• FT

    Chelsea

    5

    Man Utd

    4

  • FT

    Norwich

    2

    Tottenham

    1

  • FT

    Liverpool

    1

    Swansea

    3

CAPITAL ONE CUP

Stamford Bridge, England

Referee: L Mason | Attendance: 41126

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Chelsea

  • David Luiz 31' PEN
  • Gary Cahill 52'
  • Eden Hazard 90' +4' PEN
  • Daniel Sturridge 97'
  • Ramires 116'

5 - 4

FT

Manchester United

  • Ryan Giggs 22'
  • Javier Hernández 43'
  • Nani 59'
  • Ryan Giggs 120' PEN
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    James Tyler: Night!

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    James Tyler: So, there's your lot. Now, trick or treaters at the door. Have a good evening, all. Boot Rooms are the best rooms. Thanks to all of you for taking part.

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    [Comment from Lee Mason]
    Phewwwwwwwwwwwww

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    James Tyler: And Lee Mason didn't send 10 people off. Miracles DO happen.

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    Roger Bennett: Thank you lord. Trick or treat. Follow us on twitter.

    @rogbennett is me

    @jamestylerespn is the smart bloke

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    James Tyler: An absolutely barmy bonkers game.

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    James Tyler: FULL TIME: Chelsea 5, Man United 4.

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    James Tyler: THERE IT IS

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    James Tyler: Hazard hits the post on the counter-attack... game not dead yet....

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    [Comment from FergieTime]
    until they tie

  •  

    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    I believe you're asking how much Fergie Time, Rog.

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    James Tyler: Good stat, MC.

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    Roger Bennett: Giggs looks older than George Burns right now

  •  

    [Comment from Match Commentator]
    24 goals in last 4 Man U/Chelsea ties. Unreal.

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    James Tyler: Lee Mason's waiting, delaying, stretching it out...

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    [Comment from RAH]
    Please just let it end

  •  

    [Comment from Arsenal and Reading]
    9 goals? Wow, why so few?

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    James Tyler: 121st...

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    James Tyler: Into the 120th minute...

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    Roger Bennett: How much added time? I am watching on French TV...

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    James Tyler: Nah. Azpi's missed chances to score, good moving forward but less than robust at the back.

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    Roger Bennett: Last minute of extra time...

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    [Comment from CJ]
    I assume you're referring to Chicharito having the poor game...Azpi's been quite good.

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    [Comment from bombscarejr433]
    Attack Attack Attack

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    Roger Bennett: 9 goals. And no red cards HOW CAN THIS BE LORD?

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    James Tyler: Ryan Giggs sends Cech the other way.

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    Roger Bennett: Giggs. oh lord.

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR UNITED

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    James Tyler: Missed two clear scoring chances and now this.

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    James Tyler: Penalty to United.... Chicharito bundles over by Azpilicueta, who's had a rather poor game tonight.

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    James Tyler: NOT SO FAST

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    Roger Bennett: Nothing. Unless they can reverse time... absolutely nothing

  •  

    [Comment from Fc]
    What does this win mean for Chelsea?

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD: Giggs is cautioned for lumping down Moses from behind. Crowd spits and boos.

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    Roger Bennett: Giggs gets a yellow for old times sake

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    James Tyler: Sturridge wants another. He, Moses and Hazard have been menacing in the final hour or so.

  •  

    [Comment from Jet_SJ]
    its amazing when a GK plays well but still concedes 5.

  •  

    [Comment from AC]
    Stamford Bridge stewards can finally relax

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    James Tyler: Ferguson won't care. Why? He got the three league points.

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    [Comment from Brian]
    Chelsea celbrating like Rooney, RVP, Scholes, Evra, Ferdinand and Vidic played in this game for Man U

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    James Tyler: Nani lifts one comfortably wide. Stamford Bridge begins to rock and bounce, fans relaxing a little now.

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    James Tyler: Evan, was more like "Um how do we stop this person Hazard"

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    Roger Bennett: Fraction Experts Please Help

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    [Comment from Evan]
    Three United defenders standing there watching.

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    [Comment from Casey]
    Never say never, this could still end 5-7

  •  

    [Comment from Autoglass]
    A comeback to 5-3 ain't quite a comeback to 7-5, now, is it?

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    [Comment from Charlie]
    I love that when Ramires was through, THREE United defenders just stood there and watched him

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    [Comment from Travis]
    Chelsea really went all out with the big names for this didn't they?

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    James Tyler: THAT SHOULD DO IT

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    James Tyler: Lovely jinking run by Hazard, cheeky through ball and Ramires does the rest.

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    [Comment from Lee Mason]
    Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, i can go home

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    Roger Bennett: Chelsea celebrating as if it is Ramires' Bar Mitzvah

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    Roger Bennett: Ramires. remember the name.

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR CHELSEA

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    James Tyler: United pressure doesn't pay off and Hazard breaks upfield, slots Ramires in and he rounds Lindegaard.

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    James Tyler: There really isn't one. I don't think. Played a youth squad, saw some nice things, will be encouraged by Nick Powell's progress. That's about it. Will also feel aggrieved about the penalty against Wootton.

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    [Comment from Shawn]
    That his youngsters aren't half bad, Michael.

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    [Comment from Michael_Bush]
    So, what is the take away for SAF from this match?

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    James Tyler: Powell gets stepped on by Ramires. Lee Mason forcibly scribbles the Brazilian's name into his naughty book.

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    James Tyler: Yeah, they'll find a way to muck it up.

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    Roger Bennett: 11,000 kids have trick or treated on my front door since ET began. I expect to have been royally TP'd.

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    [Comment from Autoglass]
    Just realized that if Chelsea hold on, there would be no United, Spurs or Liverpool in the draw. Does this mean that Arsenal might win something this year? Certainly not.

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    James Tyler: into the 114th minute of this one.

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    Roger Bennett: Attack. Attack. Attack. Not very orig

  •  

    [Comment from chants]
    what are man utd fans chanting now

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    James Tyler: Having trouble getting the ball out of its half at the moment....

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    [Comment from Jim]
    What happened to United's counterattacking?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: NFL punter career beckons?

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    James Tyler: He had a couple of loans but is indeed still knocking about.

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    [Comment from Jesse N.]
    me too shawn, love to see how high sturridge can hit a ball.

  •  

    [Comment from Jake Nazar]
    Wait, Macheda still plays for Manchester United!? I thought they just let him stay home all the time and collect his paycheck he is that bad.

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    [Comment from C.J.]
    Stunning save by Lindegaard. He's been exceptional.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Moses to seal it on the break but Lindegaard rebuffs his low shot with his outstretched leg. United scrambles it clear.

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    James Tyler: I don't. Tunnicliffe does but he scoops a volley into the crowd from the top of the box.

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    [Comment from Shawn]
    I want penalties. There. I said it.

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    James Tyler: No -- we have children who demand Halloween candy.

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    [Comment from AC]
    You guys going to stick around for the draw?

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    Roger Bennett: This is like watching Macheda's farewell tour

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    James Tyler: Cahill thumps another one clear. United not dead yet.

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    James Tyler: Just about scrambled clear by Moses.

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    Roger Bennett: Ten minutes to go

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    James Tyler: Azpilicueta deflects one out for a United corner. Set pieces represent United's best chance for an equalizer.

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    Roger Bennett: Good if you are a manchester united fan

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    James Tyler: Lattimore. Not even close. Awful.

  •  

    [Comment from Torres Fan]
    How has Sturridge looked?

  •  

    [Comment from Dan]
    Rog and JT, which was worse: Puyol's latest injury or South Carolina's Lattimore?

  •  

    James Tyler: As I type, Sturridge tries to seal it from the edge of the box but curls one miles over the bar.

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    [Comment from C.J.]
    I really like Oscar as a deeper-lying playmaker. Opens up the actual middle of the field, and doesn't allow 4-4-2's to pile on pressure on the two pivots of the 4-5-1.

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    James Tyler: Hazard or Mata. The former revitalized this game. Impressed with Moses though he's waned as the game's gone on. The sentimentalist in me might give Sturridge a shout for his redemptive performance after the first half.

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    Roger Bennett: Oscar playing as if he thinks this is a Premier League game. what a gent to watch. his control is a thing of wonder.

  •  

    [Comment from bruisedblue]
    JT who is your MOTM so far?

  •  

    James Tyler: After this

  •  

    [Comment from AC]
    When is the draw for the next round?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: We love to moan about stuff in England, LFC Fan

  •  

    [Comment from LFC Fan]
    If everyone thinks the league cup is a joke, why even play it?

  •  

    James Tyler: Chance for CHelsea! Good hustle by Moses to win it back in the corner, Sturridge (now growing in confidence) muscles infield and rifles one narrowly over the bar!

  •  

    [Comment from Misty]
    I think there was a bit of a psychological need for Chelsea players to win after two defeats.

  •  

    James Tyler: As well you'd expect, Brian! United's backline rather young.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: United "asking all the questions"

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    The blend of youth and experience has lead to some interesting scores...

  •  

    James Tyler: Powell fouled. Free kick, United, 25 yards out. Defended out for a throw-in

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    Roger Bennett: Fergie to his team: Let's lose this and get out of here...

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  •  

    James Tyler: Into the second bonus fifteen. Let this one end...

  •  

    [Comment from Shawn]
    It's awesome. The NFL needs a League Cup. Those pansies only play 11 minutes a game, 16 games a year and whine about it.

  •  

    [Comment from Ian (LFC)]
    (from California) - Always loved the League Cup. It's the NCAA tournament of the EPL.

  •  

    [Comment from Henri]
    League Cup is still better than MLS and thus still worth watching.

  •  

    [Comment from Jake Nazar]
    Rog, I think it's brilliant. Except I've known about it for years.

  •  

    [Comment from Tom]
    it's awesome!

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    [Comment from Charlie]
    I want more, Rog! Extra Time!

  •  

    [Comment from Lee Mason]
    Noo, i don't want penalties

  •  

    James Tyler: Quite possible. Does feel like there was revenge to be gained from a good result in this one.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: America -- what do you think of this League Cup Thing?

  •  

    [Comment from Travis]
    Di Matteo really went for this I think, on a personal level, and I think Chelsea will suffer in the next games from exhaustion.

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    James Tyler: As do I, Shawn.

