Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Don't Forget About Chelsea-Portsmouth
Sporting Life, October 20th, 2006 4:04PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

It's a match that will surely be overshadowed by many neutral fans for the grand occasions of Real Madrid-Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu and Manchester United-Liverpool at Old Trafford, but Chelsea at home to Portsmouth just might be this weekends most intriguing encounter. Besides, that match will be played on Saturday, while the former two take place a day later, so there can be no excuses for missing it (TV: Setanta USA Sports, 9:45 am ET). Third-place Pompey (as the club is affectionately known) is without doubt the surprise package of the Premier League's early days, and Saturday the club gets a chance to show that it's for real this year when it takes on the two-time defending champion at Stamford Bridge. At this time last year, Pompey looked to be on its way toward relegation but Harry Redknapp's arrival as manager last December righted the ship. Some smart acquisitions over the summer, including former England internationals Sol Campbell, Glenn Johnson and David James, have made all the difference, as has the return to form of Nigerian Nwankwo Kanu, who looks much happier after moving from relegated West Bromwich Albion. Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, Redknapp's nephew, hailed his uncle's achievement thus far: "To take them from the team they were last year to the situation there now is basically a miracle, there's no doubt about that," he said. "He's done what Harry does best." Chelsea of course, will be keen to win, lifted by its comprehensive defeat of Barcelona on Wednesday. A draw would certainly be regarded as a victory for Redknapp and co. Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Sporting Demands UCL Replay     
Sporting Lisbon has lodged a formal complaint with UEFA demanding a replay of its UEFA Champions ...
FIFA Rankings: USA Falls to 23rd    
Jurgen Klinsmann's USA fell six places to 23rd in FIFA's international rankings following a pair of ...
Diego Costa Released from the Hospital     
Chelsea is expected to be without striker Diego Costa when the Blues visit Manchester United at ...
Reports: Ibra Suffers Injury Setback     
Reports in Sweden claim that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could require surgery on the heel injury that has ...
FIFA Backs Clasico Pause for Messi's Record     
Lionel Messi heads into Saturday's game against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu just one goal short ...
Allegri: Juve Can Still Qualify    
Massimiliano Allegri believes Juventus still has a good chance of qualifying for the Round of 16 ...
Mertesacker: Gunners Lack Confidence    
In a candid interview, Arsenal center-back Per Mertesacker admits that the Gunners are low on confidence ...
Rodgers: Why Always Balotelli?     
Once again, it was all about Mario Balotelli, as Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers fielded a barrage ...
Report: Demand Amps Up Ahead of El Clasico    
This Saturday's Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona, which regularly draws hundreds of millions of viewers ...
Ferguson: Moyes Didn't Inherit Declining Man United    
Alex Ferguson has updated his book My Autobiography to include a section about the short reign ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives