Chelsea 3 Birmingham 0: Carlo trades in diamond and hits the jackpot

28 January 2010 08:22
If this was about making a statement of intent, Chelsea certainly delivered. Carlo Ancelotti's side returned to the top of the Barclays Premier League table by ending Birmingham's club record 15-match unbeaten run in emphatic style.

Birmingham may have held Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City to draws and can claim to have been the only side to have stopped Chelsea scoring in a game this season in the 0-0 draw at St Andrew's on Boxing Day but there was no shame in the manner of Wednesday night's defeat.

As Arsenal stumbled at Aston Villa, Chelsea were a team on a mission; intent on reclaiming the top spot after Manchester United sneaked, almost unnoticed, to the summit of the Premier League on Saturday.

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In his programme notes, Ancelotti stressed Chelsea had 'theopportunity to show why we were top of the league before Arsenal andManchester United played their extra games', emphasising 'it isimportant that we return to the top as quickly as possible'.

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Source: Daily_Mail