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Match Day Moments - Reading (a)

I`m not a great fan of 20:00 hour kick-offs!

After a long day in the office, I find it hard to switch back on and intently focus on what is happening on the field of play. For some strange reason, the fifteen minute difference between 20:00 hours and the usual 19:45 hours kick off; makes all the difference.

But, like you all, I`ll battle on tonight as Chelsea travel down the M4 to take on Reading in a game some reckon has banana-skin written all over it.

As usual we`ll be running our familiar Match Day Moments thread, in which we invite you to participate.

Please feel free to discuss the starting eleven selected by Rafa Benitez, the action a sit unfolds and your views about the performance, at the final whistle.




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The Journalist

Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 30 2013

Time: 1:05PM

Your Comments

I predict another win on the road. Althought its going to be hard fought.
Ohans
so soon
Blue India
its not 20.00 hours is india yet. So it is almost 7 hours away
Blue India
20.00hrs,19.45hrs we've been choking up midweek games for weeks now. Let's hope we get this one done and dusted.
nelyvanile
Do I sense an excuse ahead of the game,just in case we chock it up; Benitez said: “The problem is for the top sides, especially if you’re successful. Reading have played around 13 fewer games than us. Reading play with intensity and will be tough.” Okay then noted!
nelyvanile
Do I sense an excuse ahead of the game,just in case we chock it up; Benitez said: “The problem is for the top sides, especially if you’re successful. Reading have played around 13 fewer games than us. Reading play with intensity and will be tough.” Okay then noted!
nelyvanile
Let's look at the FACTS - - We lost the World Club Cup to a Corinthians team that we could and should have beaten. - We went out of the Capital One Cup with barely a whimper. - We are 9 points further down in the Premier League than we were when Rafael Benitez was employed. Our league form (including losing at home to QPR and away to West Ham) is worse than the blip that got Di Matteo sacked. - Baffling tactics including like for like swaps for defenders when we are losing and a complete inability to change the game has become the hallmark of our interim manager. - Rafael Benitez's win % record so far is one of the worst in the Abramovich era, worse than managers who have previously been sacked by the club. - More importantly than any of the above, the unity has been lost at the football club. A number of our supporters feel disconnected and disenfranchised from the club that they love to the extent that some have stopped going, whilst the atmosphere at home games has declined.
Lakupiippu
@nely...our thinking is sooo similar...looool....anyways it does not look like we'll be bringing anybody in this January eccept maybe a weee chance for but-land -, (I love that name, its a lot better than turn-bull..lol..)...makes me both happy and sad...sad bcos the squad is scarily thin as I really want a top 4 finish and dont want us to take unnecesary risks....and of course I am very happy bcos this gives yet the clearest indication to both the fans and tubby that tubby wont be staying beyond the summer (He has probably dusted his cv already looking for that next job) and hopefully the board has started working on an apt replacemment as well as the overall structure of the team...which suggests early preparation for next season and beyond which for me should mark the begining of a new dawn for our club if we do it right...May the good Lord of my forefathers grant us a top three finish (Amen)...I am fully behind the team and our crazy board...I hope they make the right calls.
layorh12
hate the kickoff time. to late to stay in the office to watch, massive traffic snarl if you want to leave office early to watch at home... anyways will try and watch it somehow and cheer the boys as best as i can. however with Turnbull between the sticks, he have serious reasons to fear.
Dwonder
hate the kickoff time. to late to stay in the office to watch, massive traffic snarl if you want to leave office early to watch at home... anyways will try and watch it somehow and cheer the boys as best as i can. however with Turnbull between the sticks, I have serious reasons to fear.
