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Match Day Moments - (Dirty) Leeds (League Cup - a)

It`s time to put the disappointment of Sunday and the defeat in the FIFA Club World Cup Final behind us as we continue our pursuit of domestic glory.

As I`ve probably mentioned numerous times before, in the build-up, Eland Road is not a place for the faint-hearted and tonight`s fixture has that aura about it that fixtures with a history of rivalry inevitably do.

Rafa takes his tired troops to Elland Road with a trio suspended - Cahill, Ramires and Mikel - whilst Terry and Romeu are out injured. One recent absentee, Daniel Sturridge, is back in full training but won`t, we`re told, be considered (saving him for a January exit I wonder).

As usual, we`re asking you to join us, from 19:15 onwards, whereby we`ll be on hand to discuss the starting eleven, the possible tactics and all the gory action as it unfolds up in darkest Yorkshire.

Be here or be square!




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Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 19 2012

Time: 4:37PM

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Sunday still hurts to be honest...I just hope whoever is selected gives us a performance tonite...this is about the easiest cup we can win now...chelsea chelsea common!!....
layorh12
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19/12/2012 17:15:00

Saw a tweet about a big fight on a train (or near one) between Chelsea and Leeds supporters. I've always lived in the states and don't know much about Leeds, but in my mind I keep thinking of The Damned United and Green Street Hooligans. Whatever atmosphere I just want to see a committed performance. I hope we're up for the battle.
NBianco
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19/12/2012 17:28:00

Forgive me for saying this, i have a feeling we'll get knocked out of the COC tonight.... I no longer have confidence in the team to deliver when it really matters. I'm saddened and only victory tonight will cheer me up a bit but i can't see it happening.... Brace yourselves fella, be ready for the worst!!!
torvicson
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19/12/2012 17:51:00

Predicting the lineup today will very much be a bigger task. I will go with cech, caesar, ivanovic, luiz, bertrand, lampard, oscar, hazard, mata, piazon, torres with danny coming in early in the second half.
Chelz Akamz
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19/12/2012 18:01:00

Predicting the lineup today will very much be a bigger task. I will go with cech, caesar, ivanovic, luiz, bertrand, lampard, oscar, hazard, mata, piazon, torres with danny coming in early in the second half.
Chelz Akamz
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19/12/2012 18:01:00

i hope marin and danny start cause chelseafc.com confirmed that hes back in contention.
CFCTalal
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19/12/2012 18:12:00

chelseafc will win
habbo
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19/12/2012 18:39:00

Vilanova to undergo six-week chemotherapy treatment, seems all is not well at the camp nou, maybe pep is going back after all, wish him a quick recovery though cancer sucks!
pego sama
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19/12/2012 18:50:00

MARIN STARTS WOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
TafChels
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19/12/2012 19:01:00

ITS MARIN TURN NOW. THERE HAS BEEN HAZARD SHOW, MATA SHOW AND OSCAR SHOW. NOW ITS TIME FOR MARIN SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TafChels
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19/12/2012 19:02:00

full line ups anyone?
layorh12
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19/12/2012 19:03:00

CMON CHELSEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
TafChels
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19/12/2012 19:03:00

MARIN STARTS well thats great! if their was any brave manager apart from sirlex and voy** wenger it's bene. hope me mate marko shows you lot who don't know him just how good he is
pego sama
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19/12/2012 19:07:00

WTF do you get your info from?
Simeon23
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19/12/2012 19:11:00

Got it...Chelsea team v Leeds Cech; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Luiz, Bertrand; Lampard, Oscar; Moses, Mata, Marin; Torres
layorh12
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19/12/2012 19:11:00

@Simeon...'ll simply ignore....terrible language...grow up a bit....
layorh12
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19/12/2012 19:13:00

SPN FC ‏@ESPNFC Chelsea team v Leeds Cech; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Luiz, Bertrand; Lampard, Oscar; Moses, Mata, Marin; Torres. #C
pego sama
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19/12/2012 19:15:00

@Simeon23, whats wrong with you!!!!???? have some respect!
pego sama
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19/12/2012 19:18:00

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merlin
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19/12/2012 19:20:00

Subs: 22 Ross Turnbull, 19 Paulo Ferreira, 3 Ashley Cole, 57 Nathan Ake, 56 George Saville, 35 Lucas Piazon, 17 Eden Hazard.
pego sama
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19/12/2012 19:23:00

good to see that youth players might get a chance today, hope to see Ake and Saville get a run
pego sama
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19/12/2012 19:24:00

This just in--- Galliani: AC Milan have received Pato offer: The Rossoneri chief has revealed there is an offer on the table for... question is could it be us!??
pego sama
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19/12/2012 19:28:00

When is it kicking off? And where is it going to be showed in Supersports, I hope we win
Desmondadonis
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19/12/2012 19:28:00

@Desmond 8.45 9ja time!! SuperSport3N
Tunez
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19/12/2012 19:30:00

