Chelsea vs. Manchester United: Trophy-Spotting?

Is Chelsea playing for more than just pride at the Bridge today?

Do Sir Alex and his Red Devils have the trophy within his sites and nearly within reach?

Sir Alex: Even if the lenses are foggy, the trophy is clearly within site....

Live commentary today on the Blues vs. the Devils from the Bridge.

Chelski starting line-up: Cech, Luiz, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Essien, Lampard, Malouda, Drogba, Torres

MUFC: Van der Sar; O’Shea, Smalling, Vidic, Evra; Scholes, Fletcher, Carrick; Rooney, Hernandez, Nani

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26 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Andy_4Lakes on 2011/03/01 at 12:29 PM

    Amazing that the league’s leading scorer is left on the bench for a battle with Chelsea….

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/03/01 at 12:30 PM

      Both Drogba and Berbatov to the bench. Will we say a fast-paced up and down game OR a very defensive on the counter game.

      Chelsea’s line-up looks more apt to go for it (but not by much) to United’s.

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    • Posted by Andy_4Lakes on 2011/03/01 at 12:39 PM

      Oh, but I’m not bitter about my fantasy team or anything!

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  2. I have Chelsea. Just a feeling.

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    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/01 at 12:54 PM

      Me too. They seem very fired up. But the longer it stays nil nil, and if United can slow down the tempo…

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  3. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/01 at 12:56 PM

    The United fans seem quite loud. How many do you think made the 500 mile / 7 hour round trip to London? Silly me, these are the “London-Reds” you can hear…

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  4. Posted by Andy_4Lakes on 2011/03/01 at 12:58 PM

    “Humourous cries of “shoot” every time Ashley Cole gets the ball.”

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    • Posted by Jake C on 2011/03/01 at 1:20 PM

      Yea I lol’ed when they kept yelling it even when he took the ball away from goal.

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  5. Posted by matthewsf on 2011/03/01 at 1:04 PM

    Sharp game thus far at the Bridge. Torres and Anelka interchanging very well and that’s why Double D is on the bench.

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  6. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/01 at 1:18 PM

    Good strike by Rooney but you have to ask why Chelsea stood off him and let him get the shot off in the first place / didn’t get a block in.

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  7. Posted by matthewsf on 2011/03/01 at 1:33 PM

    Fat Frank has been beaten for three opportunities already on the day. He’s killing the Blues in defense.

    Chelsea still sorely missing carriage through a #10.

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  8. Posted by dth on 2011/03/01 at 1:40 PM

    Somewhat tangential, but I’d heard the rumor that Mourinho was interested in coaching in the U.S. (or the USMNT) before, but he gets explicit about that desire in a Grant Wahl piece: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1182630/3/index.htm (that’s where he’s talking about the U.S. The whole article is definitely worth a read.)

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  9. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/01 at 2:04 PM

    I was waiting for one of the commentators to mention something about Luiz being Brazilian after that goal.

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  10. Posted by John Henry on 2011/03/01 at 2:11 PM

    this game is more physical (and less refereed) than an MLS match!

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  11. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/01 at 2:17 PM

    A draw isn’t a bad result at Chelsea for United. At what point do you feel that Sir Alex plays to close out the game for a draw?

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  12. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/01 at 2:30 PM

    Could that be the goal that throws the title race wide open?! COME ON CHELSEA!

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  13. Posted by Isaac on 2011/03/01 at 2:30 PM

    Chelsea playing way too narrow in the first half. The second half is seeing them play with much more width and much more energy. Appropriate that Chelsea’s penalty came from their wide man Zhirkov, who has been quite brilliant.

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  14. Posted by dth on 2011/03/01 at 2:37 PM

    David Luiz has been justifiably getting a plethora of plaudits. I think Chelsea fans will end up very happy with the other Brazilian buy, Ramires (though admittedly I’ve had a soft spot for him for a while.)

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    • Posted by KickinNames... on 2011/03/02 at 6:49 AM

      Still not seeing what you’re seeing in Ramires. A lot of plotless dribbling into rabbit dens and his passing is just not incisive at all. He’s serviceable but a big drop off for them as a starter IMO.
      Luiz looks like a game changer. A bit telling that the goal came from Ivanovic and Luiz. Two backs combine to score.
      Agree that Frank is not in form (and he’s not a strong defender when he is in form)). But this again points up the hole in the CDM role for them that gave cover for Frank to be Frank. Love Essien but he’s not that guy at this stage.
      No comments on the penalty? I’m a long time Chelsea fan and that was dubious at best. Very strange to see a MU game with Fergie and Co not winning the referee battle. We’ll take it though.

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      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/02 at 11:34 AM

        “A bit telling that the goal came from Ivanovic and Luiz. Two backs combine to score” – because it came sort of from a corner. Well the corner had broken down, but that was the initial reason why they were in the box…

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