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Tuesday, December 27

Can Anyone Topple Chelsea?

Monday’s games gave predictable results, although some teams limped to three points and some were good value. A ‘heavily rotated’ Chelsea hung on for 3 points – and the game included a rare “fat Fwank Lampard deflected goal”. Who can save football from Roman’s wallet?


  • Quality picture that - I cried when I saw it. Burke however gives damning verdict - league over: I believe that Liverpool and United may both be able to beat Chelsea, but I dont believe Man U and Liverpool then beat everybosy else as well which is what it will take.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 12:18 PM  

  • Sad but league over is about the size of it. After spending on and on and on, Chelsea finally have the squad depth to keep winning. We're due more heartbreak like we got yesterday. No matter how hard Fulham scrapped, there was a certain inevitability about Crespo's winner. I don't reckon that there are enough teams that can nick a point here and there to stop them being top this year.

    It may get closer as Liverpool and Man U take a point or 6, but hoping that the other top 6 or 7 teams will doesn't seem realistic.

    Anyone disagree? If so, how do you beat Chelsea on a consistent basis?

    By Blogger gooner71, at 10:28 PM  

  • As Simon said, the key isn't really beating Chelsea on a consistent basis. The key is beating everybody else as consistently as Chelsea do. Simon is probably right - United play Arsenal and Liverpool early in the New Year. Cue the sound of teams shooting each other in the foot.
    Still, I am pretty happy with the current United squad. Getting knocked out of Europe early was obviously a blow and embarrassing but it has happened to most top teams at some point over the last 5 years. Don't worry - I'll pen an article on where I think United currently stand over the weekend.

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 1:09 PM  

  • To illustrate a point, look at the Chelsea result today. Everything looked great until the 75th minute or so.

    It is about beating Chelsea and so far, they're that much better than any of the chasing pack.

    Sure they'll drop a few on the way. Just not enough.

    By Blogger gooner71, at 5:36 PM  

  • It depends on what you mean by "It is about beating Chelsea". If you mean that they key to the league is finishing above Chelsea then I think most sane people would agree with that.

    If you mean that the key to winning the league is the top teams beating Chelsea more regularly then I don't think its that simple. Of course it helps when the top teams take points off of them but the key is matching their consistency against all the other teams. The United and Chelsea results from today are a perfect example.

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 10:09 PM  

  • Aye, United slipping up to Birmingham who they are 100 times better than proves it all. I just saw the highlights and to be fair Ronaldo was fouled by Butt. Arsenal batter another team at home - if only we could play away.. watch us struggle against Villa this weekend. Chelsea beat everyone (barring United) - we all have to beat everyone else. No draws.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 10:26 PM  

  • I give Fergie the credit for this one. His tactics was up his arse tonight. Scholes started on the left but, as you might expect, kept coming infield where, of course, he was our best midfielder. That left Richardson at left full to try to double up as a winger. Then he eventually moved Scholes into the middle but did he slot Fletcher out wide? No. He puts Smith out there. Poor smith is just trying to learn how to be a defensive midfielder but now he has to try to be a winger as well?
    Smith did cross in for the second goal to be fair but also gave the free kick away for their second.
    Then he brings Giggs on at left back with Ronaldo in front of him.
    Finally, he gives Ole his first game for two years out on the right when it was 2-2.
    Complete farce at the end.

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 11:01 PM  

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