Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool: Johnson wins it late


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“An excellent tactical battle ended with Liverpool snatching the three points. Andre Villas-Boas went for Didier Drogba over Fernando Torres upfront. David Luiz played alongside John Terry, with Branslav Ivanovic at right-back. Kenny Dalglish surprisingly selected Maxi Rodriguez, excellent at Stamford Bridge last season, on the left. Craig Bellamy played just off Luis Suarez upfront. A few phases of the game here – Liverpool were better in the first half, Chelsea took command in the second, and then Liverpool clawed themselves back into the game late on.” Zonal Marking

Chelsea 1 – 2 Liverpool
“Glen Johnson scored a sensational late winner to earn Liverpool three vital Premier League points at his old club Chelsea. Former Blues full-back Johnson netted a brilliant solo effort to inflict his old club’s third defeat in four league matches and leave both teams 12 points behind Manchester City.” ESPN

Chelsea’s defeat by Liverpool piles pressure on André Villas-Boas
“André Villas-Boas has claimed he retains the support of the Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, after a third defeat in four Premier League matches cast his side further adrift in the title race. The loss to Liverpool, confirmed by the former Chelsea player Glen Johnson’s late goal, condemned the London side to successive home league defeats for the first time in the Abramovich era to leave them 12 points off Manchester City at the summit. The team still appear riddled by defensive frailties and are now one of four clubs on 22 points, suggesting even their long-term place in the top four should be considered in doubt.” Guardian

Villas-Boas rues ‘big blow’ to title hopes
“Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas was in sombre mood after his side’s 2-1 home loss to Liverpool, describing it as ‘one step closer to an even more difficult situation’. Villas-Boas became the first Blues manager since Claudio Ranieri to oversee two successive home defeats in the Premier League, after former Chelsea defender Glen Johnson scored a late winner for Kenny Dalglish’s visitors.” ESPN

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