Monday, 13 December 2010

Drogba could rue penalty miss

Yesterday’s London derby will be remembered for Didier Drogba’s missed penalty more than anything else. Chelsea had the chance to beat Spurs at White Hart Lane and send a message to their rivals that they were back. Instead Manchester United go into this evenings game with Arsenal knowing a victory would put them 3 points clear of Chelsea with a game in hand.

It was a much improved performance from the Blues who will have been incredibly relieved to have seen Frank Lampard return after 3 months out. He will give them a much needed boost and goal threat coming into the hectic Christmas schedule. Ancelotti will be boosted by the performance following an unsettled spell at Stamford Bridge since Ray Wilkins sudden departure.

We have seen the effects of Abramovich’s meddling before and if he did not learn his lesson after Mourinho left then there is clearly no hope for anyone. His latest top class manager won the double for the first time in Chelsea’s history at the first attempt but still finds himself in an uneasy position. The Russian billionaire clearly understands the game but seems incapable of acknowledging that what Barcelona produced against Real Madrid is not possible to replicate over night.

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