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Tiredness v Acid Test!

Is there something of a negative attitude emanating from the camp?

Have recent events only served to highlight that excuses are being sought for below-par-performances?

Or is it simply that we`re all becoming a little paranoid?

Following the recent 2-2 draw at Brentford, a result that saw us lucky to escape with a replay, Gary Cahill has commented on the tiredness factor kicking in, remarking to the media,

"There are so many games, it feels like we`re just recovering for one day and then we`re playing again."

"We haven`t got enough time to do our recovery work and sometimes we feel leggy, which was definitely the case at Brentford."

"We were just off the pace and really sloppy. We had to dig deep to grind out a draw. It`s not ideal we`ve got another game but that`s the way it is."

"The character we showed proves we are playing for the manager. He is under pressure but we have grafted out a result in horrible conditions."

The pitch may well have been a great leveler, especially the sandy bit, but tomorrow night, at Reading, could well be another acid test!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 29 2013

Time: 4:34PM

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We win and the squad depth argument is thrown out the window,we play below par and its fatigue and squad depth. Gone are the days when you see the Chelsea lads putting up a fight week in week out...they sound like they are all new to the EPL. Its always been that way,and we are a team that hardly rotates.
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29/01/2013 17:00:00

excuses, excuses...if we were top of the league, nobody would be tired and everytbody would want to play every minute of every game, even if we were playing 3 games a week. The reality is that we're not top of the league and the fans are screaming for the head of the manager every game...naturally such things become an issue in our situation
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29/01/2013 17:15:00

As Johnny says, they would all look fresh as daisies if we were on a winning streak! Maybe Hoddle wasn't so stupid when he got 'motivators' involved with footballers.
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29/01/2013 17:26:00

I agree with Johnny.... more of psychological stress from disappointments than physical stress, though the physical is also telling on them to some extent... @nely... Drogba, Lampard, Terry, Malouda, Kalou, Essien, Anelka..... I can go on... didn't play week in week out during their 1st seasons in EPL... Most of the were older than the average age of our current team when they started playing regularly (2 games a week) for Chelsea... So, yes.. physical stress is an issue for this group. Can you even compare the large squad we had those days to what we have currently??? not at all.....
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29/01/2013 18:10:00

if you see a sad face of rafa and a bad pace of torres on pitch each and every day then anyone will feel tired and fatigue...cant help our guys they are going through a torraf time...
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29/01/2013 18:10:00

Well I think they are really tired guys, when u consider the amount of games we have played this season including preseason, u will understand that it is time they get tired when they haven't been given any rest and to cap it most of them are internationals.
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29/01/2013 18:17:00

Everything boils down to the lack in quality squad depth. Quality depth in the sense that when a good player is replaced with a better one (vice versa) in successive games,the players will remain fresh and the team form will always be stable. I was very much bewildered and equally voiced out when we were embarking on a massive season wth a thin squad in the very begining. I still wonder why the clueless board didnt see that coming.
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29/01/2013 19:48:00

take a look at our bench and u will weep,one or zero game changers.
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29/01/2013 21:10:00

take a look at our bench and u will weep,zero or no game changers.
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29/01/2013 21:10:00

Gone are those days when u look at the bench and see players like anelka,kalou,deco,meireles,malouda,essien,alex e.t.c..
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29/01/2013 21:15:00

No wonder rdm and rafa had to leave it late to make their 1st sub
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29/01/2013 21:45:00

No wonder rdm and rafa had to leave it late to make their 1st sub
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29/01/2013 21:45:00

You can imagine,Ken! People dont seem to understand.
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29/01/2013 22:21:00

Ohans,ofcos they wont,they are so quick to fault rafa for everything..even when its glarin its entirely not his fault
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29/01/2013 22:36:00

I blame the Interim.
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29/01/2013 23:58:00

This is what you want to hear from your players,not bloody excuses,and who better than JT himself..."We need to liven up a bit and realize the importance to the fans and the club. Champions League football is a must next season. 'We saw last season, going to the Champions League final, suffering with all the extra games and stuff like that, we ended up finishing sixth in the League. 'It's difficult but we have a squad and it's down to the players who come in to rotate and play well.' Sunday was Terry's first start since he suffered a knee injury in November but it was Chelsea's 40th game already this season. He added: 'Even though it's great to be back personally, on a team level we should be winning the game and now we've made it difficult for ourselves with a replay again. 'We have another game we could do without but we should beat them at the Bridge. I was disappointed because we didn't fight and they wanted it more. 'We're not (winning any trophies at the moment). It's disappointing going to Swansea and not scoring over two legs of the (Capital One Cup) semi-final. Being so lacklustre, like we were at Brentford. 'Over the two legs against Swansea, at home we did better but going there, I'd rather we'd lost that three or 4-0 and give it a go and we didn't do that.' Well said and a true leader's speech.
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30/01/2013 07:23:00

Indeed well said JT, but he was in the back 4 that conceded two goals against least he says "we" so thats taking responsibilty somehwat. It's all well and good saying the right things, show it on the pitch boys...Let's GO
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30/01/2013 09:40:00

@johnny,Rafa also says 'we'
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30/01/2013 09:48:00

@Johnny Trust JT to step up,I'm pretty sure he will,and he obviously doesn't mind stepping into that pitch every 3 days,and battling it out.
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30/01/2013 10:16:00

Give him a chance JohnnyOz, it was his first start after a long lay off, it will inevitably take a while to get back to full fitness and into a rhythm. Once he does, we will be stronger for having his character and leadership back, that's for sure, not to mention his ability as a CB.
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30/01/2013 11:00:00

Its good to have our leader back, he's been through a heck of a lot this we want back to back to back wins... lol @ Ken...The Tubbsters case is different though, even if he says "we" 1 millions times, it doesnt wash, because we know he'll be gone by 5pm on May countdown has already begun :)
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30/01/2013 11:28:00

Lol@johnny,mine started the very day he took the job and would end whenever he leaves
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30/01/2013 12:05:00 JT - Warrior, Gladiator, Captain, Leader, Legend...Welcome back lets go kick some But*
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30/01/2013 13:00:00

Johnny,hope JT got the message..and one more thing,he should stay clear of controversy...
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30/01/2013 14:17:00

ken , jt and his controversy were worsen by the media and fa . do you regularly read about giggs scandal . hell no . hazard is next ....
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30/01/2013 17:10:00

Jack,then he shouldnt give them that often do u hear any scandal about lamps,cech,mikel,mata,cahill,iva e.t.c??
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30/01/2013 18:26:00

5 players released
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