As we eagerly await Sunday’s massive Premier League fixture between Liverpool and Chelsea it’s that time again to take a trip down memory lane and revisit our game at Anfield on the opening day of the 2003/04 season.
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As we all know much had changed at Chelsea in the summer of 2003 with Roman Abramovich taking over as owner of the club. Many players were brought in and there was much anticipation and excitement amongst supporters. All eyes were on our opening match away at Liverpool which was covered live on Sky Sports.
Cudicini, Johnson (Gallas 73 mins), Terry, Desailly, Bridge, Gronkjaer, Geremi, Veron, Lampard, Duff (J.Cole 75 mins), Gudjohnsen (Hasselbaink 45 mins)
Result: Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea
Liverpool Goal: Owen (pen) (79 mins)
Chelsea Goals: Veron (25 mins), Hasselbaink (87)
Chelsea opened the scoring on 25 minutes as Jesper Gronkjaer crossed from the right to Juan Sebastian Veron who swept the ball home in front of the Kop end.
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Wayne Bridge brought down El Hadj Diouf in the penalty area on 79 minutes and conceded a penalty. Michael Owen stepped up and put it wide. To everyone’s disbelief the referee made Owen take it again due to a slight encroachment which you see when many penalties are taken. Owen scored this time and the score was now 1-1.
A fantastic ball over the top from Frank Lampard on 87 minutes allowed Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to jiggle the ball one way then another and shoot hard and low with the ball nestling into the far corner in front of the jubilant Chelsea fans. The game finished 2-1 to Chelsea.
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A similar result and performance on Sunday will be very much welcome. A very tough game for Chelsea which I feel many fans would be very happy with a point.
Come On Chelsea!
Written By Chris Wright