Singing The Blues

It was a couple of years ago, wasn’t it, that Chelsea and Liverpool played each other five times, wasn’t it? The press, of course, loved it: it provided a stream of headlines, culminating (hilariously, to be honest) with Liverpool dumping Chelsea on their arses in the European Cup semi-final. By the time the final match came around, though, most of the rest of us had become bored to tears. Both teams had adopted the strategy of “score once and shut up shop”, and only the last of the five was genuinely exciting, and that was largely because of the atmosphere generated within Anfield on that particular night. With this in mind, there was a certain amount of “meh” surrounding yesterday’s Community Shield match in Cardiff. The supporters of Liverpool and Chelsea evidently felt the same, as the crowd of 56,000 was some 16,000 short of the Millenium Stadium’s capacity. Still, Liverpool came through in the end – the icing on the cake of Chelsea’s wretched pre-season. Mourinho must be getting concerned. Beaten by an MLS All-Star team, held at home by a half-strength Celtic side last week, and now beaten by Liverpool with two goals that showed up huge inadequacies in their defence. Why did even try and tackle Riise when he ran 60 yards to score their first? Why was nobody anywhere Crouch when he headed the winner?...

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