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Sparky Looking To End Chelsea Record

Many would scoff at the thought of Blackburn Rovers ending Chelsea's unbelievable unbeaten home record, but this could happen so anyone writing this off had better beware.

This is not to say that Rovers WILL beat Chelsea, as to go into such a match with that thought fully in your head against a team full of unquestionable world-class performers would be ludicrous and would only set you up for one hell of a fall, but it could very well happen! Chelsea have to lose at Stamford Bridge sometime so why shouldn't Rovers be the team to end their amazing 65-game unbeaten home running, stretching back over three-years to February 2004, incredible isn`t it!!!

Rovers manager Mark Hughes feels Rovers could be this team to end that run, he told the Official Blackburn Rovers Website: "The last time we were beaten was in the cup semi-final against Chelsea and obviously we are up against them again.

"It is a big ask, because they've got a fantastic home record, but it is there to be broken.

"The way we are playing at the moment - with a lot of confidence, a lot of ability and a real threat at the opposition goal - I think if anybody can possibly test Chelsea it certainly could be us.

"We are going there in good heart and I think you have to be confident when you go to places like Chelsea and Manchester United etc. We've always tried to test ourselves against the best and that is what we'll try and do again.

"Prior to Jose Mourinho going to the club, Blackburn's record at Chelsea was very, very good, so we'd hopefully like to make inroads into their home league form. It is a fantastic record that they have, but it is there to be broken and why can't we be the team that does it?
"

Rovers performed superbly in the FA Cup Semi Final between the two sides last season, which earned Rovers much respect from Chelsea (especially from our friends at Vital Chelsea) so although this is not at a neutral ground (as neutral as Old Trafford could have been!) and Stamford Bridge is beyond a fortress if anyone writes Rovers off it will be at their own peril. However, at the same time anyone overly confident that Rovers WILL win at Stamford Bridge again could be in for a VERY, VERY large slice of humble pie!!!


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 14 2007

Time: 11:31AM

Your Comments

I genuinely find this match hard to call, the Semi Final was a 50:50 call by many at that time, and I think this isn't to far away from a similar split.
However, given Chelsea's incredible home record they would obviously still be favourites to win, but DON'T write off Rovers, I would say 60:40 in Chelsea's favour at the moment though.
Hughes Da Man
i think its our game lads. Just had placed a bet at the local agent, paying great odds, 9.35 (aust dollars) to win. Dunno how that translates, cant complain though we are huge outsiders, yet with a big chance
sasman
Chelsea to nick it 1-0. Mourniho to praise his teams battling spirit (i.e. a dull game). Sparky to say we fought valiantly (I don't he has ever used the valiantly...), and gave a good performance (i.e. a dull game...). That would be my pre-assessment of the game. However, I have a niggling thought that we could get a point. Has HDM stated, a hard one to call.
Decimus Poole
I'd be disspointed with anything less than a point giving how we've played so far this season. Should be a close match
KevDP4L
After the loss to Villa, Chelsea will be tough to beat. However, you can spot 'chinks in the armor' of this side and if we can exploit any weak spots in their game we'll certainly have a good result. Sparky will have our boys prepared, no doubt.
Chupacabra
I'm really looking forward to this... live at midday for me tomorrow. Fry up, nice cup of tea, rovers beating chelsea at stamford bridge. what a way to start the day.
martinr
Chelsea will take it- I think 2-0
IsraeliRover
By the way- another issue- I've seen all MGP's games this season including his game vr Greece; Besides his tremendous set pieces he hardly adds us anything (though he defends well for a winger). What does everybody find in him?
IsraeliRover
coming on the back of a two week break - it could be anyone's game! We're notoriously bad after international breaks plus no Drogs or Lamps!
merlin
IsraeliRover: I am a huge fan of MGP, he has a great command of the ball and is one of theose impact players that can bring real magic to a game. Unfortunately over the last 2 seasons it has taken him a month or two to really find his feet and make that impact. I agree that he has been quiet so far this season (in spite of a great pre-season!), but if you were watching Rovers last season surely you can understand the fuss a bit? Check out the Man City game. Or just go on youtube and watch his show reel.
martinr
no drogba and lampard, who knows guys we have a chance
sasman
The pressure is off us... lets have a go at them. They have Drogba and Lampard out. nothing to fear.
MikeyGamst
I really think today is the day Rovers make major headlines for the right reasons, a wonderful match will see us emerge victorious. There are so many things that go against us in recent years against them, that has to change plus their home record cannot go on forever and drog and lamps could be missing, their sole goal threats! Rovers to win it boys.
roversman
As for MGP, everyone knows I am a huge fan of his but can't help but feel disappointed at times with his displays, however, he is a match winner and it only takes one of his set-pieces to totally alter the game!
roversman
MGP has come on leaps and bounds, and these leaps and bounds have been his defensive work absolutely outstanding how good his defending is now and how much he tracks back, not too many wingers do that.
Hughes Da Man
 

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