Blackburn 1-2 CHELSEA: That’s Why We’re Champions

BLACKBURN 1-2 CHELSEA

Well, Blackburn managed a draw off us last season and in all fairness, deserved at least that again yesterday. Who cares about fairness though? We needed 3 points and being the Champions, we kept fighting til we got them.

Team-wise, we still had Lampard, Benayoun and Ramires out but the return of Alex meant Ivanovic shuffled over to the right and despite a man of the match performance last week, Bosingwa found himself on the bench. The game itself didn’t turn up any major surprises either really, Blackburn brought the game to us as we’d have expected anyway and with our form not picking up over the past couple of games it was a predictably hard earnt 3 points.

The Diouf’s were causing us all sorts of problems from the off, with the returning Alex and John Terry looking worryingly vulnerable. To be fair, Alex was just back from injury but given that the Chelsea captain isn’t looking 100 per cent either, maybe the full 90 minutes was a lot to ask of Alex? Anyway, with the pair of them giving our centre-backs the runaround, M Diouf almost opened the scoring courtesy of his combined lob and Petr Cech’s slip on the wet turf although Cech somehow managed to tip it away.

Benjani gave Cech a bit more to do, with our saving grace keeping it out with his feet but he couldn’t manage a repeat when Diouf crossed from the left and Benjani was there with his head to put Blackburn a goal up. M Diouf could’ve made it two just after form a dangerous cross put in by his namesake but Cech was back on the case to give us more of a molehill than a mountain to climb.

It wasn’t entirely one-way traffic though, with Essien going just wide before Anelka got us back level in the 39th minute. Again, Cech contributed with his goal kick reaching Malouda, a lovely cross to Drogba was duly knocked back for an unmarked Anelka to do what he’d done 10 times in the previous 14 games against Blackburn.

Second half saw Roberts replace Benjani for Blackburn – a substitution that was to benefit us more than them in a better 45 minutes for us. Ashley Cole and Branislav Ivanovic were certainly livelier down the wings, with Cole and Zhirkov both seeing chances go begging. Blackburn’s attack faded a bit as the game wore on although M Diouf could have put them back in front if he hadn’t put it wide from a foot out.

Despite a further threat from Roberts, who probably should have scored in the 82nd minute, it was Branislav Ivanovic, with his first Premier League goal who sealed the win in the 84th minute, getting his head to a great cross from Zhirkov. Great finish and no way back into the game for a dejected Blackburn, with the only other action of note was Josh McEachran’s excitement being curbed on the Chelsea bench.

Overall then, hardly our most spectacular win but sometimes the mark of a champion is the ability to win ugly. Unfortunately though Liverpool know all about ugly football and they’re up next, so we’ll need to put a bit of polish on the performance for next week.

TEAMS

BLACKBURN: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Nelsen, Givet (Olsson, 35), Jones, Mame Diouf, Emerton, Pedersen, El-Hadji Diouf (Dunn, 81), Benjani (Roberts, 45).

Unused Subs: Bunn, Kalinic, Grella, Hoilett

CHELSEA: Cech, Ivanovic, Alex, Terry, Cole, Essien, Mikel, Zhirkov, Anelka (Ferreira, 90+3), Drogba, Malouda (Sturridge, 72).

Unused Subs: Turnbull, Bosingwa, Kalou, Kakuta, McEachran.

GOALS

BLACKBURN: Benjani 21

CHELSEA: Anelka 39, Ivanovic 84


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2 Responses to “Blackburn 1-2 CHELSEA: That’s Why We’re Champions”

  1. That’s why we’re champions. UP THE CHELSEA!!!

  2. i have been to maany chelsea games and this was the best so far 🙂