The Bolton manager Gary Megson saw his team hold Chelsea off for 45 minutes before giving a way a penalty and losing Jlloyd Samuel to a red card in the lead up for a foul on Didier Drogba.
Chelsea went on to win 4-0 but Megson said that his team were “terrific” in the face of Chelsea’s quality.
“We may have been beaten 4-0, but we were terrific. We matched them in their diamond midfield formation, we didn’t struggle against it.
“But where as they had Lampard, we had Chris Basham; where they had Michael Ballack we had Tamir Cohen and where they had Deco we had Fabrice Muamba. And Chung Yong Lee was up against Michael Essien. You pay big money for that quality, but we worked really hard man-for-man against all four of those players.”
Megson added: “Any of the top six teams playing against ten men and with a lead would not quite have a stroll, but they would do the right things at the right time and that is what Chelsea did.
“They made nine changes from midweek, and they had plenty to spare. But there has to be some reality here, we were playing against a club who have spent £200m on players, they are one of the best teams in the world and they will have an advantage. They looked very strong, very motivated and they wanted to win everything put in front of them.”
Chelsea have now scored 17 goals without reply in their last four matches, and another brilliant performance at Atletico Madrid in midweek will set them up nicely for the crunch match against Man Utd next weekend.
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