Every morning A Different League searches the nations press to bring you the latest goings on at Chelsea. Today:
Blues Champs progress.
After last night’s 2-0 win against Marseille, Carlo Ancelotti believes Chelsea are closing in on the second round of the Champions League. John Terry opened the scoring and a 28th minute Nicolas Anelka penalty sealed the game. The Blues now sit top of Group F, joint on 6 points with Spartak Moscow who they face next and the Chelsea boss declared: “I think we’re in control of our qualification. This victory was a good step. We have four more matches to play and the next two against Spartak Moscow will be important. There is a good possibility that we’ll finish in first place.” The match against L’OM, however, was by no means easy and Ancelotti admitted: “It wasn’t comfortable because the second half was more difficult as Marseille wanted to get back into the game. They put pressure on our midfield and we didn’t play as well as the first half but we did create a lot of chances. The first goal was very good skill from John to score. The game was easier after that but Marseille were in the game until the end.”
Terry pleased with performance.
Speaking to Sky Sports, John Terry admitted he was glad to see Chelsea get back on track. The Blues went into the game against Marseille on the back of two defeats and Captain was pleased with his side’s solid display: “Coming here, we’d had two losses which is very unusual for us. So we’re pleased to pick up three points, keep a clean sheet and extend that lead at the top of the group. In the second half we had a few chances to make it three or four. We didn’t start the brightest in the second half but we stayed solid and kept a clean sheet. With Sunday in mind we maybe took our foot off the gas a little bit, saving a bit of energy for the weekend. We’d have liked to have got a third and killed the game off but they had a lot of possession.”
Malouda looks to Arsenal game.
According to the Daily Mail , Florent Malouda is already looking ahead to Chelsea’s weekend clash with Arsenal and has warned his team mates that the Gunners are a far better side than they were last season. The Blues did the double over Arsene Wenger’s side in 2009/2010, scoring five goals without return in the process and despite the North Londoner’s surprise defeat to West Bromwich Albion last weekend; Malouda is expecting a tough game. He revealed: “It will not be easy because Arsenal is a big opponent, even better than last year. For us it is important to try and start the game like we did against Marseille. We must impose a high energy rate and try to push them into making mistakes.”
Football-talk.co.uk reports that Jose Bosingwa made another positive step back from his 11-month layoff as he captained a Chelsea reserve side in a 3-1 against Liverpool. The Portuguese right-back played only his second game since last October but put in a confident performance before being withdrawn in the second half for precautionary reasons. 15 year-old Nathaniel Chalobah opened the scoring for the Blues, Fabio Borini doubled their advantage and substitute Adam Phillips sealed the game in the 77th minute.
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