The build-up to this tricky away fixture for the champions against a rejuvenated Liverpool side was spiced up with admiration from Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti for the Reds’ main ingredient, captain Steven Gerrard.
‘Any team in the world would love to have such a player, he is one of the best players in the world,’ enthused Ancelotti.
However, he forgot to mention the player who was heavily linked with a summer move to Stamford Bridge; the darling of Anfield, ‘El Nino’ Fernando Torres who finally showed he full repertoire of skills on Sunday to torment the Chelsea defence.
If he slipped out of Ancelotti’s mind, you can rest assured the Spanish assassin provided a timely but unwelcome reminder for the Italian.
Many football fans and pundits alike have been waiting for the ‘true’ Fernando Torres to show up this season. A combination of injury, bad luck and transfer speculation hasn’t helped Torres’ form. For some reason however, he just loves playing against the Blues.
His two well-taken goals took his tally to seven in eight games against Chelsea. How Blues’ fans and players alike must be sick of the sight of Liverpool’s number nine.
Torres’ return to form has coincided with Liverpool’s. For Chelsea however, matters may be more concerning to manager Ancelotti.
Yesterday’s blank now means his side haven’t scored in three of their last four away Premier League games. What is more concerning is that in those three fixtures – Man City, Aston Villa and Liverpool respectively – his side haven’t really looked like scoring.
Admittedly, the Blues started the game without three of their most influential soldiers, Frank Lampard, Michael Essien and Didier Drogba, the latter only being fit enough for a place on the bench.
Any team would miss such talent and boy did it tell at Anfield as Ancelotti’s men looked shorn of ideas and inspiration especially in the first half. Even Drogba’s introduction at half time failed to ignite the Champions.
Ancelotti was adamant in his post-match reaction that this is just a blip and was still content with his side being top.
However, that lead has now been cut to just two points from a Manchester United side that looked determined to prove to Wayne Rooney and everyone else that they are good enough to wrest the title back from Stamford Bridge.
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