Monday, May 12, 2014

Cardiff City - Chelsea Preview: Blues out to end disappointing season in style

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Jose Mourinho will be eager for Chelsea to end their Premier League campaign in style and heap more misery on Cardiff City on Sunday.

The Portuguese saw his hopes of winning a trophy in his first season back at Stamford Bridge disappear in the space of a week with a Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid and a domestic draw with Norwich City.

Chelsea would have fancied their chances of reaching the European final when they held the Primera Division leaders to a goalless draw at the Estadio Vicente Calderon but they were beaten 3-1 in the second leg and there was more frustration for the Londoners four days later as the Championship-bound Canaries left Stamford Bridge with a 0-0 result that ended the Blues' title hopes.

Manchester City's 4-0 hammering of Aston Villa on Wednesday ensured that the best for which Chelsea can hope is second place.

Mourinho's charges would need a win at Cardiff and Liverpool to lose at home to Newcastle to achieve that, while fourth-placed Arsenal's significantly inferior goal difference means at least third spot is all but secure.

The former Real Madrid coach expects a "long summer" in the transfer market as he attempts to make up for the disappointment of a trophyless 2013-14 campaign, with Diego Costa set to be the first recruit.

This trip to the Cardiff City Stadium could mark the end of an era for Chelsea, as captain John Terry, left-back Ashley Cole and midfielder Frank Lampard are all coming to the end of their contracts.

Mourinho has suggested that the long-serving trio could all remain at the club but it remains unclear whether or not they will be part of his new-look side at the start of next season.

Cardiff were hammered 4-1 at Stamford Bridge in October and lost by the same scoreline in their previous encounter with Chelsea in the FA Cup in 2010.

The Welsh club were celebrating promotion to the Premier League for the first time 12 months ago but experienced very different emotions when they were consigned to relegation last time out.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have endured two miserable trips to the North East in the last fortnight, losing 4-0 at Sunderland before being on the end of a 3-0 thrashing at Newcastle. The defeat at St James's Park sealed their fate and Solskjaer must now face up to life in the Championship after arriving at the club full of optimism in January.

Just one win in their last eight games has cost Cardiff dear and, having secured a stunning 3-2 victory over champions-elect Manchester City in their opening home match, they will be eager to bow out by causing another shock that could stop them from finishing bottom of the table.

Chelsea will be without goalkeeper Petr Cech after he underwent shoulder surgery, while Oscar (hip) is not expected to feature and fellow Brazil midfielder Ramires is suspended.

Cardiff defender Juan Cala will play no part due to suspension but Kevin Theophile-Catherine and Gary Medel could return after missing out against Newcastle due to illness.

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