SuperSport 3, 8.45pm
sojofjand
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19/12/2012 19:31:00

7:45 uk time desmond , staying up at 1 in the to watch :P
CFCTalal
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19/12/2012 19:35:00

sturridge is not even on d bench... then i think him to liverpool is a done deal...:)
peacockblue
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19/12/2012 19:35:00

Im liking the line up...attacking intent from rafa.
Ess...DaBison
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19/12/2012 19:36:00

Leeds, with five wins in their last six matches, lets put them in their place then by showing em the difference between a premier league club and the Championship !!!! :)
pego sama
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19/12/2012 19:37:00

no holding mid? a bit risky against a fired up lrival side... oh wait no its not, its just leeds
Humza_96
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19/12/2012 19:38:00

Lampard should start this one. Leed being a Championship team and all.
foreign_viewer
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19/12/2012 19:42:00

good to see nathan ake
Ess...DaBison
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19/12/2012 19:46:00

Leeds bus looks ready to park.
foreign_viewer
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19/12/2012 19:46:00

What an atmosphere this is...Its absolutely buzzing...Ear plugs guys....Singing my lungs out. Come on you blues. Ill be back on here after the game.
nelyvanile
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19/12/2012 19:47:00

So Sturridge has decided to leave. Chelsea politics. It's a shame.
foreign_viewer
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19/12/2012 19:47:00

@pego...I hope not
Blue_Mel
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19/12/2012 19:47:00

parking the bus my ass
Ess...DaBison
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19/12/2012 19:48:00

First touch from Lampard and he loses the ball in a dangerous area.
foreign_viewer
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19/12/2012 19:49:00

Cech's distribution is awful.
foreign_viewer
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19/12/2012 19:51:00

It appears am not going to watch this one,sad enough,but will be relying on you guys in here to make the comments enjoyable for me as i follow the game...thanks pal! Go Chelseaaaaa!
Ohans
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19/12/2012 19:51:00

foreign_viewer...you cant surely blame him for that, it was a terrible pass from ivanovic to him....he had 2 players on his shoulder, he never wanted the ball there, no player would have!
Ess...DaBison
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19/12/2012 19:52:00

This is a hoof-it-up-the-pitch type of game. I don't care how we win today.
foreign_viewer
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19/12/2012 19:53:00

It was a pass a player like Pirlo would have handled.
foreign_viewer
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19/12/2012 19:55:00

No he wouldnt have!
Ess...DaBison
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19/12/2012 19:56:00

looks like its oscar playing the deeper role not lamard!
Ess...DaBison
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19/12/2012 19:56:00

Betrand with a wayward pass and moses with a nice shot earlier, though it was saved well by the leeds keeper, that challenge from lamp is dangerous, we can't afford a red in this game as it is
Desmondadonis
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19/12/2012 19:57:00

Leeds are pressing us madly, they want us to tire out, we need to lower the tempo of this game and not play to their plan, we are the jet lagged team and luiz is doing good and manning up!
Desmondadonis
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19/12/2012 20:00:00

Lampard kicking. Good one. They deserve the kicking.
foreign_viewer
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19/12/2012 20:02:00

Its not a yellow me thinks, lampard needs to be careful!!
Desmondadonis
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19/12/2012 20:02:00

Ivanovic is rubbish nowadays. He has to go. A liability.
foreign_viewer
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19/12/2012 20:04:00

I wish mata was steven gerrard with that lovely ball from moses, he ought to shoot, he had the pace!! Why are we passing like arsenal at the leeds goal mouth? We need to test their keeper with shots and not pass leeds to death!! We need lampard out in the 2nd half, he is now scared of making a tackle after that caution from the ref, we really need a natural DM in this game
Desmondadonis
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19/12/2012 20:06:00

I hope Abramovic sees what he did by thining the squad.
foreign_viewer
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19/12/2012 20:07:00

It sees azpi is having a torrid time already.
Ohans
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19/12/2012 20:08:00

Lampard out for? Who is on the bench?
foreign_viewer
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19/12/2012 20:08:00

Mata shouldn't have started this game, he ought to have been introduced in the 2nd half damn, he can't handle this game now and I think neil warnock explicitly told his players to play act and try to win an oscar while at it
Desmondadonis
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19/12/2012 20:10:00

Moses keep improving.
foreign_viewer
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19/12/2012 20:11:00

Nice shot moses nice one, poor pass there but we are dominating this game, if we can get a goal or two, before our players burn out in the 2nd half we'll be fine
Desmondadonis
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19/12/2012 20:12:00

Marin is doing a good job too, nice play from both wingers today but our midfielders are not showing up in this game, they are looking so knackered!!
Desmondadonis
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19/12/2012 20:13:00

We are playing well. Torres should have left that for Lampard.
foreign_viewer
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19/12/2012 20:13:00

once again torres holding us back in this game too.....i tell ya its lke playing with 10 men!
Ess...DaBison
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19/12/2012 20:14:00

