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Battle at the bridge

Posted by unitedfanatic on November 7, 2009

“We will play against the second team in the the Premier League, but it’s just a game that carries three points like the others.

It’s a very important game because we play against a fantastic team. It will be a very difficult match but also a very interesting one.

Sometimes against Ferguson I’ve won. Sometimes he’s won. But it’s not a match between Ancelotti and Ferguson. It’s Chelsea versus Manchester United.”

So says Carlo Ancelotti, ahead of the meeting between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

Both managers have won two Champions League Cups, Ancelotti with AC Milan in 2002-03 and 2006-07, and Sir Alex in 1998-99 and 2007-08.

More notably, Sir Alex beat Ancelotti’s men(Juventus) in the semi-finals en route to European Glory in 1999, and Ancelotti returned the favour when leading Milan to European success in 2007.

In their 7 competitive meetings to date, Sir Alex has won twice, and Ancelotti four times, the latest being the win on penalties at the Wembley for the Community Shield.

Chelsea vs Manchester UnitedThis will be their first Premier League tussle, with Chelsea having a 2 point cushion at the top of the table above United in 2nd place, and I find it remarkable that both managers have good amount of respect for each other, bearing in mind the degree of competitiveness and intensity of past clashes.

Not only does it bode well for the game, it demonstrates that oafs like Rafa need to give us a break.

We did get a taste of the Chelsea diamond midfield in August this year, and we didn’t exactly crumble in Ronaldo’s absence, like it was made out to be then. While they didn’t have their best midfield in Lampard, Essien, Malouda and Obi Mikel, the typical United who pick up momentum(and form) gradually after the start of the season weren’t the best either.

After seeing out some patchy performances and losing at Anfield, the comeback from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 against CSKA Moscow was a breather as the spirit shown by our team to do what we did augurs well.

And with Fletch and Vidic back in the team, it shouldn’t be as rough!

Let’s hope it doesn’t come down to that, though. Of course, from my heart I want United to win this and reclaim our rightful position, but my head says both teams will settle for a point each.

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2 Responses to “Battle at the bridge”

  1. united4ever2009 said

    This is a very difficult match. Fletcher is the key for us. SAF should go with Anderson along with him. And Scholes and Carrick are a no-no. Our back 4 will be tested by Drogba. I don’t see us winning this match, but I hope I’m proved wrong.

  2. Wazza said

    We absolutely have to win this one, and I think SAF will have stressed it enough to the team. We recover well from league defeats and I hope that carries on to this fixture. Agree with you on Fletch and Ando. Just hope the defence is consistent, but then again, I’m pretty sure the hair dryer has done its job after tuesday!

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