  •  

    [Comment from Shawn]
    I personally think it's impressive that United's youngsters have made life so hard for the high-priced first team from West London.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: half time. extra time. Sturridge walks over to Chelsea bench to receive a one-man standing O from MattCFC

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    James Tyler: Lindegaard got a glove to it!

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    James Tyler: Luiz pings a free kick off the crossbar!

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    [Comment from CJ]
    Complete let of for Keane. If Clattenberg were refereeing, that would have been a red.

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    James Tyler: No. Rarely happens to Arsenal's kids if they lose in similar fashion. Think there's a tacit understanding with this stuff. Play kids and get respected. Unless you're Alan Hansen. He thinks you'll never win with kids.

  •  

    [Comment from MC]
    Mason with another terrible decision that has to be red. Same situation that Young got Ivanovic sent off from

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    Roger Bennett: d: no. this is not big news. fun to watch though.

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    Roger Bennett: Yellow to Keane for some panicked defending. United looking what they are. young and inexperienced. and out of energy...

  •  

    [Comment from d]
    JT / Rog - Do the United youngsters get crusified by the press here if they lose?

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD: Keane in the book for chopping Sturridge down from behind as the striker bullied en route to goal.

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    James Tyler: They started Carragher, Joe Cole and also Jordan Henderson at right-back.

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    Roger Bennett: Liverpool won't mind though. Their focus is on grabbing a mediocre slot in the middle of the table. League Cup just a diversion

  •  

    [Comment from In other news]
    What do you guys think of Liverpool today? Trailing 3-1 now if anyone has noticed...

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Swansea grab a third

  •  

    James Tyler: Chance for Chelsea! Free kick flicked on by Sturridge to Cahill but it whizzes wide. Close.

  •  

    James Tyler: Not particularly. If they do, it's going to be on the break. Chelsea's stars really flexing.

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    Roger Bennett: Brilliant Jake

  •  

    [Comment from Neo]
    do united look like scoring?

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    [Comment from Jake Nazar]
    For Matt: Daniel Andre Sturridge (born 1 September 1989) is an English footballer who plays for Chelsea and the England national team. He is primarily a striker, although he has been deployed as a winger for Chelsea. He is known for his pace, dribbling skills, a powerful long-range shot and his ability to play as a striker or a right winger.

  •  

    [Comment from Kevin]
    Hard to make a point with (CFC) next to your name

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Agreed. Hazard getting a lot of press but what Oscar adds to Chelsea is remarkable

  •  

    [Comment from LL]
    Oscar will be a fine player for years and years. Obviously has attacking flair, but tough and very tactically disciplined.

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    James Tyler: Matt, you're just biased.

  •  

    James Tyler: Daniel Sturridge onside again but can't score this time. Giggs dispossessed Mata at the top of the box.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Go on Matt

  •  

    [Comment from Matt(CFC)]
    I wish you 2 would do some research on sturridge and stop talking.

  •  

    [Comment from Jesse N.]
    A portrait of Christiano Ronaldo.

  •  

    [Comment from Paul]
    The referee's pen

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    Roger Bennett: Love to see that from Oscar. The Intimidator.

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    James Tyler: Nani of course took affront at being tackled. Oscar got an earful of abuse. Lee "Disgrace" Mason played mediator.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Drakkar Noir

  •  

    James Tyler: iPod nano, lip gloss, can of pepper spray.

  •  

    [Comment from Jake]
    What do you suppose Nani keeps in his handbag?

  •  

    James Tyler: Uh oh. Nani with a bit of a fracas on the sideline. Cech is over there to mediate.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesHMartin via Twitter]
    Nani has his handbag out, so watch out!

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Chamakh last night. Danny tonight...

  •  

    [Comment from GFOP Cody]
    NEVER IN DOUBT

  •  

    [Comment from Sturridge]
    I'm just doing my Chamakh impression. Watch me double my tally during stoppage time!

  •  

    [Comment from Travis]
    Sturridge will score the next goal as well, for United

  •  

    James Tyler: Sorry, Scott Wootton.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: That goal was about as common as a lunar eclipse, or a unicorn. cool and composed vintage Sturridge

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    James Tyler: Poor defensive header and he races onto it and can't miss, one vs. one

  •  

    James Tyler: Well, give him 3,000 chances and he'll score the 3001st.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: buy a lottery ticket people...

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  •  

    James Tyler: It had to be. It had to be. HAD TO BE.

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    James Tyler: GOAL CHELSEA

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    Roger Bennett: STURRIDGE

  •  

    [Comment from Match Commentator]
    At the end of the day, Daniel Sturridge is still a really good player in FIFA '13.

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    And for dessert, a Denver Omelette topped with pure high fructose corn syrup

  •  

    [Comment from Fernando Torres]
    I can not score better than Sturridge!

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Sturridge playing as if Torres is whispering in his ear Cyrano De Bergerac style

  •  

    [Comment from Simon]
    Sturridge. You know the next goal is gonna come with sturridge.

  •  

    [Comment from Kevin]
    Chelsea really need a precise striker in their reserves. Marouane Chamakh might be available.

  •  

    James Tyler: Do you think the two players share notes? Torres and Sturridge, I mean.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: IHOP UPDATE: Andersen has apparently waded through a Pick-A-Pancake Combo, downed a SIMPLE & FIT Turkey Bacon Omelette, and is washing it down with a Strawberry Banana Danish Fruit Crepes

  •  

    [Comment from Adam]
    Sturridge channeling is inner Torres, again! Impressive, really.

  •  

    James Tyler: Hazard.

  •  

    [Comment from RAH]
    Predictions on next goal scorer?

  •  

    James Tyler: Chance for Sturridge is blocked by Powell on the slide! Good cut-back cross finds the England striker unmarked but he can't beat the young United midfielder.

  •  

    James Tyler: Yes, sadly.

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    Did Sturridge just shot from the touchline AGAIN???

  •  

    James Tyler: I think it does matter, LFC fan. After the pain and anger of Sunday, this one's personal.

  •  

    [Comment from Lfc fan]
    Does this ggame really matter to Chelsea?? They'll probably play a reserve side against their next oppenent

  •  

    James Tyler: Oh, Daniel Sturridge. Lindegaard well off his line, Sturridge loses composure and instead of passing infield for Mata who had a better angle, Daniel S fires at Lindegaard from an acute angle. It doesn't go in. Amazing, really.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: By the way, i decided to go as Dr. Zaf Iqbal from Being: Liverpool tonight

  •  

    [Comment from Tanto]
    What? No one said Being: Liverpool?

  •  

    James Tyler: Oh, you.

  •  

    [Comment from bombscarejr433]
    When can United supporters start complaining about how the referee is against us and were bought by Chelsea? I'm just teasing of course. We bought this ref already so it'll be going our way in the end.

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    James Tyler: 30 more minutes of this. You have to fancy Chelsea to press on and seal it.

  •  

    [Comment from Nate Spurs]
    I know the US based fans won't like this but Dempsey has been very poor this season. Im an American Spurs fan and I admit this.

  •  

    [Comment from Nate]
    Storage Wars!

  •  

    James Tyler: Swansea at the Liberty Stadium

  •  

    [Comment from guest]
    Who are Chelsea playing this weekend?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Antiques Roadshow?

  •  

    [Comment from Aaron]
    Rog, League Cup or NBA All-Star game?

  •  

    James Tyler: Game's over. 2-1 Norwich.

  •  

    [Comment from Match Commentator]
    More bias, less Norwich updates.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: We are about to rock again... Chelsea to exhaust their starters for half an hour more

  •  

    James Tyler: Fair enough, bruised. Best of luck to you.

  •  

    [Comment from bruisedblue]
    JT, just to tell you, i am not watching EPL again. Only league cup henceforth. You cant go wrong with 18goals and still counting in just 2 games

  •  

    James Tyler: Probably deserved on balance of the second half. Chelsea's first-teamers came in and made the required impact.

  •  

    James Tyler: Right then, to extra time.

  •  

    [Comment from Alan WWFC]
    Yep, Lloris made a hash of a simple ball just a minute after Norwich equalized.

  •  

    [Comment from Autoglass]
    All over in Norwich. They come back from a goal down to win 2-1. Tottenham penalty, taken by Dempsey, saved. Rog, I am so very sorry that Clint is the goat in this one.

  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL -- Liverpool 1, Swansea 2 -- Luis Suarez has given the Reds a lifeline with 10 to play.

  •  

    James Tyler: A Jan Vertonghen OG and Simeon Jackson tally, plus Clint Dempsey's missed penalty. Man oh man. Sorry I wasn't around for that.

  •  

    James Tyler: Meanwhile, I missed TWO Norwich goals during my outage. In stoppage time there.

  •  

    [Comment from yaya]
    30 more minutes of entertainment at the office!

  •  

    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    Cheers to more Boot Room!

  •  

    [Comment from Adam]
    Chewing gum #4!

  •  

    [Comment from Tom]
    SAF is brilliant...30 more minutes for the chelsea starters

  •  

    Roger Bennett: I will be trick or treating during extra time. apologies

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  •  

    James Tyler: Crikey. Now we're doing 30 more minutes of this one.

  •  

    James Tyler: A dubious penalty, perhaps, but atonement for Will Keane's earlier missed handball.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: oh no. oh no. oh no.

  •  

    [Comment from Sanchini]
    dammit!!!..... i have stuff to do!

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Hazard. Cheeky. Waits for Lindergaard to commit then rolls it down the middle

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  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL! Hazard strokes it in!

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Wootton. Humped.

  •  

    James Tyler: Wootton's gusto punished as he sorta falls on Ramires inside the box.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Ramires in the act of shooting...

  •  

    James Tyler: 93rd minute!

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Oh Lord... Penalty!!!

  •  

    James Tyler: PENALTY FOR CHELSEA

  •  

    Roger Bennett: BRENDAN RODGERS RED CRUSADE

  •  

    James Tyler: Exactly. Couldn't even enjoy it. Had barely gotten to know it. Met its parents once.

  •  

    [Comment from Tanto]
    Was it even 12 months?

  •  

    James Tyler: Does this feel like another psychological dagger from SAF? Stuck largely to his reserves and they're winning 3-2 against a largely first-team Chelsea.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: United content to knock it around. and kill off the game...

  •  

    James Tyler: Night night, Capital One Cup. You were LIverpool's for 12 whole months.