OSCAR IS QUALITY!!!
Ess...DaBison
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19/12/2012 20:17:00

Oscar is playing his heart out, he is the only one doing a decent job out of the midfield trio of him, mata and lampard, makes passes and tackles well
Desmondadonis
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19/12/2012 20:17:00

More of that Desmond. You are making it seem like am watching it. Doing a yoemans job,much better than goal.com's Ryan Benson.
Ohans
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19/12/2012 20:20:00

Ivanovic is the flop of the match, he keeps making stupid blunders and making his team mates work unnecessarily harder!! Marin, moses, luiz and oscar are chelsea best players on the pitch
Desmondadonis
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19/12/2012 20:20:00

lampard's positioning is messing with the team's flow. He is the problem.
abzkilla
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19/12/2012 20:24:00

Damn David Luiz!!! see wh He'll be a disasterin the Mid
TheIncrediblue
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19/12/2012 20:24:00

RAFA OUT
The Psychic Blue l9l
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19/12/2012 20:24:00

Thank u a lot david
obimikelisdbest
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19/12/2012 20:25:00

Nice save from petr cech and nice follow up from luiz, oscar and luiz interplaying well, I shot that went off target from iva over the bar, we are realing attacking at every opportunity but we need to be ruthless or else we'll soon tire out, neil warnock is probably telling his players to press us and sit deep, we need a goal quick and it will come from either moses"s wing or marin, both players have been impressive, and leeds score a very good goal from a counter attack with chelsea losing the ball through david luiz pass, they hit us on the break and we suffer yet again through lack of character and finishing
Desmondadonis
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19/12/2012 20:25:00

Embarassing to the MAX!
Blue_Mel
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19/12/2012 20:25:00

Can someone take Lampard off?
Blue_Mel
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19/12/2012 20:25:00

Well, I haven't logged in since Rafa was hired but it's about time. We do have an incredibly good team but no decent striker.... and yeah Rafa is not a winner... he lacks the winning mentality that Jose instilled in this team.
Blue in Colorado
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19/12/2012 20:26:00

Luiz back to his old ways as soon as he's back on english soil!
Ess...DaBison
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19/12/2012 20:26:00

This is ridiculous.. our attacking half don't know what to do with all these possessions... Messed up
TheIncrediblue
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19/12/2012 20:26:00

Mata should go out and we need hazard in the midfield along with that saville of a lad, lamps isn't making any tackles due to his yellow card and oscar creativity is being wasted in the pivot, he is the one making worthy passes, the score line is still leeds 1-0 chelsea
Desmondadonis
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19/12/2012 20:27:00

The goal was not only Luiz's fault. Yes, he took the ball out of position but no one came to him to ask for the ball... and when he ventured forward, there should have been a defensive midfielder to sit back and cover for him. The whole team was at fault for that one.
Blue in Colorado
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19/12/2012 20:28:00

4 cups gone......
NicciBoy
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19/12/2012 20:29:00

That was some sucker punch ...against the run of play ... we were dominating in the minutes before that goal .... why was Luiz so far forward ????
ZeeNut
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19/12/2012 20:29:00

Nice shot from lampard and torres is a joke of a striker, azpi is wasteful and we need to caution our players to be more calm in front of goal, we have space behind the leeds back 4 but we are not utilizing it at all, manutd will be enjoying that space if they are the one playing! Lovely finish by moses but was chalked off as offside
Desmondadonis
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19/12/2012 20:30:00

I don't really care if we loose this game... I just wan't Torres and Benitez out ! Sick of it all...
Strapping Blue
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19/12/2012 20:31:00

Very marginal offside , if at all ... bad luck as Moses did well to score
ZeeNut
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19/12/2012 20:31:00

El Diouf's crosses are really good .... the guy is still good enough to be in the Premier League
ZeeNut
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19/12/2012 20:33:00

des; its lampard. Mata has no space and has to act as a false 9 because lampard is always in his position. Oscar is playing his balls off cause he is covering for lamps. Its no surprise that when lampard is in the pivot we have no control on the flow of the game via the midfield.
abzkilla
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19/12/2012 20:33:00

Between this has nothing to do with Lampard man. He's playing well apart from the rough tackles ..the fact is that our attacking half.. from Mata - Torres are our big problems.. we are not making good use of our opportunities.....
TheIncrediblue
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19/12/2012 20:33:00

Whose the most selfish between Lampard and Sturridge?
Blue_Mel
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19/12/2012 20:34:00

Damn! We cant afford another loss, whats the problem? Who needs to be subbed off and who needs to come on?
Ohans
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19/12/2012 20:35:00

Torres is part of the problem today, he is not bullish enoughn he aint holding up play at all, and have not won any area ball, no shot on target from him either and its frustrating, we are in the 45th minute now
Desmondadonis
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19/12/2012 20:35:00

