Premier League football returns this weekend after a positive International Break. Chelsea travel to Cardiff on Sunday so it’s time to look back on a classic encounter during the 2013/14 season.
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It was the final game of the season where Chelsea had already secured a Champions League spot and Cardiff were already relegated. However both Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to finish the season on a high.
The game would signal the end of Ashley Cole’s fantastic Chelsea career and was named captain of the team by Jose. Notable absentees from the team were John Terry (injury) and Frank Lampard (illness). It was a perfect opportunity for fringe and youth players to impress.
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Schwarzer, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Kalas, A.Cole (c), Mikel (Schurrle 66 mins), Matic, Salah (Ake 79 mins), Oscar, Hazard (Swift 89), Torres
Cardiff City 1-2 Chelsea
Cardiff Goals: Azpilicueta (15 og)
Chelsea Goals: Schurrle (72), Torres (75)
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During the early stages Fernando Torres had a great chance to open the scoring but Caulker superbly blocked his shot after his own initial error.
Against the run of play it was Cardiff who took the lead. A 25 yard shot from Craig Bellamy deflected off Azpilicueta and gave Schwarzer no chance.
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Mohamed Salah missed several chances in the first half as did Eden Hazard and Oscar.
During the second half Chelsea created more chances but failed to take them. Andre Schurrle came off the bench in the 66th minute and six minutes later he equalised as he followed up a save from an Azpilicueta header.
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Just three minutes later Chelsea took the lead. The ball dropped to Fernando Torres in the box and he cleverly turned and tucked away a straight forward finish.
The game finished 2-1 to Chelsea and all the applause from the Chelsea fans was directed at club legend Ashley Cole. Chelsea finished the season in third position four points behind Champions Manchester City. As for Cardiff, they finished the season bottom of the Premier League and would have to prepare for life in the Championship.
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Sunday is a game Chelsea should win although with indifferent results this season it would suggest no guarantee. Similar to the 2013/14 season Cardiff are battling relegation while Chelsea hope to qualify for the Champions League.
Come On Chelsea!
Written By Chris Wright