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CHELSEA 7-0 Ipswich: Expect The Unexpected


It’s been a while since I’ve written a review where I haven’t lost the will to live half-way through and if I’m honest, whilst I’m well aware (because the opposition delight in reminding me) it was Ipswich we played, I’m still a bit stunned at the result or at least the scoreline – so bear with me.

A few changes saw Daniel Sturridge get a start after his 5 goals for the reserves against Spurs, and it was to be a welcome change after some truly poor form from Drogba recently. With the exception of a break that needed Cech alert to beat away, we had the majority of possession and chances from the off, although it’s fair to say it seemed a long first half hour before Kalou opened the scoring.

Anelka’s shot came off Fulop, creeping towards the line and from a yard out Kalou made certain and before we’d even had time for a ‘f*** me, we’ve scored’, Sturridge tucked away a cross from Bosingwa. Less than ten minutes later, John Terry found himself on the end of a dodgy challenge and Edwards found himself on the end of Lampard’s free kick for an own-goal that saw us go in 3-0 up at the break. Dizzy heights indeed.

Second half then and just 4 minutes in Nicolas Anelka showed us he hadn’t taken early retirement after all with our 4th for the day, his first for 11 games and just minutes later Sturridge was asking the questions of Ancelotti, with his second of the day and his seventh of the week – and what a goal it was – with a right-footed curler into the top corner.

We weren’t done there though, we’d found our shooting boots again and Lampard was another one determined to test their wear and tear – and he did it twice in a minute. Delirious – you bet! Ok, so it was a cup game at home to Ipswich but the effort that seems to have been sorely lacking for the past couple of months was there.

With encouraging performances from Daniel Sturridge, Josh McEachran and Frank Lampard looking the liveliest he’s been since his return, we can only hope Carlo Ancelotti paid attention to their games and the players themselves can transfer the same amount of effort to the Premier League.

CHELSEA: Cech; Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, van Aanholt (Bruma 70); McEachran, Ramires, Lampard; Kalou (Kakuta 55), Anelka, Sturridge
Subs Not Used: Hilário, Drogba, Essien, Malouda, Ferreira

GOALS: Kalou 32, Sturridge 33, 52, Edwards 41 og, Anelka 49, Lampard 78, 79



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