Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Match Review - Sunderland vs Chelsea

We Have The Momentum

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    The perverted amounts of cash switching accounts set hearts and fingers tweeting all over
the world. The victorious emerged through the transfer window with their prized possessions
(Charlie Adam, Gary Cahil etc) and acquisitions (Torres, Carroll Suarez, Bent etc).

    A team recovering from a mid campaign crisis took to the field against another who can be
said to have provided the nudge for the tumble in the first place. Sunderland vs Chelsea was every
bit of a thriller we hoped it would be and much more. Nothing short of a twisting, churning game
that shortened fingernails and inspired celebratory prances.

    Chelsea seem to have found what they have been looking for, for the past few months.
Some claim the big money transfers seemed to have provided the impetus but some would say
otherwise. Chelsea have been on the upswing since the last 3 games with the FA Cup draw against
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Everton being sort of a minor stumbling block.

    But what we miss here is the calmness that Chelsea have displayed to bring out an undying
hunger supported by a sense of urgency. The spirit to fight back and take it to the other team which
Chelsea seemed to have forgone in the past few months.

    As for the match the 2 teams lined up with pretty much as expected sides and even the
Kalou for Malouda switch could have been forecasted. All season Chelsea have started games at a
much slower pace and then built up steam as the game progresses. However being made to pay for
inability to deal with Bradley’s run resulted in Chelsea being 1 down with barely 4 minutes played.

    What followed was more of the strategic fight back more than a knee jerk reaction with
Chelsea goin 2-1 up in under 20 minutes through a Lampard penalty won by Cole and a deft Kalou
touch who seems to be coming into his own. A cheeky free kick from Richardson however undid
Kalou’s goal and we arrived at half time on level terms.

    The second half kicked off with a tug for territory however soon Chelsea had begun to
establish their supremacy through impeccable passing and standing tall defensively. The men
upfront were starting to function like gears in cog linking together and with the defence putting up a much better show; it wasn't a question of “will” Chelsea score but simply “when”.

    Wave after wave of blue had the black cats were against the wall with Gyan cutting a lone
and possibly bored figure upfront with nothing to do but stare at the excellent display of football put forward by Chelsea. Ivanovic struck the cross bar from a corner while a goal mouth scramble
resulted in a miraculous clearance. Gordon pulled out all stops and in a particular period was the
only man who was keeping Sunderland in the game.

    A debatable corner headed out was well taken by Lampard only to be denied by Gordon but
the resulting deflection was usurped by Captain fantastic John Terry to put Chelsea forward again on
the hour mark sending the away end at the Stadium of Light into fits of euphoria. It wasn’t yet a
done deal so Chelsea relentlessly pushed on.

    The break through and breathing space was achieved in the 3rd minute of stoppage time
when Malouda brought on for Kalou played a pass from the byline to Anelka waiting in the 6 yard
box for our man of the match to pass it into the net. A well deserving reward for the work horse who seemed to relish the prospect of playing in a unexpected deep seated role. A role deployed this game perhaps with the idea in mind for 2 of the world’s best centre forwards. However Anelka however did manage to steal the show, the show girls and the awesomeness. Once skipping past half of the black cat defence to set up Kalou whose shot in a once in a lifetime moment deflected off both the posts and into the path of a Sunderland defender for him to clear.

    Such was the enigma of the performance that Carlo Ancelotti was left answering the
question, “Do you think you need Torres and Luiz?” also Liverpool wondering whether in Anelka they
have refused a player par excellence. The future looks bright and here’s hoping that this is a sign of
things to come.

    this post is written by MikelFacts - you can reach to him on twitter by clicking HERE

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