Date:Thursday April 21 2011
Florent Malouda scored twice, one in each half as Chelsea had no trouble in beating Blues 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
The home side looked like they could once again challenge to keep the title, but I would say it`s too late now, although you never know in football with the difference in points now being sic points and five games to play.
Ancelotti's side are due to visit Old Trafford on May 8th, they must win that to keep the heat on United.
Blues on the other hand, face an anxious few weeks as they desperately try to move away from the drop zone.
Although a defeat at Stamford Bridge may not have come as a surprise, it was still disappointing to see City get off such a poor start.
There was no Fernando Torres in the starting line-up, but even without the ever dangerous striker (ha ha ha ), Chelsea were in front after just three minutes when Malouda turned home from Drogba's flick,
Kalou then doubled the lead in the 26th minute, evading two tackles before curling home an excellent drive from 25 yards.
Any hopes Birmingham might have had of staging a recovery disappeared in the 62nd minute when Malouda headed his second from Ryan Bertrand's cross.
However, there was a City goal for fans to shout about after David Luiz had brought down Matt Derbyshire in the area on 77 mins, and after a bit of arguing in the ranks as to who was going to take the kick, Seb Larsson fired home.
Chelsea: Cech; Ferreira, David Luiz, Terry, Cole, (Bertrand,56); Essien, Mikel, Lampard; Kalou (Torres, 67), Drogba, Malouda (Anelka, 67).
Subs (not used): Turnbull, Ivanovic, Benayoun, Zhirkov.
Birmingham City: Foster; Carr, Johnson, Ridgewell, Parnaby (Davies,79); Larsson, Gardner, Ferguson, Fahey; Hleb(Bentley,70); Jerome (Derbyshire,70).
Subs (not used): Doyle, Bowyer, Phillips, Beausejour, Davies.
Ref: Mike Jones
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