Dwonder
We will need to win this one as manchester city drew yesterday and it will be a chance to close the gap. I think we will make the top three - possibly second place and win the chelsea cup(fa cup) too
djangbahevans
@Dwonder...good point about turn-bull...cant remember the last we kept a clean sheet when he is in goal...God have mercy!
layorh12
There are games where goalkeepers become anonymous and we win without them really having any influence whatsoever, if anything at all, this should be one of those days. I dont expect us to give reading to any chance whatsoever so that we can win inspite of turnbull
djangbahevans
is it me or does @lakipippu's post look like an extract of the Kick out Rafa Benitez online petition? lmao
JohnnyOz
i think we now should prioritise league over anything else. The thin squad can only bear so much.
Blue India
@Johnny...thats about the most intelligent I have seen @Laku put up on this forum, it actually got me wondering...and now you just put a damper...you freaking spolier..looool...nice observation!
layorh12
**most intelligent post I have seen @Lakupippu put up.........
layorh12
Sorry Laki....didnt mean to stick a pin in your balloon...or as they say in the old country, burst your bubble loooool For your punishment go and write "i shall not plagiarise on vital chelsea ever again" 1000 times on the board after school
JohnnyOz
omg...the fans are absolutely getting crazy, i have seen at least 3 different petitions flying around the internet with the same message that tubby must not stay beyond the summer...hmm...things are getting intresting...I now think there is a zero of him stayinh the summer now...or there might be a revolt...Dear God help me to always watch my mouth and the things I say..so they dont hunt when I least expect..Amen...come summer, Tubby out!!!...I happily signed the 3 petitions..lol...once I conirmed they wanted him in the summer and not now...the fans are freaking brilliant...what a movement!!....
layorh12
wednesday night again, i cant remember the last time we won on wednesday nite, can anyone help me? not all competition but the premier league.
darilngblue
@ layorh - good prayer...Amen to that :)
JohnnyOz
Common lads make us proud
Babax
i am scared of this match i just pray Mata plays well, dats all that i want God pleasessssssssssssssssssssssss
darilngblue
here in india the match starts at 1:30 am. Last time i stayed up till 1 am then could not stay awake and went to sleep
Blue India
20:00 there , 04:00 here . it will be a tired day at office tomorrow , hopefully a win will boosts my productivity .
JackSufre
hearing a rumor that a man has been arrested for allegedlly abusing Ba racially on facebook. if true then something serious must be done about it.
darilngblue
If Rafa starts Lampard/Ramires in the pivot I would say that there is a good chance that we will lose the game...Sorry but all the opposition has to do is to park the bus, defend and wait for the counter attack...There is no creativity in the midfield and Ramires cant pass the ball. Lampard will be nowhere to be found and will be trying to play the #10 role from the pivot...Same old Same old...lets hope someone from the youth team gets a chance.
lamarochs
this is the link http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11668/8456299/
darilngblue
@Lamarochs....easy solution....play Oscar and Lamps in the pivot....play Ramires on the right (while still offering defensive support in the center)....Benayoun/Marin on the left...mata as the no.10 and BA has the striker....but Tubby cant see....waiting patiently for the line up...as usual I expect a rammy/Lampard pivot.
layorh12
am off, but i hope win this game(its sad now adays i am hoping ma chelsea win agaist reading, hmmmmmmm time changes), all the same i hope we score more than one because it looks like we will definitely concede, where is KAKU? i just wanted to ask him if Ba will score today? he seems to know when Ba will score.
darilngblue
I hope I'm wrong I can only see a draw tonight the squad looks very tired and stretched at the moment.still very optimistic chelsea will finish top 4 though
Chelsea ken
Reading will play at high tempo from the first whistle because that is the time we are most vulnerable (Asleep,zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz). All players need a kick up the a** before the game so that we can play at a high tempo. Our midfield needs to pass the ball to BA first time, play direct balls that is the key.
B2K420
oh no torres starts
dickturpin
I cant believe i would be going into this game without being confident of winning and having turnbull in goal have alot to do with that.
Chelz Akamz
ba and terry on the bench.....no cech
dickturpin
Chelsea Team: Turnbull; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole; Ramires, Lampard; Oscar, Mata, Bertrand; Torres. Subs: Hilario, Ferreira, Terry, Marin, Benayoun, Ake, Ba.
