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UEFA Champions League Group A – Chelsea 20 Werder Bremen

Jose Mourinho these days is a man under pressure.

Following two
Dane

Fletcher Jersey fruitless years in Europe the Chelsea boss
knows it is the Champions League that club owner Roman Abramovich craves the
most.

Failure to deliver in this year’s competition could prove fatal for
the ‘Special One’.

The start of this season has seen a somewhat more
humble Mourinho, gone for the moment the brash arrogance that has accompanied
the man ever since his arrival fresh from guiding Porto to Champions League
glory.

Watching him interviewed in recent weeks I get the impression
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Bequette Jersey
that his failure to dominate Europe despite
the biggest budget in world football has brought the Portugeezer back down to
earth a little.

Maybe the realisation has dawned upon him that he is not
quite as good as he thinks he is and that he is only human after all.

The
game itself was a cagey affair, exploding into life when Michael Essien pounced
on a German defensive error and stroked the ball past the goalkeeper and into
the net.

Werder Bremen had their moments, the nearest being Klose’s
header that beat Petr Cech but cannoned back off the crossbar.

The game
was made safe with twenty minutes remaining after Didier Drogba was bundled over
in the penalty area.

Normal spot-kick man Frank Lampard stepped aside,
instead handing the ball to German midfield maestro Michael Ballack who duly
proceeded to smash the ball into the net.

The power and accuracy of the
German’s finish suggested Lampard may well have handed over Brandon
Lloyd Jersey
the spot-kick duties for good.

Lampard hit
a great shot with just ten minutes remaining but was unfortunate to see his
effort crash back off the inside of the post.

Despite a low par
performance Chelsea will be grateful for the three points which puts them level
at the top of the group with last year's champions Vince Wilfork Jersey.

By Kimberly
Sunday, 20 Jan 2013

 

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