All keepers become world class when they paly Chelsea. Why is that?
foreign_viewer
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19/12/2012 20:35:00

Lampard OFF!!!!! - new swear word
Blue_Mel
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19/12/2012 20:37:00

Between Oscar and Lampard no one is defending. Both of them are at the edge of the box. One more than the other ofcourse, as usual.
foreign_viewer
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19/12/2012 20:37:00

i don't want to sound like a prophet of doom but i have to say it. Let forget about winning anything this season...it won't happen.
torvicson
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19/12/2012 20:38:00

Torvic... im beginning to think you might be right
Blue_Mel
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19/12/2012 20:39:00

The problem is their keeper.
foreign_viewer
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19/12/2012 20:39:00

Same eleven in second half. We will score.
foreign_viewer
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19/12/2012 20:40:00

@abzkilla, I am not a fan of lampard playing in the pivot but don't u think he is our only threat at goal? He played 3 shots on target with that nasty free-kick just now, we need mata off for saville, and lampard to be in the no.10 with oscar in the pivot with saville, why I said oscar should stay in the pivot is that he can still make tackles and he his better at it than lamps and he is still clean from cards, if we play mata for 90 mins we'll concede more, he is offering nothing at all in this game, push lamps upfront to CAM, saville and oscar in the pivot and marin and moses should be more incisive with their crosses and commit the defenders for a penalty appeal, we'll need to change early and saville and hazard are my candidates, hazard for marin in the 70th minute, saville for mata are our best options to salvage something from this game in my own opinion
Desmondadonis
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19/12/2012 20:40:00

Blue_Mel, weren't you the one all for Lampard last season?
foreign_viewer
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19/12/2012 20:41:00

Moses is not taking on any players he passes back to Ryan who passes to lamps who passes to David. If lamps plays 90min and we loose he is a curse. Torres needs a mate upfront not a side kick.
shaka09
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19/12/2012 20:41:00

If only we had Lukaku to power through Leeds.
foreign_viewer
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19/12/2012 20:42:00

I dont think its torres. Our passing is slow. Lampard keeps calling for the ball and keeps sending it back when he has no shot. rafa should grow a pair and introduce rami for lamps. Its a shame that oscar has to be the one cleaning up rather than penetrating upfront
abzkilla
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19/12/2012 20:43:00

Luiz back to his nonsense again and Brana is having a real stinker
Nobleonenoble
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19/12/2012 20:43:00

Ivanovic has declined. He along with all the over 30s should go.
foreign_viewer
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19/12/2012 20:44:00

If you guys were paying attention on the goal, Oscar left his man, (the goal scorer) to press the attacker with the ball. This left the man totally unmarked....Oscar's solely to blame on the goal...It has nothing to do with David Luiz...If David brings the ball forward everyone from U-8 on up knows that one of the midfielders has to fall back into the center back position. This of course didn't happen as you have a two ACM in the pivot...Not getting down on anyone but typical for Chelsea as they control the game and can't score...then give up one single change to the opposition and they score...it just shows that Chelsea has a weak midfield with players out of position. Also Torres is invisible...
lamarochs
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19/12/2012 20:45:00

We can't seem to play quality football in the opponents half and the team seem to have lost confidence in Torres, the only person passing to him is cech
Nobleonenoble
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19/12/2012 20:46:00

I worry we might lose this game too.. I worry,cos things aren't going our way at all plus we aren't helping ourselves too ..
TheIncrediblue
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19/12/2012 20:47:00

In addition to Torres being called offside on that would-have-been-equaliser, Moses was also unlucky on the penalty appeal . Anyone thinks the Ref's are out to get us post-Clattenberg ?
ZeeNut
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19/12/2012 20:47:00

i agree that he had several shots on goal. Those shots do not make up for the teams display.
abzkilla
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19/12/2012 20:49:00

A very much bigger task for chelsea in the second half. Mata needs to go off and bring in hazard. If we dont equalise in the first 20minutes of the second half then its game over cos our players would tire out faster than theirs with them hitting us on the break.
Chelz Akamz
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19/12/2012 20:49:00

Lampard still gets the bland when it was another players fault for the goal. Just shows that many on here hates Lampard more then they like Chelsea. Mabye they even don like Chelsea they Only hate lampard.
Lakupiippu
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19/12/2012 20:50:00

We just can't seem to get through the back line. There's no doubt we have quality, we just can't seem to execute it in the final third. I can't see us winning this one guys.
NicciBoy
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19/12/2012 20:51:00

im for any player that earns his wage.. Time goes on and players get older..Lampard seems to think hes still a youngster
Blue_Mel
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19/12/2012 20:52:00

hope at last
abzkilla
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19/12/2012 20:52:00

Brilliant Goal !! 1-1 !!
ZeeNut
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19/12/2012 20:53:00

