Malouda Celebrates His Fourth Goal of the Season
It was the start of another lazy weekend, another convincing win for Chelsea, and another message sent to the contenders vying for their title. It was also the debut for our new signing, Brazilian Ramires, who was warmly applauded as he took the field in Blues' colour.
The West London outfit now has three wins from three matches and have scored fourteen goals in the process without conceding a single one. The Blues' faithful might have expected another 6-0 entertainer after what they were served in the past two weeks. But though the scoreline might not have matched their expectations the quality of their play definitely did. The Pensioners' outclassed resolute Stoke with their classy act and would have won by a couple of more if Lampard had not failed his penalty early in the first half and if Kalou had not wasted a sitter in the dying minutes.
The squad was the almost the same as the past week with only Portuguese Paulo Ferreira coming in for the Serbian Branislav Ivanovic, who was unavailable due to a back injury he sustained last week. Ancelotti's old boys who have been on a roll in the past few weeks were in control of the game right from the start. Tony Pulis' men were not the same as they were when Chelsea drubbed them 7-0 in the previous season but they failed to maintain to keep up with Chelsea's quality on the pitch.
The Stamford Bridge started in style and constantly threatened the Stoke defense. They would have gone ahead within 10 minutes but Lampard failed to convert yet another penalty after Malouda was brought down by Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross inside the box. Lampy's poorly placed spot kick was easily warded off by Stoke goalie Thomas Sorensen.
The Potters' made some inroads into the Blues' defense but were unable to bother their shot-stopper Petr Cech who enjoyed a leisurely time under the post. Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones who returned to action from an injury was comfortably kept under lock and key by Blues' captain John Terry.
The EPL defending champions continued putting pressure on Stoke's defense. Almost predictably the breakthrough arrived in the 32nd minute when an incisive pass from Terry found Stoke defenders off-guard and Malouda made no mistake in scoring his fourth goal of the season.
Chelsea continued their supremacy all through the second-half and should have gone ahead again if Drogba had not missed a chance that he would have scored in any other day. The attacks continued but Stoke continued to ward off any threats with gritty resolve. It seemed that the match was to end 1-0. But then a moment of madness from Sorensen gifted Chelsea another penalty after he brought down a wide-running Anelka inside the box in the 77th minute.
Drogba slotted home the winner which effectively sealed the match and helped the Blues' keep their 100-percent record intact. The West Londoner's who are now looking unstoppable and would have won by an even bigger margin if not Kalou had wasted a one-on-one chance with Sorensen in the dying minutes of the match after surging past Stoke defenders.
Tony Pulis would be satisfied that his team averted another shameful drubbing like the previous one but he would also be worried with some of his players' performances,especially Jones.
Ancelotti on his part should be satisfied with the squads overall performance. Chelsea are now looking unstoppable after having won their first three fixtures comfortably and their today's performance have sent a message to their title rivals. It reads " We may be ageing but we are not finished yet. So be afraid of us or you will pay."