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Match Day Moments - Stoke (a)

A difficult trip to the Britannia Stadium, to face Stoke City, beckons this afternoon.

It is, as they say, a must win game if Chelsea are to continue to harbour ambitions of qualifying for the Champions League next season.

Recently, Sir Alex Ferguson labelled Stoke as 'The Jolly Green Giants` such is their fondness for aerial combat. Now whether our team, comprised mostly of diddy-men can match them or as Rafa Benitez implies; dash between their legs remains to be seen.

Nevertheless, it promises to be an intriguing afternoon and you are all cordially invited to join us in our Match Day Moments thread whereby we`ll be on hand to discuss the starting eleven chosen by Rafa, the tactics employed and the action as it unfurls in the Potteries.

It should be quite an afternoon!




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The Journalist

Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 12 2013

Time: 11:17AM

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No Torres please.
Blu
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12/01/2013 12:07:00

Ba to start with Marin on the right wing and Oscar partners david Luiz and terry partners Cahill..
shaka09
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12/01/2013 12:14:00

shaka09 - sounds good
zg2000fs
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12/01/2013 12:32:00

both ba n torres are gonna start.itink oscar is goin 2 b sacrified 4 dis 1.lampard n ramires as our holding players.ba is goin 2play bhind torres.hazard,mata on the left n right wings respectively.
manop
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12/01/2013 12:33:00

today you will see how football and rugby are played at the same time....
shlok27
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12/01/2013 12:33:00

we had better give it our all this match. Benny shouldn't start torres unless together with Ba before we will hear he has termites eating up his stomach excuse again
BluesInMe
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12/01/2013 12:57:00

@shlok, lol not the first time we will see it
BluesInMe
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12/01/2013 12:58:00

I don't care who ever start, The most important thing is the three point cos we can't afford to lose this match KTBFFH 4 ever
Larger_chelsea
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12/01/2013 13:08:00

@Larger-chelsea...please dont say you dont care who starts because torres should clearly not start..except you are not as desperate for the 3 points as your post suggests....I am damn desperate and keeping faith that Torres will be on the bench....
layorh12
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12/01/2013 13:13:00

I don't think Torres will start tonight as he is down with bug as mentioned... As for Terry, I wouldn't want to risk him with a physical team like Stoke....
DrWatsons
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12/01/2013 13:24:00

boy the starting line up today will speak volumes as to how our club is run and who the true power brokers are..people have been bitching and moaning about lamps and player power..well guess what if Torres starts today we will officially have our new version of player power in full effect.
GabeU
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12/01/2013 13:27:00

@layorh12 I need the three point badly as those manchester club are playing tomorrow so that to close them, which i know very well that both of them will drop point but as for nando and Ba, let Ba play ahead of nando as we can't keep on waiting and believe he will be inform soonest
Larger_chelsea
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12/01/2013 13:34:00

@ GabeU.. don't worry... the player power is officialy ending this summer.. let the players (whoever holds the power) do whatever they want to.. (eg.. bitching in media, contacting owner etc..) they will be thrown out come summer..
ChampionBlue
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12/01/2013 13:36:00

gonna be hard, i'll take 1-0 win any day
chelsea44
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12/01/2013 13:52:00

Dr Watsons... I hope your spot on... Terry shoudl be available on the bench though. To me , Torres is gone come summer probably in exchange for Falcao (IMHO)
Blue_Mel
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12/01/2013 13:53:00

I am not worried about this game, despite the fact that tony pulis has a professorial degree in defending and parking the bus, what I am really worried about is the breaking of bones and marrow, flying tackles ju jitsu and shaoling martial arts we'll witness today, I hope ba,mata hazard or any of our players get an out of the season injury!! I'll begin to be worried when we play soton, arsenal and swansea, that is when we put our leg off the gas
Desmondadonis
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12/01/2013 13:56:00

When is it kicking off in UK? 3pm? Nigeria is 4pm
Desmondadonis
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12/01/2013 13:57:00

@Desmondadonis yes kicking off in UK is3pm Nigeria is 4pm
Larger_chelsea
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12/01/2013 14:05:00

Cahill will not be starting as he has family issues to attend to. His wife just gave birth. So its probably going to be Luiz and iva at CB,Rami and Lamp in CM.
nelyvanile
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12/01/2013 14:08:00

i hope it's jt and iva at defence cause if luiz plays at cb and lamps at cm we are in big trouble both at the defence and the pivot
I hate CR7
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12/01/2013 14:11:00

and congtratz to gary
I hate CR7
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12/01/2013 14:12:00

were we any different from stoke in jm era. Just a little more polished in attack and 4 beasts as defenders and 3 beasts in midfield. God i miss those days. A solid defence means less chance of losing and powerful strike force means higher chance of getting 1-0. Ra wake up. Lets do what we do best. We have won all our trophies that way. Lets face it. To play the passing game you need excellent referees. Once win will not allow physical game like in spain, italy etc. We need more home grown players or players from germany or france to deal with the physicality.
Blue India
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12/01/2013 14:13:00

WHAT FORMATION IS THAT ? i am speechless
Don capon
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12/01/2013 14:16:00

I turned out to be right...Team line up. Chelsea: Cech; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cole; Hazard, Lampard (c), Ramires, Bertrand; Mata, Ba
nelyvanile
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12/01/2013 14:16:00

looks like a 4321
Don capon
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12/01/2013 14:17:00

we are parking the bus against a team that already park the bus
I hate CR7
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12/01/2013 14:21:00

