Chelsea 2-1 Manchester United

We won! Michael Ballack has redeemed himself beautifully, Ronaldo was on the bench (woohoo), Drogba ninja-kneed Vidic in the face at the beginning of the match, causing blood to spurt everywhere (seriously), etc etc. Sir Alex fielded a rather lacklustre team, resting most of his impressive players for the Champions League match on Wednesday. I don’t know why he didn’t just field a reserve team, and rest ALL of his good players (like Rooney, Rio and Carrick, who all played amazingly). I mean, with a reserve team, Chelsea would have ruined them, and it wouldn’t have been nearly as entertaining.

Drogba whines too much, again. He accidentally got poked in the eye before the half, but he was being a whiny bitch about it and complained, loudly, to Alan Wiley. Why is he always the ref for matches like this? He’s so flippin lenient – this is how Joe Cole gets away with ninjaing other players. But in this case, Ashley Cole got mowed down by Nani, but Nani only got a stern finger-wagging.

In injury time (45+), Michael Ballack made a supurb back-post header, assisted by Drogba, and I nearly wet myself. We were winning! Woohoo! And, deservedly, too. We had most of the possession for the first half (like, 70% or something). It was like Avram Grant lit a fire under Chelski’s butt. THIS is how I like to watch them play. Why didn’t they play like this during the Carling Cup?

Manchester United’s goal was inexcusable. Carvalho passed the ball to Rooney (wrong team, Carvalho), who dribbles it 30 yards, around Terry, and gets a goal. What the hell?!

The minute Ronaldo was put into the match, he and Ballack were fighting… I didn’t really see what happened, but I think Ballack tried to smother him, and the ref didn’t give Ballack a penalty. Hooray, Alan Wiley. Come to think of it, there were a lot of penalties the entire match. And Drogba complained a lot, because he’s a friggin Prima Donna. Right, so Mikel kicked the ball into Carrick’s arm, and we got a penalty shot in the 85th minute or something, and Ballack got it in. So, we won. Van Der Sar and Drogba both were booked for time wasting, Sir Alex was angry for whatever he was angry about, Shevchenko actually played, and was useful, and towards the end, Drogba and Shevchenko played keep away in order to run the clock out.

Yay we won!! I’m still stoked. I’m going to go celebrate – again. 😀 And for those of you who are sick of my footy posts, don’t worry, I’ll post something else later. *waves*

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Why every neutral should root for Chelsea tomorrow

This post was NOT written by me, but by a genius at http://www.chelseapies.tv.  The permalink is here.

I don’t know quite when Chelsea became more hated than Manchester United, but it’s seems to have happened. We always get Spurs, Liverpool and Arsenal fans hawking abuse towards Chelsea here on Pies, but in recent weeks it seems everyone from Turks, Peruvians, and even those ever friendly Newcastle fans want to take a pop at Chelsea. Oddly I think most neutrals will be supporting United in the Premier League title decider tomorrow.

Their reasons? They reckon… (1) Chelsea fans are “chavs”, (2) Chelsea fans are “corporate toffs”, (3) Chelsea “have no history”, (4) Chelsea “bought their success”, or (5) Chelsea “play dull football”. Well every club has their fair share of chavs and prawn sandwich fans (especially Man Utd). Go to any Burger King I guarantee you’ll find someone with an Asbo and a fake United tracksuit stolen from an Essex carboot sale. As for the corporate lot – wasn’t the term “prawn sandwich brigade” coined to describe Man Utd fans?

Lack of history? Nobody (in their right mind) has ever said Chelsea have the history of a Liverpool or Manchester United, but let’s face it the Stamford Bridge trophy cabinet has still had a lot of silverware on it’s shelves over the years while other supposedly “big” clubs have just had “dust” clogging up theirs.

Bought their success? Who hasn’t in 2008? Everybody spends, and spends big – some just spend better than others (see Leeds, Wolves, Spurs, Newcastle, etc). As for point (5) did anyone else watch United’s Barca game – it was hardly exciting stuff.

