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Chelsea 2 Southampton 2

Yet another stumbling performance, at Stamford Bridge, saw Chelsea drop two more points against a gallant Southampton side who refused to throw in the towel at 2-0 down.

Having beaten Southampton, on their patch, 5-1 only a week or so again, the home support thought that the misery associated with dropping points had been put to bed when Chelsea raced into a 2-0 first half lead, but it was not to be an a crescendo of boos showed Rafa Benitez exactly what they thought of some of his decisions.

Chelsea had all the early possession and could have taken an early lead when Demba Ba delivered a cross that almost saw the Southampton defender, Maya Yoshida, turn the ball into his own net.

Another move saw some enterprising work by Frank Lampard fizzle out when Ceasar Azpilicueta fired into the crowd. A rare excursion forward, by Southampton, saw Jason Puncheon fail to get a header on target and it came as no surprise when Demba Ba put Chelsea ahead.

The goal came after Azpilicueta had delivered a dangerous cross, Oscar got the slightest of touches but it was left to Ba to finish off with an acrobatic volley. On einteresting statistic the goal threw up was that Ba had taken four games to get four Chelsea games, whilst a certain Fernando Torres had taken twenty-five.

Southampton engineered another half chance but a shot from Steven Davis went wide form just outside the area. Chelsea had a decent chance, before the break, to make it 2-0 but after some bright work from Juan Mata, Lampard sliced his shot wide. But Chelsea were not to be denied a second goal before the break and it came in the 45th minute through Hazard.

Southampton thought they`d probably survived at 1-0 when a shot from Ramires thumped against the bar but Hazard was on hand to neatly finish.

The second half started quietly and the home support started to ponder as to whether 2-0 was the dangerous score many suspect it to be. Matters, for Chelsea, started to disintegrate when Nigel Adkins made a substitution and introduce Rickie Lambert. Th strike made an almost instant impact reducing the arrear when he rose superbly to beat Cech with a header, from a cross by the highly rated Nathaniel Clyne.

Instantly, another statistic that was thrown into the hat related to Chelsea losing a 2-0 lead they`d held at half time. Apparently we`d led 2-0 at half time and gone on to win 87 times, drawing once and losing once. You kind of knew that Southampton were to sully that statistic.

And so it proved when with fifteen minutes left, Jason Puncheon leveled matter sup, much to the delight of the travelling support. Rafa Benitez shuffle dhis pack taking off, much to the annoyance of the crowd, Frank Lampard and introducing Fernando Torres but it was all huff and puff and no substance and yet another home fixture had ended disappointingly.

Next up, Arsenal this Sunday, yes you`ve guessed it - at home.




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Date:Thursday January 17 2013

