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Saturday December 28, 2013 MYT 7:30:00 AM
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by kng zheng guan
It'll be an all-out rear-guard action for Chelsea goalkeeper when his team welcome Liverpool to the Bridge on Sunday night. - AFP
TO get four points from two tough matches can be certainly seen as a bonus for Chelsea.
For a team that has usually hit a low over the Christmas period, this year doesn’t seem so bad after all.
Arsenal and their supporters may not like us that much but Jose Mourinho is still unbeaten against Arsenal.
And say what you want for Swansea, but honestly, we deserved that three points...thankfully without another ball-boy incident.
That was a committed performance from the team...to even have Eden Hazard tracking back at the end to great effect is simply priceless.
And yes it’s definitely a great result for us especially for Hazard as he can put some demons to rest, while we keep tabs on whoever tops the table after Boxing Day.
Our next opponents though, will prove to be bigger demons for the Blues to exorcise.
We have not really done so well against Liverpool post Didier Drogba - there is no one to bully their defence.
And the Reds have been on top form so far, mostly due to the irresistible form of one Luis Suarez.
At least Brendan Rodgers seems to be doing something right and the Merseyside team have some newfound belief this season and have been playing exceptionally well.
But Liverpool have and will always be a one-man team - that being Suarez in this case.
For all their arguments, they just don’t click as well when Suarez is being kept quiet on the pitch...or isn’t playing at all.
Thus, the game plan should be fairly simple. Stop Suarez, stop Liverpool.
Of course it will be better if the Uruguayan doesn’t play against us this weekend...but I highly doubt something like that will happen.
The next best thing would be for Suarez to leave his common sense and shooting boots at home, and just bring his teeth.
But with that being nothing more than just wishful thinking, the Chelsea defence under John Terry has got to be at 120% in order to deny Suarez and Liverpool; and allow Petr Cech to claim a record 208 clean sheet for the club.
Yet even then, that is the least of my worries.
Ramires picking up his fifth yellow card means we’ll be quite shorthanded in central midfield and good old Frank Lampard and the rock, John Obi Mikel, will have a massive burden on their shoulders.
The not so lethal striking options of Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres or Demba Ba have got to step up too.
This is mainly because I don’t see Suarez not scoring and the only option is to outgun the Reds with our supposedly stronger selection of firepower at our disposal.
In a nutshell, with the season only reaching the halfway point, this will be one cracker of a match to look out for...but of course with Chelsea naturally getting all three points due to their home advantage.
So Keep The Blue Flag Flying High.
Kng Zheng Guan hopes everyone enjoyed their Christmas presents. Now for a Chelsea win which will simply be the icing on the cake.
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