EPL Super Six: Blues show big-game temperament

EPL Super Six: Blues show big-game temperament
Branislav Ivanovic turned in a great performance during the match against Liverpool which personified the tenacity of this Chelsea team.


The performance wasn't pretty but it was as effective as Jose Mourinho wanted it to be.

Despite this game being sandwiched between two Champions League semi-final matches, Chelsea somehow mustered the energy and resistance to grind out a 2-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

It hauled them back into title contention and it also seemed to have derailed the Reds' trophy hopes.

Mourinho's blueprint for success was no different from the stifling strategy they employed to get a 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon last week.

Often with six, seven men in their deepest line, they repelled whatever Liverpool could throw at them.

Special attention was given to star striker Luis Suarez.

Two defenders were always in position to guard each flank to limit the damage Liverpool's overlapping fullbacks could do.

Demba Ba got the first goal after a mistake by Steven Gerrard left him with only the goalkeeper to beat.

The second, by Willian in the dying seconds of the match, was classic smash-and-grab stuff.

The visitors displayed very little ambition, but plenty of pluck.

When combined, it turned into a very potent mix.

Kudos to Chelsea for pulling this out of the hat, something which not many foresaw.

It reminds you of how good Mourinho is in the big games.

He wasn't lucky.

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