Time: 7:32AM

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The problem is rafa's favouritism, the weak link yesterday were 3 players, starting from the 50th minute he ought to have made his first sub, considering the fact that we have a game coming in the weekend, he keep using the same players over and over again like RDM, mata was nonexistent in the game at all, he ought to remove him and use oscar in the middle, then lampard and put in marin to operate from the wing with oscar playing 10 and cesar for iva, finishing his subs by atleast the 75th minute and I am sure we would have won that game without even conceding, chelseafc just suceeded in ruining oscar's glittering career by experimenting someone so young in almost 3 positions instead of his natural no.10 position, I'll be suprised if he makes the brazilian national team squad at this rate,with all thanks to tubby's shortsightedness and lack of innovation. By the way, torres is not worthy to dorn the blue jersey, he is the worst chelsea player I have ever watched, bosingwa, khalid bhoularouz, del horno weren't all that great but they played with zeal, torres keeps falling and keeps playing without any spark, like a fecking zombie, if we want to get that top 3 position this season we need to start oscar as the no.10 and either play mata on the wing or sit him on the bench and play marin on the wing, marin and hazard will give us the required width, a midfield of oscar, ramires and luiz would do the trick and give us a better solidity, apart from mata's creativity, he offers us nothing in the team, can't mark, track back or retain the ball, he is too soft as for an EPL CAM, he needs to rest and tubby should only bring torres in when we are leading comfortably not when we are searching for goals, torres won't score that ba's goal if he started and he is playing for us without any zeal or passion, I feel total disgust this days when I see the fecking stripper who is on 175k per week, we were sooooooooo mugged by liverpool. It is so painful
Desmondadonis
We were defending too deep while they had the ball to themselves for minutes at a time. Some thing I thought rafa was doing real good was that he made our midfielders work harder and pressing opponents faster. This time Lampard and Ramires had a real bad game. What a terrible night it was...............oh and fucck you Pep Guardiola!
zosBlue
@Desmondadonis, wow, you've just managed to feed me with the worst comment I've ever read on VC. Congrats mate.
Slippy G-19
You are so right @desmond, I forgot to mention that mata needs some benching. my god! he was terrible!
zosBlue
dont understand of lamps and rami gettin to play more than oscar....thi guy is brilliant and people dont understand this is his first season at chelsea and outside brazil and inspite of that he has played well...he was playing well under rdm and then rafa came in and is trying to adjust lamps luiz rami to play in that pivot...for which all three are not good at all...when you have a player like oscar who has got vision pass and creativity and is perfect to play that position i cant understand why he keeps on playing them when they are providing neither and people cal him a tactician....let the guy play more he is providing more than the above three in that position....
shlok27
Even though i hate RAFA this is the EXACT same reason i dont want him anywhere near the permanent manager of CFC in the summer. HE cant win 5 matches together. He will win a toughest match agianst the likes of UTD RM BARCA but he will loose or draw the next match against the likes of QPR Southatmpton etc. This guy is not what a club like chelsea is required in a manager. With each passing match in EPL i am getting a uneasy feeling about out TOP 3 position now. I really really want RA and the board to instruct RAFA to forget about the fa cup europa CC etc and turn his all attention towards securing top3. With the way things are going we could end up like last season in the 6th place. We are just 3 poor results away from another disaster.
BlueAndWhiteArmy
@shlok27 Our fans are so ignorant about when it comes to lampard. I can clearly count atleast 1 goal and 3 great goal scoring opportunities for southampton bcz he is always talking with the opposition goalkeeper. Sure if he got the goal when his shot was blocked everybody will talk about how he is a match winner blah blah blah. BUT another great midfielder should have passed that ball to BA who is FREE and in better scoring position than him. BA is free could have scored 75% with that chance but lampard took the shot even though there is 3 defenders trying to block his shot. Now each and every team that comes to SB knows if we play ing FL and ramires they have every chance of getting a draw or win. BCZ our whole team play is not fluent or good with both of them on the pitch. BUT i am not blaming FL for yesterdays DRAW. If we need to blame some one its RAFA for allowing the TEAM to SLEEP after the 2 goal lead and letting the saints to have all the time and ball in the second half until they got that 1st goal.
BlueAndWhiteArmy
@Desmondadonis.I get your dissapointment in Mata.I wouldnt bench him because he is our fulcrum but I feel that is one of the reasons he doesnt feature a lot in the Spain national team.Mata and Oscar should be interchanging positions more frequently to maintain our unpredictability.
bluekid
@Desmondadonis.I get your dissapointment in Mata.I wouldnt bench him because he is our fulcrum but I feel that is one of the reasons he doesnt feature a lot in the Spain national team.Mata and Oscar should be interchanging positions more frequently to maintain our unpredictability.
bluekid
