Chelsea Returns to Site of Glory

Approximately one year after dashing the demons of a half-century title drought, Chelsea returns to the site of championship glory, Reebok Stadium. Earlier this season, when the Blues were seemingly invincible, Bolton's Stelios scored to lead 1-0 at halftime, the first defecit at the break Chelsea had experienced all season. What followed was a barrage of scoring prowess, the Blues dismantling Bolton in the second half as if they were small children en route to a 4-1 victory. Chelsea looks to continue their dominance over the Wanderers this Saturday morning in what could be a make-or-break fixture for the champions.

In probably one of his most witty and funny quotes of the season, Jose Mourinho outlined his tactics for away victory: “The last away victory was against West Bromwich and we did not play especially well there. Maybe we won (against West Ham) because we played with ten men. That is our best tactic at the moment!"

However, the game is not to be taken lightly. Bolton brings a level of dirtiness and foul play to the pitch. Boss Sam Alardyce, or "Big Sam", is a magician of cheating and mind games. Striker Diouf will do anything short of biting the Chelsea players. In fact, as long as the referee isn't looking, I wouldn't be surprised if the Senegal man snuck in a few nibbles. Bolton will also be out for blood after last matches studs up tackle by Michael Essien on defender Ben-Haim.

Hidden beneath the layers of hooligans, though, is a hungry Wanderers team that wants nothing less than a spot in Europe. Gary Speed, Kevin Nolan, and Stelios wouldn't look out of place on a first place squad, and yet they all remain loyal to the Bolton cause. Alardyce's Wanderers have had big wins against big clubs this year, including two victories against Arsenal, and they played extremely well in the UEFA cup before their ultimate elimination. Chelsea will have to be at their best Saturday, just like they were at the dawn of the season, if they are to take 3 away points at the Reebok. Repeat Premiership glory depends upon it.

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