So with Chelsea having drawn their first champions leagues game against Juventus it’s time for the defending champions to pull up their socks and make this moment count. On the other hand Danish underdogs FC Nordsjælland have a lot more than only pride to salvage; winning this game would give them the vital 3 points.
Chelsea has a lot of work to do, they have a lot of expectations to live up to as European champions and currently leading the table with just 6 games into the season means Chelsea has the best mind set to capitalize on its current form. On Friday, Nordsjaelland beat newly-promoted Esbjerg 3-0 at their Farum Park stadium. For Nordsjaelland—who opened their campaign with a 2-0 loss away to Shakhtar Donetsk, it would only be a shocker if they had to beat Chelsea.
Chelsea splashed out over $50 million on Eden Hazard alone this summer, while Nordsjaelland managed to bring in 12 players for less than $7 million combined. So for Chelsea Eden Hazard, Fernando Torres, Juan Mata and Oscar would be the ones to watch out for whereas Others to watch in the Nordsjaelland team include 20-year-old defender Jores Okore, Dutch striker Joshua John.
After 44 years, it finally happened.
On May 13, 2012, Manchester City won the Premier League title in the dying minutes of perhaps the most exciting and nail-biting finishes in the league's history.
Francis Lee, who was part of the Manchester City side that won their last league title in 1968, said, "It was real Roy of the Rovers stuff to come back with five minutes to go and score twice, it was unbelievable."
"Unbelievable" it truly was.
With all the financial backing and star players. the City season still went down to the wire. "Manchester City is blue" read many placards, but it could have easily stayed red.
Local rival Manchester United were dethroned, but that shouldn't take away another spectacular season for the Red Devils. Sir Alex Ferguson's squad came within a final shot from Sergio Aguero from winning yet another title.
It's all about who blinks first in the last game of the Premier League season.
Manchester United faces Sunderland while Manchester City faces Queens Park Rangers in their final match of the season. A slender eight-goal difference is what separates them from earning the title.
For United, it has just been another season in the top tier while for their city rivals it has been about hard work, abilities, and all the money they have pumped into the team. Anything lesser than winning the title would be absolutely unsatisfactory for this club.
It was the same with Chelsea with the dawn of the Roman Abramovich era. City needed everything, along with luck, to go their way this season, but a team like United thinks otherwise -- always performing to the full and keeping pace with their ardent challengers. United have capitalized on the losses of the opponents and have grown on their own victories.
With all the drama for the fight at the top four this season, it is clear how United have engraved themselves in that coveted spot. Unlike Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, or City, they have not been about the money but about the team.
Chelsea equalled Liverpool in FA Cup titles with eight on Saturday in a match that pinned two clubs struggling in the Premier League.
Liverpool sought another piece of silverware in an under-achieving season, while Chelsea tried to gain momentum ahead of the big clash against the German giants Bayern Munich in the Champions League Final, as their only chance to qualify for next season.
Pride and honor were also on the line as both clubs stepped on the new Wembley pitch. An early strike from Ramires followed by a Didier Drogba second-half goal put Chelsea in a two-goal lead. All was good for the Blues until Andy Carroll scored for Liverpool.
Chelsea's complacent behavior after securing a lead almost cost them the match. However, brilliant reflexes from Petr Cech saved the day, as Chelsea held on to lift the FA cup title.
Robert Di Matteo completed a hat trick of Italian managers to win the FA Cup.
Meanwhile, Drogba became the first man to score in four FA Cup finals and declared, "That's the reason why I came here."
All Chelsea supporters around the world have something to cheer about.
Being champions of Europe is just a victory away, as the Blues overcame some of the early-season problems by defeating defending Barcelona on aggregate in the semi-finals.
It was a truly emotional night for every player in the Chelsea squad, and especially for Fernando Torres, who scored the goal that sealed the victory for Chelsea after being brought in for Didier Drogba.
Even a red card to the captain John Terry and an early injury to Gary Cahill did not stop Chelsea from holding off Barcelona. Lionel Messi could not find the back of the net even from the penalty spot.
Coming back from a 2-0 deficit to beat Barcelona was an extraordinary feat in the books of Chelsea. The widely regarded favorites, Barcelona were all ready and up for the fight -- until they realized that luck and fate were not on their side.
The goal post acted as a savior once again while Petr Cech and every player in the Blues camp had given every bit of their lives to something that one entire Roman Abrahamovic era has been waiting for.