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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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Premier League Puts Its Ribbons On Hold, Blue the Favorite

By Mark Duckworth of The National Game

After the drama of the Premier League that has taken place over the last few weekends, this one was a damp squib. We could have seen new Premier League Champions or United back on top. Instead we got two games that had teams going through the motions and two teams looking for victory.

Liverpool versus Chelsea, was meant to be the game that could hand the title to United, and with Chelsea’s indifferent league away form, the football world waited with anticipation. But when Steven Gerrard misplaced a back pass which led to Didier Drogba rounding the Liverpool keeper, all Liverpool’s fight seem to fade along with the bank holiday weather.

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Blue vs Red…Time to Pick Up Pieces

Petr Cechs suspension could have dire affects on Chelseas chances to win on Sunday against Liverpool. His prescene in net is huge for the Blues; he solidifies their strong backline.  (Courtesy Wikicommons.

Petr Cech's suspension could have dire affects on Chelsea's chances to win on Sunday against Liverpool. His presence in net is huge for the Blues; he solidifies their strong back-line. (Courtesy Wikicommons.)

By Kevin Koczwara

What to Watch

Liverpool v Chelsea (Sunday) at Stamford Bridge

The two teams have played enough times in the last few years to know what color their opponents underwear is. This is a clash of defensive minded and strong Chelsea versus the attack and flair of Liverpool. And both teams need to win to keep pace with the surging Manchester City and the steady Manchester United.

If last years Champions League clash between the teams is reenacted at all, then fans are in for a treat. The games ran down to the last minute with both sides powering in goals, tackling hard, and pushing their bodies to limits that were unknown. As a football fan, the clashes between the Blues of Chelsea and Red of Liverpool is a highlight in my schedule every year.

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