Oscar is our very own Xavi.
foreign_viewer
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19/12/2012 20:53:00

That's better now!!!! Great team goal!
NicciBoy
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19/12/2012 20:53:00

Now play on the counter. Slow it down.
foreign_viewer
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19/12/2012 20:54:00

How weak is Torres as a man. Defenders push him around all the time.
foreign_viewer
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19/12/2012 20:56:00

i dont hate lampard. and i didnt blame him for the goal. i criticised him for his inability to help the team dictate the tempo. His shirt passes connect but his positioning ( when attacking ) is restricting others.
abzkilla
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19/12/2012 20:56:00

F-V. No, we're better than this team, much better. Take the game by the throat and boss it. Their ass will collapse. We give them the ball and let them play at home, they'll come out on top.
NicciBoy
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19/12/2012 20:57:00

*short
abzkilla
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19/12/2012 20:58:00

It's good to know you can always dial 9-Juan-Juan when we get in trouble.
Blue in Colorado
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19/12/2012 20:58:00

With the rain pouring, Lampard and Ivanovic playing I say it levels things up.
foreign_viewer
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19/12/2012 21:00:00

Torres is lost again. Out of sync. Playing his own private game.
foreign_viewer
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19/12/2012 21:03:00

Another penalty denied? What is wrong with the refs. Cant they just forgive us? Lolz..! Hopeful we can turn this one around on its head.
Ohans
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19/12/2012 21:04:00

Marin is an intelligent player that will easily bench both moses and hazard if fit, I like his wing play, he can only improve from what he is currently playing, we need to get the 2nd goal quick
Desmondadonis
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19/12/2012 21:04:00

That was just a great save..... Nothing else about it.
NicciBoy
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19/12/2012 21:05:00

Good change Rafa..... Just what we need.
NicciBoy
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19/12/2012 21:06:00

Betrand is improving now, and rafa is a moron of a coach, marin was better upfront than both torres and moses, he ought to remove moses not marin, but I guess he felt marin wasn't fit enough to complete a game and moses all round play keeps him on the pitch
Desmondadonis
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19/12/2012 21:07:00

i will always agree with that des. marin is a talented footballer. hopefully his fitness becomes less of an issue. i like his style.
abzkilla
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19/12/2012 21:07:00

Hazard for Marin ..... fair enough as Marin did not look all that sharp , nor was he tracking back quickly. Needs another 3-4 games like this & he should be up to speed.
ZeeNut
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19/12/2012 21:07:00

Yh well why not shoot....torres wasnt going to!
Ess...DaBison
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19/12/2012 21:09:00

Iva makes it 2-1!!
ZeeNut
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19/12/2012 21:10:00

Now thats more like it!
pego sama
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19/12/2012 21:11:00

And Moses makes it 3-0 with a stunner
ZeeNut
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19/12/2012 21:12:00

Victor now surely gives us a victory!! 3-1
The Psychic Blue l9l
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19/12/2012 21:12:00

3-1 that is :-)
ZeeNut
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19/12/2012 21:12:00

Moses... my boy
Blue in Colorado
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19/12/2012 21:12:00

Been very, very impressed with Moses this game. Deserves that goal. Seems a real talent.
NicciBoy
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19/12/2012 21:13:00

What a goal from moses, what a strike!!! Who would have thought he can finish that way wow!!!! And I was angling for him to be removed instead of marin!!!
Desmondadonis
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19/12/2012 21:13:00

Now that's more like it!
pego sama
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19/12/2012 21:13:00

Moses hits target at last, good goal, hope to see more of that from him....
Latunvic
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19/12/2012 21:15:00

Lampard's corner was perfect for the 2nd goal .... and Iva's run perfect (he was being closely marked all the way). For the 3rd Moses turned inside from the left chanel & went for it .... bang .... that simple :-)
ZeeNut
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19/12/2012 21:15:00

Juan Mata is absolute world-class. Such a great player. He has the potential to be the best player to ever wear our jersey.
NicciBoy
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19/12/2012 21:15:00

moses goal and celebration look familiar.remind me of someone.guess who?
Chelsea n Torres Fan
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19/12/2012 21:15:00

Marko being replaced by Hazard. Is Mata playing well now or does he deserve being the 2nd player to be subd off?
Ohans
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19/12/2012 21:16:00

Okay Rafa, maybe take on cole now to wrap things up.
NicciBoy
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19/12/2012 21:16:00

Marrine is an epileptic imbecile for givng ryan that yellow card! A nice but weak shot from haZard
Desmondadonis
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19/12/2012 21:17:00

@ohans, mata is playing a bit better now but hazard impact have been immediate and immense, we are playing much better and can score more, but I prefer we rest moses now and bring in piazon
Desmondadonis
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19/12/2012 21:18:00

Who needs hulk?? Mosses is quality and his potential to improve looks immense, more accuracy like that and he'll look like a real bargain!
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19/12/2012 21:19:00

