Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Chelsea 4 - 0 Bordeaux

Its an unchanged Chelsea side that starts our Champions League campaign at home to Bordeaux so once again the Jedi sits in the Maka role and Anelka is the lone striker.

From the start its zippy and nippy stuff with Deco pulling the strings and once again Ash and Bosingwa are regularly pushing on up the flanks. In fact its Deco and Bosingwa who combine on 14mins for Bosingwa to whip in a cross that is dispatched with a rare Lampard header. That’s 1-0 and cruising – even Anelka wants in on this as his fierce drive is turned away for a corner 5mins later. Its 30mins of campaign Chelsea and on the half hour the lead is doubled by Joe Cole flicking in a near post corner from Lamps. Its nearly 3-0 three minutes later when Lamps screws the ball wide from 8 yrds out.

No changes at half time but Bordeaux start with a little more purpose. Shamak looks more lively and useful so its no surprise to see Ballack introduced just after the hour for Deco who had just picked up a petulant yellow card. Lauren Blanc responds with a double like for like substitution. Its all a bit too intricate for the Blues now with too many attempted 'slide rule' passes being cut out. With just over a quarter of an hour to go its Belletti on for Joe Cole but Scolari is not happy - its all too casual and he wants more - so do we. There's 9mins to go and Jedi dances through the Bordeaux defence, Lamps back heels a through ball to Malouda who drives it home - wonderful goal. Scolari takes him off to let him milk the applause and on come Kalou. Rickey clatters the bar with a free header on 86mins and Anelka shaves the outside of the far post with a drive before Beletti thunders another against the bar on 92mins only for the rebound to be followed in by Anelka to make it four. An emphatic win for the Mighty Blues.

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