JKR290
Torres starts!
obimikelisdbest
Benitez is an idiot.... Why da hell should Ba be on the bench. The sooner this muppet is thrown out the better for us.
Chelz Akamz
We are gonna win. We have to win. We have way too much quality not to win this match!
3nity
cant believe torre's starts and bert is ahead of marin!(i mean if fatty doesn't like marin atleast benayon should be ahead of bert on the left wing! surely) am stunted!
pego sama
I dont mind if Torres starts to be honest...He needs to start matches like this...im only hoping Rafa brings Ba on very early once things begin to go south. Rafa,please i know you are scum but just pretend you are not and do something good today,please.
3nity
If we fail to win this match and torres' ineffectiveness a big factor, then i would say we sack this muppet and let Mat Holland take charge till end of the season cos its getting obvious that tubby is taking us down. How da hell would u be complaining of fatigue and then u put a fit and raring Ba on the bench for a useless torres who was so useless on sunday until Ba came on and created a chance for him to score.
Chelz Akamz
Nely and layorh, i think u should just observe and not speak ill of rafa cos they'll say it is negative and the reason we are low in confidence, instead of calling a spade a spade, they'll call it a shovel....... I really wish the boys lift their game and win this game so we can be on course for top 3
Desmondadonis
***** me. Torres starting? Why? Wasnt this supposed to be Ba's game? We play newcastle next, since torres had his best game for us against them last time and Ba just came from newcastle, shouldnt it be a given that Torres should have started that game?
Mia Maynard
Oh by the way,according to ionline chatter,it seems we are having a go at Hiddink for the summer
3nity
Infact am signing off. This should be the 3rd match this season that i would miss and the 1st by choice but i cant endure the torture and the cursing. I would make due with the highlights tomorow.
Chelz Akamz
Cech on the beanch, Maybe that Butland bid meant something about cech maybe leaving?
Lakupiippu
I probably would have love to see Marin start on the left ahead of Bertrand in his most favored position. He has been playing on the right,where he is less influential. Let's hope this pays off. Come on Chelsea!
nelyvanile
Akamz I pray we win this game for our sakes, because if tottenham overtakes us, I swear to God we won't catch them again
Desmondadonis
I could rage all night, but doesn't matter now. COME ON CHELSEA!
pego sama
Mia Maynard You can add to that ba last time he was at majeski stadium he scored 2 goals.
Lakupiippu
I think it's noteworthy that Marin can't get a start as a LW ahead of Bertrand. Says everything you need to know about Rafa's faith in the little German.
RadioactiveD
Desmond,dont swear at God. lol Vmon Chelsea....we gonna win!!!!
3nity
here's a question to all CFC fan's; Whats more empty?Rafa Benitez' tactics or Zimbabwe's Central Bank?
pego sama
Why on earth is Bertrand starting ahead of Marin? Questions questions questions....Thats all we have asked this season.
3nity
NO BA!!! Of what use is squad depth when fresher players are dropped ahead of mentally and physically worn out ones. Am fully behind the board in not making any further signings this window. He surely cannot manage the few he has.This guy using the issue of squad depth as an excuse for his shortcomings.
emperorzert12
NO BA!!! Of what use is squad depth when fresher players are dropped ahead of mentally and physically worn out ones. Am fully behind the board in not making any further signings this window. He surely cannot manage the few he has.This guy using the issue of squad depth as an excuse for his shortcomings.
emperorzert12
Seriously wtf is this lineup lol does rafa even want to win games anymore???
Clingy
@3nity, I am just worried about tottenham's form, and they have players than we do, it is just normal to be wary of them mate
Desmondadonis
Torres starts.. Why why why why why why why why why why why?