I think when Rafa leaves at the end of the season he should take his little chihuahua Poorress with him!
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19/12/2012 21:19:00

Cole on for Betrand
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19/12/2012 21:19:00

Cole comes in for injured ryan betrand, we have only one more sub to make and I hope its piazon or saville, one of the youngsters for 10minutes will be good
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19/12/2012 21:20:00

Lampard being on a card, maybe the the 3rd sub should be for him
ZeeNut
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19/12/2012 21:22:00

Nice show of character by the lads i guess. I believe we can hang on to this or maybe add to it.
Ohans
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19/12/2012 21:25:00

Torress is awful....he looks like he doesnt know what football is
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19/12/2012 21:26:00

Torres is just not good enough.... not good enough for this midfielders at his disposal. I can't believe he's the 6th highest paid in the world!
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19/12/2012 21:26:00

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
pego sama
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19/12/2012 21:26:00

4-1 Hazard ... what a breakaway move !!
ZeeNut
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19/12/2012 21:27:00

What a pass from Luiz..... class! beauty of a pass....
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19/12/2012 21:27:00

Piazon on for Mata now!
Ess...DaBison
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19/12/2012 21:28:00

Hazard raced up front & called for the pss, Luiz made the long pass beautifully
ZeeNut
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19/12/2012 21:28:00

nonsense Torres scores a useless ******** goal
Blue in Colorado
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19/12/2012 21:29:00

Here"s your boy again scoring useless goals.... Torres!
TheIncrediblue
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19/12/2012 21:29:00

POOOOORRRRRRRRREEEEEESSSSSS!!
Ess...DaBison
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19/12/2012 21:29:00

And TORRES !!!! 5-1 !!!
ZeeNut
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19/12/2012 21:29:00

Assist : Hazard !!
ZeeNut
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19/12/2012 21:29:00

Poorres messes up our offense again
Ess...DaBison
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19/12/2012 21:29:00

Leeds deflated, nice. Neil Warnock gets what he deserves. Double nice.
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19/12/2012 21:29:00

Last sub is Paolo on for Mata
ZeeNut
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19/12/2012 21:31:00

like jimmy flloyd said...."He doesnt score any important goals"
Ess...DaBison
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19/12/2012 21:31:00

Am now more than 200% convinced that this chelsea team is a counter Attacking side we defend better and attack better when we set up like that, hope the coaching staff have seen that and build on it!
pego sama
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19/12/2012 21:32:00

Paolo for real!
TheIncrediblue
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19/12/2012 21:32:00

Azpi pushed up on the right wing, Paolo Ferreira playing RB methinks
ZeeNut
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19/12/2012 21:33:00

If our guys had shown this level of commitment against Corinthians I'm sure we would have won the CWC... They playing like wounded lion, whatever Rafa said to them in the dressing room really worked....
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19/12/2012 21:33:00

What is the thinking behind bringing in paulo ferreira in the last 5 mins when you are up 5 goals when there are younger players who could benefit feck benitez
Anarchy
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19/12/2012 21:34:00

Nando has to go from january 1, I can't believe he fluffed some chances and pass today, all he keeps doing is getting fortuitous goals, that nice pass from luiz to hazard won't be scored if it was torres, I am sure of it
Desmondadonis
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19/12/2012 21:34:00

Thanks for the update Desmond...you re really making the thread enjoyable. And Zeenut,thumbs up!
Ohans
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19/12/2012 21:34:00

Oscar ran that midfield tonight....MOTM!!!!
Ess...DaBison
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19/12/2012 21:36:00

Thank goodness for that
Nobleonenoble
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19/12/2012 21:39:00

We took this game seriously & it paid off
ZeeNut
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19/12/2012 21:39:00

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS WE WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TafChels
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19/12/2012 21:41:00

I wonder if we do end up getting Falcao in January if Rafa will play him or keep him stuck on the bench in favour of giving his chihuahua the run!
Ess...DaBison
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19/12/2012 21:42:00

good! another chance to win something as favourite's hope we learn to win such, thats what gave the past chelsea teams expirence to finally win the champs league
pego sama
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19/12/2012 21:42:00

If Mata doesn't bail us out, who else can? We need some one else who can make things happen when Mata is having an off day... Torres still remains a liability. Good win!
Latunvic
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19/12/2012 21:43:00

A piazon or Saville sub would have made much sense. Anyways...nice mauling there by the team. Thats what quality bench can do.
Ohans
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19/12/2012 21:43:00

Luiz was immense tonight hope he keeps it up. Is Marin the most supported player after Torres?
shaka09
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19/12/2012 21:46:00

Thanks oHANS .....
ZeeNut
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19/12/2012 21:46:00

Leeds can have no complaints in the end. Chelsea deserved the win. Neil Warnock's side worked hard throughout, competed with the Blues in the first half and sensed a shock at the break but ultimately the quality of Mata, Hazard, et al shone through.
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19/12/2012 21:47:00

this victory has cheered me up a bit... I can now sleep soundly tonight.
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19/12/2012 21:47:00

