Tuesday, November 3, 2009

8 past Bolton and Madrid road trip

October ended on a fantastic note, we've dismantled Bolton twice in one week with the combined score of 8 to 0. Midweek clash was a Carling Cup game. We've completely dominated Bolton, with Joe Cole having complete freedom on the pitch, tormenting Bolton's defense.
Kalou started the proceedings with well placed header but was substituted during the half time, apparently due to injury.
Bolton sat deep and allowed Chelsea players time and space for long shots. If not for Bolton's keeper, it would have been 8 - 0 after first game. Daniel Sturridge was unlucky not to score and seemed quite eager to do so in front of the sold out crowd. It was his first appearance. Perhaps he is lacking a little bit of confidence and he is trying way too hard. He should relax a bit more and try to enjoy his chances, his career is just beginning and he seems to be quite promising understudy. Malouda whom is not a subject of constant complaining about his performances, Deco who is loving his life in London and Drogba who came on late in the game, all anded up scoring. If not for Hillario's injury, night in the goal was uneventful. Btw, he is recovering well and afaik he is with the in Madrid tonight.
Saturday's game was more tense affair, well until Drogba ha been brought down in the penalty area. Harsh red card to Bolton's Jlloyd Samuel changed game completely. Frank Lampard has not missed penalty in three years, we were up by one going into the half time break.
Second half was once again dominated by Chelsea. Deco scored his second in as many games. I felt Ivanovic was unlucky not to get on the score-sheet, after all, he did score earlier in the game but goal was not allowed due to Chelsea player blocking keepers vision, you see player was in an offside position when Branislav hit the ball. His second effort was deemed to be an own goal by Knight. Ivanovic has been doing superb job to fill in for injured Bosingwa.
Drogba, once again, completed the rout. This goal takes his tally to 9 goals this year, once back from Liverpool's El Nino. Race for golden boot is on and Drogs has great chance to win it this season.

November starts with important game in Madrid. If we do take care of Athletico tonight we will clinch spot in last 16 of the UEFA Champions League. Surely this would be a boost going forward, especially with the game against United coming up this Sunday. But first we have to win, and this will not be easy as we're going against very good offensive team (even though they are having very hard time scoring right now). Forlan and certain Aguero are potential match winners in any game. Canadian fans will remember Aguero from 2007 U-20 World Cup Argentinian squad. this said, Aguero didn't look good in previous game against us, then again, not many players do ;)

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