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Chelsea See Off Stoke

Chelsea continued their good form with a seventh win in succession to progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Jose Mourinho made five changes to the side that beat Manchester United last week but displayed his team’s depth with a strong squad whilst Mark Hughes fielded an almost complete starting eleven in an effort to replicate the performance that saw his squad run out winners against Chelsea in the league just a few short weeks ago.

Against United in the league Chelsea started under pressure but not so against Stoke. The game quickly descended into a predictable ebb and flow of Chelsea domination with a lacklustre Stoke struggling to maintain possession for more than a few minutes. Last week’s hat-trick hero Samuel Eto’o dragged an early shot wide of the mark before almost connecting with a lovely floated ball by Eden Hazard that would have had Stoke fans… Continue reading →

Capital One Cup quarter-final review

Tonight saw the remaining two Capital One Cup quarter final matches played, with West Ham United travelling to Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City hosting Manchester United. The other games, played last night, saw Sunderland host Chelsea and the only remaining team from outside the Premier League, Leicester City, welcomed Manchester City.

 

Manchester City saw off the Championship side in comfortable fashion, with a stunning Aleksander Kolarov free-kick giving them the lead after just eight minutes. Lloyd Dyer grabbed a goal for the home team with just over ten minutes left to play but not before an Edin Dzeko double killed off the game. City will now face Sunderland in the semis.

 

Sunderland looked down and out against Chelsea thanks to a Lee Cattermole own goal at the start of the second half gave Chelsea the lead. The goal was the first real test for the goal-line technology systems,… Continue reading →

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