If Chelsea win tomorrow, it’ll keep the Premier League race wide open, and create an exciting finale for everyone, especially the neutrals. And let’s face it with only Euro 2008 on the horizon we all need that…

 

New Chelsea Kit 08/09

Jersey 08/09

Yes, my fellow Blues fans, the day is here – the new Chelsea kit for the next two years was revealed!!  Now, do you recognize anything familiar?  I’m glad Adidas didn’t go hog-wild like they did with the fugly yellow away kit.  This has a lovely white collar (I kind of love the collars, like on England’s kit for 05/06), same familiar three-striped shoulder, and now, a throwback with the gold on the sleeves.  Those of you who were Chelsea fans BEFORE they won anything will remember the old kits with gold and blue by Umbro (Umbro, how I hate you sometimes, but you made my England kit, so I’ll love you for now).  Oh, and that picture has a very young Jose Mourinho in it.  Yay Special One!!  How I miss you 😦

So, do I like the new kit? Eh, sure, it’s not really different at all.  

I think they’re still going to use the fugly yellow away kit for now until they release a new one in 2009.  On a separate note, have you SEEN the keeper’s kit? (It’s to the right, if you didn’t realise.)  Are we Barca all of a sudden?  What’s with the neon orange?  C’mon, Chelsea, have some class.  I know Petr has to be in a different colour, but SERIOUSLY.  Orange?!

Eh, go preorder the new kit here. Chelsea is the only team you ever really need to support.

And I stole these pictures from here, here, and found some on google.

Chelsea v Scouses (a note) and their new kits

So, here we are, Chelsea.  You only drew with Liverpool because you were awarded a goal by John Arne Riise. After his accidental volley into his own net, his face was redder than his hair or his shirt, and you got a share of the spoils you didn’t really deserve.  Granted, it was a hard-faught match, with few opportunities given by other side.  My lovely Petr Cech, you are amazing, and I’ll ignore the nutmeg you let through because, frankly, stopping that amazing shot by Stevie Gerrard towards the end of the match was godly, and if you didn’t save it, the consequences would’ve been dire.  We just have to hang on next week at the Bridge for the rematch, and then Moscow here we come!!

Yeah, so every time I watch Chelsea and Liverpool play, I’m put to sleep.

Chelsea’s new kit comes out Friday, 25 April, and I’m excited.  I’ve already preordered my kit and everything, since I’m a sucker for new jerseys every two years.  I wonder what it’ll look like… I know their sponsor is still Adidas (any other would feel wrong… and Umbro, your kits are fugly), and seriously, if the away kit is BRIGHT FRIGGIN YELLOW again this year, I will bleach my eyeballs.  Why can’t we just have white and blue like we’re supposed to?  Oh nooooo, has to be black and freaking yellow.  It’s not like we can have many colours either, since the Blues are kind of expected to be, well, blue.  I’m on pins and needles over here!!!

Chelsea are my heroes

Chelsea have been doing brilliantly! We beat Schalke 2-0 at home (Champions league), beat Manchester City 6-0 (ridiculous win, I know), 4-3 against Leicester (but that’s League Cup) and today we beat Wigan 2-0 away. Since Arsenal and ManUtd drew at 2 all, we may be able to pull ourselves up the ladder, depending on how Manchester City did. If they won, we won’t catch up, but if not, we may actually pull ahead.

So, I just checked the table. At the end of 03/11 (yesterday):

         
Barclays Premier League HOME AWAY    

1

Arsenal

11 6 1 0 18 6 2 2 0 6 3 +15 27

2

Man Utd

12 5 1 0 12 1 3 2 1 9 5 +15 27

3

Chelsea

12 3 2 0 10 2 4 1 2 8 6 +10 24

4

Portsmouth

12 2 3 0 11 6 4 1 2 12 7 +10 22

5

Blackburn

11 3 2 1 8 5 3 2 0 7 4 +6 22

6

Man City

11 6 0 0 10 2 1 1 3 5 11 +2 22

7

Liverpool

11 1 4 0 10 4 4 2 0 7 2 +11 21

Manchester City moved from 3rd to 6th, and Liverpool moved from up higher to lower. It’s ridiculous. If you’re wondering what all those numbers mean, the first one is number of matches played, then what happened with Home matches, then Away matches. The only thing that really matters is Goal Difference, and Points. If teams are tied for points (3 points to winning, 1 to a draw, 0 to losses), it is up to the goal difference. The number changes depending on how many goals you sore vs how many are scored on you. Sorry, I just love footy.

As a separate question: why is Portsmouth in fourth place, and Blackburn in fifth? That’s mad!! Ok yeah, this post made little to no sense. I’m just thrilled with Chelsea’s performance in the last few matches. It seems as though the slump after the Special One left has been overcome. Personally, I don’t like Avram Grant, but he’s pulled them together and they’ve been doing well.

(Pulled from the Premier League website)