Thursday, April 09, 2009

Goal video : Liverpool 1-3 Chelsea



MAN OF THE MATCH: Didier Drogba

He was the subject of pre-match praise from an unlikely admirer and Jose Reina was vindicated, sadly for the Spaniard. Drogba's was a terrific display though several of his team-mates, such as Lampard and Malouda, also merit a mention.Although he did miss a few clear chances but the third goal says it all.

LIVERPOOL VERDICT: They may have erred in playing too open a game though, given their recent fluent football, that is understandable. Now they need a result every bit as remarkable as the wins over Real Madrid and Manchester United to progress. They are entitled to wonder if Javier Mascherano, booked harshly against Real, would have made a difference here. It's look like they need to mark the right person during dead ball situation.Ivanovic is another Terry to mark :)

CHELSEA VERDICT: This was a truly outstanding result and Hiddink merits much of the credit. Omitting the Premier League's leading scorer, Nicolas Anelka, in favour of the often unimpressive duo of Malouda and Salomon Kalou was a bold move, but it was justified. With Jose Bosingwa injured, there were several options at right-back. Ivanovic, too, made that decision a managerial masterstroke.

TERRY BAN: John Terry collected a caution for a challenge on Reina meaning he will miss the second leg. At 1-1, it appeared a pivotal moment in the tie; given the final score, he may not be needed next week.


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