Wednesday, 1 October 2008

CFR Cluj 0 - 0 Chelsea

Round 2 of the Champions League against the little known CFR Cluj of Roumania who won their domestic double last year having gained promotion in their previous 2 seasons after being bought by a wealthy benefactor. They're a side packed with Portuguese and Argentine talent that beat a strong Roma side 2 - 1 in round 1 so we should expect a tough test. Its pretty much the same side as Saturday with Bridge coming in for Cole on the left as the only change.
The opening 20 - 30mins settle into a familiar pattern of Cluj sitting tight with 10 behind the ball and then breaking quickly. As the half progresses they are getting more confident and this is looking tricky. Few clear cut chances for either side but the better strikes on goal are coming from Cluj but the half still ends 0-0 and Scolari does not look happy.
Its Anelka on for Kalou as we go 4-4-2 in the second half. Immediately things look better until on 55mins Drogba stretches for a whipped in malouda cross and falls awkwardly. His hand goes straight up and he's stretchered off to be replaced by Belletti. That really looked bad. It takes a while to get our shape back and soon Bridge is marauding down the left but still clear chances are hard to come by. With 15mins to go big Phil makes his final change with di Santo coming on for Malouda. Cluj have their best chance with 10mins on the clock when Trica dances across the edge of our box and the shaves the outside of the post with a snap shot. Cluj are growing in confidence again and believe they can win this. On 86mins they nearly do as Perreria spins past Bosingwa and forces a sharp save from Cech. Straight up the other end and Anelka screws a shot wide when uh would have been easier to steer the ball in on the volley. Amazingly there's only 2mins of stoppage time - Drogba was down for at least 3mins - but it ends 0 - 0 and big Phil will be happy with that but not with the growing injury list (the early news about Drogba is not good as reports say knee ligaments ancillary a possible fracture)

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