Posts Tagged ‘Chelsea F.C.’

UCL SF

 

Atletico Madrid hoping for first ever UEFA Champions League  trophy. Chelsea seeking 2nd trophy in three years. Real Madrid lusting ‘La Decima’ & Bayern Munich wanting to keep the trophy. A perfect semifinal setup for some mouth-watering  two-legged  football.

Semi-Final Fixtures:

22 April: Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea

23 April: Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich

29 April: Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid

 30 April: Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid

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PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN V CHELSEA

PSG vs Chelsea is really going to be intriguing with all the others having clear favorites but this one can go either way.Certainly the most open quarter final tie this season in my opinion .

MANCHESTER UNITED V BAYERN MUNICH

Manchester United have a tough test in Bayern Munich. With Van Persie out for six weeks with knee injury its nothing less than a nightmare. But they only need to remember how Liverpool FC (2005) and Chelsea FC (2012) stole the Champions league after difficult Premier League campaigns.

BARCELONA V ATLETICO MADRID

An all-Spanish clash between Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid , first time in the history of champions league. They didn’t beat each other in any of the 3 matches between them this season. Perfect recipe for an El Classico level bonanza .

REAL MADRID V BORUSSIA DORTMUND

This game might already be all settled with Robert Lewandowski suspended for the first leg and Cristiano Ronaldo and Bale operating in full capacity.

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Chelsea are the first club ever to simultaneously hold UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

 

 

England striker Jermain Defoe bags a brace against Reading to register first win of the season under the newly appointed manager Andre Villas Boas .

Jermaine Defoe scored a brace against Reading on Sunday at the Madejski Stadium.

Of the three previous matches Spurs had drawn two and lost one raising questions about the appointment of ex Chelsea manager Andre Villas Boas.However it was a powerful and convincing performance on Sunday provided an emphatic response.The visitors from the start went on an attacking mode as they looked to create a number of goal scoring opportunities for themselves. The early pressure paid off as in the 18th minute,as Defoe slotted the ball into the far post from a pass from Lennon.Spurs dominated rest of the first half accompanied by lot of missed chances in front of Reading goal.

Gareth Bale celebrating after scoring the second goal for Spurs against Reading on Sunday.

The second half started where spurs left ,creating chances and dominating the game.Despite all their domination, they failed to really score another goal till 71st minute when a neatly taken shot by Gareth Bale with his right foot doubled their advantage.Jermain Defoe soon after scored his second of the match with a 50-yard run with a powerful angled finish  to give Spurs a 3-0 unassailable lead.Reading did manage to grab a late consolation in the breaking moments of the match when Le Fonde finished quite neatly in the near post.

Andre Villas registered first win as Tottenham Hotspur manager on Sunday against Reading.

In the end it was a sublime performance from spurs with limelight on welsh midfielder Gareth bale along with Dembele roaming all over the park and creating chances.With this win Spurs finally managed to climb up in the Premier League rankings.

 

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Just to Put things in perspective –Not been contravened this time, Chelsea are in the final of the UEFA Champions League 2012. Blues survived John Terry’s red card and many such heart breaking moments to seal a truly remarkable victory over Barcelona.

At the final blow of the whistle at Camp Nou , 95000 football crazy fans in the stadium and billions around the globe witnessed Chelsea eliminating Barcelona and making their way into Final on May 19th after almost 4 years. Last time Chelsea marched to the Champions League final under the guidance of caretaker manager Avram Grant in 2008. Last night, it was a combination of guts, determination and spirit which aided Chelsea overcome the maze comprising the brilliance of Barcelona, referee, ghost goal, penalty shoot and woodwork. This time, there were no complaints, no conspiracy theories.

The Blues were in serious trouble after goals from Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta put Barcelona ahead either side of Terry’s red card for violent conduct and Cahill lost to injury .It was a one way traffic similar to the 1st leg (78%-22%), but Ramires chipped one over valdes to get away side back in the game. There were heroes in white Imageeverywhere, with Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic throwing their bodies in the way of everything. Ashley Cole eclipsed Daniel Alves while Ramires, Raul Merieles and Lampard stifled Barcelona in midfield.

Early in the second half Barcelona were given the chance to take hold of the tie again when Didier Drogba tripped Cesc Fabregas in the box. Spot kick to be taken by the one who has scored 14 goals in the Champions League this season – one more would have given him the record for a single campaign – but he beamed his spot-kick against the bar. A let-off for Blues which they didn’t failed to capitalize upon. Chelsea’s rearguard action in the remainder of the second half was stupefying. They were compact, disciplined. They sat on the edge of their box, restraining themselves from chasing the ball.

Barcelona had their chances, with Cuenca’s effort saved by Cech and Messi striking the post from 22 yards, but the Blues held on to their luck and defense. Somehow they rose to find hope, and with it, power and effectiveness to turn a lost match around. In the dying minutes of the classic encounter Torres provided the perfect finish for his team scoring a one on one proving his 50 million pound worth at a critical stage of the league.

