Sunday, October 08, 2006

Chelsea Being Cheap

Chelsea Preparing A Sandy Reception For BarcelonaWith less than two weeks to go to the Champions League clash with Barcelona, Chelsea ground-staff were pictured dumping tons and tons of sand onto the Stamford Bridge pitch.

The Sun carried pictures showing Chelsea systematically spreading tons of sand over the pitch, something that has immediately caught the attention of the Barcelona camp.

Last year's Champions League last sixteen clash between the two clubs was preceded by accusations of Chelsea deliberately allowing their pitch to deteriorate, so that Barcelona struggled to play their game.

Prior to Barcelona's visit in February, pictures of the Stamford Bridge pitch showed more pot-holes than even surfaces, allegedly due to a complete lack of maintenance, though Mourinho and co. argued that it was just due the rigours of a long season.

Barcelona would go on to win that game 2-1, with Asier del Horno being sent off.

Just a few days after Barca's visit, the entire pitch was re-laid.

Every clash between the two sides has been filled with controversies, and there seems to be more on the way after this recent incident, which Chelsea have since claimed is just a routine maintenance activity.

Even some Chelsea players are said to have complained about cuts suffered as a result of the rough sand.

Barcelona are reportedly monitoring the situation carefully. Watch this space...

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