Tonight’s shock 2-1 win for Middlesbrough against Chelsea has turned the Premiership upside down in just the first week.
It was an unusual match because Boro was the better side in the first 15 minutes, but Chelsea scored against the run of play through Shevchenko. With Chelsea leading 1-0 for most of the match, the Blues seemed to take their foot of the gas and failed to put the match out of Boro’s reach.
Chelsea’s poor marking was the culprit for Boro’s first goal, and Viduka’s injury time winner was cruel justice for Chelsea, who deserved a draw in this match after earlier hitting the post and forcing Schwarzer into several world-class saves.
The question for you is, who will be the first team to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge since 2004?
What was unbelievable, though, were the large number of empty seats in the Riverside Stadium tonight. The attendance was a mere 29,198 inside a ground with a 35,100 capacity meaning that more than 15% of the seats were empty. Of course, some of those seats would have been empty to segregate the Chelsea fans, but still — if Boro can’t sell out their home ground against Chelsea, that’s sad. Ticket prices for the match, meanwhile, ranged from $45 to $60.