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Demba Ba arrived for Chelsea!

Demba Ba saluting the fans. Wonderful debut for him today!

 

Graced by yet another tantalizing and tasty set of fixtures in Gameweek 6 produced stimulating results.Chelsea,Everton and Manchester City continued their unbeaten run.While Arsenal conceded their first loss of the season and Tottenham Hotspur achieved a historic win(first in 23 years) against Manchester united at Old Trafford.

Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea

Fernando Torres celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Arsenal at Emirates stadium on 29th September 2012.

Both teams went into this game unbeaten with one of the best defenses in the league this season.Chelsea controlled the ball for better part of the first half frustrating the home side.It was only after Chelsea got their first goal through Fernando Torres connecting one inside the box in 20th minute,Gunners showed a bit more urgency and looked sharp for next 25 minutes only to be awarded with an equalizer when the Ox fine cross was collected by Grevinho and he smashed the ball back into the net.In the second half visitors got the lead back early when Juan Mata’s free kick was deflected off Koscielny and the ball was in the back of the net.Rest of the match saw Arsenal carry out an onslaught on Chelsea goal only to be failed by solid Chelsea defense.It’s been a great start for Chelsea who have 16 points from five matches and four clear of both Manchester teams.

Fulham 1-2 Manchester City

Edin Dzeko celebrates his late winner against Fulham on Saturday at Craven Cottage.

It was nothing new for Manchester City this season when they found themselves trailing early in the match against Fulham at Craven Cottage.In the 10th minute of the game,Fulham went one goal up when Petric converted a penalty conceded by Zabaleta through a mistimed tackle on Riise. Game went on to open up and true Manchester City were beginning to re-surface. The passing was crisp, the possession went  high and City finally managed to find the back of the net for an equalizer as Aguero tapped a rebound into the back of the net in the 43rd minute. Home team went on to create better chances in the second half .League champions then showed their class when substitute Edin Dzeko scored the match winner in the 87th minute.

Everton 3-1 Southampton

Nikica Jelavic scored a brace against Southampton on Saturday at Goodison park.

Southampton’s surprise lead in the 6th minute from Gaston Ramirez didn’t stop The Toffees uncharacteristic great start to the season. Everton came from a goal down to win 3-1 against Southampton at Goodison park to put them second in league table above the Manchester clubs.Leon Osman scored the equalizer in the 25th minute.Later on two quick goals were scored  by Nikica Jelavic in the 32nd and 38th minute to give Everton their Fourth win in Six league games.

Norwich City 2-5 Liverpool

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez celebrates scoring his sides second goal against Norwich City on 29th September 2012.

Norwich expected to milk out some points when they played host to Liverpool counting on the Reds dreadful performance this season.But Liverpool had different plans as they won their first match of the season in style .The Reds went on an attacking mode from the start with Suarez scoring a very quick goal in the 2nd minute.The Uruguayan went on to score a hat trick with an easy second in the 37th minute and a superb third in the 58th  minute when he spin the ball into the net from twenty-two yards out.Norwich managed to score one through Steve Morison in 62nd minute.Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard scored the fifth goal for the team in 68th minute.

Reading 2-2 Newcastle united

Demba Ba scored twice for Newcastle United for a draw against Reading.

Reading found themselves in bottom part of league table after they failed to cement on to the start they got against The Magpies only to manage a draw in the end.Reading opened with Jimmy Kebe scoring the first goal of the game in the 57th minute. Demba Ba brought the Magpies back twice in the game with his goal in 58th and 83rd minute.

Stoke City 2-0 Swansea City

Peter Crouch celebrates a goal against Swansea City on Saturday at Liberty stadium.

Stoke City managed to get their first win of the season after four straight draws and a loss with a comfortable win over Swansea city at Liberty stadium on Saturday.Peter Crouch scored a brace in the game.The striker has now scored four goals in six matches.Swansea are now in a free fall losing their last two matches.

Sunderland 1-0 Wigan Athletic

Steven Fletcher scored the only goal of the game against Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

Sunderland won their first league match of the season behind a lone goal from in form Steven Fletcher against Wigan at the Stadium of Lights. Jordi Gómez was given a red card in the 47th minute bringing Wigan to ten men for rest of the game.Steven Fletcher has an incredible scoring rate with 5 shots on target this season resulting  in 5 goals.

Manchester United 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur

Clint Dempsey celebrates scoring the third goal for Spurs against Manchester United on 29th September 2012 at Old Trafford.

