Chelsea put their recent dismal run behind them and eased some of the pressure on Villas-Boas with their 8th successive league win over Bolton who are one off the bottom. Villas-Boas recalled Lampard, Ashley Cole and Michael Essien, who were controversially left out of Tuesday night’s Champions League defeat at Napoli, sparking further reports of dressing-room unrest.
Booked : None
Man of the match: Frank Lampard
Match rating: 7.0/10.
Possession: Chelsea 60% Bolton 40%
Attempts (on target): Chelsea 25(16) Bolton 8(1)
A great day. A great match. An amazing win. And I loved my goal!!! Thank you Chelsea fans for all your support – we won’t let you down!!! You rule!!
Second-half goals from David Luiz, who curled in the opener after 48 minutes, a 61st minute close-range Didier Drogba header and a 79th minute volley lifted some of the gloom surrounding Stamford Bridge in recent weeks. The goals from Drogba and Lampard were both milestones too. Lampard’s was his 150th career league goal including his early spell at West Ham United, while Drogba’s made him Chelsea’s fourth all-time highest scorer with 151 in all competitions. Kalou almost nodded in goal number four for the home side in stoppage-time as Chelsea enjoyed a rare trouble-free final ten minutes.
“It was a good result and gets us back on track for Champions League qualification. It was an important three points and hopefully we can build on that for the future.”
-Villas-Boas told to Sky Sports
Chelsea will go clear of Arsenal in the race for the fourth spot in the Premier League if Tottenham defeats Arsenal today in the London derby. One thing’s for sure, though- There’s still plenty of Premier League life left in Lampard – even if question marks still loom large over the manager who doubted his footballing longevity.
My Thoughts on..
1) Do fast play works for Chelsea?
Chelsea played at a high tempo today, and it worked to great effect. All of their goals were scored due to quick build-up, and Bolton failed to cope with Juan Mata, Frank Lampard, Daniel Sturridge, Ramires and Didier Drogba. If Essien can stay fit and in good-form in that holding role, that particular strategy could be a possible solution for the team’s current problems.
2) Frank Lampard should have a bigger role
He also whacked in 11 crosses, five of which were accurate, thread in an accurate through ball and also sprayed three long balls. That’s playmaking ability not even Juan Mata, who grabbed an assist also, could manage. AVB said: “Lamps had a fantastic performance today, but there are six players competing for that position and I make decisions for the benefit of the team. Lamps had his chance today and competed very well. I think he should play with Essien inorder to win the next 12 games.
3) If Drogba is on form, Chelsea is on form…..
Drogba scored, hit the post, made two key passes, and had six shots on goal—all of which fatigued Bolton’s defence and paved the way for another goal. The 33-year-old Ivory Coast international is crucial for the Blues when he plays, Chelsea almost always win when he’s on form. With Torres becoming a flop and Sturridge showing inconsistency, I hope that Drogba never leaves Chelsea this summer…
Chelsea need a strong defense despite increased effort from Ivanovic and Luiz. Essien and Lampard is the spine of midfield and Drogba is the heart of attack. Chelsea need to put in faith in AVB and lastly FRANK and COLE should not leave “The Blues!!”
- Luiz, Drogba & Lampard fire Chelsea to 3-0 win over Bolton (101greatgoals.com)
- VIDEO: Highlights of Chelsea vs Bolton 3-0 2012 (3news.co.nz)
- VIDEO: Highlights and goals, Chelsea thump Bolton 3-0 (3news.co.nz)
- Chelsea 3-0 Bolton Wanderers (guardian.co.uk)
- Relief for Villas-Boas as Chelsea downs Bolton (thehindu.com)