Wednesday, March 21, 2012

P.L. 2011 2012 Manchester City Chelsea

21 March 2012
Etihad Stadium,

Referee: M. Dean

  After their elimination from the Europa League, Manchester United and Manchester City have no choice but to focus absolutely on their Premier League face-off. The context of the rivalry only heightens the intensity: there are no consolations for the club that comes second. United have the one point advantage and will seek to extend that lead at struggling Wolverhampton Wanderers, knowing that Manchester City have to face a resurgent Chelsea on Wednesday. This is how it is going to be from here on in. Which club is better positioned? Manchester United certainly have the momentum, having won seven of their last eight league games. What happened in the other game? They came back from 3-0 down to draw with Chelsea. Their domestic confidence has been in complete contrast to their European fragility. 

Di Matteo was installed as interim head coach until the end of the ­season after Andre Villas-Boas was sacked following poor results, strange starting line-ups and tensions with certain players. Di Matteo, a midfielder at Chelsea between 1996 and 2002, has brought some calm to the dressing-room, restored senior players such as Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba and introduced a successful 4-2-3-1 system. The team have won all four games under him. “He understood quickly what he has in the team,’’ Cech said. “You can see he’s Chelsea through and through, a Chelsea legend. "It helped in terms of the general atmosphere and the reception of the fans. When you have a person who is a legend at the club leading the team, the fans give you more time and give you a chance. "The atmosphere at the stadium was much more positive. Wednesday against Napoli was absolutely amazing. It reminded me of the game we played against Barcelona in my first season when the stadium was rocking. 

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