Bertrand starting for Chelsea??? This coach must definitely be on cheap drugs
sojofjand
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12/01/2013 14:21:00

clearly Tubby does not believe in MAZACAR...he desperately needs width and knows this is not a game for Marin(too physical)...that is the exact reason why we were linked with Taison...our squad lacks balance i will dear say it again...and the squad is obviously not deep enough...this game has a draw written all over it for me...i hope we can nick it...
layorh12
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12/01/2013 14:22:00

is that official line up
Blue India
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12/01/2013 14:23:00

At least El Nino is still recovering from his "bug" i cant complain though i wonder what Rafa is paying at by having both Ryan and Cole on together against Stoke..i fear we will struggle to score in this one but with Ba with have our best chance.
GabeU
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12/01/2013 14:23:00

look like two team will play rugby tonight....rafa playing ryan....hahaaaaa....for god sake someone shoot both torres and rafa....they are fecking my club big time...
shlok27
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12/01/2013 14:25:00

Bertrand to provide width and crosses for Ba.
nelyvanile
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12/01/2013 14:25:00

What's wrong with Oscar and Marin God help CFC
sojofjand
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12/01/2013 14:26:00

We have a sense chicken as a coach is it compulsory he has to stick to this ***** 4-2-3-1 ? This is a greart chance to play the two strikers in a 4-4-2. With Torres drifting more to the wings because if he doesn't know anything he does surely knows how to pull crosses. This formation makes Stokes job easy "cut all passes from getting to Ba" and we are down fall. Shaking my head.
sojofjand
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12/01/2013 14:34:00

*senseless chicken*
sojofjand
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12/01/2013 14:35:00

Chelsea: Cech; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cole; Hazard,Lampard, Ramires, Bertrand; Mata, Ba Subs: Turnbull, Torres, Oscar, Ferreira, Marin, Terry,Ake
Ohans
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12/01/2013 14:36:00

if you factor in the fact that Tubby always wants some width, then this is best we've got for this match sadly....I am sure Tubby thinks marin is too fragile for a game as physical as stoke....and he does not wanta play Oscar on the right so we dont play too narrow while he also does not want to play him in the pivot maybe because stoke's players are bigger and very physical...I dont like the line up but we dont have anything better than this currently if wanta play tubby's way(with some width)....the real issue is that this squad is not deep enough at all especially RW, and CM and CF...clearly the board's thinking has been faulty since last summer....I dont wanta say anything about the pivot again, I will just say it does exist we are only patching things...God help us...but if we wanta help ourselves...we need to make at least 2 more signings in this window...a CM and another player who can back up BA and also play as a RW.....
layorh12
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12/01/2013 14:37:00

It is not logical starting barty on the wing, its really pathetic for the tinker man and I dare say it will be a miracle to win this game, this man I think has a time machine in his house which took him back to his pool days, he keep shuttlung from 2005-2013 era clearly
Desmondadonis
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12/01/2013 14:37:00

Simply STUPID
sojofjand
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12/01/2013 14:47:00

For a reason am not sure of,i dont quite get comfortable each time i see Ryan on the LW . I feel the same way whenever Ramires is deployed down right. Ffs i dont see much Bertrand will contribute from that position.
Ohans
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12/01/2013 14:48:00

He wants to stop Stoke city's width as that is always their tactic, and then expect a moment of brilliance from the pair of Mata, Hazard and/or Ba to nick a narrow win, fingers crossed...
Ikdaniels
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12/01/2013 14:48:00

am sorry to predict a loss or draw.why bentrand and lamps in that wing and mdfld respecv.nzonzi laughing were he is.
mzee69
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12/01/2013 14:48:00

Both Marin and oscar cannot provide the width needed for this game. Bertrand is the only option we have as Moses is on international duties. Stoke city like to defend in compact,crowding the middle of the 18 yard box,making it difficult for penetration. Ba thrives on crosses and I'm sure we will make use of that in the early mins of the game to see how it works.
nelyvanile
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12/01/2013 14:48:00

All i want is a win.we can do it.COYB
obimikelisdbest
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12/01/2013 14:50:00

Both Marin and oscar cannot provide the width needed for this game. Bertrand is the only option we have as Moses is on international duties. Stoke city like to defend in compact,crowding the middle of the 18 yard box,making it difficult for penetration. Ba thrives on crosses and I'm sure we will make use of that in the early mins of the game to see how it works.
nelyvanile
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12/01/2013 14:50:00

Thinking about it the line up isnt so bad . not his fault he doesnt have enough players to rotate and use ..
Don capon
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12/01/2013 14:51:00

Betrand on LW against a PARK THE BUS TEAM? Dafuq.
The Psychic Blue l9l
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12/01/2013 14:52:00

what will ryan provide on wings.....nothing....how can you say marin is not physical fit enought....atleat give him a chance he will provide something....atleast take chance with marin rather than playing ryan....feckkkk man this blodddddyyyhy fecker is here just to ruin us....roman at least we would have been good without a manager but not this joker...just hate himmmmm
shlok27
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12/01/2013 14:52:00

Hey does any of you know if Luiz has cut his sideshow Bob hair? I heard news about it..
The Psychic Blue l9l
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12/01/2013 14:53:00

it could be bertrand defending and ashley cole left wing , guys chill out lets see how the game turns out . i am sure he wont put out a team to loose on purpose
Don capon
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12/01/2013 14:54:00

The hair is still intact!
merlin
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12/01/2013 14:55:00

To protect Torres Rafa decided to give Ba a poor team, so he cannot score. Does he want to play defensive against Stoke, he cannot be that dumb.
EliteBlue
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12/01/2013 14:55:00

Betrand or the crosses maybe? Victor Moses or Marin could have done that.
The Psychic Blue l9l
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12/01/2013 14:56:00