Pila12
Hahaha!!! immediately I saw the starting line up the first thing that came to my mind was "vital Chelsea would have gone berserk"... Haha.... @Desmond... it's not that you cant critique Rafa or no one should speak ill about him, more than 90% on this site does anyway, but the point is some of you just keep repeating the same thing over and over again.... Rafa is stupid, foolish, is ........ have been said over and over again... Rafa is not here to hear all these, so I think the best thing to do at this level is to just watch the games, try to have fun continue to support the team and hope for the best...
Latunvic
Dont worry Des,we are gonna win this match comfortably. God i hope tubby doesnt prove me wrong.lol
3nity
I'm not bothered about Marin not starting, I don't see him making any difference, he's not strong enough.... my only worry is Torres starting ahead of Ba....
Latunvic
Calm down about Torres. Just the other day he scored a good goal--a vital one, for once--so perhaps Rafa is looking at Reading as a way to create some semblance of consistency from Torres. Will it work? Probably not, but it isn't out of the question.
RadioactiveD
What's with the Guus Hiddink to Chelsea rumours coming out of Russia?
CobhamBlue
@3nity,For all sakes I pray he proves u wrong, oh let me rephrase, for all our sakes I pray the players put in a shift today and win us this game, rafa is just tactically inept no matter how I view him
Desmondadonis
@Latunvic ,that is a very sensible way to deal with it. Its hard not to get frustrated though and thanks to Vital Chelsea,we have a platform to vent that frustration.lol
3nity
@Cobham,it seems real. Some source from Russia confirmed it via twitter. Thinking about it,Hiddink is about the only manager Roman will not sack within a year right now due to their relationship.
3nity
I hope the Guus Hiddink to Chelsea rumors are TRUE!!!!!! The presence of FSW is upsetting my stomach everyday...
KAKUfrank
...rafa is not stupid....he is not foolish...rafa is not idiot....he is the mixture of all...i.e torres
shlok27
If RDM was the one who started Bertrand, he was an idiot and a fool. If he was the one that started Mazacar, he was clueless and a dunce. Benitez makes the same choices as RDM, but the excuse is squad depth and Marin is not good enough.........OK. I love the explanations.......
KAKUfrank
Sexy football Roman, ******** sexy football...
Lakupiippu
Well, I don't think anyone here called RDM an idiot or a fool for starting Bertrand or for playing MAZACAR... People only complained about MAZACAR when they started getting choked up with Moses sitting on the bench.... and those who complained were a minority.... The issue is not even about who the fool or idiot is but.... just an advice that the repetition of those words and statements makes no difference....
Latunvic
Tottenham are behind and arsenal, I am so glad... I hope it remains that way till we finish the game, hopefully we'll win
Desmondadonis
Ermmmmm. He's been a called an idiot, imbecile and a bunch of words because of his squad decisions. And those decisions have proven to be NOT FOOLISH OR NOT IDIOTIC since another coach designated as a genius did the same thing.
KAKUfrank
Same old same old.....
KAKUfrank
see what happens when u cannot alter formation and play a left back up front , not like we are portecting a lead bertrand the poor guy is looking lost
Don capon
see what torres just did LOL
Don capon
we have had ZERO SHOTS ON TARGET
Don capon
0 shots on target! Christ.
3nity
yaaaay we get a goal , i am not even celebrating .. very strnage but isnt the goal supposed to be by torres and mata the assist for people who dont want ramires and lampard at the pivot then who do you want
Don capon
Finally!!!
3nity
and once again united is being saved by their strikers
Don capon
Latunvic, surely your memory is not serving you well. RDM was called all sorts of name for starting Bertrand in an advanced role. If Rafa does it then he is a tactical genius?
Keyser Soze
rafa starting bertrand becos hazard and moses are absent and marin doesnt do anything in defence and isnt better in offence either, from what i hav seen so far in his chelsea career.
post_rom
Feel disgusted with myself but watching the Real Madrid game...cant be bothered streaming a game from abroad on my laptop....partly due to the lag on the internet and the fact it always stops....partly because my beloved club is so painful to watch....hows are we doing? are the team trying?
