Stoke Hold Chelsea To Barren Draw

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Chelsea’s bid to give new coach Andre Villas-Boas a winning start in his first Premier League match was scuppered by some excellent goalkeeping as they drew 0-0 at Stoke City today.

After a muted first half, Chelsea picked up the pace after the break with Super Eagles of Nigeria’s striker, John Obi Mikel, substitute Nicolas Anelka and Salomon Kalou forcing Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to make some great saves.

Striker Fernando Torres was behind many of the Chelsea moves forward, playing with a confidence last seen in his best Liverpool days, but despite dominating the game, last year’s Engish League runners-up could not find the back of the net.

Two of Chelsea’s title rivals, Arsenal and Liverpool, also dropped points with Arsene Wenger’s side drawing 0-0 at Newcastle United yesterday and Kenny Dalglish’s men being held 1-1 at home to Sunderland in their opener.

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