Does anybody know WHAT happened to that mysterious sources of LAMPARD about how much he loves CFC? how he would love to end his carrier at CFC after this southampton match? Where is his AGENT and dressing room insider on daily mail? etc? Frank Lampard is playing well thought out political game with chelsea board and RA like JM doing now at RM.
BlueAndWhiteArmy
@slippy g19, when did ur opinion become a pass mark in here? I wrote what I saw in the game yesterday and that's it, as blyekid said, that is the reason mata will never start for spain, xavi, iniesta and even fabregas don't lose the ball the way mata does and if u think oscar with his brief cameos will waltz into the brazil team and play under scolari as their no.10, then u don't know the talent brazil have in abundance in that role, we have slashed the possibility of oscar being brazil's no.10 from 8/10 to about 3/10 now, I'll take oscar, willian as no.10 over mata any day, and if u think I am bashing on mata then I am sure u got it all wrong, I was watching wilshere as the no.10 for arsenal yesterday, sit sown and watch him more often and u'll get my point as to why mata aint fit as our no.10
Desmondadonis
what I hate about RAFA is his reluctance to effect a sub(change of tactic) when apparently things seem to be going wrong. I lost count of how many times our holding midfielders especially lamps instead of picking forward runs of the CAMs, gave the ball to the CBs. It seem to me like Luiz was effectively performing their(lamps, Rami) role from defence. To me, they should have been subtituted with luiz and oscar moving into the pivot whiles Ivanovic filling in at CB and Marin at RW. Just as Desmond said, oscar is very talented guy who is poorly managed. Cant wait for the season to be over for RAFA TO BE OUT.
emperorzert12
Stop moaning and support us as opposed to booing us. It does f@ck all good and only causes tension. Get behind the bloody team.
djdutts
First @ Desmond nice post...but please dont blame Mata in any way..the bulk of your blame should go to chlesea management for lack of tot and terrible planning...there's no other player in the premier league who has played more minutes than Mata over the past couple of months if we wanta include the Euros and Olympics....in terms of rotation, what plans did we have in place for the number 10 position?....if that plan was Oscar...where is he not playing there at this time?..(managerial instability)...Mata's body posture has been screaming for a rest for a couple of weeks now....but he has not been rested properly...I would have tot he would have been rested yesterday considering we have Arsenal on sunday and Swansea coming wednesday (an up-hill task)...but for some reason he has played almost all the games....what was the plan at the begining of the season in terms of rotation for the no10 position?...why loan out KDB when we knew we had no back up plan especially if we tot Oscar was not for the no10 position...It was the same madness that made us enter the season with only 1/2 striker...we are clueless really....terrible planning...a fresh Josh (who is even more of a deep lying midfielder), KDB or Oscar would have done a much better job than an obviously tired Mata yesterday and that is the truth...this is not Mata's fault in any way...Mata is only human and deserves to be tired, he is not a machine.....now to the match itself...why did we loose?....only one reason....FERNANDO TORRES!.....All top clubs have bad days where they surrender leads...but then these clubs also have players they can bring on from the bench to still grab results when the team is poor...Mancity has Dzeko, Manure has Chicharito..who do we have at this time..ONLY FT9...despite being subpar, at 2-2, a moment of magic from Mata sets torres up towards the end of the match...and he fluffed it again in a terrible not worthy of a footballer in any category...there's an 80% chance Chicharito and Dzeko would have scored that goal giving us 3 points despite not being at our best...he did the same during CWC....and even swansea (first leg COC)....I dont think we'll have peace until we find a way to rid ourselves of FT9...he has no future with us and he probably knows it...If we wanta make additions, lets make it soon at least to salvage somthing from our faltering season...but for me, the club's management's lack of foresight and clear planning is the reason we are in this messy situation....sad.
layorh12
@bueandwhitearmy....thats why i so angry that if he was a tactician he could have get that puzzle solved...we can easily spot the problem from watching frm here...i cant understand how cant our manager dont get that...rami has pace and energy but when it comes to passing he is not good at all...and i dont understand why lamps is playing each and every match....oscar has to play...thats why i keep on insisting why rafa is not trying 4123 ....you can play luiz as dm and play oscar little deep with mata behind ba...play haz and marin on wings...you can get width creativity from middle...rather than playing uselss pivot system going nowhere..
shlok27