An Injury ridden Manchester united hosted Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday as they looked to continue their unbeaten run over the rivals which extended to twenty-three years.Spurs had different plans for the day as they came out firing in the first half with Vertonghen scoring the opening goal of the game in the second minute.Spurs went on to double their lead when bale who sprinted some fifty yards beating a number of United players. He then went onto slide a shot across the face of the goal,beating the keeper easily.It was edge-of-the-seat stuff in the first half as Spurs dominated and the hosts were patchy defensively.Sir Alex made some crucial changes in the second half bringing on Rooney who inspired The Red Devils and assisted in bringing one goal back through Nani’s goal in the 51st minute.Visitors responded quickly with a goal from Clint Dempsey in the 52nd minute to take the scoreline to 3-1.After this Spurs were all behind cementing their defense only to be breached by a nicely driven through ball by Robin Van Persie to Shinji Kagawa  who went on to find space before stroking a clam and composed shot into the back of the net.Manchester United failed to score another and the match saw the London-based club pick up a very unpredictable and historic win at the end of the game.

Queens Park Rangers 1-2 West ham

Matt Jarvis scored his first goal of the season.

West Ham traveled across London to face Queen Park Rangers who are currently sitting in the relegation zone.Home team depicted a poor defensive performance as they lost 1-2 against newly promoted West Ham.Matt Jarvis scored his first goal of season giving hammers the lead.Their lead got doubled when Vaz Te’s shot got deflected of Stephane M’Bia, past Julio Cesar. QPR managed to get one back when Taarabt unleashed a curling shot on the run that left the goalkeeper frozen and then dropping the top corner to make it 2-1.

 

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The season starts in less than 10 days time; let’s take a look at reigning European champions-Chelsea’s challenges and preparation for the 2012/2013 season. Chelsea had been one of the busiest clubs around this summer carrying out some major signings/changes in the squad. Last season comprised of breaking strikers and parting managers resulting in a 6th place finish in the premier league to a defensive winning performance in the Champions league backing Roberto Di Matteo’s evolution mantra.

Keeping up with high hopes of Chelsea fans this season it’s been a high spending transfer window so far. As last season’s big guns like Didier Drogba, Jose Bosingwa, and Salomon Kalou have all left the club, Di Matteo’s chances of succeeding have certainly been boosted by Abramovich’s clear backing in the signings of Marin, Hazard and Oscar. Don’t be surprised if at least two further signings this window is made to strengthen the areas such as right back. So far Chelsea has focused only on adding to the attack. The main focuses of the club this summer seems to be finding younger, more versatile players.

Signings to watch: Eden hazard Ligue 1 Player of the Year signed for Chelsea after a long drawn out game of £32million. He’s one of the elite young talents in Europe, and it’s certainly possible that he will adapt quickly. It is highly expected that he would immediately play a pivotal role and will be a constant player in the first team.

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Next up we have Oscar,an attacking midfielder formerly of Brazilian club, Internacional, he finished last season with 13 goals and assists, proving that he can finish as well as create. With his recent star performance in Olympics 2012 he has certainly shown his football maturity, technique, pace, passing ability, movement and bravery.

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Marko Marin is a player who is only 23 years old with considerable playing age ahead of him and he is hungry to prove himself. A ‘smart’ signing for Chelsea at 6.5m pound price. He promises to excite the supporters with many moments of genuine magic thanks to his skill set.

Assets from past : Apart from the new signings assets like Frank Lampard a penalty kick specialist, could suffer from serious rotation due to his age but not to be written off. The club’s greatest athlete and Player of the Year last season, Ramires is naturally a dynamic central midfielder offering Chelsea a unique tactical option. Mata is expected to be significantly more creative than last year’s backing a more of assisting role.

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Fernando Torres will be Chelsea’s focal point. His late season resurgence and Golden Boot winning showing at Euro 2012 has certainly returned the much needed confidence. Carrying forward the legacy of Drogba will be the ultimate test of Torres, who has not reached his incredible, prolific and big-game (scoring openers) exploits since his twenty-two goals in thirty-two matches for Liverpool in 2009/2010. If he continues his performance from the Euros into the premier league, he could have that awesome 20+ goal season he is in dire need of.

The ‘new look’ Chelsea is looking very promising and new signings will prove to assist Chelsea in their quest for sustainability. They have replaced their more physical players with small players with good passing and agile ability; possibly we could see a new Chelsea mentality playing tika taka football this season. Previewing where Chelsea will finish in the Premier League is a real paradox, with Chelsea have yet to gel in the pre-season – they lost to the MLS All-Stars as well as to AC Milan. Chelsea certainly seems to prove a tough test for the top teams this year with new faces filling up the vacant position fronting well organised, dynamic and resilient picture.Image

Likely XI: Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole; Mikel, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Hazard; Torres

Highly unexpected that RDM will stick with this line up much often, look out for frequent rotations as he showed in the previous season.

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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.