While some will focus on the number of world-class stars among them, the height and weight advantages of Carlo Ancelotti's muscular side are what will be most apparent before kick-off at Stamford Bridge. Welcome to the big time.
Blackpool's only consolation is that, although their regular team are one of the slightest in the Premier League, they are not alone in facing the possibility of being overpowered by Chelsea.
Arsenal, whom Chelsea have bullied (lol) in recent years, have fielded a team this season who are the smallest of the lot, so it is no surprise that manager Arsene Wenger wants referees to protect them.
'It's important to have power and physical strength in the team because a lot of the games here are physical,' said Ancelotti. 'We have a lot of players who are powerful and we also need to have a lot of tall players because sometimes on the setpieces you can have difficulties.'
Since Jose Mourinho was manager, Chelsea's recruitment has leaned towards powerful players such as Michael Essien. The indefatigable Ghana midfielder regularly runs eight miles or more in games and that sort of fitness, combined with the imposing strength, has been a factor in Chelsea's impressive start to the season.
They brushed their first five opponents aside, scoring 21 goals along the way, and another powerful performance is expected today.
'We have strong guys,' said John Obi Mikel. 'We have a lot of sixfooters. Even someone like Frank Lampard, you don't realise how strong he is. Essien is shorter but is very, very strong. Our physical presence through the middle with Didier Drogba up front and John Terry and Alex at the back really works well for Chelsea. Ashley Cole may be smaller but if you think he is a pushover, he is strong.'
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lmao at 'no wonder Arsenal get outmuscled'.
Btw good luck to Liverpool, the 8th less physically imposing team in the PL, against the 3rd most imposing team in the PL later today/tomorrow.
Have Fun : )
*Sorry I couldn't make a proper banner, folks. I really haven't the time seeing as I have to take my finals in a few weeks. It's also the reason why they've been of poor quality of late. : ((
The Sweden striker, who joined Milan at the end of the transfer window, scored both goals in his side’s 2-0 victory at the San Siro.
But afterwards he became embroiled in a heated discussion with the former Milan manager on the Mediaset Premium TV show.
Ibrahimovic, who formerly played for city rivals Internazionale, took exception when Sacchi joked that he would not have scored his first goal if he did not have such big feet.
"Sacchi needs to learn how to shut up," Ibrahimovic fumed. "He seems jealous because he talks too much.
"He needs to talk less about me on TV and in the newspapers. If he wants something he can come and see me about it. If you don't like the way I play, don't come and watch me.
"He also said things about me when I was at Barcelona."
Sacchi, who was a guest on the show, attempted to defend himself, insisting he had the right to "express my opinion in a polite manner".
Ibrahimovic continued his rant and Sacchi, 64, concluded by saying: "Learn some manners, son."
Sorry the video is without subtitle =(
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Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has revealed that he had once begged the club's former midfielder Owen Hargreaves for his boots.
Reflecting on his development and growth at the Bundesliga outfit, the Germany international looked back at the years he had as a child and also revealed a few old memories.
"I was a ball-boy at the stadium, it was always fantastic being up close to the pitch, watching the stars," said the 26-year-old to Bayern's official website.
"Elber, [Oliver] Kahn, [Jens] Jeremies, [Thomas] Linke, [Mehmet] Scholl – and a couple of years later, I was playing alongside them. I also watched them train as often as I could, after I’d cycled back from school to the club’s youth hostel.
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SAMUEL ETO’O: “WHEN RONALDINHO MOVED TO BARÇA THEY DIDN’T WIN ANYTHING. WHEN I MOVED THERE WE WON EVERYTHING”.
Also, “when Guardiola said he wanted me gone, Messi went to see him and told him “you can choose any other player in the team, but please, not Samuel".
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Probably the biggest wank to make first page on EMD. =_='' First time posting so mods if you decide it's too wanky I won't blame you, please, go ahead and delete everything ;DDD
Also, anybody else thinks success went to this guy's head? Also, does he have a
Hargreaves has not started a Manchester United game since September 2008 and many feared his career could be over.
But the renowned Dr Richard Steadman told BBC Sport: "Things are looking good for Owen, it's all worked out.
"He's close to playing fitness, although it's obviously up to United to decide when he plays a match."
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