Rafa Benitez takes time to congratulate every one of his players on the pitch. He is a happy manager tonight after a committed and ultimately ruthless display from his side.
pego sama
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19/12/2012 21:49:00

Moses was ok tonight, the problem is that like Hazard, he doesn't show up against strong opponents...
Latunvic
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19/12/2012 21:49:00

I wonder why Torres has become such an irrecoverable crap. We really do need a major addition upfront come january. Falcao would have a field day against this Leeds defenders
Ohans
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19/12/2012 21:52:00

Marin did not exactly impress me, he did not look all that fast, but he showed some nice touches so i feel if he gets an extended run that brings him up to speed, he can be very useful on the wing. Moses looked good throughout, so also Oscar. Lamps looked really fired up & some of his attempts on goal (though arguably he could have looked to pass) reminded me of the old Lamps. Luiz was great apart from a 10 minute spell when he ventured too far out every so often & got badly rapped for it by Leeds with their opening goal. Iva was terrific as an attacking threa on corners. Players did not show much jet lag, credit to them & the staff.
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19/12/2012 21:52:00

Tale of two halves - We looked dreadful in the first! Perhaps Rafa got something right and had a decent team talk at HT. Lamps was MOTM, Moses looked great throughout and Eden was excellent once on.
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19/12/2012 21:54:00

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard: "We upped it in the second half. We were slow in the first but when we played with pace, you could see the difference. We had a word with ourselves at half time and the early goal gave us an impetus to go on and win it. Every trophy is a big deal for us, when we look back after our careers finish, we will look back on all our trips to Wembley."
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19/12/2012 21:56:00

Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata: "It is tough to play against a team like Leeds. Maybe we did not have enough time to rest but we showed the desire to win the trophy in the second half. It is a difficult stadium to play in, they have a physical team."
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19/12/2012 21:57:00

Zeenut, I agree about Marin. But in his defense he doesn't have any match fitness/experience at all of late. That pass from Luiz was quite bad, but he really doesn't deserve the blame for the goal. It's not as if he just left his position. He carried the ball forward. It's basic football that a midfielder needs to drop to cover and Oscar did a terrible job of it. Iva coulda done much better as well defending that break.
UpTheChelsea
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19/12/2012 21:57:00

Oscar, my man of the match
SameX
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19/12/2012 21:57:00

The one match this season that i wasnt ready to raise my expectations too high turned out to produce the best second half display that chelsea have played this season. Whatever rafa the interim gaffer told them at half time really worked wonders. The only negative in this match was torres. Even tough he finally got a goal, i would still insist that this is his worst display along with his performance against west brom. He was too awful. However i really enjoyed the match and am happy the girlie striker atleast got his goal.
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19/12/2012 22:00:00

Swansea in te semis
TafChels
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19/12/2012 22:06:00

Swansea in the Semis, confirmed
TafChels
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19/12/2012 22:06:00

LEAGUE CUP SEMI-FINAL DRAW Chelsea v Swansea Bradford v Aston Villa
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19/12/2012 22:07:00

I can now go to bed happy. Any of Swansea,Villa,Bradford will be a surmountable. Lets wait and see who we'l get in the draw
Ohans
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19/12/2012 22:09:00

Swansea? The hardest of them all. The winner of that tie should get the cup
Ohans
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19/12/2012 22:11:00

Rafa great tactician,does the business.
THEBREEZE
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19/12/2012 22:12:00

Swansea That's a tough one, they always make things hard for us but we should be to strong for them, predicting a final with Aston villa.
pego sama
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19/12/2012 22:12:00

Marin was not fully fit but you could see he is a wise player that understands the game
SameX
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19/12/2012 22:14:00

THEBREEZE Shame he didn't do his business in Club World Cup...
Luna
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19/12/2012 22:15:00

Swansea wont be a problem.
SameX
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19/12/2012 22:15:00

I can't wait to hear fecking Neil Warnock's reactions
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19/12/2012 22:16:00

Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez: "Swansea are a good team and we have to do well in a semi-final of any competition. They like to play football, on the floor and it will be interesting. The team was good in the first half, their goalkeeper was doing well. The reaction in the second half was fantastic, especially with travelling back from Japan and having jet lag. We were looking for character and the reaction was so good, we have to consider it for the future. Every competition is important for us and a top side like us has to win every competition. To know the players and spend time with them is important. I was really pleased with the time we spent together in Japan. I was comfortable with the job from the first day and I will try my best until the end."
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19/12/2012 22:17:00

