Monday, August 14, 2006

Liverpool beat Chelsea in curtain-raiser

FA Cup winners Liverpool wasn't charitable to the big spending Premiership Champions Chelsea on Sunday in the season opener played in Cardiff.

Jose Mourinho's high-flying Chelsea side, who spent more on one signing (John Mikel Obi) than Liverpool paid for their four new players Jermaine Pennant, Craig Bellamy, Gabriel Paletta and Fabio Aurelio was beaten 2-1. The goals for the Reds were scored by Jan Arne Riise in the ninth minute and Peter Crouch in the 80th.

When Andrey Shevchenko had equalized for the Blues a minute from the break, it is said that Roman Abramovich celebrated as if it was the killer touch of a Champions' League final. Maybe, come next May, the Ukrainian will be executing just that. But for Chelsea's owner, it was delicious vindication of his relentless pursuit of the striker.

Though this was a friendly and Mourinho would be fuming, it more importantly proves that Chelsea can be toppled from an almost unbeatable position that Roman Abramovich and his unlimited stash of money has given this club it over the last two years.

In the last nine years only one side that has won the Community (Charity) Shield, has gone on to win the Premiership in the same season. It was Chelsea that bucked the trend last year.

Now we can look forward to the new EPL season's spills and thrills and everything in between when the campaign starts soon.

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