Chelsea maintained their unbeaten record in the Premier League this season with a 2-1 win over Arsenal. The visitors went ahead twenty minutes into the game when Fernando Torres scored from close range. Gervinho then levelled for the home side, but Juan Mata scored the winner at the start of the second half.
After finishing last season on an unexpected high, can Chelsea reclaim their position as a dominate force in the Premier League? They have spent lavishly this summer and manager Roberto Di Matteo will have no excuses if he fails. Will he be able to break the club’s short-term manager curse?
Chelsea found themselves 2-1 down after 45 minutes after spirited display by Reading in the first half. However goals from Gary Cahill, Fernando Torres, and Branislav Ivanovic in the second half dented the visitors hopes of an early season upset.
Two first half goals from John Terry and Raul Meireles ensured Chelsea ended their Premier League Campaign with a win. Ayegbeni Yakubu got a goal back for Blackburn, who were already relegated before kick-off.
Di Matteo and Kenny Dalglish walked out into the Wembley spotlight today both having won the FA Cup in their playing careers with the clubs that they know manage . Di Matteo won the cup in 1998 and Dalglish in 1986. The Scot also won the competition in 1989 during
Two excellent goals by Papiss Cisse either side of half time kept Newcastle’s hopes of Champions League football alive but leaves Chelsea needing to win in Munich if they are to play in next season’s competition.
Fernando Torres continues his good form and got the first hat-trick of his Chelsea career as The Blue’s swept their London rivals aside. Daniel Sturridge scored the opener after 45 seconds and John Terry doubled the lead. Torres then got three consecutive goals before Malouda put away the sixth. Cisse scored a consolation goal for QPR.
Chelsea thrashed Tottenham 5-1 in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley to meet Liverpool in the final. However it was a game steeped in controversy as Chelsea’s second goal, a turning point in the game, clearly didn’t cross the line.
Chelsea needed a win today to close the gap on the top four and seal a precious Champion’s League spot. Wigan needed to leave with something to help them claw their way out of the relegation zone. With these incentives in mind, it should have been all guns blazing by
Chelsea will face Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals after beating Benfica 3-1 over two legs. The Blues will enter their sixth semi-final in nine years and will face the team that, controversially, knocked them at the same stage in 2009.