Tag: Chelsea

Chelsea bounce back against Baggies

BIRMINGHAM - Chelsea put their recent troubles behind them as Salomon Kalou, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard scored in a 3-1 win over West Brom here Saturday. Chelsea played with a clinical swagger not seen since early in the 2010-11 Premier League campaign and the result was the perfect tonic to ease the pain of their Champions League exit during the week.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti had said ahead of the game it "would not be a problem" if Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich fired him

Chelsea down Man United

LONDON - Frank Lampard breathed fresh life into the Premier League title race as the Chelsea midfielder's controversial late penalty clinched a 2-1 victory over leaders Manchester United on Tuesday. Lampard's dramatic winner came after referee Martin Atkinson ruled that United defender Chris Smalling had brought down Chelsea substitute Yuri Zhirkov with 10 minutes to go at Stamford Bridge.
It was a hammer blow for United, who suffered just their second league defeat this season

Chelsea held by Everton as Crawley advance

LONDON - Chelsea maintained their bid for a third consecutive FA Cup after snatching a 1-1 draw with Everton on Saturday as non-league Crawley advanced to the last 16 with a 1-0 win over Torquay.
A goal from Salomon Kalou on 75 minutes saved Chelsea's blushes at Goodison Park after the Toffees had taken a deserved lead through a 62nd-minute headed effort from Louis Saha. Everton boss David Moyes said his side were unlucky to have conceded an equaliser at a time when they had

Chelsea rout Bolton to stay in race

LONDON - Chelsea confirmed their return to form with a ruthless 4-0 win over Bolton Wanderers on Monday to keep a foothold in the Premier League title race. If ever there was a fixture for Chelsea to guarantee a win it is away to Bolton and they clinched their eighth successive victory at the Reebok Stadium with a stunning strike by Didier Drogba and goals by Florent Malouda, Nicolas Anelka and Ramires.
Having taken 10 points from 11 games in a dire run, back-to-back victories

English Premier League – Injury blow for City, Chelsea eye recovery

LONDON - Chelsea head to bottom of the table Wolves on Wednesday with manager Carlo Ancelotti insisting all is not lost for his defending champions in their quest to retain the Premier League title.
The Blues, held to a 3-3 draw by Aston Villa last time out, could kick-off nine points behind Manchester United if the leaders beat Stoke at Old Trafford on Tuesday. But Italian boss Ancelotti was in defiant mood, saying: "First they (United) have to win (the game in hand). "Second I

Chelsea boss rules out Beckham bid

COBHAM - Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti insisted on Tuesday that his club will not make a bid to sign David Beckham in the January transfer window.
Beckham is keen to return to the Premier League on a three-month loan from the LA Galaxy during the MLS off-season as he tries to show England coach Fabio Capello he is still worthy of a place in his squad.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has already gone public on his interest in Beckham, but a deal has yet to be concluded for

Ten-man Wigan spike Arsenal’s guns as Chelsea win

LONDON - Arsenal missed the chance to go second in the Premier League after failing to protect a lead in a 2-2 draw away to 10-man Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Wednesday. Meanwhile champions Chelsea, beaten 3-1 by Arsenal on Monday, returned to the top four and ended a six-game winless streak after a 1-0 victory at home to Bolton Wanderers.
At Anfield, Wolves moved off the bottom of the table with a 1-0 win away to Liverpool that piled the pressure on Reds manager Roy

‘Fantastic’ Arsenal rout Chelsea 3-1

LONDON - Arsenal kept the pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester United and delivered a hammer blow to Chelsea's hopes of retaining the title with a 3-1 victory over the struggling champions on Monday.
Arsene Wenger's side had repeatedly failed to produce the goods in crunch matches against their London rivals, but they finally rose to the occasion as goals from Alex Song, Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott gave them a vital victory at the Emirates Stadium. Branislav Ivanovic

Wenger wants Gunners to kill off Chelsea

LONDON - Arsene Wenger wants Arsenal to deliver a hammer blow to Chelsea's title challenge when the champions visit the Emirates Stadium in a crucial London derby on Monday.
Wenger's side have endured a miserable run against Chelsea recently, but they have a golden opportunity to end that barren streak of five successive defeats in their final home match of 2010.
While Chelsea have slipped to fourth in the Premier League after failing to win any of their last five matches,

Wenger wary of Chelsea slump

LONDON - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is wary of Chelsea's recent slump in form although he believes his side can highlight their season with a win in Monday night's game at the Emrirates Stadium.
Carlo Ancelotti's side have dropped to fourth in the table following a run of five games without a win, offering the Gunners a glimmer of hope they can topple the champions.
But Wenger said: "Chelsea have gone through a period where results are a bit less good but that can happen

Chelsea shrug off Wilkins exit, Lampard setback

LONDON: Carlo Ancelotti has endured one of his most troubled weeks as Chelsea manager following the dismissal of assistant manager Ray Wilkins and another injury setback for Frank Lampard.
The sacking of Wilkins - who has a 37-year connection with the club - less than six months after last season's FA Cup and Premier League double has prompted surprise and dismay.
Ancelotti confirmed the decision had been taken by the club's chief executive Ron Gourlay but declared he

Chelsea look to steady ship as United scent blood

LONDON: A Premier League season that threatened to see Chelsea run away with the defence of their title resumes on Tuesday and Wednesday with teams at both ends of the table having plenty to play for.
Chelsea's 2-0 loss to Liverpool revived the title race and cut the Blues lead at the top of the table to two points over Manchester United, the only unbeaten side in the top flight.
Only five points now separate big-spenders Manchester City, currently fourth, from Chelsea

Chelsea go five clear as Wolves downed

Chelsea opened up a five-point gap at the top of the English Premier League here Saturday, with goals from Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou goal wrapping up a 2-0 victory over Wolves.
Malouda's goal came on 23 minutes, the French international providing the finish after neat interplay between Yuri Zhirkov and Nicolas Anelka. Salomon Kalou bagged Chelsea's second after a scintillating sequence of one-touch play opened up the Wolves defence on 81 minutes.
In other

Real outclass Milan as Chelsea, Arsenal impress

PARIS: Real Madrid cruised to a 2-0 win over AC Milan in the clash of the Champions League heavyweights on Tuesday, while English powerhouses Chelsea and Arsenal both recorded impressive victories.
The match at the Santiago Bernabeu pitted together two teams with 16 European Cups between them, but Milan were no match for nine-time champions Real, who went three points clear in Group G. After a start full of intent from Jose Mourinho's men, the damage was done in the space of one