YES YES YES. He didnt cut his hair!!! I mean, he did, but its just smaller.
Mia Maynard
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12/01/2013 14:56:00

i honestly don't understand why put Bertrand on line up, we're not going to defend against Stoke, nevertheless let's attack from the start and win this, we need this win badly
chelsea44
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12/01/2013 14:56:00

So are we going to be ManCity and Looserpool fans tomorrow?
The Psychic Blue l9l
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12/01/2013 14:57:00

smaller? I meant shoirter
Mia Maynard
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12/01/2013 14:57:00

Each time i make a decision to complain less and just watch things happen,these coaches comes up with very disturbing moves.
Ohans
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12/01/2013 14:57:00

Anyone else going to watch Middlesbrough v Watford? Interesting to see who shines the brightest between Mceachran and Chalobah. There's a link at Thefirstrow for those interested.
Puttinuttan
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12/01/2013 14:58:00

I don't agree to barty on the wings nely, its plain stupid, barty offers nothing on the wings, no dribbles, no shooting, just occassional crosses, marin should be played in this game and it might just toughen him up, we can't treat him like an egg shell, play marin and he can bring barty in only if and only if marin is finding it difficult after a first half assessment, barty is not a winger both natural or artificial, marin is, but heck, I can never know as much as rafa in tactics or managing players, so I'll shut up and hope for the best
Desmondadonis
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12/01/2013 14:59:00

oh i hope fans stop the 16th minute chants and booing seriously, how childish, that just suffers our team morale more
chelsea44
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12/01/2013 14:59:00

Let's go out for d win blues
Herkeen19
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12/01/2013 15:00:00

Oh that's GOOD NEWS Mia.
The Psychic Blue l9l
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12/01/2013 15:01:00

Come on Chelsea! 3 points is all we need.
The Psychic Blue l9l
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12/01/2013 15:01:00

So happy to see cech back in post.... Turnbull have actually not done bad. He has put in a good shift.
Chelz Akamz
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12/01/2013 15:02:00

good luck
habbo
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12/01/2013 15:05:00

Although Marin is small, but i see him penetrating this stoke defense,really.
Ohans
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12/01/2013 15:14:00

Can't play Marin against stoke, he'll get eaten alive.
CalculatedKalou
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12/01/2013 15:19:00

Bertrand can't pass.
foreign_viewer
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12/01/2013 15:19:00

These guys are playing crap!
BOTUM
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12/01/2013 15:20:00

cfc midfeilders are craps
habbo
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12/01/2013 15:21:00

Bertrand is clearly not for this game. That let flank is clearly non-existent. We have been under pressure so far. I don't mean to start a squabble,but Legend Lamps is a sub material presently.
Ohans
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12/01/2013 15:22:00

Lukaku scored for WBA
The Psychic Blue l9l
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12/01/2013 15:22:00

We're doing what we do best, 'lose the ball immidiately we get it' pathetic.
LeyemovicH
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12/01/2013 15:22:00

Isn't Lampard supposed to be controlling the tempo of the game? He can't do it. Just send him up front next to bar.
foreign_viewer
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12/01/2013 15:22:00

We are being literally manhandled in the midfield..it is looking like men against boys out there.
GabeU
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12/01/2013 15:22:00

benitez should be adviced to stop playing betrand on the wings
habbo
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12/01/2013 15:24:00

Ooh lampard
djangbahevans
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12/01/2013 15:25:00

Lampard, can score Long rangers, can't score one on ones.
The Psychic Blue l9l
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12/01/2013 15:26:00

That's it. Bertrand is crap.
foreign_viewer
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12/01/2013 15:26:00

Wow i couldn't have guessed that lampard would miss that. Damn.
LeyemovicH
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12/01/2013 15:26:00

ryannn is uselessssssssssssssss in left wing....why cant our managers get it clear....
shlok27
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12/01/2013 15:26:00

yeah bertrand is crap
Blue India
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12/01/2013 15:27:00

Calculatedkalou, no he won't, if he is not afraid, I think marin would be very useful in this game considering his skill set and inch perfect crosses
Desmondadonis
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12/01/2013 15:27:00

I have never been to a rugby game all my life, but stoke are making me experience it in the premier league
Desmondadonis
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12/01/2013 15:28:00

Yeah he was so useless against Bayern wasn't he...
CalculatedKalou
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12/01/2013 15:28:00

Lampard has misplaced almost all his passes today.....legendary....
LeyemovicH
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12/01/2013 15:28:00

Bertrand is shaming himself there.
foreign_viewer
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12/01/2013 15:29:00

our managers are craps thats reason why roman sacks them, why betrand ?
habbo
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12/01/2013 15:29:00

What is Bertrand doing in this match for heaven sake???
sojofjand
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12/01/2013 15:29:00

yeah bertrand is crap again
Blue India
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12/01/2013 15:29:00

its a plot by rafa to make look ba poor by playing ryan on wings because he knows he wont provide anything...just to make his wife secure for fisrt team...
shlok27
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12/01/2013 15:30:00

Am i ht only Chelsea fan who doesn't rate Bertrand at all? How the hell did he get into our team?
Blue in Colorado
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12/01/2013 15:30:00

How on earth will a sensible coach start bertrand on the wings?
obimikelisdbest
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12/01/2013 15:30:00

Bertrand is no winger..he is a left back..he looks like a fish out of water out there.
GabeU
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12/01/2013 15:30:00

Bertrand doesnt fit...he is not supposed to be on the pitch
djangbahevans
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12/01/2013 15:30:00

