Team of the week: Chelsea


Can the West-Londoners shake off their surprising loss against Wigan last weekend and put some balls behind Reina & co?

Chelsea - LampardThis Sunday the blues are playing the mighty reds at «the Bridge», it´s Torres against Drogba, Gerrard against Lampard and Terry versus Carragher. The rivalry between the clubs has grown since Luis Garcias famous «Phantom goal» in 2005 and these games are never boring! Last year Liverpool won both league games, but Chelsea won in the Champions League, after a spectacular 4-4 game at home.

Chelsea got some injuries to worry about in front of the game, Cole, Alex, Mikel and Deco are injured, but rumours say Deco and England international Ashley Cole will be back in business. Cech is suspended after he was sent off last round.

Chelsea - Cole & DrogbaChelsea is a team full of internationals and superstars. In front of this season the big question was how can the new Coach Italian Carlo Ancelotti use both attacking superstars Nicola Anelka and Didier Drogba? He went from 4-3-3 to a 4-3-1-2 formation to make room for arguably the best partnership in the premiership.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has bought some fantastic talent since he bought share majority in 2003. Now Chelsea is threatened with a transfer ban and is not allowed to buy any new players until July 2011 after signing French youngster Gael Kakuta without going through the proper authorities. Still the club has world class talent in every position and strong back up from their substitutes. With young talents like Daniel Sturridge and Nemanja Matic, the ban on buying is not necessarily preventing Chelsea’s hunt for trophies. Other new players this season are Yuri Zhirkov, Turnbull, Sturridge and Andriy Sjevtjenko.

Oh, and did you know that Damon Albarn is a Chelsea supporter?

While there, check out the London Restaurant Festival this week!
Book tickets to Premier League matches here
Read more about our previous ‘Team of the week’ here at Mind the Gap: Wigan, Blackburn, Manchester City, Everton, Wolverhampton, Aston Villa and Liverpool.

– Hanne-


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