May 8, 2011 by staff
Manchester United, 35 min: The camera cuts to Carlo Ancelotti, seen in a bad mood in their technical area. 32 min: Another free kick for Chelsea, 30 meters from the goal of Manchester United, a mite of left of center. Didier Drogba steps again, but cannot get his shot on target. If there had almost certainly been marked as Edwin van der SAR seemed stuck in a place that was nowhere near the ball flight path.
30 min: Chelsea wins a free kick about 30 yards from the goal of Manchester United. Didier Drogba gets the ball over the wall and down, forcing Van der SAR to dive low to his left to bat straight. With a variety of charge Chelsea players for the rebound, breaks kindly for United and John O’Shea clear.
Make no mistake; fans of Manchester United know how big this game. After being treated domestic domination and success of Europe in the last 20 years (and lost a significant portion of fans attending the match in protest at Glazer), there is a residual element of complacency from the home crowd at Old Trafford. The gallery does not leave until it is absolutely necessary – usually when chasing a winner or equalizer – and the players do not respond to it. Take a stroll through the Champions League in midweek despite SAF resting most of his first choice team; confidence is up, after bottoming out in the surprise of the weekend Emirates. When Chelsea rocked up at Old Trafford last season, the mood among the home crowd was a nervous fear, hope soled Wayne Rooney sidelined by an ankle injury. On this occasion, the circumstances are completely different and the team has a better balance. The circumstances are serving the nerves, but an optimal level of vocalization, rather than silence the home support. If you like it or not united fans, Old Trafford in full voice is a daunting step for any visiting team, including one from the experience of Chelsea.
Torres or Drogba? It is not a new dilemma, but now can shape Chelsea’s season. Carlo Ancelotti has been trying to manage the gradual evolution of his strike force with care the edge of Côte d’Ivoire to the door and announcing the Spanish in the fold since late January. The shift change has hardly gone well so far, but the rest of the team has led the Blues to brink of title reservation unlikely. Now for the biggest game of all, Ancelotti has to make his choice of training and strikers. Logic decrees must turn back the clock one last time and go with a front three with Drogba, the spearhead, but last month’s Champions League double-header, suggests otherwise. Either way it goes, you can ensure the eyebrow of Charles remain over three peaks, while the press is prepared to remove the board * * appropriate to announce it by succumbing to / challenge Abramovich whims.
These accessories have become a platform for some players to shine. After falling in Moscow, John Terry became a cult hero at Old Trafford. ‘Viva John Terry is still the fan favorite among the Red Army, but, whisper, Captain Bravelionheart it seems to be thriving these days. Terry ability to up his game across the field reflected by a handful of players. Wayne Rooney is black, the Blues’ beast, with goals in three of the last four seasons and a string of impressive displays for his role in the hole (insert pun here). Ji-sung Park and Michael Essien are irritating rival fans regularly. Veterans are too: Ryan Giggs revival “really started in midfield Manchester United’s 3-0 victory in this fixture two seasons, while Drogba has taken a step forward in the last 12 months with the objectives of its Nemanja Vidic regular harassment. One key may lie in an absent, however. Although Patrice Evra has proved to be one of the world’s most complete backs in the last four years, concentrating his mistakes this season have resulted in a number of goals against, and constant-old John O’Shea will bring more discipline to the position – even if your looking for Ramirez will look like a farmer comedy lumberings chasing a greased pig.
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