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For the final showdown in Munich on 19th May, Chelsea must work out how to win a Champions League final against either the team of Chelsea’s former boss Jose Mourinho or the side whose home ground hosts the final, without suspended quartet Terry, Ramires, Meireles and Ivanovic. Chelsea would be hoping of Cahill and David Luiz overcoming hamstring injuries to have some sort of recognized centre back pairing.

Bottom-line is, nothing can be taken away from English club who beat Barcelona on their own home ground, with 10 men and without their centre backs on the field. They might have played ugly but they won. The final on 19th may in Munich will surely transpire into a BoomBox , expect nothing less than a perfect showdown sparkle.

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Year 2012 FA cup final in may will see two teams that had quite miserable Premier League campaigns this season. Both teams (Liverpool and Chelsea) will both look to end their seasons on highs with the FA Cup final being a trophy that both clubs can fall back on and depict the season as ‘worthwhile’. Both clubs overcame city rivals. Liverpool edged Everton on a late header from Andy Carroll, while Chelsea ruined Tottenham’s hopes of getting to the final, by a scoreline of 1-5

For Liverpool it will be their 2nd visit to Wembley for a Cup final after their Carling Cup success in February this year. The bright side for them is Andy Carroll who has now scored 2 goals in as many games which have both earned Liverpool wins over Blackburn Rovers and Everton. A final against Chelsea will be a memorable one for Liverpool and gives them a great opportunity to win their 8th ever FA Cup.

For Chelsea it was a ghost goal which helped them to set up a final FA Cup clash with Liverpool.For blues it is likely to be their best opportunity at silverware this season as Barcelona await in the champions league semi-finals and it’s hard to see them progressing any further.The records do read very well for Chelsea, having appeared in 3 of the last 5 FA Cup finals and winning all 3 of them. They’ve recovered extremely well under their new coach and the FA Cup would be fitting send off for di Matteo’s work at the club in his short stay as he looks unlikely to be handed the job full time unless he can bring home the desperately craved Champions League trophy.

Be it the tactically doctored Serie A, combinative ability and  shear nidus of the bundesliga and great possession of flamboyance by the La Liga, but it is the intense rage and furiousness characterized by the English Premier League that makes it the ‘Best league in the world’ .

EPL has a style of football where the stride is galvanic and the teams go at it like ‘ghost and hell dust’. Apart from illustrating a excellent example of football, it is also a mountain money producing beast attracting billion of viewers and companies around the four corners of the world. The revenue derived from the EPL is the highest in any football league only to be surpassed by the NFL, NBA, and MLB. Any team hence the league as a whole as three sources of revenue, merchandise, match day tickets. It has been a criticism that the more money the worse it will get. That simply is not true. In fact the reverse has been the case. There won’t be a single football spectator anywhere who hasn’t watched a minute of an EPL match.

It is pretty hard to call any league competitive where one or two teams can rake in excess of 90 points. The almost certainty of the score line, total points dropped, huge goal margins by some clubs and the outrageous score line between the top teams in the various leagues doesn’t indicate any form of competition.

And then we have EPL where every single goal changes the status of the match, which is a remarkable episode of action.

EPL often introduced as ‘the greatest show in the world’, it is broadcasted to over 600 million viewers worldwide across 211countries much more than any league. The media tending the premiership receives is unbelievable. The media have a bent for blowing things out of proportion, twist any issue and exaggerate its implication even though with a bad taste which has been a key ingredient in the success of the EPL.

A major factor in the success of a league has been in terms of European performance in last couple of decades. Taking into consideration UEFA club coefficient , according to which Manchester United ,Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal in top 6 over the last decade. Association coefficient designed by Uefa serves the purpose of establishing which leagues representative to European competitions has been better on a collective level and also the club coefficient which aims to ascertain the best club side in European competitions. It is here where premier league wins in terms of intensity and rhythm.

There really isn’t any ultimate answer and neither should there be ‘The Best League’, but if there is one that comes close then it should without a doubt be the English Premier League.

Gary Cahill Exclusive Interview Gary Cahill spoke exclusively to Chelsea TV since signing for the Blues.

Cahill has finally made the move to a bigger and successful club. After years of supposition Gary Cahill has moved on from Bolton, to Stamford Bridge for a fee of around £7million. The fee is nowhere  comparing to the numbers being touted in the gossip columns in the summer. Number of reports suggested clubs seriously considered paying fees of around £20million for the 26 year old.He already have a better  understanding with Chelsea defenders John Terry and Ashley Cole on the international stage.

 

Rooney missed a penalty(remembering of John Terry‘s miss in Moscow years ago). Berbatov was denied a goal by Cole. Ramires had De Gea beat twice and neither time could he find the back of the net. The biggest highlight of the game comes from The Great Fernando Torres. He had an empty net and from about 10 yards out still managed to knock it wide of the goal. Now that’s execution. Torres finally got off the mark for the season with a flawless assist by substitute Anelka and he looked lively.But he will be haunted by his horror miss.

From spectacular goals (Nani’s Canon leg) and saves (Schmichel applauding De Gea) to a penalty miss and the one-man drama that is Fernando Torres, this match had it all. A very very very tiny part of Chelsea fans feels sorry for Torres. Good performance  but people will only remember that miss.