LONDON – Chelsea’s Carlo Ancelotti recovered on Wednesday, helped by England’s Frank Lampard, the Premier’s leadership after winning the London to Birmingham City (3-0) on a bad day for Arsenal, who failed to pass the equalizer to zero at Aston Villa.
THE BLUES WELL ABOVE
The Blues played their cards perfectly and rose to the top of the competition for the right, driven by the actions of French and English Florent Malouda Frank Lampard, who signed twice.
Birmingham came to Stamford Bridge without loss in their last 15 games, a record for the team, but was hit by a Chelsea opened the scoring in the sixth minute.
Florent Malouda was left alone in the center of the trouble and headed a cross from the right by Joe Cole. Lampard added his two goals on passes from Michael Ballack and Malouda. The Birmingham could barely react and was much lower than Chelsea, which now exceeds 51 points to Manchester United in the general table of the tournament. WET POWDER IN LONDON
While Chelsea accelerates the search for their first title since 2006, Arsenal lost momentum and the opportunity to go level on points.
The strife in Villa Park, Aston Villa, was the other most interesting clash on Wednesday.
Arsenal recovered several missing in the clash with Stoke City butler, as was the case with Bacary Sagna, Thomas Vermaelen, William Gallas and Gael Clichy. On the bench, Wenger put Nicklas Bendtner and Samir Nasri, who also returned to the eleven after leaving behind physical setbacks. The Aston Villa, which was Carlos Cuellar in his boot training, displayed a remarkably offensive game to try to climb up the leaderboard. Although today was vital the cunning of Spanish Manuel Almunia as protector of the three clubs from Arsenal. For his part, former pupil of Arsene Wenger did the same. There midfield inspiration from the Spanish international Cesc Fabregas, but lack of ability to finish off chances. Arsenal remained in the goalless draw, which brings down a place in general, until the third classified.
THE REST OF THE DAY
At Ewood Park, Blackburn Rovers Wigan managed to win the Spanish Roberto Martinez 2-1, while Everton, with Spanish Mikel Arteta, who played for from minute 75 after his long injury, also scored a victory , 2-0 to Sunderland.