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Elliott

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Okay, so joint on points with United in the Premiership, with 2 games remaining, whilst also having half a foot in the Champions League Final.

How does everyone think we will end the season?

Will Avram's true colours come to light, as we blow it at the last, or will this new found sense of unity push us on to major honours?

What do we think?

I personally think, we will miss out on the Premiership to goal difference, whilst getting to the final of the CL only to just lose out.

(We have, however, been incredibly lucky recently?...)

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I think along the same lines, but the title is still there for Utd to lose.

Let me explain......

Their managers reaction after the game said it all for me. He sent his assistant out to face the press and all either of them kept on about was 'bad decisions' costing them points, the penalty decision that they both admitted hit his hand, and was in the area.

No mention of his strange team selection or his team getting played off the pitch. The players reactions at the end, Ferdinand kicking a wall and missing . Fergie telling his players not to shake hands with the referee. Giggs chasing the referee. Hargreaves chasing the referee down the tunnel. Ferdinand wanting to stand up eyeball to eyeball with Mikel. Vidic injured. Rooney injured, if it's a groin strain, he'll miss the end of the season.

And then for good measure they get into a petulant arguement with ground staff which ends in fisticuffs. Utd are used to getting things their own way, and it's not all going their own way at the moment. The league could have been wrapped up this weekend, but they failed to do it, and they didn't like it one bit.

They seem to be limping toward the finish line, rather than sprinting like last year. They could still be in for a fall.

Chelsea on the other hand, gave their most unified display this weekend, and the club have come together over the loss of Pat Lampard, players and crowd alike. Even Drogba gave Ballack a hug at the end icon_wink.gif We have a squad of players who have not played a full season and a team still remembering the disapointment of losing out last term. The tide has turned our way, those points dropped against Wigan were almighty, but we still on their tails!

Squeaky bum Sir Alex?

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west ham will do us a favour at OT, they will pick up a point and hopefully all 3

then the league is ours clap2.gif

as for the CL, we can beat who ever we shall play in the final

we're saving the best till last ChElSea2.gif

i'm full of optimism at the moment (i hope it doesent come back and bite me arse)

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Their supporters didn't like it either.

For the first time in a long time Stamford bridge was united (wrong choice of word) in this victory. The team showed immense spirit and the crowd were really passionate. Perhaps we've been brought together to show a bit of spirit for Lampard but the chorus of carfree after the goal went in echoed loud and clear around the ground.

The entire stadium was up singing it, not just the Shed and MH, but also the whole of the West and the ENTIRE EAST STAND icon_eek.gificon_eek.gif (I know) - every tier!!! All in unison aswell.

Not a peep from the Manc's, only when they drew level. They know it isn't over yet!

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Do you think the fact our players showed some passion and actually put on an extremely good performance for the first time in a LONG LONG time [against the current best team in the league AND current Champions], could have something to do with it as well Bluenut? Not a sarcastic comment, but a genuine question. We looked bloody brilliant on the tele, and you never get the full impact of what it was like there.

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I still think we will lose out to Man Utd in the league.

They really can't afford to f**k up now - the wriggle room has gone and I think that will concentrate minds for them. Yes they look like having a wobbly moment but you should never underestimate them. Despite all the fuss over our good performance the bottom line is Fergie didn't absolutely have to win that game, hence his weird subs, we had to. He still gives me the impression that he has that cushion of the goal advantage in the back of his mind and he feels it is almost impossible for them to lose it now.

West Ham no longer have Tevez and have settled for mid table mediocrity and Wigan may well be safe by then. Newcastle could be tricky for us, Bolton at home I think we can win that.

That said, West Ham are Utd's bogey side - common sense flies out the window at times like this.

So whilst if I was a betting woman I would say Man Utd - just - if we manage to take it off them I equally would not be utterly shocked - especially if they keep playing as disjointedly as they have done and lose key players to injury.

As for the CL, I think we will finally beat Liverpool and meet Barcelona (not Man Utd) and then, well I think it's impossible to call because when you talk about big games like this it often comes down to one moment of luck or accident which turns the game.

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If its one thing we've been good at this season (luck aside) is our fabulous away record. Newcastle are much improved, but its still the same squad with only one new addition - Michael Owen.

Same squad, same weaknesses. Even the manager is a familiar face. Chelsea know that the league is still winnable, but they need to work till the end for the chance to still exist. We'll be up for Newcastle, and I'm confident of a win.

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Do you think the fact our players showed some passion and actually put on an extremely good performance for the first time in a LONG LONG time [against the current best team in the league AND current Champions], could have something to do with it as well Bluenut? Not a sarcastic comment, but a genuine question. We looked bloody brilliant on the tele, and you never get the full impact of what it was like there.

Yeah it's a fair point and a valid one. Obviously the opposition and what was at stake contributed, but their team selecetion did also. As the game drew further on and we searched for the goal, the crowd and players seemed like we knew they were there for the taking. They were desperately hanging on as we applied the pressure, and they didn't like it.

If we've been in front of the FA for failing to control our player this season, the FA have got their work cut out going thru a video of this match.

JT was a credit as skipper and was even pulling utd players away from the referee.

If all else fails, moan at the referee........I wonder where Fergies players get that from?

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Before the Barca/United 1st Leg, i would have said United in the final for sure; but now, i'm not so confident, and i think that penalty miss could come back to haunt them.

As far as the league is concerned, i cant see West Ham doing us any favours at OT... IF we are going to get another slice of good fortune, i think it will be when United go to the JJB. Another last minute Heskey equaliser? - That would be nice.

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No point in thinking about the Wigan match. Had we won that, I doubt Fergie would've risked going to the game with the lineup and tactics that he did. It could've well been a totally different kind of match had we been in position to overtake them with a win at the Bridge. Everything affects everything. It's not just about the Wigan match. It's just as much or even more about the 4-4 results against Spurs and Villa. You simply should not let in four goals with the sort of squad that we have.

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