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Sunday, October 02, 2005

Chelsea show Liverpool whose boss

Today Chelsea defeated Liverpool 4-1 in an emphatic romp which makes it a whopping eight strait victories in the Premiership. Chelsea lead the Premiership overall now by a huge margin of 9 points over Tottenham Hotspur and Charlton Athletic.

Tottenham defeated Charlton in the best match of weekend to go level on points for second spot. Charlton, the surprise of the season along with West Ham United (on the other end of the scale, can you believe how piss poor Everton are playing?), haven’t a prayer of catching Chelsea and this season’s Premiership is looking more like a one horse race every day.

To compound the loss Liverpool are an astonishing 17 points behind Chelsea in the Premiership table. I wonder what is going through Rafael Benitez’s mind right now. Last season Liverpool struggled just as badly in the campaign and the plague of inconsistency continues regardless of Liverpool’s new signings. Today they lost at home.

Chelsea’s superb defensive organization proved the difference between the two sides. You could pretty much write that sentence about any game they have played this season.

An early penalty on Didier Drogba gave Chelsea the lead as Frank Lampard coolly converted from the spot. It looked like a classic when Steven Gerrard gave Liverpool the equalizer with a great strike from a tough angle.

It was not to be, though. Damien Duff saw Chelsea ahead again before the half. Liverpool, forced to abandon their defensive shape were punished by Joe Cole and late on as substitute Geremi finished the scoring to complete the scoreline. It was clinical counter attacking.

Didier Drogba, usually substituted when he starts, was instrumental all match long providing lots of link up play and industry. Even his first touch (awful by a striker’s standards) was sharp.

It wasn’t a blowout by any stretch but Chelsea showed what a complete package they are. Liverpool fought hard all match long but it takes so little to fall behind one, two, three goals to Chelsea. It’s the kind of dominance that, while you appreciate it for what it is, doesn’t make for late season drama.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

After reading the comments about the last Liverpool vs Chelsea premiership match, I felt obliged to point out that Chelsea are neither the super team of the century nor the super dominant power that everyone is going on about. There is no doubt that they are a very good team and that is of course the same for last year and for this year. I have always been a Chelsea follower, although I was born and bred in Liverpool. I am of course a die-hard Reds fan.
I no longer support Chelsea the way that I used to do for one reason and one reason only: Morinho.
I think he is arrogant and very disrespectful with his comments in the press and at interviews.
To start the season without even having played a game and to say that the other teams will have to be a lot better this year, is arrogance through and through.
I hope that he changes his style, although I don't hold out any hope for that.
I want to add to the comments about Chelsea being the boss as follows: Chelsea are going to play well and will again achieve the Championship if they show the same consistency as last year, this year. But please do not write off all the other teams as if they are just showing up to get beat. Chelsea are beatable just like any other team in the Premiership. There has been more parity in the league over the last few years and this year is going to be one of the best for the top 10 teams fighting for rankings.

11/25/2005 9:26 AM  
Blogger Scouser 107 said...

After reading the comments about the last Liverpool vs Chelsea premiership match, I felt obliged to point out that Chelsea are neither the super team of the century nor the super dominant power that everyone is going on about. There is no doubt that they are a very good team and that is of course the same for last year and for this year. I have always been a Chelsea follower, although I was born and bred in Liverpool. I am of course a die-hard Reds fan.
I no longer support Chelsea the way that I used to do for one reason and one reason only: Morinho.
I think he is arrogant and very disrespectful with his comments in the press and at interviews.
To start the season without even having played a game and to say that the other teams will have to be a lot better this year, is arrogance through and through.
I hope that he changes his style, although I don't hold out any hope for that.
I want to add to the comments about Chelsea being the boss as follows: Chelsea are going to play well and will again achieve the Championship if they show the same consistency as last year, this year. But please do not write off all the other teams as if they are just showing up to get beat. Chelsea are beatable just like any other team in the Premiership. There has been more parity in the league over the last few years and this year is going to be one of the best for the top 10 teams fighting for rankings.

11/25/2005 9:30 AM  

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