How pathetic are some of you? You say Bertrand is one of the left backs in the league a couple of months ago and as good as ash, now you're saying he's useless, make your minds up!
CalculatedKalou
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12/01/2013 15:31:00

adding salt to injury, Lukaku scores his 8th premier league goal of the season and the last time i checked the highest scorer for chelsea in the league so far is on 7 goals having played more minutes... Hmnnnnn
Ikdaniels
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12/01/2013 15:32:00

If we keep this ball on the ground on a string of passes,Stoke wont stand a chance. But how can Lamps miss that goal? Coaches do suffer,if we lose or draw all blames goes to Rafa while a proven goal poacher in Lamps misses sitters. If he cant convert such goal chances,i dont see his business in the pitch. He clearly isnt marking or passing well. Oh good Lord,the gaffer should take Ryan off,he is making a mess of himself. Oscar or Marin will do a better job.
Ohans
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12/01/2013 15:33:00

Mata looks jaded.i think a few weeks rest will really be helpful
djangbahevans
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12/01/2013 15:33:00

i would rather play cole on wings.....he can do that job welll...
shlok27
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12/01/2013 15:34:00

Ramires the only player with character in this team, dedicated he is, I hope he ease up on his tackles though
Desmondadonis
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12/01/2013 15:35:00

Lovely ball from lamps to ba, thought he'd score that.
CalculatedKalou
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12/01/2013 15:35:00

Asmir Begovic has made two world class saves so far in this match
GabeU
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12/01/2013 15:35:00

Great pass by lampard to Ba
djangbahevans
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12/01/2013 15:35:00

Stoke=Bayern?
foreign_viewer
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12/01/2013 15:35:00

Don't think I said that. but to say he's "useless" on the wings shows how idiotic you are, or that you have suffered memory loss.
CalculatedKalou
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12/01/2013 15:36:00

oscar and marin for ryan and lamps....ti hell with physical get all our attack...play the passing and feck themmm...
shlok27
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12/01/2013 15:37:00

Ba is clearly a better striker to Torres. Nice effort there.
Ohans
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12/01/2013 15:37:00

Oscar for Bertrand at least.
foreign_viewer
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12/01/2013 15:38:00

Cole should never shoot again.
foreign_viewer
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12/01/2013 15:40:00

physical presence of ba clearly troubling stoke
Blue India
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12/01/2013 15:40:00

thats how you shoot cole
Blue India
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12/01/2013 15:41:00

Lol....... Stoke = fortress, score them one they'll open up, but ohans is right, stoke city are clumsy,we should play them on the ground, bertie can step down for marin, he can't be more fragile than that
Desmondadonis
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12/01/2013 15:42:00

the standard of refereeing is pathetic
Blue India
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12/01/2013 15:47:00

Mata out of all people scores a header!! ONE NIL!!
The Psychic Blue l9l
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12/01/2013 15:48:00

1-0 Chelsea, Walters own goal.
CalculatedKalou
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12/01/2013 15:48:00

Walters own goal, thank God.
sojofjand
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12/01/2013 15:48:00

Just seen the replay. LOL Looks like it was a Jon Walter own goals. Nice towering header that one too.
The Psychic Blue l9l
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12/01/2013 15:49:00

Lol.walters O.G
obimikelisdbest
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12/01/2013 15:49:00

Lol.walters O.G
obimikelisdbest
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12/01/2013 15:49:00

Walters!!! That's CB Striker tactics for you. Keep parking the bus.
foreign_viewer
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12/01/2013 15:49:00

Good cross by azpilicueta for the goal
djangbahevans
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12/01/2013 15:49:00

own goal
Blue India
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12/01/2013 15:49:00

Very clumsy knobheads, I hope we see marin or oscar in the second half, this team is just too physical for our midgets and I hope we can maintain this lead for our 3 points
Desmondadonis
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12/01/2013 15:49:00

Own goal..but we will take it..those who like to criticize Lamps please take note that it was his industry that won us that ball back when Nzonii had a chance to clear the ball out of their area.
GabeU
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12/01/2013 15:49:00

Walters O.G. 1-0 to Chelsea.
nelyvanile
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12/01/2013 15:49:00

Rafa rushing to hear what Pulis has to say. Pulis seems to think his team is better than Chelsea. He never complains when they play manure.
foreign_viewer
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12/01/2013 15:50:00

GOOOAAAALLL!! Own goal,nice Azpi cross from a Hazard enticing flick,the cross was surely bound for the net.
Ohans
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12/01/2013 15:50:00

no complain again if roman sacks managers who keep playing betrand on the wing
habbo
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12/01/2013 15:52:00

hazard was awesome , ba is good so is ramirez
I hate CR7
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12/01/2013 15:52:00

Surely the FA should start clamping down on managers trying to influence referees during games. Its cheating!
Anarchy
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12/01/2013 15:53:00

Lampard and Rami our best players on the pitch so far.
nelyvanile
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12/01/2013 15:53:00

we badly need to make change, Marin for Bertrand and Oscar for Lampard. Oscar's strength is so under-rated, for me he is more composed and stronger than Mata, Hazard; and more useful than ramires, Lampard.
EliteBlue
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12/01/2013 15:53:00

we are playing well , we were sloppy at first but we later started to control the game , the way lampard find's space in the box is pure class !!! and Ba is not getting too much service right now
Don capon
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12/01/2013 15:54:00

The first half was not that great to watch but we still managed to be 1 up ( thank you walters ). Second half will tell if we plan to park the bus. Stoke will be trying to get any type of set piece they can manage. We need to score an early goal. Lampard is playing ok. Hazard looks like he wants to score today. God willing he does.
abzkilla
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12/01/2013 15:54:00

