low cross, but Pellegrini’s side responded within four minutes as David Silva scored his 7th goal of the season.
All in all, the match ended 1-1after Pellegrini’s men couldn’t break down a resilient Chelsea defence despite having so much possession.
It was an improved performance by the Citizens - after home defeats to Arsenal and Middlesbrough - and the City boss was pleased with their all-round display against league leaders Chelsea.
After the clash, Pellegrini said: “We have to play 45 points more, it was important for our team to try and close that gap to two points, but it was impossible, but I repeat we did all we could: personality, football, intention, possession.
“But I think that this game will be important for our team because we will recover our normal standard of play.
“They (Aguero and Kompany) have improved a lot, Edin Dzeko has recovered from injury, Samir Nasri is returning that’s why this can give us a lot of trust to come here against the leaders at Stamford Bridge, that will give us a lot of trust and I really think that we were the better team than Chelsea today.”
The Chilean boss was proud of his side’s attitude but wasn’t happy they didn’t secure all three points at west London.
“No I’m not happy with the point, I’m happy with the way my team played today because we had the personality to go for three points from the beginning,” he said.
“We had three clear chances in the first half, one very good save from Courtois, others that we missed.
“They scored from the only chance that they had during the 90 minutes, the second half they didn’t have a shot on our goal – I think there was just one team from the beginning that wanted to win.
“If you say it’s a good point at Stamford Bridge, maybe, it’s a good point in the way we played for 95 minutes, but it’s not a good point because we had a better performance than Chelsea.”