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30 November 2003
1 v 0 Man Utd .
Lampard Penalty : 30'
Lampard fired home on the half-hour to give
Claudio Ranieri's side the points after United skipper Roy Keane had
upended Joe Cole
believes Chelsea made ``a big statement'' when they beat Manchester United
1-0 at Stamford Bridge today. The Blues moved to the top of the Premiership
thanks to Frank Lampard's first-half penalty.``I think we have made a
big statement but there's a long way to go,'' said Terry. ``Psychologically
it was big for us. It was a great performance by the lads today.``There
was a lot of hype and it was one of the biggest tests of the season.
|On Monday I want to wake up
with a smile on my face. |
Ahhh !! Can't let this Scottish gentleman embarass me .
Ahhh I got it , now this is the plan , first we play .....!! !
||Hum...this Italian can really
spoil my day. |
We've always done well at Stamford Bridge , 've only lost once in the
past ten years and killed them 5 - 0 back in the 2000 season .
Hum , what if I .....!!!
||Reds boss Sir
Alex Ferguson has seen enough of Chelsea so far this season to suggest
he will be competing with not only Arsene Wenger but Claudio Ranieri to
for the Premiership title |
"Chelsea have made a great start," he told the Daily Mirror. "You would
have to say they have a great chance of winning the title .
"They haven't done much wrong since the
start of the season. You keep looking for them to hit some kind of blip,
but they haven't hit one yet" They've hit the ground running and
got into a winning run right away, which is just what they wanted,"
he said. "It settles everyone at the club. Having such a good start
has taken away a lot of those pressures. "They've had a bit of luck,
but all of us have that, and it evens itself out over a season. "The
great start they've had has allowed them to get rid of all the questions
over who they bought in the summer, and how they're going to keep all
those players happy. "Chelsea have also made a good start in the Champions
League, and you'd have to say they're one of the potential winners,
given the way they've played.
"Actually going all the way is a big barrier to cross, as we've
found since winning it in 1999. It's such a hard competition to win.
You only have to look at the calibre of the winners to see that."
Sunday's game is going to be tough
Man Utd Official
27 November 2003
0 v 0 Sparta
boring or what !!!!!!!
|| Sig.Ranieri is now saying
that Chelsea are ready to break the monopoly held by Manchester United
and Arsenal on the Premiership title.|
Only once in the 11 years of the competition has the title ended up away
from Old Trafford or Highbury, but Chelsea's 1-0 win at Southampton on
Saturday kept them sandwiched between the big two at the top of the table.
Chelsea meets United at Stamford Bridge next weekend
He said: "I think there isn't a favourite.
It's the first time we can say that and I'm very curious to see what
happens". There is no clear favourite in three-horse title race
"It's important for Chelsea fans and also for the league not to
always be the same two. We are ready to fight with Arsenal and Manchester
United. "Last season we were close with
Arsenal and United started a little late and won the title. These teams
are used to winning eight or nine games in a row. It's November now
and I'd like to see in April if we are in the same position."
Chelsea are almost certain to play their
final Champions League group tie against Besiktas on Dec 9 outside
of Turkey following terrorist incidents in Istanbul over the past week.
Chelsea have not taken up their ticket allocation for the tie and last
night UEFA postponed by one week the Champions League game between Galatasaray
and Juventus originally scheduled for next Tuesday in Istanbul.
A statement from Chelsea said the club believed "it would not be
appropriate for its fans to travel to the match". Chelsea's interim
chief executive Paul Smith added: "We had been working closely through
UEFA with the Turkish authorities to ensure that it was safe for our
fans to travel. "However, Thursday's bombings of British targets, the
advice just issued by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and the generally
unsettled situation there, has prompted us to make this final decision.
"We hope our fans will understand why we have taken this decision and
we share their understandable disappointment. In the end, though, their
security had to be our main priority."
More then one source
|| Mutu has revealed how
close he came to joining Juventus in the summer. Juve GM Luciano Moggi
moved for the Romania international as soon as he knew Parma were ready
to sell the attacker. "Moggi tried hard to sign me, but fortunately things
have worked well for me at Chelsea," Mutu told Tuttosport. "You'd have
to say, Juve had their reasons for not pushing to sign me in the end.
I think it was very difficult for them .
Makelele is living up to his billing as the man who makes Chelsea
tick. When the French midfielder signed a deadline-day deal on September
1, Ranieri hailed him as the final piece in his jigsaw and described the
30-year-old as "the battery for my watch." With a quarter of the season
gone, Makelele has made 13 appearances for the Blues and has done nothing
to change Ranieri's opinion of him.
Mr Ranieri feels
the former Real Madrid man is enabling his team-mates to perform to
their full ability - just as he did at the Bernabeu. "When I wanted
Makelele I spoke with Roman Abramovich," said Ranieri. "I told him Real
Madrid are a great team, and everything goes through Makelele. "Because
of him, Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo were able to play well. So we
signed him, and now he is our playmaker."
||Desailly, who is contracted
to Chelsea until 2005, admitted that he is growing tired of football and
hinted that next summer's European Championships might signal the end
of his career.|
"I am beginning to tire of everything," he admitted to the Sunday
Mirror. "Training does not please me every day. There are mornings
when I don't want to go.
"I stubbornly maintain to my wife that
I won't go and get shot down in flames for the umpteenth time by a
manager that is constantly on my tracks."I go in the end because I
don't have a choice.
I am obliged to do so, especially because I do still find pleasure
on the pitch. But as with all jobs there is a weariness beginning
to show through.
"Too much weariness will make me stop. Physical limits can push you
into retirement, but it's the mind that goes first. If this season
goes well, if my body and mind follow, then I will continue.
"My final challenges? Taking this Chelsea team in hand for a last
season and having a good European Championships."
Manchester United have opened
talks with Real Madrid about limiting the threat of new European power
AS says dialogue has been held between Real coach Carlos Queiroz and
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, with board level talks also due to begin.
United and Real are discussing the possibility of a wage and transfer
fee cap, so to stop one-man club owners like Roman Abramovich and Chelsea
from again spending the massive amounts of money he did in August.
United are already in advanced talks with Premiership clubs about the
proposal, which will be put forward to the powerful G14 European lobby.