  •  

    James Tyler: Sorry about that. Lingering hurricane effects on my wifi. Indeed, Swansea is 2-0 up.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Luiz draws a yellow. jogs off affecting nonchalance.

  •  

    [Comment from Alan WWFC]
    Swansea up 2 against Liverpool now.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: United fans love this. They will probably be knocked out by Villa in the next round but they do not care...

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Chelsea fire it froward. David Luiz all drama no composure..

  •  

    Roger Bennett: cleared

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Mata inswinger...

  •  

    Roger Bennett: we hit 90.00

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Corner...

  •  

    Roger Bennett: This is like an NBA game... only the last minute matters

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Mata blast is blocked

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Goalkick awarded instead. Lindegaard takes his time...

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Chelsea's half hearted attempt to keep the League Cup dream alive continues... Hazard trickery wins a corner one minute to go...

  •  

    [Comment from Rosen]
    I think the refs have had a good game. Handball aside, replays are showing Mata might have been inadvertently been blocking the refs view. Nothing he could do.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Cahill takes a knock as Wooton gets a vital block on the edge of the united area

  •  

    [Comment from Autoglass]
    Grant Holt header into Lloris spilled out to Jackson.

  •  

    [Comment from Superspurs]
    Norwich just scored 2 goals, good thing someone is keeping track of the other games.

  •  

    [Comment from Alan WWFC]
    Anders Lindegaard deserves better than backing up David de Gea.

  •  

    [Comment from Paul]
    I just saw Sturridge complete a set of passes. Going out to buy a lottery ticket.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: No Remy, this is fan fiction

  •  

    [Comment from Remy Manzi]
    Is this match live right nw?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Six minutes to go. excitement is...

  •  

    James Tyler: A point well made, Auto.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Kev. You are my man of the match.

  •  

    [Comment from KevNJ]
    Cell phone charged in my car.

  •  

    [Comment from Autoglass]
    Here's a Chelsea supporter that says that complaints about the referee are pointless. And I've been there for years. Barcelona! No point. They do their best. They make mistakes. Part of the game and no conspiracy ever.

  •  

    [Comment from Jesse N.]
    the 2nd half is a tumor JT?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Andersen off. To the nearest IHOP probably

  •  

    James Tyler: SUB FOR UNITED: Anderson off (for first crack at the buffet), Ryan Tunnicliffe on.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Mewatasized says America

  •  

    James Tyler: The Will Keane handball controversy will surely outlive whatever Mark Clattenburg is accused of saying.

  •  

    James Tyler: Entering the final 10 minutes at Stamford Bridge. A largely benign first half has metastazised into a fiery second.

  •  

    [Comment from Lance Armstrong]
    Cycling's out. You can't dope any more.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: How are you following us? on an abacus? irrespective, we are honored to have you

  •  

    [Comment from KevNJ]
    Thank God the BootRoom. I have no power and my town is wrecked. Need a morale boost.

  •  

    James Tyler: I don't believe you. They're not millionaires, which is roughly what you'd have to make me in order to withstand the abuse.

  •  

    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    I'll do it if I get paid.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Poverty and fear of falling into a social underclass? right then.

  •  

    [Comment from Bundi]
    Why do people want to be chimney sweepers? I imagine it is the same reason.

  •  

    James Tyler: Under, and I say that because I can unfairly influence that outcome.

  •  

    [Comment from Aaron]
    Over/under 4 articles posted today about that handball on ESPN?

  •  

    James Tyler: Might I suggest cycling?

  •  

    James Tyler: Right, fame's clearly rigged then. Pick another sport, J.

  •  

    [Comment from Casey]
    Love of the game and money?

  •  

    [Comment from Matt W]
    Rog, so you could help your favorite team win?

  •  

    [Comment from J]
    and yet week in, week out, they get key calls in their favor

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    James Tyler: Modern football is rubbish, Rog. Not about the game any more. Maybe it never was.

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    Roger Bennett: Poor Lee Mason looks ready to blow the whistle now... begs the question, what would make a right minded gent WANT to be a premier league referee?

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    James Tyler: Powell playing well since coming on. Wootton and Keane still raw. Hold their shape well in defense but nervous when forced to make one-on-one tackles. Victor Moses and Eden Hazard teasing them apart.

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    Roger Bennett: Welbeck has contributed more in his own box than in Chelsea's. Sterling defensive work by Danny tonight.

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    [Comment from RR]
    JT how do Powell, Wooten and Keane look out there? Futures?

  •  

    [Comment from Inar]
    At this rate there won't be any refs left in the league.

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    James Tyler: Frankly, exactly the kind of remarks we don't need. The game is not conspired in favor of Manchester United.

  •  

    [Comment from Matt]
    Mason has been subbed in by SAF for Clattenburg

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Lindergaard with a fine save -- great to hold onto that too. De Gea would have tried the kick save there...

  •  

    James Tyler: Chance for Chelsea! Moses unmarked in the box fires a low shot but Lindegaard does brilliantly to keep it out and spring on the loose ball!

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    James Tyler: 15 minutes remaining in this one....

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    James Tyler: Lee Mason, you have a lot to answer for.

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    [Comment from CJ]
    CLEAR penalty. Keane's arm is way out from his body.

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    [Comment from Matt]
    Terrible refereeing

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    James Tyler: It was definitely a PK. The arm was extended away from the body and Mata's shot clearly hit it.

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    Roger Bennett: United fans chant: "time to blame the referee"

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    James Tyler: One of those "I'm gonna thump the ball at the opponent and hope it catches an elbow"

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    Roger Bennett: Lee Mason please don't say anything that can be construed as racist or offensive.

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    James Tyler: Handball in the box! For Chelsea! Mata yearns for Lee Mason's approval but nothing given.

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    Roger Bennett: Mata wants a PK. Oh CHelsea.

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    James Tyler: Interesting, innit? More first-team Blues creeping in and it's showing as Chelsea is exerting far more pressure...

  •  

    [Comment from Stuart]
    Chelsea's A team vs. Man. Utd. Reserves

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    Roger Bennett: Hazard clips a lovely ball to an advancing Moses who kind of flops around like a hard breathing fish. Chelsea respond by bringing on Oscar for Romeu

  •  

    James Tyler: SUB FOR CHELSEA: Oriol "C+" Romeu off, Oscar on.

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    James Tyler: Moses scampers down the left flank to the touchline but can't rifle a cross in.

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    James Tyler: Chicharito flagged for offside when he appeared on. All he did was pounce on poor ball control by a Chelsea defender. There's our massive talking point, folks. FLAG BIAS

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    James Tyler: Indeed. He's underachieving for QPR now.

  •  

    [Comment from Joe Cole]
    I am amazing

  •  

    [Comment from Matt W]
    You sure that is actually Rafael and not Fabio?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Anti Big Ears agenda wins again

  •  

    [Comment from Paige]
    Even if Bale is overrated how is he not one of the 23 semifinalists for the Ballon D'or?

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    [Comment from united]
    Man Utd fans singing to Chelsea fans: "Time to blame the referee."

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    Row ZZ thought that was a brilliant header

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    [Comment from Tom]
    score 1 for Rank Incompetence

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    James Tyler: Rafael's switch to LB is clearly not good. Rafael's naturally drifting back across to the other flank and this Azpi lad should have had a brace. Alas.

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    Roger Bennett: should be 3-3. Chelsea breath a sigh of relief.

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    Roger Bennett: Good lord. They are trying. unnmarked header from Azoopolooka goes over the top.

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    James Tyler: What a miss by Azpilicueta! Picked out again, wide open on the back post, but he thumps Mata's cross over the bar from 10 yards!

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    James Tyler: Me neither, Alan. I like it as I get to see the players of the future.

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    Roger Bennett: 68 minutes gone. Can Chelsea hang on to their 3-2 defeat?

  •  

    [Comment from Alan WWFC]
    Why the hate for the League Cup? It's more football. I don't get it.

  •  

    [Comment from Jake]
    How did you score, Gareth?

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    James Tyler: Indeed. 1-0 to Spurs at Carrow Road.

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    [Comment from Gareth Bale]
    I have scored.

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    James Tyler: Make it 5-a-side.

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    [Comment from TheOperativeWord]
    How to make the League Cup more exciting: no one is allowed to defend.

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    James Tyler: Rog, think Chelsea has another equalizer in it?

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    James Tyler: Bertrand with a good run down the left, cuts it infield to Ramires... the Brazilian promptly thumps it wide.

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    James Tyler: Think the USMNT needs something else.

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    [Comment from Matt W]
    Anyway the USMNT can get some of these young Spanish backs?

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    James Tyler: Hazard has woken the Blues up in a major way. A defibrillator to the chest.

  •  

    [Comment from Mike]
    How's the Azpi + Hazard combo look? Better/worse than Bane + Hazard?

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    James Tyler: Chance for Chelsea! Poor United defending, Daniel Sturridge gets it at the top of the box but his heavy shot is blocked out for a corner! Moments later, the corner is taken short to Hazard who knocks it onto Moses' head, only he nods over.

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    James Tyler: Should be in the mix for the Spain NT in 2014 and beyond.

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    James Tyler: Cesar Azpi is a Spanish RB by way of Marseille.

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD: Wootton booked for thundering into Sturridge from behind. Clips his ankles/legs/everything

  •  

    [Comment from Matt W]
    What is an Azpilicueta?

  •  

    [Comment from Jake]
    Suarez on for Yesil, that was short lived for Samed.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Chelsea: Azpilicueta is picked out beautifully by Hazard at the far post but with time to control and shoot, he hits it wide first-time. Was unmarked and everything.

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    Roger Bennett: Step forward for him then?

  •  

    [Comment from Dave]
    In other news, Joe Cole was subbed off at half

  •  

    James Tyler: LFC still training at home to Swansea.

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    Roger Bennett: Is that your real name? Fall City Outlaw? Is your brother Bo?

  •  

    [Comment from Falls City Outlaw]
    The college football bowl system is a way bigger joke than the League Cup. When 60% of a leagues teams get to player for silverware (or crystal ware) it's garbage.

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    James Tyler: Yes -- one moment of brilliance does not an opinion change. Then I'd be accused of flip-flopping, bias etc etc

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    [Comment from aces]
    JT do you still hold the same opinion about Nani now?

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    James Tyler: You seriously need to watch it later. It was lovely.

