A trip to the Britannia for a potentially trickey away tie against Stoke. Its pretty much the same side as midweek except for Bosignwa and Jedi returning to the fray. Deco, Joe Cole and Rickey are still out injured.
The opening 10mins are predictably all Chelsea but few clear chances apart from an early strike from Ballack which is tipped over. On 13mins Drogba is sent clean through by a superb pass from Lamps after Kalou had won back possession but Sorensen did well to touch the ball away with an outstretched left peg. There's 39mins on the clock and Stoke are getting back into the game when Bosingwa plays a neat ball out wide to Lamps and continues his run into the box to pick up theb return and drive it home across Sorensen to score from the return. That's how the half ends.
The second half starts with Anelka (lets hope he's more effective than last week) on for the injured Kalou and within 3min of the restart Sorensen turns a Malouda drive onto the post. On 52mins, Stoke bring on Ricardo Fuller and immediately grow in confidence. More urgency, more balls slung into the box and more problems for the mighty Blues as chances fall to first Cort and then Griffin. Drogba feeds Anelka on 66mins but Le Sulk blasts over from just inside the box. With 72mins on the clock, Scolari replaces a tiring Drogba with Belletti so Anelka's up fron on his own and within 4mins he collects a Bosingwa cross to slot home from 12yds out. That's 0-2 and surely game over..... and after a 12 min lesson in controlled possession ..... it is.
Come On U Blues