The Return of the Grant : Chelsea v Portsmouth

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=avram+grant&iid=3207062″ src=”b/c/4/a/f7.JPG?adImageId=8377384&imageId=3207062″ width=”234″ height=”200″ /]Once upon a time, on a cold evening in London, Chelsea football club was abuzz with excitement. The fans watched expectantly as the incredibly handsome John Terry lead out his men at Stamford Bridge to play against Everton.  Surely, this would be the day that the glorious CFC extened their 2 point lead to go a super 5 points ahead of Manchester United. We were gonna win. Everton fans in the stands not wanting to show fear cheered their team knowing all the while that they would need a miracle to beat Chelsea that evening. The referee (who wasn’t the t*** called Howard Webb) blew his whistle and Chelsea fans started to count the ways they could taunt their insane friends who supported Manchester United.

Alas, Chelsea lads being  generous, loving and wonderful couldn’t bear the thought of taking such a clear lead of 5 points. The defense felt it was just not fair to their competition and they decided not to defend any Everton set piece whatsoever. Manchester United deserved some leeway you can’t pit work-horses against thoroughbreds! It was Christmas after all! So we gave away two points and drew 3-3 against Everton.

A good deed however always pay-off. Someone, somewhere was watching the Chelsea lads enchanting, selfless generosity and decided to reward the Blues. Title contenders (don’t you dare call them title defenders!) Manchester United took on Aston Villa in a match which everyone expected them to win to go level on points with Chelsea at the top of the table. But remember, generosity pays…. Aston Villa beat them and in the process ended their horrible record against Manchester United since the 80s! Chelsea on the day of their incredibly selfless deed of dropping 2 points, in total gained 1 point. Sigh, a wonderful heartwarming football Christmas tale for the young and old alike!!

Alright, now Chelsea are 3 points ahead of Manchester United at the top of the Premier League table… don’t blow it! Enough with the Christmas spirit, winning part of the spirit too! We play portsmouth this evening who are at the bottom of the table and c’mon Blues lets keep it that way. Manchester United have already played their game against Wolverhampton, the wimps didn’t show up! The manager Mick McCarthy made 10 changes to the side that defeated Tottenham on Saturday and then watched his team lose 3-0. I am so glad the Premier League have asked for an explanation from him. Speaking of managers, our ex-manager Avram Grant (the guy who replaced Jose) is now the manager of Portsmouth and this is his first match against us since he took over. He managed to take us to the Finals of the Champions League and well, wasn’t very pleased when the club sacked him.

“When I was sacked I was surprised,” said Grant. “I don’t know if I would have stayed had we won [in Moscow]. The chairman [Roman Abramovich] said that it was my fault that John Terry missed the penalty, and it was my fault that we hadn’t started the season so well. He forgot I was not there in the beginning.”

Although his criticisms of Chelsea hierarchy were delivered with a smile, I am sure  he is looking for revenge and losing 3 points right now will hurt! Portsmouth, however will be without Kaboul who is serving a one-match ban. Steve Finnan and Kevin-Prince Boateng who both missed their last game due to viruses, could be available to return at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea on the other hand will  be without the Drog, who hurt his back in training but Alex comes back and will be replacing Ricardo Carvalho in tonight’s game  which if Chelsea just keep their heads looks like an easy 3 points. Cmon Chels. ktbffh.

Possible Starting XI

Chelsea: Cech, Terry, A Cole, Alex, Ivanovic, Lampard, Mikel, Ballack, Anelka, Kalou, J Cole

Portsmouth: James, Hreidarsson, Ben-Haim, Hughes, Finnan, Wilson, Yebda, O’Hara, Brown, Boateng, Dindane

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