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    [Comment from Chris C]
    ...I'm at work, I really want to watch that goal! Stop glorifying it Rodge and James!

  •  

    Roger Bennett: He gets a cookie for every assist?

  •  

    [Comment from Chris in Fargo]
    Just saw Anderson has 3 assists. What does that say about him?

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    James Tyler: Chance for United! Chicharito guides the rebound overr the bar after ANderson's cross is blocked to his feet.

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    Roger Bennett: From more than 2 yards that gent is...

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    Roger Bennett: It could have been four. Chicharito fires over.

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    James Tyler: Cameraman needs to get busy if he's to catch up with this counterpunching feast at the Bridge.

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    [Comment from Jim, Jersey]
    Nani really angering Fergie now.....clearly he wanted to lose this one....get out of this competition.....but Nani is gumming up the works

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    [Comment from Bob]
    GUM CHEWING SHOT #3

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    [Comment from Josh]
    i had to look up what the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl was so i'm voting that.

  •  

    [Comment from Aaron]
    Coming from a B1G fan, Music City Bowl. You at least get to watch some potential in the League Cup with youngsters.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: That will tack on an extra $17,000 to his sale price

  •  

    [Comment from C.J.]
    Wow, they made that way to easy.

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    James Tyler: YOUR MOVE, CHELSEA.

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    Roger Bennett: bursts through and chips the ball over the advancing Cech

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    James Tyler: Good lord, what a goal by the (useless) Portuguese winger. 1-2 inside the box, he continues his powerful run and caps it with a graceful, gentle, Cristiano Ronaldo-esque chip over a sprawling Petr Cech.

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    Roger Bennett: moment of quality.

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    James Tyler: United barrels up the other end....

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    Roger Bennett: NANI

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    James Tyler: Decent stuff from Chelsea now: good cross by Azpilicueta is anxiously nodded clear.

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    Roger Bennett: Americans. Which is worse? The League Cup or the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl?

  •  

    James Tyler: Extra time, then penalties.

  •  

    [Comment from Mike]
    does this go to penalties if it stays tied?

  •  

    James Tyler: Half-chance for Chelsea: Good run down the left by Ryan Bertrand is picked out by Hazard, yet his low cross is well-read and smothered by Lindegaard.

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    James Tyler: 56 minutes gone. Nick Powell's really added some much-needed order to United's attacks. Chelsea settling in possession at the moment.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: SAF wants a drink, and a taxi home, and for people to stop saying "Hairdryer"

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    [Comment from aus]
    RDM wants to win this game. SAF...not so much

  •  

    James Tyler: Norwich-Spurs still tied at 0-0

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    Roger Bennett: World of Opposite Brian! Topsy Turvy Mystery

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    To review, Chelsea's two goals scored by their CB's, and Sturridge trips on the ball whenever he gets the ball in the box

  •  

    [Comment from Travis]
    Here comes Hazard... him and Mata are going to split UTD apart in this second half

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Moses pelts the ball across the United area. noone can get to that bullett. But Hazard is about to come on. Piazon, call me maybe...

  •  

    [Comment from MenInBlazers via Twitter]
    America, here's your Hurricane Sandy edition MiB pod... Chelsea, Clattenburg, and Costas all covered: grantland.com/blog/the-trian…

  •  

    [Comment from The Jonny]
    Lindegaard: I want my smallest defender on this post. That should do it.

  •  

    [Comment from RAH]
    CAHILL!!! HE SCORES WHEN HE WANTS!! At least for a CB

  •  

    James Tyler: Cahill came absolutely motoring in to meet that tantalizing Mata set piece.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: No smiles from Cahill. He looks like a man that wants Chelsea out of this tournament Lickety Split.

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    James Tyler: Corner, Gary Cahill, two posts and in.

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    Roger Bennett: Mata swings in a beauty of a corner. Cahill nuts it home

  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL FOR CHELSEA

  •  

    James Tyler: Yes he is good. Ferguson's slow to promote players.

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    Roger Bennett: CAHILL

  •  

    [Comment from Stephen]
    Seriously: is Pogba any good? If so, why didn't we ever hear about him until his transfer drama?

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    James Tyler: Replay shows that Gary Cahill had actually played Hernandez onside, for what it's worth.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Because he rhymes with Drogba. That is 70% of it at least

  •  

    [Comment from Stephen]
    Why so much love for Pogba? Is he like a soccer Jesus or something?

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    James Tyler: Powell feeds Chicharito inside the box but he's offside.

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    Roger Bennett: I love it whenever the camera pans to Nani. his face! looks embarrassed to be playing. Like a 21 year old at an under 18 party. "I am too cool for this"

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    James Tyler: Paul Pogba was a crushing loss. One that Fergie truly got upset about. Tells you all you need to know.

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    Javier Hernandez has now scored six goals against Chelsea in nine appearances.

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    [Comment from Chris C]
    United if they kept the kid at Juventus now...

  •  

    James Tyler: I can't win!

  •  

    [Comment from Arsenal and Man U fan]
    Chelsea bias.

  •  

    James Tyler: That too.

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    Arsenal will sell them all before they can win anything....

  •  

    James Tyler: Chelsea corner finds Sturridge wide-open in the box, he tries to backheel the cross on target but, amazingly, fails.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Sturridge looking like United's best player right now

  •  

    James Tyler: Chance for Sturridge! Good move to break upfield after a long ball, drives into the box but Rafael with a perfectly timed slide to take the ball off his foot.

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    Roger Bennett: Much better from United. Pinging ball around with intent. Giggs looking for the ball. Chelsea break. But it moves to Sturridge in the box, Rafael covers

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    James Tyler: I'd give it to Chelsea.

  •  

    [Comment from RunOfTheDill]
    I was just thinking, who has the best young players out of Chelsea, Arsenal, and Manu? They all have a lot of players the future looks bright for.

  •  

    James Tyler: Indeed, Fletcher's at RB, Rafael at LB. A devious move devised during a fresh bout of gum-chewing.

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    James Tyler: The corner's taken short, cross swung to the back post for Wootton but he can't reach it.

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    James Tyler: Powell in central midfield. Thinking Fletcher dropped back into defense. Hard to say after just 2 minutes of the half.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Star Wars Bar

  •  

    [Comment from guest]
    Chelsea's defense is full of likable characters isn't it?

  •  

    James Tyler: Not so; Powell with a lovely juke to shrug off Ramires. Good shot that Cech saves well.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Powell comes close from distance. Bravo

  •  

    James Tyler: Powell is indeed slotting in at left-back.

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    I think John Terry needs to retire. He's driving a wedge into the Boot Room. We can't have that...

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Good banner by Man Utd fans: Chelsea Standing Up to Racism Since Sunday

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    James Tyler: Not sure yet. Will update.

  •  

    [Comment from Davis]
    JT, is Powell at left back for United??

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    James Tyler: Romeu dispossessed by Giggs in midfield after Ramires' slack pass. Not a glowing evening for a man tipped to end up in Chelsea's first-team midfield. He's not quite ready.

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    [Comment from C.J.]
    Autoglass, I'm sorry for my frankness, but that'd be an insane mistake. He's not quick, obviously, but his positioning more than makes up for that. His leadership is invaluable.

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    James Tyler: Two smart changes. The Buttner one, less so. Ramires has been superb for the Blues and RDM can't afford a second yellow for Mikel, who was heading that way late in the half.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: This Lalas: http://meninblazers.com/image/34709323676

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    [Comment from Ed]
    1194 WC-era Lalas?

  •  

    James Tyler: SUB FOR CHELSEA: Ramires on, Mikel off

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    Rog, you should go as Lady Physio

  •  

    [Comment from Jeremiah]
    Roger: If you dress as Alexi Lalas, you have to make sure to make lots of grand pronouncements that are clearly wrong. Part of the costume.

  •  

    [Comment from BIL]
    I went to a Halloween party last night as John Terry and got jumped coming home. Do I deserve it?

  •  

    [Comment from Autoglass]
    RAH, we should have sold Terry in the Summer. Get something. First, he is in the process of losing pace at an alarming rate. While his smarts have compensated, they won't for much longer. Second, he is becoming an embarrassment to the shirt.

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    Roger Bennett: What is the worst thing that could happen? Get mobbed by his fans? or attacked by pro-Ballack faction>

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    [Comment from RAH]
    Roger... promise you won't dress as Lalas... for you own safety!!!

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR UNITED: Nick Powell on, Alex Buttner off.

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    James Tyler: United with 6 shots in the first half, 5 of which were on target.

  •  

    James Tyler: I'm just going to lean against a wall, Jeremy. Indeed.

  •  

    [Comment from JeremyW]
    JT is dressing up as...wait for it.... a "bias"

  •  

    James Tyler: But with a bowl of chocolate next to me.

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    James Tyler: A man trying to rebuild his back deck, Rog.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: I am torn. Not sure whether to dress as SIr Ian Darke or Alexi Lalas.

  •  

    James Tyler: Not really, CJ. I think it's funny.

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    Roger Bennett: Yes. What are you dressing up as tonight JT?

  •  

    [Comment from C.J.]
    Little touchy on the bias subject, eh James?

  •  

  •  

    James Tyler: Back for the second half.

  •  

    [Comment from RAH]
    Say what you want about him as a person... I sure won't argue, but Terry gives 100% to Chelsea and is they glue that holds the defense together. Only 2 more games until we get him back.

  •  

    James Tyler: Love or hate the man, John Terry is a salve to the Blues' defense. Hasn't lost a step yet.

  •  

    [Comment from depressed red]
    if only chelsea had a stable, reliable, good defensive player that could settle down the troops...

  •  

    James Tyler: So, we're in the bag for Man United. The score's also leaning that way. Tough week for Chelsea.

  •  

    James Tyler: I did that a while ago, j0ns. Chico scored for Swansea. But it's probably our bias that you're picking up on. Or something.

  •  

    [Comment from j0ns]
    no mention that liverpool is down 1-0?

  •  

    [Comment from Autoglass]
    Wrong about who owns United. Not about the pro-United chat.

  •  

    James Tyler: Indeed. Not sure how much of that is due to the Utd back four or to Daniel Sturridge.

  •  

    [Comment from Ryan]
    Untied's defense really has not been that bad. They haven't given Chelsea too many options.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesHMartin via Twitter]
    BeIn HT camera angle .... hilarious. Did the cameraman and anchor have an argument or something?