Clingy
Securing a top 4 finish under Tubby will be a greater feat than the Munich miracle.Watching the manure game,as chelsea @ reading isnt broadcast in my country,and wondering how the retard managing us wasted a two-goal cusion against a mediocre Soton side.
Simeon23
Post_rom,dont waste your time explainin to them,they would never see any truth in it...
Ken4CFC
Bertrand is simply clueless!!!!
3nity
We got some RDM hater cum Rafa lovers here. Don't get them at Bridge. Irony!!
Keyser Soze
@post_rom why cant he use different tactics ??? must it be thesame formation for every match , why cant he use two strikers ? we are playing a relegation team and playing a defensive winger
Don capon
instead of playing bertrand why not use yossi or at best play a 4 4 2 with ba and torres starting.
sunnymakcres
LAMPARD SCORES A HEADER !!!
Don capon
Super Frankie Lampard!
RadioactiveD
@don only rafa knows that. Could be cos we dont hav winger, may be saving ba for newcastle, may b he dont knw any other formation
post_rom
how can you say he does not know any other formation , he is a manager for crying out loud , and yes we have marin and benayoun ,
Don capon
well 196 for frank lampard
sunnymakcres
is this not the best time to take mata off
Don capon
197 goals no in the chelsea shirt for Lampard, mq and Fv who???
Lakupiippu
Desmond,they all drew and we won. Thank God!!!
3nity
Lurk in midfield then score goals and penalties.
foreign_viewer
About to be ten points clear of Arsenal, thirteen clear of Liverpool. I'll take it.
MDChelseaFan
And six clear of Spurs in 4th
MDChelseaFan
foreign_viewer and goals wins matches not passes. Even tho lampard is the premier leagues second best assist player in history
Lakupiippu
Is that meant to be an insult of Lamps, FV? Laughable!
RadioactiveD
Spain would disagree.
foreign_viewer
Favourable results comin from other match centers,arsenal and tottenham drew,now hopin the saints can spoil united party,and ofcos we get 3points in this game sealed and delivered
Ken4CFC
Very good results so far from the Emirates and Norwich. Westbrom pls score and make my day. Chelsea are on an home run
Dwonder
No other "big club" concedes more late goals
MDChelseaFan
So go watch a Spanish club! Idiotic response.
RadioactiveD
OMG,seems i jumped the gun!
3nity
OMG!
3nity
SSSIIIIGGGHHHH
Don capon
Well thank u very much, I appreciate this u fecking moron
Desmondadonis
We have had 64 ball% 14 shoots,5 on taget while reading only have had 1 and its only 2-1
Lakupiippu
everyone has to take the blame here
Don capon
Unbelievable, inexcusable, unprofessional. WOW.
RadioactiveD
and then some people will come here and defend benitez
Don capon
sigh forget that 2-2
Lakupiippu
Can't believe it
Pila12
Absolute joke. Absolute JOKE
MDChelseaFan
WHAT THE ***** WAS THAT? WHAT THE ***** WAS THAT?
Mia Maynard
why do they want to make me cry :( already having a bad week is that not enough
Don capon
If there was a midfielder out there who could retain the ball and pass properly. See the results of just lurking there.
foreign_viewer
Reading , Southampton , West ham !!!!! we are literally six points behind where we could have easily been
Don capon
Goosh!!Now time for the blame game..
Ken4CFC
good job city and spurs and arsenal drew.
arbor9
rafa out out
kakuta in Ghana
last minute transfer madness?
arbor9
i dont know what to say anymore .... what the ........ dissssssssappointed .
JackSufre
HOW MANY TIMES ARE WE GOING TO LOSE THE 2-0 LEAD THIS SEASON???????????????????????? WHAT IS THIS THIRD TIME ALREADY????????????????? WOW
Tiraspol
tactical nous ??? LOOOLLLLLL
Don capon
Benitez hasn't got a clue of what He's doin the guy is confused. S.M.H
Babax
TUBBY AND TORRES OUT!!!
