Terry, Anelka score as Chelsea beats Marseille 2-0
Chelsea bounced back from consecutive losses by beating
Marseille 2-0 in the Champions League after first-half goals by
John Terry and Nicolas Anelka on Tuesday.
Terry flicked in a corner in the seventh minute and Anelka added
the second with a disputed penalty in the 28th.
The English champions, who had lost two matches in a row coming
into the game, were poor after the break but still hit the post
twice, through Alex and Michael Essien.
Chelsea’s second successive Group F win – after a 4-1 win at
Zilina – kept it top on goal difference from Spartak Moscow, which
also had a maximum six points.
”We played well in the first half but Marseille came back in
the second half as they tried to get back in the game,” Chelsea
manager Carlo Ancelotti said.
”We analyzed our two last defeats but now they are forgotten
about. It’s a good step for us, this victory. We have a good chance
to qualify in first place.”
Marseille remained without a point after two games, having lost
to Spartak 1-0 two weeks ago.
Marseille coach Didier Deschamps, who played for Chelsea in the
1999-2000 season, signaled his intent by starting with three
out-and-out strikers, clearly feeling the hosts were vulnerable
after recent defeats to Newcastle in the League Cup and Manchester
City in the English Premier League.
But it did not turn out that way as Chelsea dominated in the
first half, helped by Terry’s early goal, but dropped the pace in
”We were dominated both technically and physically,” Deschamps
said. ”We found it tough going. We came here full of ambition but
tonight there was a huge difference between the two sides.”
Terry stuck his left foot out to Gael Kakuta’s corner to the
near post and the ball fizzed past Marseille goalkeeper Steve
Chelsea, without injured midfielder Frank Lampard and suspended
striker Didier Drogba, settled and began to stroke the ball around,
with Frenchman Kakuta, Anelka and Florent Malouda prominent.
Malouda and Anelka both tested Mandanda with fierce shots before
the home side went 2-0 up following a penalty decision that
Marseille’s players were furious with.
Stephane Mbia was adjudged to have handled Essien’s right-wing
cross and, after waiting for the visitors’ complaints to relent,
Anelka coolly ambled up to stroke the spot kick into the
The France striker would have taken particular pleasure in
scoring in front of the Marseille fans after being barracked by
them all game for his previous connections with Paris
Apart from a couple of long-range efforts by Benoit Cheyrou,
Chelsea’s defense encountered few problems in the first half but
Ancelotti did not look happy coming out for the second half.
His mood worsened as the English champions began the half
sloppily, misplacing passes and losing possession easily, but
Marseille wasn’t able to capitalize despite its territorial
”We had more of the ball in the second half but they came
closer to making it 3-0,” Deschamps said.
Alex, who was a solid presence alongside Terry throughout,
smashed a 35-yard(meter) free kick against the post in the
After a flowing move down the left, Essien hit the other post
with a side-footed effort from just outside the area in the 75th as
the match fizzled out.
Essien and Daniel Sturridge also went close for Chelsea in the
final five minutes.
”We didn’t start the brightest in the second half but we stayed
solid and kept a clean sheet,” Terry said.