we lost that game( as far as i was concerned) because we have zzero quality players for the pivot. Ramires was *****tt and should neva be played in the pivot again EVER. Lampard is so fixated on the 8 goals target he is aiming at that more often than not, he abandoned his position to run into the 18 yard box. Luiz would have done far better than the two of them combined yesterday. the selections and substitutions by Rafa was also mind numbing, frankly since Mourinho left we have been cursed with Coaches that don't know anything about substitutions. why did he not start Iva and Cahill and allow DL and Oscar to play in the Pivot with marin starting onthe left and rotating with hazard? he fluffed his line badly and then took off lampard ( a far better ball distributor and goal threat) and left ramires whose passing skills is even worse than Mikel's....... matches are won by coaches been decisive and you can see fergie and to a lesser extent mancini making radical changes when necessary and with results too. It is sad that the concept of depth in our squad is a fallacy. there is no replacement for Mata ( who had one of his most inept displays in a blue shirt) in our squad. the poor guy is probably exhausted by overuse and we don't have anybody to fill in for him. the truth be told if we don't get a proper pivot player before the window closes, we are in a serious world of hurt.
Dwonder
Oscar is a deeplying playmaker not a #10. He was poor when he was in the CAM position last night and did nothing of note apart from his pressing and a moment of brilliance where he dribbled past 4 players and blasted the ball off target, he exploded and became something else when moved deep. Lamps should be the one on the bench not Oscar.
SameX
Mikel? Really? He was not even there. Anyone but Lampard.
foreign_viewer
so when Lamps plays badly and we don't win he should've been benched, but when we don't win with Lamps on the bench it's "Lamps should've played"?? *smh
@Mq
@layorh, I am not bashing mata mate, I'll never do that, what I am trying to let u on is that this guy can't be our no.10 the way he currently is, no stamina, can tackle, can't hold on to the ball, all this oscar can do with his eyes closed, why is oscar excelling for brazil as the no.10? Samex is saying he is a deep lying playmaker that he played as a CAM once and didn't excel, was he as poor as mata in the middle mate? In my opinion no he aint, let this guy know he is the no.10, give him a run of games there and his confidence which has been shot to pieces since rdm left will return, play mata as a winger as he was played there while he was at valencia atimes, and I am sure we'll see a difference, the only problem I have with oscar is his shooting while in front of goal, which can be altered through good coaching abilities, if we play mata in our next 2 games this guy will implode, why can't we save him for a coupla games and try another person there and that should be oscar, as for me I'll prefer cech, cole, terry,cahill,iva,luiz,rammy,oscar,marin(rw),hazard (lw) and ba, this setup will beat arsenal with ease barring any red card, it has width and a bit of solidity in the middle, we can bring in mata in the 75 or 80th minute and return him to the starting lineup against swansea, we should stop benching oscar for the sake of his confidence and exceptional talent, I can't believe this is the lad I was looking forward to watch in a blue shirt after the olympics.
Desmondadonis
Another question I'll like to ask is that if mata is suspended or injured, who will play the no.10 role? My guess would be oscar, why don't we rather stick to playing where he belongs, rotate him and mata as the no.10, mata gets tired easily, we can bring in oscar in the 65-75th minute as a no.10 in games, that is if we are not thatt scared of playing without mata, we need to train this boy, and utilise him where he'll maximize his potentials as a #10 nothing else
Desmondadonis
We need to riot... Rafa MUST go... If he stays till May, we won't make top 4. I am confident of that. It's hard to believe this is the same Stamford bridge that was a fortress in the past seasons.Now the likes of Southampton, QPR (feck me), Swansea, etc come here to get a result! In addition, we are officially the worst-run football club in the world. I can't even openly admit that I'm a Chelsea fan anymore. We truly are a pathetic club and the only way to change all this is for the fans to riot and avoid all games from now on.... If only everyone avoids Stamford bridge, and all away games. Unfortunately, I don't even think Roman cares about the fans either. :(
Blue in Colorado
Disgraceful Stamford Bridge was a stadium teams feared know its turned into a chip shop thanks to Tubby. Last nights performance pretty much summed up our season 2-0 up and pegged back to 2-2 Tubby's tactics stink taking off Lamps and putting that crappy Spaniard on playing Oscar on the wing our club is turning into a feckin joke.
Elbowz
I agree with Desmond, I would rather see Oscar in our no. 10 role instead of Mata. Or at least have them interchanging throughout the game, because Oscars undeniable talent is wasted on the wing. And I have a feeling Mata is gonna burn out real soon...he definitely could use a rest after the arsenal game
bleedblueSTL
I laugh at most of you preferring oscar to mata, like what are you guys thinking? Afterall, when tubby benched mata for oscar in qpr match, we all know what happened, people here kept slating tubby, oscar is not a finished 10, and he's no where near mata as 10.
jayb
@BLUE IN COLORADO..... 'I can't even openly admit I'm a Chelsea fan anymore'?? SERIOUSLY?? Man, grow up, sort your life out, and get real. If Chelsea were the worst team in the conference about to go out of business I'd be the first to admit to anyone I'm a Chelsea fan. F@ck sake. You're clearly not a Chelsea fan to hear . If you say what you did. Through thick and thin mate, that's the way it had been, and the way it always will be. If you don't like it, f@ck off and support someone else.
djdutts