Watford is leading by 1 goal the same time we score
chota
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12/01/2013 15:54:00

Ramirez plays for Southampton, we have Ramires.
CalculatedKalou
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12/01/2013 15:55:00

BERTRAND is a complete amateur!!! Not "chelsea quality" by all means...
che-l3k1
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12/01/2013 15:55:00

@desmond any news about the cfc transfers plz?
habbo
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12/01/2013 15:56:00

But what is Bertrand doing on the pitch?
true2blue
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12/01/2013 15:56:00

hazard has been playing better than mata in recent times
Don capon
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12/01/2013 15:56:00

Yeah Bertrand looked so amateur in the CL final didn't he...
CalculatedKalou
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12/01/2013 15:57:00

why are we slating bertrand for his poor performance , that is what happens when u play a left back as a winger he is bound not to perform well , to me it is not his fault
Don capon
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12/01/2013 15:57:00

foreign viewer he is very good friends with sir alex, like a minion. Lampard has been careless in midfield and that was a shocking miss. Hazard has been sub-par, not in his amazing on the ball ability but he isnt getting his head up enough and the players around him are being more conservative than him in an attacking sense today. Bertrand made sense as he can stop crosses and cross himself by staying wide but he has been poor, maybe our worst player on the pitch. Need any sort of service to Ba. Now we can sit and play on the counter, works for me.
Mia Maynard
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12/01/2013 15:58:00

Come on easy on Bertrand,he is being played out of position for tactical reasons.
nelyvanile
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12/01/2013 15:59:00

Its been a relatively ding-dong affair,but we clearly deserve the lead,o.g or not. All we need do is keep the ball on the ground and that is more reason why Oscar needs to come on for Berty. Rafa shouldnt keep that sub late on...50-60 minutes at most. Ba's presence is apparent enough. Lets wrap this up!
Ohans
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12/01/2013 16:00:00

I hope we don't park the bus on this one though... we need to wrap this up. Understandably, Bertrand is playing out of position but we've seen him do better there
true2blue
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12/01/2013 16:01:00

Maybe benitez is trying to tire-out stoke's right back and then introduce a sub that will tear them apart from the left.
abzkilla
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12/01/2013 16:02:00

we need to bring wright philips back to bench betrand
habbo
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12/01/2013 16:02:00

The criticism against bertrand is unfair. He is primarily a left back who does a good job at left back. The fact that he is having a bad game at left wing does not mean he is a bad player.
Chelz Akamz
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12/01/2013 16:03:00

We are truelly human being,always complaining.ouchhhh!!!
blue5
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12/01/2013 16:05:00

@Nely...he is being played out of position...for what? Tactical reason ma foot!! He has not contributed any s.h.i.t what so ever in the game and it only wise he discontinues the match. I dont see what he is doing that Oscar cant do even better. Feck Tactics!
Ohans
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12/01/2013 16:05:00

football+rugby=
habbo
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12/01/2013 16:08:00

Ohans, then you blame Rafa for putting him there not Berty!
CalculatedKalou
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12/01/2013 16:08:00

11 vs 11 today.
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12/01/2013 16:08:00

@habbo, no concrete stories yet just paper talks so far with willian, fellaini being the new players linked to cfc, @akamz, ryan is not a bad player, but in this game a bad choice in the wing, his place is at left back, nice one ba, nice one
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12/01/2013 16:09:00

Chelz Akamz,we are on the same page,let him be taken off.
Ohans
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12/01/2013 16:09:00

great work by ba again
Blue India
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12/01/2013 16:09:00

Ba does a Drogba.
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12/01/2013 16:10:00

Hazard knows how to handle these Stoke players.
foreign_viewer
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12/01/2013 16:11:00

Top 5 passers first half; Lampard 19/24, Mata 19/24,Nzonzi 19/23, A.cole 17/19, Hazard 15/18.
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12/01/2013 16:12:00

cech is outstanding
abzkilla
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12/01/2013 16:12:00

well done cech
habbo
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12/01/2013 16:12:00

That is three world class saves now by begovic. I dont want ManU ever getting this guy.
GabeU
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12/01/2013 16:14:00

Bertrand off. Benitez takes too long to make changes.
foreign_viewer
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12/01/2013 16:14:00

ba is the new drogba.....ryan is the new malouda doing nothing...
shlok27
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12/01/2013 16:16:00

Rafa I'll personally shoot u with cole's air rifle. If u make ur first sub on the 87th minute please
Desmondadonis
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12/01/2013 16:16:00

Bertrand was suppose to close Nzonzi up there before that strike. Rafa is making this lad look crap.
Ohans
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12/01/2013 16:17:00

love the line refree...she is so cuteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
shlok27
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12/01/2013 16:17:00

Hazard is obviously having a dead leg, why can't he ever shoot!!!
Desmondadonis
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12/01/2013 16:18:00

Some people are too harsh on Malouda, they forget is massive goal haul in the 09/10 double winning season and the fact he was named player of the season in 10/11.
CalculatedKalou
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12/01/2013 16:19:00

Cheers Walters, on for a hat-trick now!
CalculatedKalou
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12/01/2013 16:20:00

Yes, Lampard is doing a Pirlo today. What he should do in every game. Stay in midfield and pass.
foreign_viewer
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12/01/2013 16:20:00

own goal
chota
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12/01/2013 16:20:00

lamps has been great
Blue India
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12/01/2013 16:20:00

another own goal. Much better half to watch
abzkilla
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12/01/2013 16:21:00

