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Chelsea: Not the Dominant Team We Thought It Was

Carlo Ancellotti will have plenty of thinking to do after Chelsea lost at Stamford Bridge to Sunderland, 3-0. Courtesy Dan Farrimond

By Kevin Koczwara

Sunderland thrashed Chelsea on Sunday, 3-0. No way around it for Blues fans, the London side couldn’t handle the aggressive, fast attack the Northerners brought to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea looked more like a team fighting for a middling spot in the table rather than leading the pack in the Premier League.

The Black Cats thumping of Chelsea broke Peter Cech and the Blues shutout streak at the Bridge – 915 minutes without conceding a a goal in league play at home. It was an amazing run, but not many could say they expected the almighty Chelsea to end its streak in such a ball of flames. A 2-1 win over a strong side, such as Arsenal or Manchester United, would have been the safe bet for the first goal to be scored at the Blues’ London home.

But it wasn’t, and now the pressure has to be felt by Chelsea manager Carlo Ancellotti, from the deep-pocketed Russian upstairs.

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2010-11 Could Be a Rough Ride for Chelsea

Chelsea celebrates its double win last year with its fans. The Blues earned the Premier League championship and FA Cup, but an interesting couple months since its wins have fans and the media wondering if the Blues can repeat this season. Photo courtesy TheNationalGame.com

By Cameron Dickinson

Last season Chelsea finally wrestled the Premier League title out of Manchester United’s grasp to regain its place on top of the English game after three years of trying.

Entering the season the Blues expected to rival Sir Alex Ferguson’s dominant side, and that proved to be the case thanks to a number of devastating attacking displays which saw them score a record 103 goals.

Chelsea’s attacking prowess was undoubtedly the reason why it lifted its third title in six years, changing the style of the team from the efficient machine of the Jose Mourinho era in to one of the most open, exciting teams in Europe.

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Manchester City Given A Gift After Shay's Injury

By Kevin Koczwara

Manchester City has requested an emergency transfer move following Shay Given’s season ending injury in the hopes they can reach a loan agreement with a club for a goalkeeper for the rest of the Premier League season. And why is the Premier League even listening to their proposition?

This is outrageous and other clubs should be up in arms. Premier League officials won’t listen to requests from a floundering Portsmouth, who can’t even fill their bench some weeks, but when the men with money come calling the league is all ears.

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Injuries Plaguing World Cup Hopefuls and EPL Top Teams

By Kevin Koczwara
There is no substitute for depth in professional soccer. Skill can overcome some hard-ache, and hard-work can definitely make up for a lack of skill, but nothing can make up for a deep bench in the long grueling seasons of soccer. Many teams in the English Premier league are seeing some of their European aspirations heading to the training room instead of to the field, and some players are seeing their World Cup dreams shattered.

This year is different than most because players are training harder, playing harder, and have played more often in the past year or two than regularly. Why is? Simple, the World Cup is coming up and just about every player dreams of putting on their countries uniform and walking onto the grass of a World Cup Final. But they must show their worth in club matches and in international matches. And the wear and tear is showing.

Let’s look over a few teams and players that have been hit enormously by the injury bug, and let’s see who will definitely be sitting out the World Cup because of an injury.

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