  •  

    James Tyler: Not convinced David has the necessary skill. We must remember he comes from a country (Brazil) and a league (Portugal) where defending is a bit more casual. It's not the be-all and end-all. And he's playing in a league where teams live to sit back.

  •  

    [Comment from Ian]
    If you take the letters in "James Tyler" and "Roger Bennett" you get "Roman Abramovich"

  •  

    [Comment from C.J.]
    I wouldn't care THAT much, but it'd be a little annoying. More because of last match than the importance of a mickey mouse cup.

  •  

    [Comment from Paul]
    won't care too much, rog

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Follow us on Twitter:

    @rogbennett (old rog)

    @jamestylerespn (JT. Not that JT)

  •  

    [Comment from Stefan]
    Luiz wouldn't do poorly in the new dvanced Fellaini role

  •  

    [Comment from hyuga]
    sell Nani and get a CDM... someone pls tell the gum-chewin' knight...

  •  

    James Tyler: It's kind of nauseating, isn't it? John Terry is still rather good as a player.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Chelsea fans... how much would you care if this game stays 2-1? Honestly...

  •  

    [Comment from Jake Nazar]
    Cahill and Luiz just aren't an effective combo together. Cahill/JT and JT/Luiz work much better against each other. Honestly we will be far better once Terry is back.

  •  

    James Tyler: Let's talk about the Blues' defense.

  •  

    [Comment from Ian (LFC)]
    Really poor marking by LFC leads to a Swans goal. Poorly done.

  •  

    James Tyler: Matt W is wrong.

  •  

    [Comment from Matt W]
    This chat is pro-United because its owned by the people (stock holders) versus a Russian Oligarch. D'uh.

  •  

    James Tyler: Victor Moses, indeed. Bustling, busy, quite relentless even.

  •  

    [Comment from Chris in Fargo]
    What under used player is impressing the most in this match, united/chelsea? From the chat it sounds like Moses. (united fan here)

  •  

    James Tyler: Chico has given the Swans a 1-0 lead.

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    Roger Bennett: Best part of the game? The atmosphere. Both sets of fans more up for it than their players. And Terry and Torres just have to sit there and pretend they cannot hear.

  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL FOR SWANSEA AT ANFIELD

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    [Comment from hyuga]
    we learnt that CFC and ManU team B have the same problem as team A: DEFENSE

  •  

    [Comment from Neo]
    SAF paid Luiz, Cahill and Cech ;)

  •  

    James Tyler: Yes - put him somewhere that will make his mistakes even worse.

  •  

    [Comment from Mike]
    Honestly we should move Luiz up to CDM

  •  

    James Tyler: Hmm. Toughie. I think Nani should leave, really. He's no longer what United needs. Don't think it's unfulfilled potential though. He's just too moody and inconsistent rather than wasteful.

  •  

    [Comment from aces]
    JT what do you think of Nani and is End of Career at Man Utd? Its sad to see unfulfilled potential being wasted.

  •  

    James Tyler: Sorry. Ballot is fixed.

  •  

    [Comment from travis]
    can i change my vote to rank incompetence?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Sturridge needs a change of scenery. Moses could be terrific if he could take a deep breath and calm down. Chelsea's back line is super sloppy...

  •  

    James Tyler: Verging on half time at Carrow Road: Norwich 0, Tottenham 0.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: What did we learn from that first half?

  •  

    James Tyler: Hernandez and Giggs gifted goals, thus furthering the pro-United BIAS/CONSPIRACY.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Because he is American Bob. Just kidding. Early days for Clint. Still working his way into a groove with his new teammates. Late move and all that...

  •  

    [Comment from Bob]
    Why is Dempsey so much less effective at Tottenham compared to Fulham?

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    James Tyler: HALF TIME: Chelsea 1, Manchester United 2

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    James Tyler: After all, the partnership is based on communication and understanding. Not even Luiz knows what he's doing half the time.

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    James Tyler: Don't think there's anything "wrong" per se. But when your center back cohort is unpredictable and gaffe-prone, it tends to make you look bad by comparison.

  •  

    [Comment from Adam]
    What is wrong with Cahill? He seems to lose spatial awareness easily. That RvP goal he gave up was pretty awful.

  •  

    James Tyler: Chelsea corner, swung in but cleared. Foul in the box on Sturridge, who's having a game to forget. Then again, he normally does.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Nani

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    [Comment from Guest]
    who had the assist

  •  

    James Tyler: Cahill was closest, Bertrand never got close.

  •  

    [Comment from Kjeld]
    Who was the 1/2 defender?

  •  

    James Tyler: Apology accepted.

  •  

    [Comment from Matt W]
    David Luiz is my least favorite player in the EPL. Sorry.

  •  

    James Tyler: Game has been like an episode of Being:Liverpool -- lots of things on the screen but nothing to really talk about.

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    James Tyler: 2-1 to United with a minute left in the first half.

  •  

    James Tyler: Replays don't count.

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    Fergie gum chewing #2....but it was just a replay

  •  

    James Tyler: It was his FOOT. His LEFT FOOT. Props to you if you had it in the Javier Hernandez Body Part Sweepstakes.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: HIs mind

  •  

    [Comment from Guest]
    Which body part?!?!

  •  

    James Tyler: Arguably, Chelsea have scored all three goals tonight. Or at least deserve assists on both United tallies.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesHMartin via Twitter]
    David Luiz, ladies and gentlemen. He giveth, then he taketh away.

  •  

    James Tyler: Ryan Bertrand and Gary Cahill in la-la land after Luiz' giveaway.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: 100% onside too

  •  

    James Tyler: Lovely through-ball finds Little Pea unmarked. Had to hold off one-and-a-half defenders, stays onside and slots past an onrushing Cech.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Hand on hips for Luiz who is disgusted as Chelsea were caught in possession on half way line

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    Roger Bennett: CHICHARITO cool finish

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    James Tyler: Chicharito!

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR UNITED

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    Roger Bennett: 2-1

  •  

    James Tyler: Well, we haven't conceded yet.

  •  

    [Comment from JTs Zombie]
    JT how are "your pass the ball for 30 min in circle" doing?

  •  

    James Tyler: Best player so far on the pitch: Victor Moses. The only one with a real sense of urpose. Decent cross intended for Piazon after more hard work down the right but it's forcefully nodded clear.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Buttner and Moses having a right old go in the corner. Moses just spinning round and round in circles like a LoonyTune Cartoon

  •  

    James Tyler: Does seem like Chicharito might have scored with MORE than 7 unique body parts. The more we learn...

  •  

    [Comment from Matt]
    Dont forget hand jt

  •  

    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    I think that actually is true. (I'll accept the job as your official fact checker now, JT.)

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    [Comment from Chris in Fargo]
    back too didnt he?

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    [Comment from d]
    back of his head against wigan right

  •  

    James Tyler: Apologies for the lack of game-specific chat: the last 5 minutes have been a test of my resolve. Nothing to speak of.

  •  

    James Tyler: Also scored a blinder with his outstretched pancreas.

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    James Tyler: Yes. Pretty sure he's done head, both feet, a shin and a stomach, too.

  •  

    [Comment from Paul]
    He did get one with his face - which was extremely awesome

  •  

    James Tyler: Re: Chicharito

  •  

    Roger Bennett: JAmes Tyler: captain leader legend

  •  

    [Comment from Aaron]
    Rog, which JT?

  •  

    [Comment from Gareth Bale]
    I just got a yellow card.

  •  

    James Tyler: (No, it's not true. BUT IT COULD BE.)

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    James Tyler: Stat: Since joining United, Chicharito has scored with 7 different body parts, best in the Prem during that span.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Chicarito would be more useful if he did his "hide in the opponents goal and then pop out" thing

  •  

    [Comment from The Jonny]
    Is Welbeck going to refuse to pass to Chicharito all game long?

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    James Tyler: @Left Foot: I think Moses is going to be a lifelong Plan B for the Blues. When the narrow, intricate passing play fails, let's stretch a defense with a proper winger like Victor.

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    Roger Bennett: Lets get our biases out on the table JT: I don't like Totalitarianism or cats

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    [Comment from JTs Left Foot]
    Do you think Moses will be used more? Seems like it'd be hard to crack the Mata-Oscar-Hazard midfield

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    James Tyler: Nailed it, Stefan! I was just about to note. Two more and the majority of voters will be winning.

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    [Comment from Stefan]
    Fergie chewing gum sighting #1

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    James Tyler: Anderson... well.... he's just....

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    Roger Bennett: Anderson is playing in slow-motion replay tonight

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    James Tyler: Fletcher has an excuse: just returning from a serious medical issue that caused him to miss half of last season.

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    Roger Bennett: But I always hated the Stray Cats

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    [Comment from RR]
    Anderson and Fletcher seem....useless in midfield. Jog, pass, jog back. Nothing.

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    Roger Bennett: I prefer Lindergaard

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    James Tyler: 0-0 20 minutes in.

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    [Comment from Dave]
    Liverpool update?

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    James Tyler: I honestly prefer De Gea.

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    [Comment from Sanchini]
    Lindegaard or De Gea?

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    James Tyler: You're the stick poking the hornet's nest! And biased, obviously.

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    James Tyler: Stop it, Rog!

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    Roger Bennett: Yes. Though Moses was going down well before contact...

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    [Comment from Travis]
    So whats the verdict? Definite penalty?

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    James Tyler: 35 minutes in and the game's settled into its own fever-dream tempo. Chelsea looking much brighter now. I don't think it's a coincidence that Anderson's heavy-legged meandering is helping the home side assert itself in midfield.

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    [Comment from Jesse N.]
    Sturridge's "A" button on his xbox controller is obviously malfunctioning. since forever.

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    [Comment from Charlie]
    I think you're biased towards Barca in this chat....

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    [Comment from JD]
    Sturridge = turrible

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    James Tyler: Something has been thrown onto the pitch. No, it wasn't Wayne Rooney.

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    James Tyler: Yes. It was that ridiculous, Charlie.

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    Roger Bennett: We would talk more about United if they actually touched the ball. Firework on the field... DRAMA

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    [Comment from Charlie]
    Did Sturridge just try to shoot from the touchline?

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    James Tyler: If we disagree, it doesn't mean I'm biased.

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    James Tyler: Bias. Is there a more misused/overused word?