@BLUE IN COLORADO. 'we are a pathetic club', 'we need to riot', 'roman doesn't cate'?? Are you for real? We'd be bust without him. You should NEVER label your own as pathetic. And rioting? Do me a favour. Seriously, you clearly don't remember Chelsea when we were struggling every season. When we were relegated. You don'tkknow what side your bread is buttered on mate. We won the CL last year. I was there, and supporting Chelsea for as long as I have, it made me cry and I'dnever have imagined such success. Grow some balls mate, because as a life long Chelsea fan, I'm privileged to call myself a Chelsea fan. Clearly you're not.
djdutts
What is Benitez's record as a Chelsea manager again?
KAKUfrank
We're scoring more than anyone and conceding less than when Benitez took over. Facts speak for themselves.
djdutts
Even i feel Oscar should be played in Pivot along with Luiz and he should be a starter. We could see his cofidence dipping under benitez as he is not a starter. This guy should be played regularly and being just 21, provided he is given the chance and confidence, he will turn out to be one of the best players in world. I am not sure why lampard is being started every game, i feel he should be a sub coming after 60 -70 mins and shud not be used in pivot. I think he can be a replacement for Mata, when we are leading the game and maybe change the formation according to the situation. This is another point, the formation is not changed according to the situation. Best example was in yesterday's game, after torres coming there was no change in formation. Benitez is not getting it correct, he has brought very little improvement.
Chelseaforlife567
For RAFA, you should not be surprised. As far as he is incharge this will be the look of things till the end of season. Win today loss tomorrow and draw the next day....... Be ready to live with it and hope we are able to make it as one of the top 4 teams.
avbhimself
Im flying over from dublin tomorrow for the Arsenal game and im so peeed off .Its a trip i look forward to every year but i have to say im pretty much dreading it this year . Ill b in the shed with my wife and i hope things go well for us cause i pay alot of money for this trip and i dont want the boo boys to ruin it for us .Im as angry as the next man at the mo but i'll be shouting my support for the lads no matter what . My misses will get very nervous if the crowd start goin off on one . We need a win badly ,for her sake if anything !!!
ZolaIsALegend
@Desmond....overall i prefer Mata as our no.10, even though when he is tired like now, Oscar can easily deputize...Oscar is a fantastic player and If i was tubby, I will play him in the pivot mostly..as the guy does not deserve to be on the bench...as a no 10., a player does not have to be so solid defensively...Maradona, Ronaldinho, Zidane are examples...but then the team behind such number ten must quite solid..'ll play Oscar, Luiz or Oscar, Mikel or Oscar, Fellani..and probably wont need to buy Benat...thats my view...but bubby knows best...i still wish the team all the best
layorh12
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Desmondadonis
@blueincolorado,violence is not the answer,the lads need our support now more than ever..united we stand,divided we fall
Ken4CFC
@layorh, need I remind u that this is the oscar we were ecstactic about in the olympics? He is in a different more physical league and a new boy here, mata is creative after that he has nothing to offer IMO, I am not saying he should be benched, I am saying if he is fit he should start but from the wing as he did at a time in valencia and he can swap with oscar with them interchanging to confuse other teams, but retaining mata as a no10 all through 90 minutes is trouble looming.
Desmondadonis
Thank you roman for not making Chelsea go burst but that doesn't give him the right to make us a microwave club. Patience is the key for success, roman don't spoil wot u have built.
Pila12
@Desmond...when mata is fresh, he is a fantastic no10., while Oscar is more nippy, I think Mata is better than Oscar in terms of overall vision..at this point...that could change in the near term...I know what you are talking about in terms of mata playing from the wings just like he did in valencia...and that could also be an option...overall whatever the coach does...I still do not think its a right call sitting Oscar down on the bench or playing him on the flanks....he dint look himself yesternyt at all, and that points to confidence issues...all thanks to tubby...I dont know what it is exactly he does not like about Oscar..i can assure you that against Arsenal..you'll see bertrand in place of Oscar...except we make a new signing before then...thats tactical tubby...come end of season, he should just pack his bag and vermuse!!...ode (dounce)!
layorh12
When Rdm got the sack we were 1 piont behind the legue leaders. Now under Benitez we are 13 pionts behind! Yep thanks Roman.
Lakupiippu
djdutts Yea Romans cares so much that he is in St. Barts pn his yacht. When chelsea is in such a crisis. He really cares
Lakupiippu
desmond ur right about mata.i said it here mata was not no.10 but a winger,even in valencia.the position needs a person who can penetrate with power in the box like sneijger,hamsik,munain or even isco are better than mata.oscar is close as he does not loose possecion easly.or we buy willian or sneijder 2 help oscar.mata should go to the wings with marin.our game to arsenal we play 4123 as cech azpi iva cahil cole luiz(cdm, ramirez or oscar(cam,marin(lw,hazard(no10,mata(rw,ba(cf.
mzee69
I think Oscar is too slow, he was taking too long to release the ball, he can be muscled out easily in the midfield, if you man mark him or are too close to him then he can't hurt you, he has no real raw pace, that is why Rafa prefers Moses to Oscar any time, he plays Oscar only to give him some game time and cause we paid over 20m for him.>>>Our midfield needs some powerful player who can win the 2nd balls and can take the ball forward a bit like young Essien.>>>Lampard / Torres were selfish they didn't pass to BA >>>I told our team is looking like a team on individuals who only care about their own performance or record.
