jamie goode's wine blog: Football: Chelsea versus Porto

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Football: Chelsea versus Porto

I quite enjoy attending football matches as a neutral. You can watch the game without a gnawing sensation of anxiety in your stomach, for a start.

Tonight I went to Stamford Bridge to watch Chelsea versus Porto.

On an extremely wet night in west London, both sides tried to play attractive passing football, and although the surface got a bit sticky as the rain kept pouring down, the game was open and quite engrossing.

Chelsea did just enough to win. A solitary Anelka goal early in the second half - he had a second stab at it when his first shot was well saved - was sufficient to see them 1-0 winners. But Porto gave them a few scares, and passed the ball around with confidence.

However, Chelsea just seemed to have a little more quality in most positions. In the absence of Drogba, who was banned, Anelka was very classy. He's not a target man, but instead has wonderful feet, pace, and a great eye for goal.

Chelsea's midfield is compact and solid, but perhaps lacks a bit of flair and width. Essien plays the anchor role really well, and Lampard is very effective going forward, but Ballack seemed a bit out of sorts.

I reckon Chelsea will have a really good season, but I don't think they'll win the premiership if tonight's performance was anything to go by. Porto are a good side, but they won't win the Champions League this year.



At 7:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you think that as a wine journalist, you should declare who paid for your ticket, Jamie?


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