Branislav Ivanovic! He scores more than Torres!
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12/01/2013 16:21:00

second own goal..poor Jon Walters..this is a horror game for him but we will take it.
GabeU
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12/01/2013 16:21:00

Inside ivanavic is smiling :)
Clingy
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12/01/2013 16:21:00

Walters!!! What a player!! Sign him up!
foreign_viewer
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12/01/2013 16:21:00

David luiz should stick to being a CB, he'll rule the world if he can improve there, hazard's cross is awful, thank u walters for that :-)
Desmondadonis
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12/01/2013 16:21:00

own goal again
Blue India
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12/01/2013 16:21:00

Walters own goal again 2-0 thank you Walters
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12/01/2013 16:22:00

panelty
chota
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12/01/2013 16:22:00

Walters is having a howler...lolz
Ohans
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12/01/2013 16:22:00

penaltyyyyyy
abzkilla
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12/01/2013 16:22:00

Shawcross. ****. Lampard time
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12/01/2013 16:22:00

we need a striker like walters
habbo
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12/01/2013 16:22:00

Amazing we are beating stoke City at their own game. 2 aerial duel goals.
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12/01/2013 16:22:00

Cheers Walters for hatrick
Blue India
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12/01/2013 16:22:00

lamparddddddddddddddddddddddddd
chota
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12/01/2013 16:23:00

194 for Lamps
The Psychic Blue l9l
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12/01/2013 16:23:00

Penalty!
The Psychic Blue l9l
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12/01/2013 16:23:00

super frankie lamps
Blue India
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12/01/2013 16:23:00

This must be one of the best games Lampard has had since before that hip injury.
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12/01/2013 16:24:00

Lampard...Super Frank on 194.
nelyvanile
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12/01/2013 16:24:00

No 3..Frankie lamps..to those haters out there..there is the mans value!!!
GabeU
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12/01/2013 16:24:00

Tubby, I have cole's rifle loaded here, I'll love to see marin, oscar and perhaps ake now that we are almost there
Desmondadonis
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12/01/2013 16:25:00

walters to chelsea 4 five years
habbo
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12/01/2013 16:25:00

Torres should learn some lessons from John Walters.
The Psychic Blue l9l
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12/01/2013 16:25:00

Nice to see JT warming up.
abzkilla
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12/01/2013 16:25:00

Someone give Walters an assist for his hat trick. He deserve it. He been great for us today.
foreign_viewer
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12/01/2013 16:25:00

signnnn waltersssssss
shlok27
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12/01/2013 16:25:00

Can Marun come in now?
KAKUfrank
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12/01/2013 16:25:00

Nice penalty Legend FL. Your hand was written all over the goal.
Ohans
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12/01/2013 16:26:00

Lukaku gets a second!
CalculatedKalou
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12/01/2013 16:26:00

WHAT A SAVE BY BEGOVIC.
The Psychic Blue l9l
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12/01/2013 16:26:00

Begovic is class
KAKUfrank
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12/01/2013 16:27:00

ManU must not be allowed to get Begovic..this guy is amazing..but for him Lamps should have a hat tick today!!
GabeU
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12/01/2013 16:27:00

A game with Ba vs a game without. What a huge difference.
foreign_viewer
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12/01/2013 16:27:00

Torres coming in, for who???
sojofjand
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12/01/2013 16:27:00

folks on VC saying Bertrand should take over from Cole need to seriously reconsider their thinking..I am not even sure what his role is as a squad player...we definitely need another LB if cole is released we will need to sign another LB...Bertrand is definitely not ready....Mata is very TIRED....at this rate he'll soon suffer a total burn out....we cant escape soending this transfer window if we are serious at all about achieving anything this season.....
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12/01/2013 16:28:00

Great day or Chelsea. Lukaku has bagged his second for WBA
The Psychic Blue l9l
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12/01/2013 16:28:00

great play by ba and lamps
Blue India
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12/01/2013 16:29:00

Lukaku scored his 2nd goal.
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12/01/2013 16:29:00

That should have been 195 for Lamps.
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12/01/2013 16:29:00

wifeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee arrivessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
shlok27
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12/01/2013 16:29:00

GabeU, do you see SAF abandoning the De Gea experiment already?
CalculatedKalou
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12/01/2013 16:29:00

Here he comes...
The Psychic Blue l9l
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12/01/2013 16:29:00

why tores
Blue India
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12/01/2013 16:29:00

oMG..........not this torres again??.......its like tubby is obssesed with him.
LeyemovicH
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12/01/2013 16:29:00

OOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
The Psychic Blue l9l
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12/01/2013 16:30:00

tores will score another meaningless goal
Blue India
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12/01/2013 16:30:00

Rafa is a retard. We needed to win last week and he waited till the 80th minute. Marin needs minutes and he doesn't come in. Hazarddddddd
KAKUfrank
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12/01/2013 16:30:00

Hazard!!!!!! Mata assist
KAKUfrank
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12/01/2013 16:31:00

Hazard u beaut!!!!! I am eating my humble pie while its still hot now
Desmondadonis
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12/01/2013 16:31:00

HE MAY NOT SHOOT A LOT, BUT WHEN HE DOES, WWWOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWW
The Psychic Blue l9l
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12/01/2013 16:31:00

Thats what you get for 32mil........hazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzard
LeyemovicH
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12/01/2013 16:31:00

One hundred and ninety-four goals.... SUPER FRANKIE LAMPARD! LEGEND!!!
Chelz Akamz
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12/01/2013 16:31:00

Hazardddddddddddd.......
Herkeen19
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12/01/2013 16:31:00

