Napoli 3 vs Chelsea 1 [In Pictures]

Andre Villas-Boas needed a vote of confidence more than ever on Tuesday night after Chelsea lurched to another defeat that left them in real danger of crashing out of the Champions League. Having thrown away winning positions countless times both at home and abroad since Villas-Boas took charge, Chelsea did so again on Tuesday night to make it five matches without a win. Villas-Boas may also come under fire for not starting with Frank Lampard or Michael Essien in what is regarded one of the most hostile atmospheres in Europe.


Booked : Cahill (56′), Meireles (41′)

Man of the match: Ezequiel Lavezzi

Match rating: 7.5/10.

Possession: Napoli 50% Chelsea 50%

Attempts (on target): Napoli 15(9) Chelsea 12(6)  

Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo

Attendance: 52,495‎

Juan Mata had given Chelsea the lead with what they will be desperately hoping proves a vital away goal. Petr Cech produced real heroics in the 10th minute after Cavani looked certain to convert Lavezzi’s pass, the goalkeeper just getting his foot to the ball. More brilliance from Cech denied Christian Maggio from a tight angle but Napoli were looking far from secure at the back themselves and, from nothing, they gifted Chelsea the lead. Chelsea were in the ascendancy but they allowed Napoli to level seven minutes before half-time, Lavezzi given an age with which to curl a beautiful 25-yard shot beyond Cech.  Gokhan Inler’s cross reached the far post and Cavani leant his shoulder into the ball to turn it home, the home fans letting off a firework in jubilation. Napoli were not sitting back and the latest David Luiz howler saw them double their lead in the 65th minute, the defender kicking a long ball straight against Cavani, who squared past the stranded Cech for Lavezzi to steer into an unguarded net. Branislav Ivanovic was unable to make the most of a goalline scramble and Napoli almost killed the match – and perhaps the tie – when substitute Ashley Cole, who had earlier come on for an injured Jose Bosingwa, cleared Maggio’s open-goal effort off the line.

My Thoughts On……

1) On Cahill’s defending

He continues his rubbish defending his silly errors and simple basics. The original nature of Gary is showing up as if he has no experience. “The goals came from long balls. If we were getting caught open it might be different, but it was bread-and-butter things that went wrong,” Gary said.

2) Mata absent for Bolton?

His collision with Salvatore Aronica shortly after scoring his club’s goal, is set to undergo tests to ascertain the extent of the injury. “We have to check it. Maybe it is broken”, said Mata.

3) On Cole’s and Lamp’s removal..

Here some sayings of AVB on Cole’s and Lamp’s removal-“We wanted two hard-working midfielders sitting in front of the defence. That’s not to say that Lamps could not do it, for sure he could, but that was the decision we took. “It was technical decisions. You can have your opinion but it was based on what was the best team in my thoughts. “I had a conversation with Ashley and Frank. Normally, through the players that they are and the players with the experience they have, they felt they could have helped the team. “That’s perfectly understandable. Of course, they were disappointed but they were decisions they have to accept and move on.”

4) Sacking

According to me, AVB should have been sacked by now in order to achieve the Champions League Cup and have offered Benitez his position. Since his tactics and faith in midfield have helped to achieve cups in Liverpool, I think this his method would transform Chelsea and so also Torres form.

According to Abramovich, AVB is very young and is here for a long stay and if given time he can too transform Chelsea but not without the players. Players need to support and thank AVB for that we have reached 5th in EPL (till now) and that we didn’t humiliate ourselves like Arsenal in UCL as we have an away goal.

5) Conclusion

Firstly, Terry should come fast to cement our defense. Secondly, Mata should be present to play against Bolton otherwise we will slip away our position. Thirdly AVB should not be sacked. Lastly,the main issue was at right-back, the position Chelsea have struggled in for years. Ivanovic is meant to be the best defensive option there, as a converted centre-back – but whether because of managerial instructions or his own poor positioning, he may have cost Chelsea the tie.


19 thoughts on “Napoli 3 vs Chelsea 1 [In Pictures]

  1. Disappointing for Cahill…David Luiz suspect defedning as usual. Both sides had terribly sloppy defending…Napoli’s attack were just more clinical and took the chances. Ramires was awful gave away too many balls. Might have been a game for Fernando Torres to play in.

    Either way, AVB under pressure…

    • we did man-marked everyone but our defense was very poor and gary as usual was sloppy at times…..ramires was hard-working but also gave away many important balls….cole and lampard should not leave Chelsea. They are Chelsea legends…should avb be sacked? Whats your view about it.??

      • Honestly, some reporter once said why would Abromavich pay a fortune to get AVB to Stamford Bridge, and then pay a fortune to get him out. Roman needs to be patient. AVB obviously has a plan – even though it’s taking a bit long to materialise or show potential. The way I see it, if Abromavich wants the kind of success that has become the rich and impressive history of clubs such as Manchester United, Arsenal or which ever, it’s not going to happen within a season of hiring a new manager. And it certainly won’t happen if he keeps bringing in a new manager who’s going to have a different approach, different tactics and ideas etc. etc. Sir Alex Ferguson built Man Utd’s success over 25 years, Arsene Wenger now 15 years. I say stick with AVB. Finish off this season as best as possible. It’ll irritate Roman but “Rome wasn’t built in a day”.

      • Short and sweet -“Abromovich has no faith in himself” “He himself don’t know what to do” I still wonder why he sacked Mourinho or Ancelotti……… :/

      • Especially Mourinho…internal power struggles. I think Abromavich interferes too much in the team. Esp when Ancelotti was manager.

      • He (Abromivich) should atleast give AVB some breathing space and to work on his tactics…I pray that he should not spend another 25 million euros to sack AVB….!!!!!!

      • Lol. Sack him. I think he should stay for at least the next season whether Chelsea win any silverware or not. Even if they miss out on qualification for next season’s UEFA…although I have a feeling that Abromavich aint gonna let that fly. No UEFA next season, AVB is gone.

      • At the end of the day, Roman’s gonna do what Roman wants to do…and that’s most probably get rid of AVB…

  2. I was truly disappointed with the result. I thought that Chelsea played good enough but somehow were lacking that important hunger for goals. To me, Ancelotti shouldn’t be sacked in the first place. It was Roman’s own decision to buy Torres that destroyed Ancelotti’s season in Chelsea. Luckily, Roman has learned his lesson in patience and is prepared to wait for Villas-Boas positive response.

    • It’s a lesson learned for Abramovich. He has build quite a patience over AVB. I think its time that players put faith in AVB and to move on the difficult times…….I definitely agree AddyMo and Musha Slater..Your final thoughts are that AVB should stay….I too think that AVB should stay….and also Chelsea can definitely Napoli at home if the formation is 4-2-3-1 with Sturridge in central role and Mata, Lampard and Drogba in attacking positions…..

      • That exactly it… Sure AVB excelled at Porto in just a year but the football scene in Portugal and England is totally different… In England, AVB is playing at a whole nother level. He’s facing veterans and newbies alike… And being the youngest in England has got to be hard…. I hope he doesn’t become like Wigan where Robeto Martinez, once the youngest manager in England is now staring at relegation….

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