Yet another season’s renewal of this old rivalry between the Red Devils and the Blues, will Chelsea be given an old fashioned thumping at the Theatre of Dreams.
Chelsea seem to be driven by the need to win a European Cup, as quoted by Sir Alex Ferguson, United who have previously won the cup on three occasions appear to be in a more relaxed mood, holding a slender 1 – 0 lead from the first leg at Stamford Bridge. Rooney being the hero of the day scoring an important first half goal, giving the Red Devils the advantage over there obsessed rivals. In United’s three previous wins in this prestigious competition they already have one up on there pretenders by beating them on penalties in the 2008 final, how much will this play on the minds of the Abramovich Blue Army. Of Course Chelsea MUST win at Old Trafford not an easy place to go this season with United’s home track record, this ground has become a stronghold where even the brave have perished and been given a London escort from the theatre of dreams.
Chelsea has expended £50m on one Fernando Torres, purchased from Liverpool in the January transfer window. Torres has not shown the same form for Chelsea as was evident at Anfield, in his time with Liverpool, which goes some way to supporting the Ferguson theory that Chelsea the London Based footballing superstars are Obsessed with this competition. Added to that fact this is possibly the only realistic chance that Chelsea have of gaining silverware this season, which intensifies the importance to his game.
With United still in with a chance of pulling of the Treble, The Premiership League Title, FA Cup and every European teams dream the very prestigious European Cup the odds must favour a Manchester United Win, Fergy and the Red Devils are looking more composed and much more willing to fight for the right this season, The hunger is back in the camp and the glory is within touching distance of this formidable team, who will possibly taking Chelsea out of the competition.
On the flip side of the coin there is an air of familiarity which needs to be heeded by United, too much complacency and a slender lead could very quickly be wiped out. Many European team have come to Old Trafford trailing by a single goal, and gone away empty and rejected, however Chelsea play here on a more regular basis, with an intimate understanding of the Ground, pitch, fans and more importantly the team, unless Manchester United focus 100 percent on this tie they could be the ones going away with the gut wrenching feeling of desperation and defeat.