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    [Comment from Matt]
    This chat is so Utd biased

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    Roger Bennett: Mikel pings ball to Sturridge who miscontrols and then blast well over from an impossible angle. are you watching Roy Hodgson?

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    James Tyler: ... work hard to chase lost cause, control ball, fire wildly from inexplicably narrow angle, miss by a mile.

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    James Tyler: Now there's some classic Sturridge...

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    James Tyler: Mikel holds up possession under pressure from Rafael, calmly shrugging him off.

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    James Tyler: Now, how will Chelsea respond? Will this force them to keep pressing? What next for United? Anderson's already flagging. 20 minutes of max effort followed by 14 minutes of wheezing.

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    [Comment from Art]
    If it had been suarez it ouldn't have been given

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    James Tyler: Lee Mason got something right.

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    [Comment from Paul]
    Im stunned United bought Buttner he was a middle of the road left back in Dutch league

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    Roger Bennett: Was that a penalty? I've seen them not given...

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    [Comment from Ian (LFC)]
    So soon you guys forget that Luiz EASILY had the best UCL penalty in the finals. Luiz always hammers them.

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    Roger Bennett: Enormous run up...

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    James Tyler: Lindegaard guesses correctly but he can't keep the powerful shot out.

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR CHELSEA

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    Roger Bennett: Watch out row z

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    James Tyler: An "inarguable" penalty call, says Ray Hudson.

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    Roger Bennett: hmmmmmmmm

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    Roger Bennett: Luiz to take it...

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    Roger Bennett: Refs LOVE Chelsea once more...

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    James Tyler: Buttner nibbles on Moses as the winger scampers by. The ex-Wigan man too quick.

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    Roger Bennett: Buttner flummoxed by Moses

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    James Tyler: PENALTY TO CHELSEA

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    Roger Bennett: penalty

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    James Tyler: Sturridge playing exclusively with his back to goal, serving as the target man.

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    James Tyler: Almost a shot for Chelsea! But Alex Buttner prevents it.

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    Roger Bennett: Wilt every time

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    [Comment from RR]
    Walcott or Chamberlain?

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    James Tyler: But of course!

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    [Comment from United.]
    Isn't that the same hope every year from Wenger JT?

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    Roger Bennett: Moses very willing on the flanks. His feet not quite synced with his brain yet. If Chelsea can calibrate, you get the feeling they will score. United appear to be seeking to counter without entering opponents half

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    James Tyler: Sharp 1-2 by Piazon and Mata but Darren Fletcher isn't fooled by it all.

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    James Tyler: Alas, no matter how many bonus seconds were played, Theo Walcott still had to score the goals.

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    James Tyler: Jason Roberts was right to be livid. Ref did add a full extra minute in the second half after the four allotted.

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    [Comment from Dave]
    Any Reading fans here to argue about "Alex Ferguson TIme" being given to *gasp* Arsene Wenger?

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    James Tyler: 28 minutes gone. Chelsea yet to trouble Anders Lindegaard.

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    James Tyler: It was the worst defensive match ever played. Hopefully Wenger can build on the resolve his youngster showed.

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    [Comment from FLGooner]
    Thoughts on the worst defensive match ever played aka Reading 5-7 Arsenal?

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    James Tyler: Ball almost hits Felix Baumgartner.

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    Roger Bennett: Chelsea beginning to knock the ball around like they are playing with a volleyball on the beach in Rio. Final ball still clumsy. by... Romeu again.

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    James Tyler: Look out, world; Cesar Azpilicueta blasts a shot into the heavens.

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    James Tyler: No goals at Carrow Road or Anfield yet, as far as I can tell.

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    James Tyler: Being outshone by Anderson early on.

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    [Comment from Neo]
    How is Nick Powell shaping up?

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    James Tyler: Juan Mata bends in a menacing free kick, United clears. EXHALE.

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    Roger Bennett: Mata to swing in kick

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    James Tyler: I've yet to see him do it. But i know it's there.

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    [Comment from d]
    anyone tracking the "shots of SAF chewing gum"?

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    James Tyler: Foul finally called against United as Moses is clattered to the turf after a decent run.

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    James Tyler: Fletcher cuts out the right-wing cross.

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    James Tyler: Oh boy... two yellows for Chelsea, one a-piece to their holding midfielders. RDM might need holding if the pain continues.

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    Roger Bennett: Mikel booked for a clattering challenge on Welbeck...

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    'You're worse than Clattenburg," sing the Chelsea.

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    James Tyler: Daniel Sturridge with more nifty ball control near the edge of the box but he's got no help in the attacking third.

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    James Tyler: Piazon barged over, no call by Lee "HE IS SO BIASED" Mason.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Chelsea fans very angry indeed. 'We've seen this before," they sing as Lee Mason doesn't give Piazon the foul.

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    Roger Bennett: I like having both Rog & JT give me identical commentary of the same event, it's like I have two friends.

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    [Comment from Jake]
    I like having both Rog & JT give me identical commentary of the same event, it's like I have two friends.

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    James Tyler: Believe it was Chicharito. Replay was all too fleeting.

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    [Comment from Chris in Fargo]
    Who dispossed Romeu?

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    [Comment from Pog]
    If Giggs pulls up his jersey to reveal a t-shirt that says "GET OFF MY LAWN", I will abandon my team and only root for United from now on.

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    James Tyler: Belgian*

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    Roger Bennett: It was almost as if the Chelsea goalkeeper was trying to ensure Romeu's performance is voted "worst ever in an English game."

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    James Tyler: One's tiny and from Barca, one's massive and Belgium. Also, the letter L.

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    [Comment from Jim]
    What's the difference between Romeu and Romelu?

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    James Tyler: What Rog said

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    James Tyler: Cech restarts short to Romeu, the defender gets robbed easily and Giggs calmly sidefoots it past Cech.

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    Roger Bennett: Cech passes goal kick to Romeu who is dispossessed. Giggs rolls ball home. Suicidal stuff by Cech

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    Roger Bennett: Old Man Giggs.

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    James Tyler: Giggs! Giggsy-wiggsy!

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    Roger Bennett: GIGGS

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR UNITED!

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    Roger Bennett: And by chance. I meant an opporturnity for Buttner to blast the ball wide

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    James Tyler: Buttner boots the set piece wide.

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    James Tyler: Another nicky foul by Romeu!

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    Roger Bennett: Romeu. A second clumsy challenge. On a yellow card already. Brings down Nani with a sloppy tackle. Chance for United.

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    James Tyler: Oriol Romeu = Barca DNA? Or did they misdiagnose? As with every Barca player that dares leave Spain, they have a buy-back option on him.

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    Roger Bennett: How is heaven Benny?

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    James Tyler: Chance for Chelsea: low cross isn't cleared well at all by Rafael, who slides and shins it to Romeu.

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    [Comment from Benny Hill]
    Quarterback Benny Hill Style???

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    Roger Bennett: Sturridge just passed again! either that or the ball bobbled off his foot. Romeu fires well wide after some frantic work around the box by Chelsea

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    James Tyler: Sadly, Ashley Young isn't in the mix for United tonight. Could give everyone notes.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    So Chelsea have three forwards who just fall over in the box now. Torres, Sturridge and Moses.

  •  

    [Comment from AndyMitten via Twitter]
    Another Utd away end flag reads: "Chelsea. Standing up to racism since Sunday."

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    James Tyler: Half-chance for Chelsea: Moses' razzle-dazzle doesn't bamboozle Wootton. Pratfall becomes a handball. Free kick to United.

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    James Tyler: Quite a sedate pace, except when Anderson gets on the ball.

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    Roger Bennett: Moses trickery on the edge of the box. stumbles and falls over. Benny Hill Style

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    James Tyler: 18 minutes gone at Stamford Bridge. Nary a talking point, flare-up, fist-fight or missed penalty shout.

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    James Tyler: Youngster from Bayer Leverkusen. Has been a star for Germany's U17 and U19 teams. "One to watch."

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    [Comment from Stephen]
    Samed Who-Sil?

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    [Comment from Neal]
    Michu is the danger man for us from Swansea. I'm keeping my monocle fixed on him.

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    James Tyler: I think he's still quite flabby, but he does appear motivated today. Perhaps he's motivated to seize the initiative and nab a starting spot in United's midfield. They're clearly all up for grabs.

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    [Comment from A]
    Anderson must have changed his diet, no longer fueled only by Boddington's and Wafers. He looks sharp today.

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    James Tyler: Scroll way up. Joe Cole starts in CAM, Jordan Henderson at RB. Hilarity sure to ensue. Samed Yesil the lone striker.

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    Roger Bennett: Helter-Skelter stuff. Chelsea attempting to use the ball in wide areas but their passing is so sloppy, they just hand it back to United who dont seem to want it in the first place

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    [Comment from JeremyW]
    Lineup for Pool?

  •  

    James Tyler: No. 0-0, 15 mins in.

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    [Comment from Mike]
    Anything going on with Spurs?

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    James Tyler: Chance for United! Anderson cues another sweeping move, ball comes to Welbeck 20 yards out and he forces a sharp save by Cech.

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    James Tyler: Nice to see Welbeck tracking back that far.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Is that like Spear of Destiny or Spin the Bottle?

  •  

    [Comment from Guest]
    JT & Rog. If you'll played 'Spoon of Destiny', who would win?

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    James Tyler: Moses tries to sneak past Welbeck and into the box but he fouls the United man on his way through.

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    James Tyler: Only just kicked off, j0ns. 4pm start there. Just to be special.

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    [Comment from j0ns]
    anything on liverpool?

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    James Tyler: Good clean strike by Nani. Bobbles near Cech's feet but he reads it all the way through.

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    James Tyler: Rog is clearly a fraction ahead of me. This should get interesting.

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    James Tyler: Dangerous spot for a United free-kick. Fairly central to goal, 25-30 yards out. Petr Cech marshals his wall.

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    Roger Bennett: Nani free kick fired straight at cech who does well to hang on

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    Roger Bennett: Chelsea fans to United fans, mocking the fact that most are bandwagon jumpers who live in London: "You only live 'round the corner"

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    James Tyler: LEE MASON. Shows Oriol Romeu the yellow card for stepping across Buttner as he galloped into the CFC half. Cynical foul, really.

