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Gael Knew Chelsea Would Be A Force

Gael Knew Chelsea Would Be A Force

Arsenal defender Gael Clichy says there's no surprise that Chelsea are still in the title race.

Being the nice guy that he is, he only had complimentary things to say about the Blues where most of us could have easily come up with at least 17 derogatory comments to fire towards the boys from the Bridge.

'I don't think they have been overlooked,' Clichy told 'We always knew that Chelsea were going to be there at the end with such a great team and all the players they have got in the squad.

'They are a great club with great players, they won two championships and the only thing they are missing is the Champions League. Of course I won't wish them good luck for this year because we are still in it!

'Chelsea have been behind in the Premier League and that's not easier because you always have to win your games to catch up. But when you are in third people don't look at you like they look at the first team.

'We've had the experience of being on top and the pressure has been on. It's good to be top, it shows the quality is there, but it's not bad to be second or third. It will be an interesting end to the season and we hope we can come out in first place.'

Obviously Gael made these comments before Chelsea were dealt a title hammer blow by the mighty Tottenham at White Hart Lane last night :)

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Date:Thursday March 20 2008
Time: 10:47AM

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We should know that it can all change just like that, but although Chelsea have done well to claw themselves back, you can't help but feel an Arsenal win at the weekend, following their dropped points at the Lane, can end any title challenge they thought they could mount. But like I say, a 5 point gap can just disappear in a couple of weeks... Lets hope Torres continues his hotstreak at the weekend, while Adebayor finds his scoring boots again!
20/03/2008 11:07:00
Any team that spends 100's of millions of pounds on players with impunity and has the highest wage bill in football without having to balance the books (that will be in 2010 apparently!!! Yeah right!!) should be incontention for almost every competition they enter, even with a manager as avaerage as Grant. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to work that out Gael...........
20/03/2008 11:46:00
Agreed super_gooner, unfortunately we all know very well how little a five point gap actually is. Tottenham did put a dent into their title hopes, but they didn't rule them out completely. Chelsea still host us and Man Utd, so they can still somehow climb up, but hopefully, they won't pick up any points this weekend! If Man Utd are successful on Sunday, then either Arsenal or Chelsea's title hopes will come to an end (unless we get another draw which would probably dent both teams' hopes, which I really don't want. I'd prefer Chelsea winning the title over Man Utd). And although I don't like relying on other teams to do us any favours, I really do hope that Liverpool's good form continues this Sunday.. :)
20/03/2008 11:57:00
London Gooner, although what you said is very true, it's nice to see Gael being kind instead of saying, "After spending billions, the least that's expected of them is to still be in the title race. It'd be more of a surprise if they were out of it than in it." Although I think quite a few people might have preferred hearing him say that...
20/03/2008 12:06:00
20/03/2008 13:06:00
I can see Liverpool giving ManU a tough time. Gerrard and Torres are on fire now. And when even Mascherano managed to score, I felt they're starting to look a bit more unpredictable/dangerous. And Xabi Alonso has regained his place and looked sharp last week. And to keep ManU under control you only need to stifle one man. Whereas when I saw Chelsea last night, it's obvious that Grant's tactics were strange to say the least. And as much as I enjoyed his fantastic save to deny Berbatov, Cudicini didn't look solid, especially when I looked at the earlier Spurs goals in highlights. You just never know!
Lou the Gunneress
20/03/2008 19:44:00
Chelsea have always come back well after a bad result, so it will be itnerestng to see how they react on Sunday. Grant's record against the top 4 isnt good, and lets hope that continues. I fancy our chances.
21/03/2008 07:56:00
with garnt incharge any team will fancy their chances against do not have to say it, we know it!!but we will stuff you lot..i just get that funny feeling!!
21/03/2008 15:26:00
Lets face it - that Spurs game was a contender for game of the season. I hated it. :P I'm so used to efficiency and not conceding that the second we do, I end up worrying about the result! But I look forward to tomorrow because whatever the result, our games are always interesting and usually have their share of controversy. But can we have a gentleman's agreement this time? No injuring each others players, fair enough?
22/03/2008 23:16:00
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