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Chelsea 1 Liverpool 1

Chelsea once again failed to beat Liverpool, in the Premier League, after conceding an equalizer.

However, despite dropping two points and dropping to third in the table, Chelsea supporters will be worried about a bad injury that John Terry looked to have picked up.

Team News - For this clash, Chelsea were without the injured Lampard and Cole. Terry came back into the heart of the defence, partnering Ivanovic, with Azpilicueta being given a start in the right-back slot. Moses, who had scored the winner in the Champions League cash with Shakhtar Donetsk, had to be content with a place on the bench. David Luiz was ruled out through illness whilst a certain Joe Cole was on the Liverpool bench.

As for Fernando Torres playing against his former club and hoping to break his duck against; Roberto Di Matteo had this to say before kick-off:

'Sometimes, playing against your old team gives you extra motivation. Sometimes, it inhibits you a little bit. So, it depends how his frame of mind is playing against his old team.'

First Half - After a minutes silence, for Remembrance Sunday had been observed it was Liverpool who got the action underway. The visitors had the better of the possession but it was Chelsea that carved out the first chance after Allen had been caught in possession; unfortunately Oscar was to lift his shot over the bar.

Liverpool forced two corners in quick succession but a neat claim by Cech averted the danger. Ivanovic fired a free kick, from thirty-five yards out, wide before a minute later Chelsea took the lead. Torres won a corner and when Mata swung it over there was Terry, having lost his marker, to head home the 50th goal of his Chelsea career.

Hazard then burst through the center and when he slipped the ball to Torres, the Spaniard saw his shot parried by Jones in the Liverpool goal only for Hazard to hook the rebound wide. Liverpool responded with a shot from Sahin that flew wide before Terry was to suffer what looked a bad injury.

The ball ran free and when Suarez`s momentum kept him going forward, his body clattered against Terry`s lower leg and the captain was carried away on a stretcher to be replaced by Cahill. As the half came towards a close, Cech saved a low shot from Gerrard and in the five minutes of stoppage time, Mata burst through and looked to be on for a goal until a late bobble saw the Spaniard blast his shot over the bar.

Second Half - Neither side many any changes at half time and the first piece of meaningful action saw Allen booked for pulling back Torres. From the free kick Chelsea won a corner but it was easily cleared at the near post.

Mata, trying to get that vital second goal failed to get enough bend on a shot that went wide. Johnson then received a yellow card for an elbow on Oscar and from he free-kick, Jones produced an instinctive save to deny Torres.

Gerrard then became the next to receive a yellow card for a late tackle on Oscar before Chelsea, with seventy-three minutes gone, were left to rue the fact that they had so much possession but couldn`t engineer that second goal.

Oscar was caught in possession and when Liverpool broke Cahill was forced to concede a corner. When the ball was floated in Carragher got a flick and Suarez as hand to head home from close range.

Di Matteo rung the changes bringing on Moses for Oscar and later Sturridge for Torres but it was Liverpool that could have snatched a late winner when Suarez looked to be through but Cech foiled him and then right at the death he pulled off a save to deny Enrique.

Definitely two points lost this one!

Team - Cech, Azpilicueta, Terry (Cahill-39), Ivanovic, Bertrand, Mikel, Ramires, Oscar (Moses-77), Mata, Hazard, Torres (Sturridge-81)

Unused Subs - Turnbull, Ferreira, Romeu, Marin,

Chelsea Scorers - Terry (20)

Chelsea Yellow Cards - Mikel

Chelsea Red Cards - Nil



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Writer:Merlin
Date:Sunday November 11 2012
Time: 6:04PM

