Chelsea (H) Pre/Post-Match Discussion

Chelsea (H) Pre/Post-Match Discussion
November 2, 2010 Gary Fulcher

DATE: 7/11/2010

VENUE: Anfield

KICK OFF: 4PM

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Liverpool’s record against Chelsea in the Premier League can be defined in two parts; pre-Abramovich takeover and post-Abramovich takeover.  Prior to the Russian billionaire’s heavy investment in Chelsea, the Stamford Bridge outfit had not won at Anfield since the Premier League began. That soon changed on the opening weekend of the 2003/04 campaign as Chelsea’s expensively assembled side (then managed by Claudio Ranieri) ran out 2 – 1 winners. Chelsea went on to win five out of the next six Premier League games against Liverpool, including two more victories at Anfield before Rafa Benitez stopped their league dominance over us with a 2 – 0 victory in January 2007. Chelsea then failed to beat Liverpool in any of the next five league meetings, before the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti – at the start of the 2009/10 season –  saw Chelsea once again record a league double over us, a feat that has been achieved three times in the Premier League and all three came after Abramovich became owner.