Chelsea give Liverpool the Blues as Mourinho ends Liverpool's win streak
by Nick D
Apr 27, 2014 11:02 AM EDT
Mourinho out smarts Brendan Rodgers as Chelsea end Liverpool's win streak in 2014. A slip by Gerrard sees Liverpool go down 2-0 to a very defensive Chelsea side. This now opens the title race up once again as Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea all have a chance to win the Premier League.
The thunderous roar of Anfield kicked off the game and Liverpool and Chelsea both knew the importance of this match. Mourinho was sporting a new side resting his star players for the Champions league clash later this week. Liverpool were the best attacking side this season but Chelsea were the best defensive side so a clash of different styles was inevitable. Mourinho's tactics were clear from the start, slow down the game and look to frustrate the players and the crowd early on. Though it would be Chelsea to first register a shot on target as Ashley Cole found some space outside the box. His shot though was well covered by Mignolet who fisted it clear. Sterling was proving to be a handful for the Chelsea defenders as he looked to exploit them with his pace down the right side. Then Sterling would win the ball and feed it wide to Suarez who crossed in a dangerous ball towards the far post for Coutinho. The Brazilian though blasted his volley into the side netting not troubling Schwarzer. Liverpool then had a great chance to take the lead after 15 minutes of play as Gerrard's corner kick was whipped into the danger area. The ball would bounce awkwardly off Cole and cleared off the line by Mikel. Though Sakho would win the ball back and play it across the goal to Suarez who squared it back for Sakho, but his shot was blasted well over the bar. Liverpool were playing well and had the majority of possession but it was proving very hard to break down this strong and well organised Chelsea back-line. The game continued on and Chelsea continued their slow tactics and let Liverpool bring the game to them and keep most of the possession. Then in the final minutes of the half Chelsea would strike after Liverpool's captain Gerrard slipped over in the crucial moment and gave up possession to Demba Ba. The big striker would have an open run to the goal and slot the ball through the legs of Mignolet and give Chelsea the unlikely lead going into the halftime break.
Demba Ba opened the scoring after a very unfortunate slip by Gerrard
The second half and Chelsea persisted on with their slow tactics and defending deep, letting Liverpool bring the game to them. The game wasn't pretty but it was working for the Blues. Liverpool players were getting frustrated as was the crowd. Rodgers knew he needed to change it up soon and it looked like the return of Daniel Sturridge might be the answer for the Reds. Lucas was taken off and the ex Chelsea player was brought on to make a difference with just over 30 minutes left to play. Though it was Joe Allen that had the best chance soon after that as he found himself in space just after the corner was played. He struck the ball first time from outside the box, but Schwarzer dove well and stopped the ball from going into the bottom right corner. The game pressed on and Liverpool were struggling to find a way through the Chelsea wall in front of them. Sturridge and Suarez were well marked and not given much room to move as Chelsea went with a back line of 5 defenders with 15 minutes left to play. In a last ditch effort to salvage a point from the game Flanagan was taken off and another attacker Iago Aspas was brought on to add to Liverpool's attack. Gerrard would try to make amends for his slip as he ran in to head towards goal. The header though lacked power and was easily held by the keeper. Time running out for Liverpool as the precious minutes ticked over. Suarez had a great chance to salvage a point in the dying minutes but his well struck shot was saved by the keeper. Then in the final minute as Liverpool pushed forward Chelsea would break on the counter and Torres was all alone as he ran towards Mignolet. He played the ball to his right and Willian had a the easiest of finishes. Liverpool pushed forward but in the end it would be to no avail as Mourinho would get the better of Rodgers and the title race was once again open for grabs.
Gerrard slips and Chelsea win as the title race is once again open to all three teams
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