The Stadium of Light Shines like a Diamond

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The Stadium of Light Shines like a Diamond
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Once again Chelsea gave up an early goal, but once again it not only roared back to life, but took an absolute stranglehold on the match.

The statistics do not lie, 26 shots (six on goal) with three goals and three saves by the Sunderland keeper.

Chelsea also had 75% possession of the ball and absolutely pinned Sunderland in their half for the final interval.

However, I must give credit where credit is due, Sunderland played their hearts out and showed a tenacity that has made the EPL so popular in the world, it was not until the third goal by Deco did they seem to lose hope at last, as if it was a dagger into the heart.

Darren Bent also proved that his one bad year at Tottenham was not all he had left in the tank by capitalizing on a fortuitous bounce and showing the technique and instinct to send his side ahead.

However, Ancelotti's tactics were not to be denied. Not only did he switch to the formation that won against Hull City, but he stuck with it despite the shaky start with great dividends.

Jose Boswinga and Ashley Cole finally began providing the width necessary for the Diamond to work which led to such a huge amount of possession and shot attempts for Chelsea.

Essien, Ballack, and Lampard all picked up some defensive responsibilities given their box-to-box nature which allowed Deco to once again shine and be the creative force that this side has been missing for so long.

Drogba and Kalou looked to be a better combination together than Anelka and Drogba and only a little more finishing prowess would have seen the score 5 or 6-1 given their missed shots and Deco's sublime passing.

One goal that probably should have been on the highlight reels but was discounted for a handball (a decent call I might add) is Lampard's turn and shoot which would have given him a well-deserved brace.

Overall, Ancelotti's first three games against English opposition seem to be going well. His tactics are still new to the players but have shown to be perfect for the Premiership once they become more fluent in its maneuvers.

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