Comments

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The match commentator summed it all nicely. We will win diddly squat without a competent striker. There are a lot of young upcoming strikers we should have a dossier full of options...hope emenalo is watching and taking notes!!
dozzy
11/11/2012 18:10:00
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We need a striker that can create something out of nothing right now Torres is incapable of creating something out of something let alone nothing. At this rate Mata, Hazard and Oscar will be knackered come March.
Anarchy
11/11/2012 18:10:00
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Sell Torres, and Studge, get Dzeko/Falcao and recall Lukaku... We lack firepower...
Tiraspol
11/11/2012 18:11:00
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We did not create that many clear cut chances, shame on us, we were not able to beat a WEAK Liverpool team. Azpilicueta is a better RB than Ivanović.
B2K420
11/11/2012 18:12:00
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Torres is done. He will go down as the biggest flop in club history. Its sad but its fact. We are not winning anything with this striker. I don't how to even describe this. We need a proper striker FFS.
Keyser Soze
11/11/2012 18:13:00
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I think we got a pretty clear view today why we're not ready to compete with the Manchesters yet. Both teams currently playing terrible football, can be a couple of goals down, but almost always manage a result. We outplayed Liverpool today, but we lack killer instinct and the mentality to go out and dominate the last 10-15 min like the other two always do. I hope we have a striker lined up for January first, if we wish to have at least a slight chance to be up there at the end of the season.
Puttinuttan
11/11/2012 18:14:00
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Pure and simple.. Chelsea needs a passing playmaker to quarterback the game...Some who can pass the ball quickly. And a striker that can score. Chelsea can't rely on Hazard/Mata/Oscar/Moses or the defense each week in order to win a game. We gotta score more than 1 dam goal a game. While both Mikel and Ramires both were outstanding defensively, Ramires can't pass the ball 2 inches without giving it away. Its like Chelsea plays with 10 men and no striker.
lamarochs
11/11/2012 18:14:00
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Also...Sturridge can go also, he did nothing today.
lamarochs
11/11/2012 18:15:00
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Terry injured, 3rd in the league now, City Nov 25th... and no competent striker.... one word OUCH
Tiraspol
11/11/2012 18:15:00
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http://www.dailystar.co.uk/football/view/281850/
Keyser Soze
11/11/2012 18:16:00
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Torres keeps underperforming and being our team's handicap. We need to do our best to try and get Falcao because he's the world's best striker and the moment. I don't think Sturridge is the answer to our problems but at least he will be better than Torres if given the chance. Torres and Sturridge should be sold and we should try to get Falcao and recall Lukaku.
Drog of War
11/11/2012 18:17:00
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Hazard fecked up for their goal...lost possession too easily resulting in their corner that lead to the goal
Ess...DaBison
11/11/2012 18:19:00
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Where is @mq today. Mikel was avg and ramires was too. It's not the striker we need most but someone like Michael ballack In midfield. RDM is too predictable with his subs and well late, could ve tried Marin today.
shaka09
11/11/2012 18:22:00
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http://football-talk.co.uk/69929/chelsea-favourites-to-land-powerful-african-striker/
Tiraspol
11/11/2012 18:23:00
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I don't know why he took oscar off should of replaced mikel with moses and have oscar next to ramires and really went for the winning goal.
lukamolski
11/11/2012 18:25:00
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Rdm need to sort it out or gets the sack.
trublues
11/11/2012 18:26:00
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Next week lineup is cech,betrand,luiz,cahill,cesar,mikel,rammy,mata,hazard,oscar,torres = too predictable, try something else, catch teams by suprise , we have the personalty and we can do it, rdm should trust the subs more and drop the underperformers. Its clear as daylight and hazard needs to rest a little, he should come in atimes as a sub, we can afford to use him as a sub atimes and so is oscar, I think the persistence of robbie in using torres is due to his price tag and maybe roman's order.
Desmondadonis
11/11/2012 18:27:00
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Today showed how we still need a deeplying playmaker.We need variation.If our troika aint breaking the opposition,a deeplying playmaker will instigate attacks from deep.
bluekid
11/11/2012 18:29:00
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@lukamolski welcome back. I've missed your vital chelsea trolling
Blue in Colorado
11/11/2012 18:30:00
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at the time Oscar was been subbed he was contributing to the game a lot more than the ineffective ft9, RDM's subs were more of giving few game minutes to Moses and Sturridge than making a tactical change, what made the result more painful is the fact that a win was there for the taking but we bottled it.
RayBell
11/11/2012 18:33:00
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