Club Focus – Chelsea – Blues fail to show up at Old Trafford

It was deemed the title decider. The match that would break hearts – and the game on Sunday between Manchester United and Chelsea did just that. Blues fans were left heartbroken as their team failed to put up a decent fight against United, who simply pummeled the Stamford Bridge outfit to put themselves one point away from a record 19th league title. Both teams were expected to go for the win but it was Manchester United who looked hungrier for the three points. For Chelsea it seemed like the game was over in the first minute, as they appeared to have given up hope of winning after Javier Hernandez’s opening-minute goal.

Chelsea failed to learn from mistakes after facing United in the Champions League as it was Ryan Giggs, Ji Sung Park and Javier Hernandez who tore the Blues’ defence apart once again. Fingers could be pointed at Ancelotti for getting the team selection wrong but in reality the players were outplayed and failed to deliver when it mattered most.

There was a lot of expectations placed on the SW6 side as even Arsenal and Liverpool fans were hoping the Blues could prevent United from all but sealing a record 19th title. But it was not to be and Carlo Ancelotti will have to pick his team up once more and prepare to come back much stronger next season, as the Blues have now almost certainly lost out on the chance to retain their title.

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Despite the fact that a lot of pressure was on referee Howard Webb ever since Sir Alex Ferguson directed comments towards refereeing decisions in big games going against them, Webb had a decent game on Sunday apart from one call where Branislav Ivanovic could have been sent off for a challenge on Wayne Rooney.

The silver lining for Chelsea is that the loss does not affect their league position apart from the fact they lost the opportunity to top the table. Arsenal missed the chance to close the gap on the Blues after a disappointing result against Stoke City. The Gunners fell victim to a 3-1 defeat at the Britannia Stadium, which means that Carlo Ancelotti’s side are just one win away from finishing the season in second place.

But there will be a lot of disappointment around Stamford Bridge and it will be interesting to note the consequences that arise on account of the result. Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti for one may not be sleeping peacefully at night for the pressure of the sack is sure to fall on him once again.

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