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Chelsea Out - Definitely Funny But Good For Us?

Chelsea are out of the Champions League. It is funny in a way that their exit would happen less than a week after Real Madrid's - after all, the two clubs share a very similar attitude.

Both crave the Champions League - Madrid because the final will be in their stadium, Chelsea because that is Abramovich's greatest ambition - and during the summer, both tried to acquire the means to do it. Real Madrid signed a truckload of players with experience of winning the Champions League - Xabi Alonso, Kaká and of course Ronaldo have all lifted the trophy in recent years - while Chelsea brought to London the coach who has the best European record over the last decade.

Ancelotti won only one Serie A title with Milan yet reached three Champions League finals during his time with the club, winning two, an extraordinary achievement. So Abramovich's thinking looked sound. But there is a hitch and that is Mourinho whose current team, Inter Milan, outclassed Chelsea tonight and put them out of the competition.

Now, I'll admit that it's ironic that after getting a manager with the best possible Champions League credentials they go out at first knockout hurdle but is it good news for United? As far as I can see, there are two alternatives as far as the Premier League is concerned.

First is that Chelsea will benefit from being free of European exertions and will canter to the league title, taking advantage of our (and Arsenal's) extra workload.

The second option, and the one I'm hoping for, is that their confidence will dwindle and they will lumber through the season uninterestedly, the biggest stars saving themselves for the World Cup. I do not know which is more likely because both sound plausible enough. I'm praying for the latter, though.

As for the Champions League: it's undoubtedly great news. I hate playing against Chelsea and in general I hate playing against English teams in Europe because you don't get the same excitement, it simply isn't as glamorous, matching up to an opponent you know only too well and one you meet twice a year anyway.

Besides, I still think we have a better chance against Inter than against Chelsea. On paper they look a stronger team than Inter so on paper, the stronger team went out tonight which only increases our chances. Of course this kind of thinking is stupid because on the pitch, Inter were far superior and that's what matters...

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 16 2010

Time: 11:28PM

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I wonted a all English final !!!
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16/03/2010 23:59:00

so you would prefer barca in the next round if they qualify then
fran merida
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17/03/2010 00:04:00

I actually prefer Barca. Early in the year I didn't know how well we would be doing in the Champions League at this stage. Now that Rooney is performing well, and the team is banging on all cylinders, we've made it to the quarters. Now Liverpool, Chelsea and the team I despise the most, Real Madrid, are all knocked out, I'd actually like to try and get revenge against Barca from last year, no matter what stage we play them at. We played like garbage in the final last year, period. We could have done much better, but didn't show up for the game. We deserve a chance to prove ourselves again!
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17/03/2010 02:34:00

Every dog has his day i guess yesterday was not chelsea's day but note this excuses are not being made inter were the better side and fully deserved to go but to see this gloating at the demise of another english club is sickening on this note i rest my case......a dignified chelsea fan.
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17/03/2010 07:06:00

Fair play to Inter the outplayed us.Jose knew us like the back of his hand.We'll have less excursions so less games to worry about saving for the WC.Rooney on the other hand might burn out before WC.
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17/03/2010 11:11:00

Don't get overconfident on facing inter , it might be more tough than you expect , they have back line in lucio , samuel capable of shutting rooney out completely .....
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17/03/2010 18:00:00

glad you found it funny lads :-)
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17/03/2010 20:13:00

Inter played well, but tbh I cant see them beating us - we have much more CL savvy then Chelski
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18/03/2010 23:57:00


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