Saturday, 9 November 2013

Chelsea 2- West Brom 2. November Blues

Chelsea 2- West Brom 2. November Blues

November: It's happening, isn't it?

As a Chelsea fan, I hate Novembers!

Mata has been the brain of this team for the past two years, what Mourinho has done now is cut the head of the chicken and we’re just flapping around! #Stolen

('Cos I like to flog a dead horse! ) I'll repeat it for the gazzilionth time:

Mata has to play!

( and not for 20 or 30 mins!)

Mr Mourinho has to do the needful 'cos he's beginning to wear my patience ( and that of other passionate fans) thin.....:

Drop Ivanovic, Lampard and Oscar for our next game

We lacked imagination going forward again yesterday 'cos:

1. surprise, surprise, our main attacking outlet was Ivanovic He who cannot cross the ball for his life!

When you play packed defenses.. You need full backs that are offensively savy to help provide width and offensive overload.. At Inter Mourinho could rely on Maicon. At Madrid, he had Marcelo coming from the left.

Azpilicueta is our best full back at the moment, but the tactics is shackling his contribution to attack. Can't understand this logic

2. Lampard for all his hard work can’t tackle well and can’t control a game. If we are counter attacking, Lampard might be a good choice with his long passes, but when we are playing at home and looking to break down teams, Mikel is a better choice. He controls the tempo well and actually plays short passes with some purpose and it gives Ramires the chance to bump forward.

When Lampard plays, Ramires stays deeper, thus Ramires has to control the tempo of the match which is a disaster because Ramires can’t pass! His asset is his box-to-box runs

3.Oscar, as good as he is and as great as his work rate is, just doesn’t have the offensive ability Mata does.

I’d trade Mata's 'low work rate' for what he brings in playmaking than have Oscar out there.

Leaving out Mata for defensive purposes is a bit like refusing to drive a Ferrari because of lack of fuel efficiency. Now, who does that to a Ferrari?

4. Hazard has not been effective in games as he was 'cos he's missing Mata. Remember the understanding between this 2 and the short slick interchanges around the opposition box last year? Hazard gets double-teamed easily nowadays

Mourinho should deploy Azpi in his usual RB position and start Bertrand at LB in our next game. Mikel should partner Ramires in the pivot. Mata should play a full game.

When you don't play well the kind of errors that lead to the goals conceded yesterday are inevitable. I'm not going to dwell on them

It's tighter than a Squirrel's sphincter at the top and we might actually be in 6th or 7th position at the end of hostilities today- because of 2 poor games!

I don't like International Breaks but the next one couldn't have come at a better time for Chelsea. We'd have found our Mojo back when hostilities resume.

I have seen people screaming 'Blue Murder' for the penalty call-particularly Manchester United fans.

Cognitive Dissonance!

-rationalising a decision to help resolve conflicting beliefs.

( Utd gets the most dodgy calls. It's not a good thing. But other big teams get them sometimes too. So, we point it out to make us feel better)

Haven't we being here before?

Ramires had lost balance in the box, due to his run, and was going to fall anyway. There was contact with him. He went down naturally. It wasn't a dive, neither was it a penalty. A soft penalty was given.

We take it and preserve Mourinho's record of not losing a game in the English Premier league at home. ( that's like 100 games now, by the way! )

It was unfair on West Brom. But life is unfair

We didn't get a call for the Ivanovic infringement before West Brom's second goal too.

What we won't take is for the Chief Beneficiaries of dodgy calls to be at the vanguard of the crusade for pointing fingers ( a tu quoque argument) ...or for Ramires to be labelled as a diver like their Ashley

NB- I'm a United fan for obvious reasons today! #MindingTheGapTinzs


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