We are now minus 1, El NINO on for Ba... What a strike...Hazard!! Goal!
Ohans
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12/01/2013 16:31:00

hazaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaard thats my 32 million goallllll
shlok27
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12/01/2013 16:31:00

Wow Hazard!
CalculatedKalou
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12/01/2013 16:31:00

Thank you haza :)
abzkilla
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12/01/2013 16:31:00

What a Goalasoo from Hazard..i am in 7th heaven here.. and against Stoke at their place..incredible!!
GabeU
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12/01/2013 16:32:00

What a strike from mr hazard
Chelz Akamz
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12/01/2013 16:33:00

what a goal. 4 against stoke. wow
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12/01/2013 16:33:00

YOU GUYS DISRESPECTING A 21YR OLD WHO HAS NOT EVEN SPENT A WHOLE SEASON WITH US...YOU CAN EAT THAT....for me I will never complain...its 32m well spent...FREAKING WORLD CLASS!
layorh12
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12/01/2013 16:33:00

what a goal. 4 against stoke. wow
ktm_blues
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12/01/2013 16:33:00

hazard !!
habbo
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12/01/2013 16:33:00

Hazard!!!! Who is man of the match? Lampard? Hazard? Ba?
foreign_viewer
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12/01/2013 16:33:00

Yep eden.u'v been so good
blue5
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12/01/2013 16:33:00

this game has been all about rammy lampard and ba
Blue India
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12/01/2013 16:35:00

Lampard Out!
CobhamBlue
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12/01/2013 16:36:00

and walters
Blue India
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12/01/2013 16:36:00

Hazard is right footed. Now I think he is ambidextrous.
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12/01/2013 16:36:00

Whether people claim Ryan is useless or not. The boys puts in effort and one can't hate on that.
KAKUfrank
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12/01/2013 16:36:00

We keep saying marin doesn't have minutes, now tell me how he'll get minutes when he is not even featuring when we are winning!!!
Desmondadonis
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12/01/2013 16:36:00

Captain. Leader. Legend. Welcome back John Terry.
The Psychic Blue l9l
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12/01/2013 16:37:00

Watching torres movement is giving people bugs.......this guy is poor to a fault, thats not the position you're supposed to be in gurl. Jeez...
LeyemovicH
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12/01/2013 16:38:00

Apparently Chelsea are going to negotiate a straight swap Torres for Walters. Clinical.
CobhamBlue
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12/01/2013 16:38:00

The return of Capt Fantastic. Welcome back JT
GabeU
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12/01/2013 16:39:00

Torres has still got a bug obviously....endlessly pathetic!!
layorh12
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12/01/2013 16:39:00

we are now 5 4 1
Blue India
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12/01/2013 16:39:00

I would love to see Bertrand succeed at the club, we now some home grown talent to come through.
Seabourch
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12/01/2013 16:40:00

Awww torres, that bug is so mean, I really hope u. Get rid of it after 2 years!! Sincerely, A chelsea fan
Desmondadonis
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12/01/2013 16:40:00

Ah, good old Paulo.
The Psychic Blue l9l
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12/01/2013 16:41:00

Lamps has 9 goals left to make himself top scorer.
Seabourch
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12/01/2013 16:41:00

may be 6 4 0 or wait 6 3 0
Blue India
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12/01/2013 16:41:00

Nice of JT to let Lamps stay captain for the rest of the game.
Seabourch
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12/01/2013 16:42:00

#TORRESOUT
Blue in Colorado
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12/01/2013 16:42:00

when will you play marin.....and why you are fexking oscar careerrr....for god sake give him chance
shlok27
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12/01/2013 16:42:00

CobhamBlue I agree. Lol
foreign_viewer
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12/01/2013 16:44:00

Torres was suppose to score there,he is dried up!
Ohans
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12/01/2013 16:44:00

Chelsea with Lampard:13 played 11 wins Chelsea without lampard:8 played 1 won
Lakupiippu
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12/01/2013 16:44:00

It is clear with all the backroom drama we are actually a better side away from Stamford bridge than at Stamford Bridge..sad but true.
GabeU
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12/01/2013 16:45:00

Torres comes in and we look absolutely toothless again... #TorresOut
Blue in Colorado
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12/01/2013 16:46:00

Lakupiippu, despite the facts being blindingly obvious they will continue to ignore them.
CalculatedKalou
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12/01/2013 16:46:00

walters does not get his hatrick
Blue India
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12/01/2013 16:48:00

Lmaooooo @ Walters
KAKUfrank
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12/01/2013 16:48:00

wow. thats his hatrick for us
abzkilla
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12/01/2013 16:49:00

Thank goodness..hopefully we can keep the clean sheet. I ffel for Jon Walters but we have been long due a bit of luck.
GabeU
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12/01/2013 16:49:00

That was just a compensation of a penalty! Heeehaaaa!! Thank you Walters! Hahahaha!
Ohans
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12/01/2013 16:49:00

Lmaooooooo@walters
Herkeen19
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12/01/2013 16:50:00

Walters was on a hat trick when he missed. He can still do it.
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12/01/2013 16:51:00

If u think ivanovic had a bad day on wednesday, ask walters what it is like to have a bad day. 2 own goals and a missed penalty.... What a bad day at the office.
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12/01/2013 16:52:00

I cant remember a controbution of note made by Bertrand in 90 minutes...please if we release Cole (i still maintain that it is stupid)..lets sign a decent replacement.....Bertrand is not ready..
layorh12
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12/01/2013 16:53:00

4-0 against Stoke at the Brittania,...never in my wildest dreams would i have thought that possible..we are a jekyll and hyde side..you just never know which team will show up. I know virtually no one will say it so i will..good Job Rafa and to Lamps again i duff my hat..virtuso performance.
GabeU
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12/01/2013 16:54:00

