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Match Day Moments - Stoke (a)

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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Date:Saturday January 12 2013
Time: 11:17AM

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No Torres please.
12/01/2013 12:07:00
Ba to start with Marin on the right wing and Oscar partners david Luiz and terry partners Cahill..
12/01/2013 12:14:00
shaka09 - sounds good
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 is goin 2play bhind torres.hazard,mata on the left n right wings respectively.
12/01/2013 12:33:00
today you will see how football and rugby are played at the same time....
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
12/01/2013 12:57:00
@shlok, lol not the first time we will see it
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
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....
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....
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.
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
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..
12/01/2013 13:36:00
gonna be hard, i'll take 1-0 win any day
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)
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
12/01/2013 13:56:00
When is it kicking off in UK? 3pm? Nigeria is 4pm
12/01/2013 13:57:00
@Desmondadonis yes kicking off in UK is3pm Nigeria is 4pm
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.
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
12/01/2013 14:11:00
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