Posts Tagged ‘Stamford Bridge’

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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The Brazilian Duo!

Oscar testifying the reason of having that no.11 jersey.

 

 

 

A second half fightback gave Chelsea a 4-2 victory over Reading in the English Premier League on Thursday, August 23, 2012 at Stamford Bridge.

Eden Hazard Chelsea’s star player with three assists against Reading.

It was a series of late goals that clinched the victory over newly promoted Reading. Chelsea scored first with a Lampard penalty in 18th minute.It was the dominating play in the early stages and a strong performance from new signing Eden Hazard who earned a penalty kick .The momentum of the play soon turned in Reading’s favor as Pavel Pogrebnyak scored a brilliant header in 24th minute followed by another one back Chelsea’s net with goalkeeper Petr Cech woefully fumbled Danny Guthrie’s meekly-struck free-kick.

Pavel Pogrebnyak levelled with a thunderous header.

Chelsea responded in the second half with three goals in the final 22 minutes.First one came from Gary Cahill who tried his luck with a long range shot which skidded by Adam Federici‘s into the net.Next goal was a well worked up one in the 80th minute with Juan Mata linking nicely with Torres and then finding Cole, whose ball to the far post left Torres with the simplest of finishes. Branislav Ivanovic finished the match with an open  goal on counterattack in the injury time with Federici out of his area after attacking a corner.

Torres scored third with an easy finish.

Chelsea took the three points in their first home game of the season keeping Chelsea’s perfect record in tact and has put them top of the table.It was a pleasing display by The Blues despite some anxious moments.Eden hazard was excellent yet again with his three assists in the match. Ivanovic who has  scored 5 goals in his last Premier League matches was at his very best with another storming performance at both ends of the pitch.

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Yes its true,Barcelona are playing in their fifth consecutive Champions League semi-final, the longest run in the history of the competition.Barcelona travel to London to face Chelsea this Wednesday evening in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final matchup on the same hallowed ground which played host to what has become a defining moment for both clubs.

Barcelona and Chelsea have each reached the semi-final stage of the Champions League six times in the last nine seasons (since 2003/04), the best tallies over that period.Chelsea have earned a much deserved semi final spot in a hard way whereas it has been a nothing less than a cake walk for catalan giants.

It’s been three years since Barca has last met Chelsea in the Champions League.Chelsea usually keeps it narrow at the back in Stamford Bridge and the attacking startegy mostly involve a big centre forward, in this case Drogba winning aerial balls and releasing wide players.the biggest advantage for Barca is the fact that the second leg is going to be held at Camp Nou, a very wide pitch compared to Stamford Bridge.

Prediction for this nothing less than a classic would be a shot in the dark.Barcelona enter the match with the tide of past accomplishment rushing out before them, blustering the services of arguably the best player in the history of the game, and motivated by recent memories. Chelsea also find themselves motivated by these same memories, albeit in quite a different light with a 1-5 win over Tottenhum Hotspur in FA cup semis.As a true Chelsea fan supported by some previous facts ,I won’t be surprised by blues winning by a 2-0 margin.

FC Barcelona Lineup (Predicted): Valdés, Dani Alves, Puyol, Piqué, Adriano, Busquets, Xavi, Fàbregas, Iniesta, Messi, Alexis Sánchez

Chelsea FC Lineup (Predicted): Peter Cech, Ashley Cole, John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Jose Bosingwa, Frank Lampard, Raul Meireles, Ramires, Juan Mata, Salomon Kalou, Dider Drogba

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.

 

Gunners striker Robin Van Persie was the paladin one more time as his brace gave them a crucial 2-1 win over Dortmund to put them in the knockout stage of ChampionsLeague .Yet another match, yet another win for Arsenal. Arsene Wenger must be one joyful man as this season seems to be back on track for the Gunners. No matter which club you support, you have to love Van Persie and the Gunners owe their resurgence to this man. The sacred Dutch dynamite seems to be going through an extended purple patch this season.This season he seems to be a major contender on taking the Golden Boot home.

To say that the prolific Dutchman is in a rich vein of form would be an understatement of scriptural proportions.13 league goals in 12 matches, a plethora of magnificent displays and a series of inspiring words as Gunners captain proves that ‘RVP’ has become the most important player at the Emirates Stadium RVP certainly seem to be a one man army with the captain playing the anchor role and steering the Gunners to a victory in almost every match. With the departure of Cesc and Nasri, the baton fell in his hands to lead the team and he seems to be relishing this role, for his stinging left foot seems to have quenchless thirst for goals.

With a superbl hat-trick against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and a brace against Norwich which brought up Arsene Wenger’s 200th away win with the club in all competitions, Van Persie seems to be unstoppable. Also he has scored 30 goals in a calendar year which is a huge achievement and it puts him in an elite list of legends. In his current form, Van Persie seems to be the answer to all of Arsenal’s problems,after the intial hiccups at the start of the season.

The Gunners man seems to have toasted his bond to Arsenal and it is really hoped the club hang on to him and keep him away from the clutches of cash rich clubs. As long as he manages to remain fit and scoring his left footer bullets it seems to be paradise for the Gunners. RVP slowly growing into what Henry was for the club.

One question that still keeps hitting the bulls eye: Have Arsenal become over dependent on Van Persie ? What if he suffers an injury? Should Arsene spend big and bring in a support striker for Van Persie? Judging by his current form I don’t think any sort of support for him is required at all! We all lovers of the great game of football can hope to see many more goals from the marvel man of Arsenal.