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    Roger Bennett: Romeu proves he can have an impact on the game. cynical tackle. first yellow card.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Everyone round to Guest's House then. Guest, we promise to keep our feet off your coffee table

  •  

    [Comment from Guest]
    I must be the one person who actually has beIN Sports. Even for me it isn't ideal since the commentary is always in spanish...and I'm stuck at work now any way.

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    Sturridge and 5 pounds to QPR for nothing at all.

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    Roger Bennett: Brilliant point.

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    [Comment from Pog]
    I've always really liked Mata, but with Terry on the sidelines, Chelsea is starting to feel like Mata's team. And that makes them sort of likeable, horrifyingly. I can't wait for Terry to return and restore order to the universe.

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    James Tyler: Good defending by David Luiz to clear the United corner. Still, Chelsea very content to let the visitors gain confidence on the ball. Surprised there isn't more of an aggressive approach.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Awful. flooded. electricity down. davo had to pod by driving around in his car. I phoned in from my guest toilet.

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    [Comment from GFOP Sam]
    How has the crap part of Soho held up, Rog?

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    James Tyler: Anderson's been busy early on. Rafael wins a corner off Mikel.

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    Roger Bennett: Jake. I always think of JT as the Giggs of CIL. I aspire to be the Macheda.

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    James Tyler: Would be the worst deal in Atletico history.

  •  

    [Comment from Jake Nazar]
    Sturridge and 30 mill to Atleti for Falcao.

  •  

    [Comment from Tom]
    For almost everyone else out there: In Euclidean geometry, a rhombus, plural rhombi or rhombuses, is a simple (non-self-intersecting) quadrilateral whose four sides all have the same length.

  •  

    [Comment from Didier Drogba]
    Chelsea may be at the top of the table, but WHO IS THE ONLY Ballon d'Or finalist playing in China?!?

  •  

    [Comment from Adam]
    Sturridge doing is best Fernando Torres impression.

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    James Tyler: Thanks, Jake. (chews gum)

  •  

    [Comment from Jake]
    Rog & JT, it seems like you're putting in as much effort in commentary as the managers did in team selection.

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    James Tyler: 8 minutes gone. Mata breaking again. Bertrand's cross is boomed deep but it's poorly directed.

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    Roger Bennett: United fans to Sturridge: "Are you Torres in disguise" BRILLIANT!

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    James Tyler: Every touch puts the young striker closer to the Stamford Bridge exit.

  •  

    James Tyler: Dan-iel Sturr-ridge (clap clap clap-clap-clap)

  •  

    [Comment from JamesHMartin via Twitter]
    Moses great run, Sturridge clear on goal, doh!

  •  

    Roger Bennett: United seeking to enjoy a spell of possession. Passing it at a frantic pace. Chelsea break with Mata. Sturridge's first real chance and he fluffs it by tripping over the ball

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    James Tyler: Sturridge's first touch is poor. United with a bit of sideways training-ground passing. Triangles of ball movement. I think I even saw a rhombus.

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    Roger Bennett: Sturridge just tried to pass the ball. A first.

  •  

    [Comment from mark s]
    prediction :chelsea win 2-0---their midfield completely overpowers united on the night

  •  

    James Tyler: David Luiz: as good at shooting on target as he is at controlling his feral haircut.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Hi BIL

  •  

    [Comment from BIL]
    EVERTON TO WIN LEAGUE CUP AND MOVE ONTO CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL

  •  

    James Tyler: Stephen, you must work in brand management.

  •  

    [Comment from Stephen]
    Is Man City out of the Capital One Coca-Cola Carlsberg Coletrain Calamity Jane Carling Cup?!

  •  

    [Comment from JamesHMartin via Twitter]
    Nice shot Sideshow.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: David Luiz blasts the ball from distance into the United fans in the shed end to their dizzying delight

  •  

    [Comment from RAH]
    I can see this being pretty lopsided... I'm thinking Chelsea 5 - 2 United

  •  

    James Tyler: Giggs tries to play Chicharito through the middle but is rebuffed. First real effort by the visitors.

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    James Tyler: Karma's sitting on the Chelsea bench, too. Waiting for a second-half cameo.

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    Roger Bennett: This is just like a Champions League night. Apart from every team would prefer to lose.

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    James Tyler: Did you miss the game on Sunday, Brian? Emotions are a bit frayed at the moment. Pride is at stake. The Blues' hunt for justice, vengeance etc.

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    This crowd is way too excited, I guess no one told them it's a league cup game.

  •  

    James Tyler: Romeu already getting stuck in. Azpilicueta's first booming cross from the right flank is intended for Lucas Piazon. He mistimes his jump.

  •  

    James Tyler: But that's neither hither nor thither. We resume.

  •  

    James Tyler: I also call Man City's reserve goalkeeper "Costel PantyLemons"

  •  

    James Tyler: I call him that. It's actually Nene Hilario.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: United fans chant: "Where's your racist centre half" (Terry was found by the FA not to be racist)

  •  

    [Comment from Danny]
    Chelsea actually have someone named HILARIOUS on their team??

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    James Tyler: 60 seconds in. Referee yet to be noticed.

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    Roger Bennett: 6000 fans for United making one hell of a noise... atmosphere is already at BEAR PIT

  •  

    James Tyler: Nice of Mrs. Macheda to sneak in using a pseudonym.

  •  

    [Comment from Matt W]
    FEDERICO MACHEDA WILL HAVE AN IMPACT ON THIS GAME!

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    James Tyler: We're off! No red cards yet!

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    James Tyler: Lineups one more time before we get revved up:
    CHELSEA: Cech -- Azpilicueta, Cahill, David Luiz, Bertrand -- Romeu, Mikel -- Moses, Mata, Lucas Piazon -- Sturridge.
    Subs: Hilarious, Saville, Ramires, Oscar, Hazard, Ferreira, Marin

    UNITED: Lindegaard -- Rafael, Keane, Wootton, Buttner -- Nani, Fletcher, Anderson, Giggs -- Hernandez, Welbeck.
    Subs: Johnstone, Powell, Macheda, Lingard, Vermikl, Brady, Tunnicliffe.

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    Roger Bennett: please dont let me be offside god.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Chicarito prays on his knees ahead of kickoff

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    Roger Bennett: Torres in a nice coat and scarf combo. John Terry dressed in stands like a 19th century artic explorer.

  •  

    [Comment from Jake Nazar]
    My blue heart tells me 5-1. But my head says 3-1 Blues.

  •  

    James Tyler: Some great names on display today: Marnick Vermijl.

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    The 'Clattenburg: Referee, leader, legend' banner is up. *cough* Big United support here, and clearly not looking to kiss and make up.

  •  

    [Comment from Clay]
    Chelsea 5 United 2

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    [Comment from Michael GFOP]
    Defending Champions 2 Swansea 3

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    Man U huh, Chelsea Meh

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Your referee/object of scandal is Lee Mason

  •  

    James Tyler: Ahh, the hopeful Gooner. I thought that was an extinct footballing species.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Michael Keane fills our screens. Manchester United's 19 year old reserve player of the year last season...

  •  

    [Comment from Andrew W.]
    Everyone loses and Arsenal finally win a trophy by default.

  •  

    James Tyler: No silly away kits on display tonight. A visceral primary colour clash.

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    James Tyler: Teams are out at Stamford Bridge! Chelsea in blue, United in red. AS IT SHOULD BE.

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    James Tyler: I say potarto, as well.

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    Roger Bennett: My mum does Mike

  •  

    [Comment from Mike]
    No one says tomarto.

  •  

    [Comment from Inar]
    Chelsea win 2-1 with a controversial penalty

  •  

    [Comment from PJ]
    Chelsea 4. United 2

  •  

    [Comment from Sam]
    Chelsea 7 - Manu 5

  •  

    James Tyler: I'll say Chelsea 3, United 1. An utterly moribund game compared to ClattenburgGate.

  •  

    [Comment from Tom]
    Dan, I'm Tom and I have BeIn Sport. Nice to meet you.

  •  

    James Tyler: So, to the sporting fun at hand. Predictions, people. Let's have them.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: "You say tomato, I say Tomarto
    You say Brendan Rodgers, I say David Brent"

  •  

    James Tyler: Yes! Do it, Dave. Add the letter u to everything. Swap z for s. It's amasing. No, wait, that wasn't right.

  •  

    [Comment from Dave]
    Because of the Boot Room I've found myself becoming more cynical about Liverpool this season and dare I say "British" in my humor...it's only a matter of time before i start spelling like a Brit

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    James Tyler: Everton fan are we, Michael? Don't encourage Rog, please.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Defending Champions, We know what we are...

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    James Tyler: I'm watching it right now. It's amazing. You should see this thing.

  •  

    [Comment from Michael GFOP]
    Can we refer to Liverpool as the defending champions for the rest of the day? It will be pretty comical considering their lineup. For example, "Joe Cole with an own goal for the defending Champions?"

  •  

    Roger Bennett: let me intro you to Mr. James Tyler

  •  

    [Comment from Dan]
    I have yet to meet someone that has BeIn Sports

  •  

    Roger Bennett: 1001 always good to be safe

  •  

    [Comment from Marc from WV]
    I have like 1,000 channels and Beln isn't one of them.

  •  

    James Tyler: As Rog said, Victor Moses has a chip on his shoulder. Made a big move in the summer, has had to scrap for limited minutes despite being one of the Blues' few true wing players.

  •  

    [Comment from Pog]
    Joey Barton, just now on twitter: "Goodbye to a great man who introduced me to golf, horseracing, betting and Bob Dylan. Rest in Peace Grandad. Love you always mate xxxx"

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    Roger Bennett: We will say this once and hope people scroll up. this game is on BeIn Sports in the US... you know the one...

  •  

    [Comment from Stergios]
    So is there no US TV Coverage for any league cup games at all?

  •  

    [Comment from Jeremy]
    Chelsea look set up to win big. Put out a much stronger side than United and definitely are in the mood to make a point. All the young players know they can become instant heroes with the fans if they help gain a semblance of revenge for Clattenberg-gate

  •  

    James Tyler: What tells you that, Prabal? The coterie of teens suiting up for United, or the fact that Daniel Sturridge is trusted up front, alone?

  •  

    [Comment from Prabal]
    Honestly, I don't think either Di Matteo or SAG are into the League Cup much. Won't bother either if they're out tonight.

