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Stoke City 0-0 Chelsea | Barclays Premier League

By | 14th August 2011

Chelsea became the third member of the traditional “Big Four” to drop points on opening weekend as they could only muster a 0-0 draw against Stoke this afternoon. Andre Villas-Boas will be disappointed with his side’s lack of a cutting edge, but Stoke boss Tony Pulis will be pleased with his side’s resilience.

The only real chance in the match came after the introduction of French striker Nicolas Anelka, who replaced Florent Malouda. Anelka cut in from the left hand side before chipping Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, but the Bosnian got just enough of the ball to tip it onto the crossbar.

Chelsea also thought they were deserving of at least one penalty, with replays indicating that a foul on Frank Lampard in the box could have been judged a foul. Nonetheless, neither side really deserved the victory, and a point apiece can be viewed as a fair result.

Stoke fans will be pleased to see the partnership of Ryan Shawcross and Jonathan Woodgate already combining for a clean sheet, and Stoke will be looking forward to another strong season in the Premier League.

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  1. DHowMagic says:

    “With replays indicating that a foul on Frank Lampard in the box could have been judged a foul”…

    If you actually watched that play, you would realize it WAS a penalty, not could have been!

    And Blues deserved 2 win…they had 7 shots on target to Stoke’s 1 and had a 66-34 edge in possession percentage plus that clear PK for Lamps. Please do proper research and watch football matches before making random nonsense conclusions.

  2. Charles says:

    Chelsea scores is not suprising. Man united still remains the team to beat

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