SportsNet - October 2012
Manchester United vs. Chelsea Aftermath: Branislav Ivanović Sending Off Was The Turning Point Of The Match Claims Sir Alex Ferguson
Manchester United has reduced the gap to Chelsea to just one point at the summit of the Barclays Premier League table after a pulsating 3-2 victory at Stamford Bridge. United won their first game against Chelsea in last 10 years at Stamford Bridge.
The match was a controversial one which ended up the League leaders ending up with nine men on the pitch. Branislav Ivanović was given a straight red after his tackle on Ashley Young as Ivanović was the last man between young and the Chelsea goalkeeper. The second red was shown to Fernando Torres for his second booking of the night after going down on an easy tackle from Jonny Evans.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had a different opinion about the game though as he feels they had a little slice of luck with Javier Hernandez's winner at Chelsea as the striker was marginally offside.
Manchester United vs. Chelsea Match Recap And Analysis: Chicharito Sinks Chelsea Blues At Stamford Bridge
The Final Scoreline : Manchester United 3 – Chelsea 2
Goals : Manchester United – David luiz ( 4’ OG), Robin Van Persie (12) and Javier Hernandez (75)
Chelsea – Juan Mata (44) and Ramirez (53)
Red Cards – Branislav Ivanovic (62) and Fernando Torres (69)
At Stamford bridge today, United had only one aim and that was to beat the league leaders Chelsea to close down the gap to 1 point and to save themselves finding 7 points behind Chelsea. And boy did they do it in style, it was an enthralling evening where Sir Alex Ferguson’s men triumphed over Di Matteo’s blue army in a match full of controversy and excitement. And it was the first time in last 10 years that United beat Chelsea at their home thus making this match a memorable one.
The match started with an early goal by a Robin Van Persie shot which hit the post and deflected back into the goal after getting a touch from David Luiz back into his own net. Van Persie made it even sweeter for the reds in the 12th minute when he shot the ball past Peter Cech into the Chelsea net after a beautiful assist from Antonio Valencia from the right flank.
Analysis: Across the pond they go for the NFL's annual game in England. And just because it is in Old England doesn't mean the Patriots will receive the support and overwhelming odds in this one. The stands are filled with NFL jerseys from all 32 teams, spanning from 1970-2012. That would be the greatest thing about the NFL in London, and if Robert Kraft had his way he would have a team over the pond. In Wembley Stadium, the Patriots look to get on a roll and move to 5-3 with a victory over the Rams, who look to improve to .500 with a win. Tom Brady has not looked like his MVP self for many parts of the season thus far, and many in New and Old England will be anxious to see if he can get back to form against a stingy Rams defense.
Analysis: Eli Manning signed his name on the new Cowboys stadium in the visitors locker room a few years back after he won the first game ever in Jerry World. Since then, he has not been beaten by the Cowboys in their $1.2 billion play pen, as some have called it. Manning also happened to win the last game at the old Cowboys stadium in the 2007 divisional round of the playoffs. His recent success down in Dallas makes it all the more puzzling why Jerry Jones told fans to come down to the stadium to watch the Cowboys kick the Giants rear ends this year.
REMEMBER Claudio Ranieri? He was an Italian manager who liked to change tactics on a weekly basis. Some weeks he would use a back three with wingbacks and two strikers, the next if would be 442, then he would use a back three with wingbacks and wide forwards either side of a single striker. He would also make changes several times within games, and to his starting lineups. For this, the British press dubbed him “The Tinker Man”. Is Roberto Mancini headed in the same direction?