What a depressing state of affairs. A late collapse is now of no real surprise anymore. Not only are we unable to control games, we cannot kill them off or defend a lead. Ever thought what happened to our defense once considered as- ‘THE UNBREAKABLE’. All started with one venom in the food by the fat Spanish waiter – RAFA. And he is struggling to explain this form, f*****g m***n.
Along with such a tough schedule, the players look absolutely shattered. We have allowed ourselves to reach a point where we have only two central midfielders, and they are forced to play every game until Mikel returns from the AFCON. I expect many Chelsea supporters will be hoping that Nigeria are knocked out of the tournament as soon as possible. We are mercilesly giving away young talents out in loan when we f*****g need them. I read this tweet from a guy yesterday who says that 80 millions euros is the value of the players sent out on loan this season. Read this post if you want to know our actual team.(from chelseadraft.com): www.chelseadaft.org
After the awful draw at Brentford on Sunday, Benitez made two changes to the lineup. Cesar Azpilicueta returned as the expense of John Terry, and Juan Mata came in for Marko Marin. This meant that Fernando Torres started again, and Ryan Bertrand as a defensive left winger, showing the lack of options in the wide positions.
After a really slow, dour first 40 minutes in which Reading looked as poor as any side we have faced this season, we took the lead; Juan Mata finishing very well after being played in by Torres. When Frank Lampard made it 2-0 with less than 30 minutes to go, that should have been that. A perfect chance to get fresh legs on to the pitch. However, Benitez does not grasp the fact that football is now a 100 minute, 14 man game. He only used two substitutes and the second change was made after 89 minutes.
As with the Southampton collapse recently, I can understand why Terry was left on the bench. He looked extremely rusty at Brentford. But when you are defending a lead against a side looking to play direct football, introducing Terry to organise and deal with the first balls is a no brainer.
Demba Ba arrived in great form and started his Chelsea career very well with goals, excellent play that deserved assists, and creating Torres’ equaliser on Sunday. However, he has started just one of the last theee games and we are in danger of playing him out of form.
It has reached the stage where I feel at least three players are playing in positions that don’t suit them, and where the team has no real confidence or freshness left in them. Roberto Di Matteo was sacked because “the owner and board felt the team was not moving in the right direction at a crucial stage of the season”. That is certainly true now, and it could be argued that more than one Chelsea manager has been sacked for less than Benitez’s current run of form and performances.
With so many games ahead, there is a genuine feeling that we could finish outside the top four. Those fears are eased slightly by Arsenal and Tottenham not being all that good. The only real positives to come out of this game were another goal for Lampard in his pursuit of the Chelsea goalscoring record, and Yossi Benayoun’s introduction. His 20 minute appearance means that he cannot depart on loan in this transfer window (FIFA’s rules say you can’t play for more than two clubs in a season). This gives us a very useful option in the wide areas between now and May.
Next up is a trip to Newcastle. With key players back for them, and a new-found enthusiasm in their side and some quality signings, it’s hard to see us winning that game. And that attitude of pessimism and negativity currently sums up the feelings of the supporters. This season can’t end soon enough. Let’s hope that it’s in the top four.
- Reading 2-2 Chelsea (guardian.co.uk)
- Reading 2 Chelsea 2: Le Fondre strikes late to earn surprise draw (standard.co.uk)
- Brentford 2-2 Chelsea (guardian.co.uk)
- Chelsea: Rafa insists Chelsea are ‘improving’ (clubcall.com)
- Brentford v Chelsea – live! (guardian.co.uk)