Simeon23
@ DonCapon...lmao. Lol. Well,where is that Ken guy? Are we gonna make 4th this way? OMG!
3nity
Tiraspol this is the second since we hired benitez ,
Don capon
Tiraspol this is the second since we hired benitez ,
Don capon
we drew to readsing , i mean ***** it , we should have raped this team , we have utd , tottenham , man city newcastle ,, this is the chance to *****ing open the *****ing gap but no we did not in about 6 mins we threw the game away
Don capon
we are freaking ***** !!!! cant believe what just happened ..... absolutely joke of a football club we are !!!! ruined waking up so late at night, spoiled my day tmrw !!!! ******** *****tttttttttttttt
ansh04
we drew to readsing , i mean ***** it , we should have raped this team , we have utd , tottenham , man city newcastle ,, this is the chance to *****ing open the *****ing gap but no we did not in about 6 mins we threw the game away
Don capon
Hahahaha,Just in time Ken. Defend him very well. And this is the fault of the fans isnt it???? Can you blame the fans for this one? Unbelievable!
3nity
smh
JackSufre
OFFICIAL : Benitez is in chelsea to ruin the club
obimikelisdbest
3nity , now they will say we did not have cech in post or oscar should have scored or something or it is just one game
Don capon
Now you cant blame it on the fans at stamford bridge anymore. Just face it Rafa is clueless.
Lakupiippu
WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHYW HWHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHYW HWWHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TafChels
No heart.
BlueCowboy
ARE YOU FUICKING SUHITTING ME SACK EVERYONE APART FROM MATA NOW!!!!!! ALL USELESS!!!!
Clingy
Does anyone do any fecking coaching at our Club. Once again our defence falls apart when put under the slightest pressure They had 3 over for that goal. I tell you, this did not happen in our Stevie Clarke days. Who the feck coaches our defence? What the hell does Xenden do?
BlueABS
these players played without passion , absolutely disgusting , i did not watch el classico because of the ***** i just saw . i am sincerely amazed
Don capon
these players played without passion , absolutely disgusting , i did not watch el classico because of the ***** i just saw . i am sincerely amazed
Don capon
Benitez shld be sacked this minute. Jeez!!!!!
manzo2k6
i dont even know what to say .. for ***** sake they are 19th on the *****ing table . if we can beat them then i dont know who we can beat
Don capon
terry will be furious. for that matter. inc dressing room bust up. if we don't buy anyone now, we will finish worse than last year.
arbor9
tottenham and arsenal drew. If we only held on for 1 more minut we would have increased our gap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TafChels
for the home games Benitez is not to blame (it's mostly fans' fault for not backing the team), but the last two ones are totally his fault and Oscar's, he had 3 chances to put the game to bed
keka
I watched el classico and i am still annoyed, can we actually all march down fullam road and have a fucicking petition 10's of thousands strong not just 4k like the current one, RAFA OUT RAFA OUT GOURLAY OUT BUCK GET TO FUICK OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT !!!!!!
Clingy
10mins to the end of the game,we were in control,passing the ball around and chilling.......and then Rafa struck!!!! Lmao.
3nity
You couldn't make this up!
Carefree_1990
Right seems the only way to get chelsea to win is to stake £300 on the opposition to win or draw...then they might win just to spite me
Clingy
Why roman did you have to destroy everything and sack Rdm???????? why
Lakupiippu
shut the ***** up keka what do you mean benitez is not to blame . the plyaers are playing ***** , they lack motivation we draw against southampton at home and then you say it is not benitez and as for blaming oscar , we were two goals up by 86th minute and u blame him like he scored an own goal
Don capon
why is it always manshet who are lucky WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TafChels
wonder what excuses that fat ******** **** will spew now.
arbor9
Hahhahah ... If we're 2 goals clear And it looks real good Who you gonna call? BENITEZ!
