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‘You here to see some class football, Sven?’ chirped one of a gaggle of Blue autograph hunters swarming around the England coach on his way into the ground. It was a reasonable enough question, given the capacity for Chelsea and Middlesbrough to entertain. Unfortunately Eriksson, at Stamford Bridge to peruse Authentic Prada Bags Outlet Online eight English players – a decent return these days – didn’t Authentic Prada Outlet Online Uk have the consolation of witnessing an abundance of online class from the assembled Italians, Africans et al.
Chelsea edged a tensely competitive and largely forgettable encounter through Celestine Babayaro’s first goal of the season. With five clean sheets on the spin in the League it was enough to keep Claudio Ranieri’s increasingly consistent side in sight of the Premiership pacesetters. Middlesbrough, for all their rapid progress this campaign, are enduring something of a blip and have won only one in five. They may take comfort from the fact Chelsea will not have to work much harder Authentic Prada Nylon Messenger Bag to eke out three points.
‘We’re going to score in a minute,’ chorused the home support 60 seconds before kick- off, no doubt hoping for a replica of the lightning start that began a romp last week against Birmingham City. But Middlesbrough are a harder nut to crack.
Fresh from denting Liverpool’s reputation last weekend, Boro arrived full of confidence and concentration. This was billed as Authentic Prada Handbags Uk a meeting between two of the Premiership’s more aesthetically pleasing teams, but a sterile first half saw off any hopes of a thriller. Giving nothing away was a stronger impulse than attacking.
A rare moment of penetration might have seen the visitors take the lead, but for over-ambitious Best Prada Outlet In Milan judgement on Black Leather Prada Milano Purse the part of Massimo Maccarone. Surging on to Szilard Nemeth’s clever pass, the Italian forced Carlo Cudicini to make a smart double save at his near post. Maccarone made the wrong choice, electing to shoot from an improbable angle when Geremi, unmarked to his right, was facing an Authentic Prada Trainers open goal.
Chelsea fared little better. Well stifled by Boro’s uncompromising back four, when they did spy a way through they found Mark Schwarzer in alert mood. Gianfranco Zola went closest, pouncing on Graeme Le Saux’s left-footed lay-off, but his flick was foiled by Are Prada Mens Shoes Worth It Schwarzer’s smart save.
Thankfully, some much-appreciated fire was breathed into proceedings immediately after the interval. Ninety seconds in and Chelsea were ahead. Zola, had the vision to prise the game open with a looping pass for Babayaro. The Nigerian dinked inside Geremi and scooped the ball casually round Schwarzer.
With Jesper Gronkjaer on at half time for Jody Morris, Le Saux switched to the left Authentic Prada Leather Handbag flank, giving Chelsea better balance and thrust and they went in search of more. Boro’s response depended on increasingly hopeful punts for Maccarone to chase, and Geremi’s dead-ball deliveries. Neither strategy proved rewarding.
Boro coach Steve McClaren changed his strike force 20 minutes from time and Alen Boksic almost scored with his first touch. Later he saw a volley deflected over.
Let’s hope Sven has a more rewarding time watching his Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Dresses Uk players soothed by mud packs and fuelled with cabbage juice this week.