Leeds manager Neil Warnock: "If Tom Lees' header goes in, it will be different game. To concede so early, you will be in trouble. They took over and we could not cope. I am pleased with the lads and the crowd were fantastic. It should be like this every week. When we scored, I have never heard anything like it. I have no complaints. It was disappointing to concede so early. We played some good football tonight, it was a great cup-tie and the officials were super. If it was not for Rafa, I would not have had such a good time at Crystal Palace, QPR and Leeds United, so I owe him really.
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19/12/2012 22:25:00

Steven Kiesling for torres will do i think! he looks like a top finisher
pego sama
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19/12/2012 22:35:00

will play the first leg at Stamford Bridge, before heading to the Liberty Stadium for the return a fortnight later.
pego sama
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19/12/2012 22:37:00

@pego i think the semis is a single game at wembley...
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19/12/2012 22:41:00

Good game by the Boys today.
Dwonder
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19/12/2012 23:00:00

no the semis are two legged in the capital one cup @layorh12
TafChels
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19/12/2012 23:03:00

@layorh12 no its not!
Ess...DaBison
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19/12/2012 23:10:00

@layorh12 you think wrong!!!
Ess...DaBison
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19/12/2012 23:11:00

RAFA!!! The best coach we had after Mourinho and we got him for free!
NikolaTesla
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19/12/2012 23:20:00

@Nikole Tesla Are you on drug?
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19/12/2012 23:55:00

Rafa did get it right.The only difference between tonight and Sunday was we took our chances tonight and didn't Sunday.Leeds had more shots on target than Corinthians.It must have been Fernando's worse display in a Chelsea shirt,terrible control.
THEBREEZE
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20/12/2012

Hat off to Rafa tonight guys, he got it right. It's the manager's job to get a second half performance out a team like that and he done it. Great team selection and subs as well. Well played Rafa!
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20/12/2012 00:29:00

If you are not racist, hater and a kid you must admit Rafa is excellent manager. Who is better than him that we could get at the end of season. Please don't say Pep. I'll say it again how is Barca doing without Pep. It is not RB fault that Torres can't hit the net.
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20/12/2012 02:02:00

We get Falcao! If it is true. http://www.nationalturk.com/en/chelsea-transferradamel-falcao-refuse-real-madrid-and-accept-chelsea-offer-breaking-news-30582
NikolaTesla
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20/12/2012 02:03:00

you cant call Rafa a good manager off the back of this result. This is the type of game you would have to believe we SHOULD win
Blue_Mel
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20/12/2012 02:30:00

shlok . make your point without swearing ? without being abusive??
Blue_Mel
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20/12/2012 04:55:00

Shlok27....... Wow..... I believe everyone is entitled to an opinion but what you just said was ridiculous.
NicciBoy
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20/12/2012 05:08:00

shlok27 sums up this forum, what kind of fans swear upon his own player so he can't play anymore, broke Torres leg, really? you sir are a very pathetic human being, it's human like u that should get the 21 december apocalypse, u're a disgrace to chelsea fans and this forum
chelsea44
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20/12/2012 05:52:00

and it's been a difficult half a year for us, transfer window is coming, we need to reinforce the squad, so cmon let's enjoy the win and stop complaining and bitching around people
chelsea44
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20/12/2012 05:53:00

well... v l certainly make the finals... though swansea are a good team i dont think dey can beat us over 2 legs
peacockblue
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20/12/2012 06:17:00

Wow!a vintage chelsea perfmance,hope we go on rampage henceforth
Ken4CFC
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20/12/2012 06:41:00

thanks guys for the correction....so its over two legs..makes it better for us....
layorh12
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20/12/2012 06:56:00

chelsea44 yaa im disgrace if i swear upon a player who i dont think have any chelsea spirit at all....he doesnt care about chelsea so why should i care about...because of that one person the who club is suffering why should the whole club suffer let him suffer alone....yaa wotever i said is complety wrong and i shouldnt said it...but i cant see my club going through this bad phase because of one person who is getting chance after chance at the cost of other so that he comes in form which he wont come at all....to make one person happy why are we ruining the whole club season....
shlok27
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20/12/2012 07:25:00

Shlok27, calm down mate, just calm down, torres would either hit the bench cum january or sold off, we all know he is not doing a great job for us and most of our problems this season is just because of him, I really hope we get a better replacement that will fire us up
Desmondadonis
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20/12/2012 07:36:00

Oscar is a special player
SameX
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20/12/2012 08:14:00

I love his heart and passion. He can be the future vice-captain like Lamps.
SameX
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20/12/2012 08:15:00

Even Lamps enjoyed playing along side him in the pivot.
SameX
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20/12/2012 08:16:00

@Desmond yaa i will...but cant see some players get special teatment at chelsea just bcause they have huge price tag...even tought they fail to deliver...now its seems if you have big price tag than you can get first team chance and if you dont have then you to wait for your chance which you dont get at all...i think now we should cut those crap talk of players should fight for their place to get in the first team....this system doesnt exist at chelsea...if you have big price tag then you automatically get in first team...or else get waste in te bench..
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