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Chelsea News And Links: Thursday 22nd March

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As well as being a really annoying footballer, this man is also really, really ugly. Yeah.
As well as being a really annoying footballer, this man is also really, really ugly. Yeah.

The biggest news of the day is the apparent shock horror that Chelsea are not actually as good as Manchester City anymore! Shock horror! The defeat this morning places a big emphasis on this weekend's game against Spurs, especially after their general terribleness against Stoke. At least one team in London managed to beat Stoke this year.

I've finished exams now, so hopefully these link posts can get back into my routine again. To the links!

Chelsea vs. Manchester City reaction

Manchester City 2 Chelsea 1: match report - Telegraph

There was also an amusing verbal joust between the fans. When Chelsea supporters broke into "there’s only one team in Europe", City fans hit back instantly with "you’re just the third team in London".

Five talking points from Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea | Jamie Jackson | The Guardian

Standing throughout like a diminutive doorman in the technical area, the Villas-Boas raincoat replaced by a coat of fine Italian wool, the man in black offered a hand to a verse of "There's only one Di Matteo" from the delirious travelling support.

Silly rumour of the day

Football transfer rumours: Demba Ba to Chelsea? | Football |
Demba Ba? I'd take him, because his play is fairly awesome, but I do worry for any striker that ever comes to Stamford Bridge again. Torres has scarred me.

News from around the football world after the jump...

Coppa Italia Semifinals: Juventus Beat Milan, Napoli Victorious Over Siena -
Napoli recovered from their Chelsea mishap to take themselves into the Coppa Italia final, which promises to be a superb match up on May 21st.

Benfica's Estadio Da Luz To Host 2014 UEFA Champions League Final -
Our Champions League opponents have something to look forward to in 2014, as their home ground will play host to the Final of the European competition. So, Luiz and Ramires to make it a hat trick of Champions Leagues in their home ground?

Indian Soccer Player Suffers Cardiac Arrest On Pitch, Dies - From Our Editors -
It's important to remember in light of Fabrice Muamba's miraculous recovery, there are some all too similar to him that aren't quite as lucky.

If you read one thing today (and you better have a lot of time)...

José Mourinho: Unsavoury but undoubted (Part 1) " Back Page Football

José Mourinho: Unsavoury but undoubted (Part 2) " Back Page Football

NB: I have some weird thing going on when I link Back Page Football - when I post a story, whatever the article's about suddenly has a huge development. For example, I linked a piece from BPF about AVB's eight months in charge, and two days later he was sacked. So, I guess I'm posting this in a bit of blind hope as well. But do read it, it actually is excellent.

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