  •  

    James Tyler: Capital One Cup, Matt W. The discerning tournament for fans of low APR on transactions.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: We remodeled while we were away. got rid of the asbestos. painted the place a nice shade of puce

  •  

    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    Nice to be back in the Boot Room. Feel bad that I've missed the last couple weeks.

  •  

    [Comment from Matt W]
    What's the league cup called now? Irrelevant Trophy formerly known as the Carling Cup. Terrible beer btw

  •  

    [Comment from Dave]
    Joe Cole won't even step on the field, he will injure himself in warm-ups and then his next game he will get injured before he even steps off the bus

  •  

    James Tyler: When he's recovered from injury, Jonathan.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Two to watch tonight: Moses and Sturridge for Chelsea... chance to show they can offer the team more than Torres has this season. There will be goals in this game for sure. (He says, before watching 90 minutes of 0-0 footy)

  •  

    [Comment from jonathan]
    whats the deal with marin?seems to be highly rated, looks good on youtube and was bought, when and how shall we c him?

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Chelsea fans applauding those who survived Hurricane Sandra at the behest of the PA announcer before booking Manchester United's line-up.

  •  

    James Tyler: Spurs will not be upset if the League Cup disappears from the calendar, Matt. AVB has precious little to rotate at the moment due to injuries.

  •  

    [Comment from Matt]
    Any thoughts on the Norwich-Tottenham game?

  •  

    James Tyler: Chelsea to win given their strength in depth. Reckon the officiating crew have been told to lay off, let it be loose, etc.

  •  

    James Tyler: Rog, I'm thinking this will be a slapfight, the disappointing slab of store-bought cheesecake after a $100 surf and turf dinner.

  •  

    James Tyler: Piazon's a highly-touted Brazilian lad. Definitely one to watch. Not sure about just yet, but you never know.

  •  

    [Comment from Jeremy]
    Piazon is gonna blow your minds. Great young player. Definitely gets on the score sheet.

  •  

    James Tyler: I think momentum was on their side, Jordan. The rest is pure speculation.

  •  

    [Comment from Jordan]
    JT do you think chelsea would have won on sunday if torres and ivanovic weren't sent off?

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    Roger Bennett: This is going to be an odd, odd tie. Both teams are playing skeleton sides. Yet the weekend's game will linger, and with a number of these players eager to prove themselves, we should see some bite and argy bargy.

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    James Tyler: Never seen a 7-5 result before, Manny. Except when I go and watch my three-year-old toddle around in the park with the other children.

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    [Comment from Manny]
    You catch the Arsenal game yesterday? Stunning, simply stunning.

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    James Tyler: Yes, amazingly.

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    [Comment from Danny]
    JOE COLE??? He is still around?

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    James Tyler: Yes -- he deputized there against Everton at the weekend. Johnson's injured.

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    [Comment from TingTong]
    So henderson at right back for pool ???

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    James Tyler: Jake, I think it is a bit of a disgrace, to be honest. I don't think Clattenburg said what he is alleged to have said, but we'll probably never know "the truth." We'll know a version of the truth, but it's one person's word against another.

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    [Comment from Michael GFOP]
    Season 2 of Being Liverpool will surely be an emmy winner

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    [Comment from Andrew W.]
    Leprachaun 2-7.

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    [Comment from Inar]
    2 Fast 2 Furious

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    [Comment from Jake Nazar]
    JT, what is your take on Sunday's match and the "afters" with Clattenburg.

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    Roger Bennett: Last great photo to get you in the mood: Best Halloween costume of the night? Zombie Fernando Torres
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=433103126752685&set=a.212778915451775.54899.204114039651596&type=1&theater

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    James Tyler: LIVERPOOL v. SWANSEA:
    LFC: Jones -- Henderson, Carragher, Coates, Robinson -- Allen, Shelvey -- Assaidi, JOE COLE, Downing -- Yesil.

    Swansea: Tremmel -- Tiendalli, Williams, Chico, Richards -- Britton, de Guzman, Ki, Dyer, Hernandez -- Michu.

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    Join @jamestyler and @rogbennett for the Boot Room - Chelsea v. United NOW for live chat and analysis. tinyurl.com/cmr5j2m

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    Roger Bennett: Macheda. Macheda. Macheda. Love that bloke. One of the oddest interviews I have ever had... like trying to speak seriously to a 2 and a half year old.

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    James Tyler: It's Sir Alex Ferguson's "break in case of uninteresting cup competition" bench, Dustin. Comes pre-stocked with teenagers and ne'er-do-wells.

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    [Comment from Dustin Roberts]
    What kind of bench is that United?

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    [Comment from Marc from WV]
    Step Up 2: The Streets

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    James Tyler: I hate no teams. Though I strongly dislike a few.

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    [Comment from d]
    James: be honest - how much do you hate United?

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    [Comment from Pog]
    Rog: Beverly Hills Cop 2, Empire Strikes Back, X-Men 2, Godfather II

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Mr.

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    [Comment from MrTuktoyaktuk]
    If we don't see 25 goals in this game, should that be considered a disappointment?

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    James Tyler: UNITED: Lindegaard -- Rafael, Keane, Wootton, Buttner -- Nani, Fletcher, Anderson, Giggs -- Hernandez, Welbeck.
    Subs: Johnstone, Powell, Macheda, Lingard, Vermikl, Brady, Tunnicliffe.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    No sign of John Terry yet at Stamford Bridge, though there is someone disguised as the Grim Reaper. Perhaps the skipper has gone incognito.

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    James Tyler: CHELSEA: Cech -- Azpilicueta, Cahill, David Luiz, Bertrand -- Romeu, Mikel -- Moses, Mata, Lucas Piazon -- Sturridge.
    Subs: Hilarious, Saville, Ramires, Oscar, Hazard, Marin

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    Roger Bennett: Important question. Because i am quite excited for this game. but can you name a sequel which was better than the original? Police Academy 2 anyone?

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    Roger Bennett: Or is the Carragher on their teamsheet Jamie's son, star of Being: Liverpool?

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    James Tyler: Alright, let's try the lineups again. I appear to have been Halloween'd.

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    Roger Bennett: Liverpool. They are playing a lot of their young prospects. Like Jamie Carragher.

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    James Tyler: Swansea. Because why not?

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    [Comment from Martin Dear]
    Rog & JT, who's yer pick for Liverpool vs Swansea?

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    Roger Bennett: Another one to get you in the mood... Robin Van Persie punches the ball out of Ramires' hands. GIF style
    http://www.101greatgoals.com/gallery/gimages/image/gif-when-robin-van-persie-punched-a-throw-from-a-fan-out-of-ramires-hands/

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    James Tyler: Think Chelsea wins. Their reserves have a level of class that United's are still locating. And I think they'll end with 11 men on the pitch tonight, too.

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    [Comment from EintrachtFrankfurt1]
    who will win today? ManUtd or Chelskea?

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    James Tyler: Which part: the being 4-0 down or the 7-5?

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    [Comment from Andrew W.]
    Any chance an Arsenal-esque performance is replicated today?

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    James Tyler: Rog, I swear I only helped in its construction.

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    [Comment from Mike]
    Chelsea's back up team could have a pretty good go in the PL

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    Roger Bennett: Hi JT. This Clattenburg banner has your fingerprints all over it
    https://twitter.com/mattyredman/status/263691174982844416/photo/1

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    James Tyler: Afternoon, Rog! Glad to see your internet collection is wearing galoshes.

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    James Tyler: Who knows, PJ. The FA will take its merry time. For now he'll ride the bench until the bottom of this mess is located.

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    Roger Bennett: He's not playing today PJ

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    [Comment from PJ]
    what's gonna happen with Clattenburg? Will he be suspended? Sent down to the Championship?

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    James Tyler: It's a reason for me to stay awake too, Marc. Game kicks at 3.45pm ET on BeIn Sport.

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    [Comment from Marc from WV]
    JT- Thank you for giving me a reason to stay awake at work today.

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    James Tyler: De Gea -- Rafael, Wootton, Evans, Buttner -- Fletcher, Powell -- Nani, Anderson, Welbeck -- Hernandez.

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    James Tyler: Your UNITED eleven...

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    James Tyler: Turnbull -- Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill, Bertrand -- Ramires, Oriol Romeu -- Moses, Marin, Juan Mata -- Sturridge.

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    James Tyler: Your CHELSEA starting XI...

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    James Tyler: Just getting settled in. Bear in mind both Rog and I were hampered by the ACTUAL hurricane. But we'll have lineups in just a moment.

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    James Tyler: The scheduling gods are not always kind, but they were nice to us today.

 
COMPLETE TEAM CLOSE X
Goal Shot Video
  •  
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Chelsea

  • 26(11)

  • -

  • 17

  • 52%

    48%

  • Manchester United

  • 11(6)

  • -

  • 21

Chelsea

Line-up
POS No Name

G

1 Petr Cech

D

4 David Luiz

D

24 Gary Cahill

D

28 César Azpilicueta

D

34 Ryan Bertrand

M

6 Oriol Romeu
M
11 Oscar

M

10 Juan Mata

M

12 John Mikel Obi
M
7 Ramires

M

13 Victor Moses

F

23 Daniel Sturridge

F

35 Lucas Piazon
M
17 Eden Hazard
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
G 40 Henrique Hilario
D 19 Paulo Ferreira
M 7 Ramires
M 11 Oscar
M 17 Eden Hazard
M 21 Marko Marin
M 56 George Saville

Manchester United

Line-up
POS No Name

G

13 Anders Lindegaard

D

2 Rafael

D

28 Alexander Büttner
M
25 Nick Powell

D

31 Scott Wootton

D

38 Michael Keane

M

8 Anderson
M
46 Ryan Tunnicliffe

M

11 Ryan Giggs

M

17 Nani

M

24 Darren Fletcher

F

14 Javier Hernández

F

19 Danny Welbeck
F
27 Federico Macheda
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
G 50 Sam Johnstone
D 36 Marnick Vermijl
M 25 Nick Powell
M 35 Jessie Lingard
M 46 Ryan Tunnicliffe
F 27 Federico Macheda
F 37 Robert Brady

Match Stats

  • Chelsea
  • Manchester United
26(11) Shots (on goal) 11(6)
17 Fouls 21
6 Corner kicks 4
2 Offsides 3
52% Time of Possession 48%
5 Yellow Cards 4
0 Red Cards 0
5 Saves 7