B2K420
@desmond, i tot i was saying this with you about mata few days back that i don't know why coaches persist with him too much. one thing i know is that oscar should never be sitting on the bench. this guy is too terrific for that butits obvious now that is confidence has been affected. he didn't know what his job was on the pitch yesterday until he was brought into the pivot.
BluesInMe
@b2k420, I am sure u are talking about mata and not oscar
Desmondadonis
@b2k420,i thought i was the only one who has noticed that about oscar,but the lad can always improve....personally i think fellaini is the answer to our midfield
Ken4CFC
@b2k420,i thought i was the only one who has noticed that about oscar,but the lad can always improve....personally i think fellaini is the answer to our midfield
Ken4CFC
So Torres and Rafa are to be blamed for the draw...I see. FT came on in the late parts of the game and had a good chance that he should have done better with but the damage was already done by that time. I quite enjoyed seeing two strikers on the pitch. We should do that again against Arsenal. I blame Rafa most of all as he is has fallen into the lap of the those players at the club who need to be moved on. They have been pouring honey into his ears and making him think that he can "win the crowd and win his freedom". Rafa...chelsea fans are mostly a mob. They will NEVER like you or have any real affection for you. Stop trying to get them on your side and focus on completing the team revolution. Get rid of the two remaining gangsters FAST...especially the one who thinks only about getting the title for the most goals scored. Oscar needs to play more and Mata should be allowed time to rest and recover. Make your moves earlier Rafa,, this RDM behaviour is really sad...you're better than that. Get Willian and another midfielder who can pass and be combative at the same time...Diame is my pick because he is low profile and a very hard worker. We have a few players coming back from loans, I would love if we looked at them seriously. Don't know much about Chalobahs situation but Yossi is injured i believe. Nurse Yossi back to health and use him. What I really want to see is a movement towards consistent use of the players, we have brought in + the good ones who don't really get the chance (Yossi) and the a complete phasing out of the egos and mouths who currently struggle to remain important( yes those two English gangsters)
had2bg
Rafa's problem is alienating some players like his pool days, when he tinker with the team it is usually stupidly, why? As a coach, u need to understand the strength and weaknesses of ur players, he keeps playing hazard and mata in all our games and mostly for 90 minutes and only rests them in just one odd game before overusing them again(when he did not prepare their replacement properly to deputize for them), so what is the assurance that if we buy new players he is going to use them? the retard had to be bashed by the fans before he brought ba on in an important game FFS (despite his form), marin haven't been played for a while now and his confidence is already shot to pieces, marin is a player that we ought to be playing on every match day even if its only 15 minutes cameos (consistently) just to make him match fit, so he'll be ready and useful for us to play when we really need to rotate and rest some players, he'll gel with the squad effortlessly by that time, but he won't play the poor lad in 5 games, he'll play him after the 5th game just for 15 minutes and won't play him again for the next 5 games and we sit our asses in front of our pc and say marin is not fit or good enough. A tin horn will use the squad better than rafa, mata keeps playing 80 - 90 minutes almost in all games, he won't remove him, same with hazard, and when he breaks down we'll all say he is not worth 32m, when all we do right now is overuse him, alex ferguson keeps getting ahead of us in the PL because he knows how to manage his players well and get the best out of them, if mata plays 65 minutes as a no.10, oscar can come in for him, if mata gets tired or injured, oscar would be ready, but rafa will play oscar in the lw, rw, cam and the damn pivot, as a 21 year old inexperienced kid his attacking instincts would diminish, rafa should manage the team properly first and then we'll really know where we need reinforcements. As for me our subs on every match day should be oscar and marin (if they don't start) with any other. We've made their replacements believe they are irreplaceable hence they get too comfortable in their positions and they won't bother to up their game since there isn't adequate competition
Desmondadonis
@Ken4CFC: I think teams have figured out how to stop Oscar (just like Torres) i.e. to stay on has as* and don't give me any space, he will pass sideways or backwards just like Mikel and that will slow our TEMPO and the opposition team (11 players) will be behind the ball. I agree too Oscar is a no.10 and so his Hazard and Mata because we don't have proper wingers Hazard has to play on the wings. Or maybe Oscar is getting a bit uninterested in Chelsea just like Torres.
B2K420
 

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5. Newcastle 12 5 4 3 -1 19
6. West Ham 12 5 3 4 +4 18
7. Swansea 12 5 3 4 +3 18

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Match Analysis: Manchester City 2-1 Swansea City
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