Good win great day. Spurs tied. Hazard's strike. Magnificent. Well done Chelsea. Well done Torres too for conserving energy for future dates with The Bench.
The Psychic Blue l9l
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12/01/2013 16:54:00

Lukaku has scored 9 league goals this season with literally less minutes and a team with less quality and we say he isnt good enough i really wonder what we want from our players on loan
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12/01/2013 16:55:00

Lampard had a great passing game today.
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12/01/2013 16:58:00

Eden,regardless of the goal,MAN of the match.
blue5
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12/01/2013 16:58:00

Now for manure to lose to liverpool. and City to draw with Arsenal.
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12/01/2013 16:59:00

didnt expect that at all. thank you Walters... nice goal from Hazard, lampard played well
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12/01/2013 17:02:00

foreign_viewer Doubt that ManŽutd will lose at home. I have heard it will be Howard webb who will be incharge of the game
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12/01/2013 17:02:00

what an unbelievable result on paper? Stoke 0 4 chelsea? Those 2 magnificent saves by Begovic kind of settle with Walters (what a horrible day he has had) getting two goals. I doubt ours was a penalty and Hazard's amazing striker was just another of the weird things that happened today since his finishing normally lacks any power. It was a fabulous goal though. Lampard had a brilliant second half.
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12/01/2013 17:02:00

Stoke City have only conceded seven goals at home in the league before today's game. Chelsea have scored more than half that. #CFC
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12/01/2013 17:04:00

bertrand puts so much effort into his game ...
haji ahmed
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12/01/2013 17:05:00

my mom goes to ramires
haji ahmed
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12/01/2013 17:06:00

Lakupiippu, It is Webb. Fergie was going to go with Clattenburg but as he's playing Liverpool he's putting out his strongest team. This is no match for squad players!!
CobhamBlue
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12/01/2013 17:10:00

To be Frank Lamps is a great player!he had a good game esp. in the 2nd half...wow! It was a good game and i never thought it will come this good..made my day. Berty upped it a bit in the 2nd half compared to the 1st,not a bad game for him in all. Yea,GabeU,Rafa deserves the plaudit.
Ohans
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12/01/2013 17:11:00

1st half you wanted him out. End of 2nd half you thanked him. The definition of Frank Lampard tonight. He'll keep on doing his job at the highest level if given the chances
Gaban
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12/01/2013 17:53:00

Shkok27 just proved how much of a dick you are with your comments today.Rafa is here to ruin us,not this joker Roman.Six away wins in a row. If the fans got behind the team at home instead of being childish like you we might have a chance.
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12/01/2013 18:02:00

I am happy we won, we'll probably win the next game comprehensively too, but beyond that? I hope tubby doesn't ruin it with his selections and oscar will be hoping mad by now, I have never heard of an in form brazil no.10 sitting on the bench and not featuring in a game when 2014 is coming soon
Desmondadonis
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12/01/2013 18:03:00

i'm terrified of oscar getting unhappy come summer or something awful...
arbor9
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12/01/2013 18:52:00

walters scores 2 goals and saves a penalty, my motm. awesome player
The Blue Indian
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12/01/2013 19:41:00

well fat one...sometimes we just have to accept that he may come good...i just wish he could attempt to try and get the job and do his best...coz. i suspect when he does he can win. lamps was immense as per usual...bertrand was excellent and to see captain fantastic again even with the penalty give away was good. luiz is getting better and better...small steps...but significant should fate smile upon us once more into the fray at the business end of the season.
Gian-Franco/Luca
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12/01/2013 19:42:00

how good was showcross??? would he be a good signing for us??
The Blue Indian
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12/01/2013 19:50:00

Lampard "was immense as usual", what happened vs QPR? He had a great passing game today.
foreign_viewer
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12/01/2013 20:57:00

Good game. I wish will all the remaining leagues games are played outside Stamford Bridge. 4 win from 5 at away since Rafa took over not bad at all. compare to 2 draw, 1 win and 1 lost at home.
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12/01/2013 22:23:00

qpr was unusual...lamps knows how to play when..like all other teams...we have a target man...even against qpr he was doing the right things we just lacked the cutting edge fv you can hate on lamps all you want...the truth will always be that he will always be a legend here...
Gian-Franco/Luca
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13/01/2013 07:01:00

qpr was unusual...lamps knows how to play when..like all other teams...we have a target man...even against qpr he was doing the right things we just lacked the cutting edge fv you can hate on lamps all you want...the truth will always be that he will always be a legend here...
Gian-Franco/Luca
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13/01/2013 07:01:00

3 worthy points won. Looking for that game against Ass noll
Kendemsblue
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14/01/2013 09:03:00

1st half - Lampard not present in midfield, keeps venturing forward. Not so good. 2nd half - he was IN midfield, passing, distributing...Great Play... Lampard can do good job if he stayed in Midfield only...
Blu_run
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15/01/2013 06:04:00

1st half - Lampard not present in midfield, keeps venturing forward. Not so good. 2nd half - he was IN midfield, passing, distributing...Great Play... Lampard can do good job if he stayed in Midfield only...
Blu_run
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15/01/2013 06:04:00

1st half - Lampard not present in midfield, keeps venturing forward. Not so good. 2nd half - he was IN midfield, passing, distributing...Great Play... Lampard can do good job if he stayed in Midfield only...
Blu_run
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15/01/2013 06:04:00

Need to wait and see what really hapens by the end of the season. We will remain Chelsea fans whether they leave or not.
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