Lakupiippu
and yeah we are further away from the top than this morning
Don capon
now even my utd fans are feeling bad for me it is not a joke anymore
Don capon
Cant believe this, not going to stay on here tonight cause will bring everyone down with my negativity but this is disgusting, i had no complaints losing under RDM at least we were together and learning, WTF has sacking him fixed exactly?? bah im off gn folks
Clingy
It's easy to say Rafa out and it's his fault but one thing to remember is why we're we not good enough last season? And unfortunately we re still playing those players from last season. Our midfield is dead and our defence is like a bunch of school boys. Cahill is avg at best and that's why he is benched when the others are fully fit, iva is a tragedy ready to explode. Torres always plays the same line and no one picks him up and lampard should play his natural position and lastly whoever sets up the line up at Chelsea needs to hang themselves.
shaka09
i wonder what is going on in roman's mind now
Don capon
i wonder what is going on in roman's mind now
Don capon
i think the only time i was more *****ed this season was after united cheated theur way to a 3-2 win at the bridge, I am livid. A vastly inferior side, who didnt have a shot till the 80th minute and we dropped points. A horrible day for Oscar too, should have sealed the game.
Mia Maynard
Just go Rafa, please, just go away and never, ever come anywhere near us ever again.
SpanishBlue
we could not defend a ******** two goal lead to reading , i mean wtf
Don capon
I am waiting for rafa's post match comment on why he dropped ba, fatigue? Injury? Virus? Bullet miss? Hoodoo? Bad knee? Too fit? Weak or whatever he can bloody come up with.
Desmondadonis
Chelsea needs to apologise to RDM,his performance was not this woeful yet he was sacked.Whoever that is in charge of decision making at the club needs to put on his thinking cap
Cobham78
WHY was ROBBIE sacked?
TafChels
this is painfull, I cant believe this. Im 18 years old and I almost cried when reading scored that equaliser
TafChels
Don capon, I see by your language that you're very civilized and eloquent. Benitez is the one to blame for the past two games alright, but for the home games, it's the anxiousness the fans create by expressing childishly the hate toward Benitez... Chelsea fans definitely deserve a high spot among the worst in the Prem for that
keka
I thought Benitez was hired to organize the team and make us hard to beat. We are still shipping in goals, how much I miss rdm atleast we were shpping in goals but playing lovely football. Benitez is the manager so he's responsible for results. We are in a result business I retrack my statement of giving him till the end of the season pls sack him now or we are not making top 4
Pila12
If he had any decency, he'd step down himself, which of course he hasn't.
Carefree_1990
Ivanovic is the mediocre one not Cahill.
foreign_viewer
3nity,actually i commend your optimism all through the game,am as angry as u are but hey!yes,rafa has a share of the blame cos he is the coach..now let me ask u is he responsible for the players wastefulness?? Oscar had good chances to kill off the game..did he ask the defenders to be shambolic in the last 6mins??..well i guezz our consolation is that log stil remains the same(only united gained points)
Ken4CFC
Just when i thought we got rid of mikel, tubby comes up with the Bertrand is a left winger theory i mean the guy did jack today, i really like the guy but he aint a left winger thats for sure!
pego sama
Rafa make very sure my day is spoiled
valachi
LOL @Desmond Bullet Miss! Mehn, it's not funny anymore.
true2blue
please bertrand is nothing near chelsea quality.
sunnymakcres
@keka sorry for my bad use of words , i was still reacting from the second goal we conceded
Don capon
TafChels He was sacked cause Roman wanted guradiola.
Lakupiippu
Pila - spot on mate, with Robbie we had lovely football and the players enjoying themselves. yeah Ok we had a few bad showings, but nothing that some defence coaching couldn't have sorted out. Things were not that bad but now, well Tubby is just making things worse than ever.
BlueABS
i wonder whats going on in the mind of the players
Don capon
RDM failed to progress to the knockout stages of the CL. I believe that's why he was sacked. He lost a lot of money when he failed.
foreign_viewer
FV - for once I agree, Brana has been very poor all season.
BlueABS
there is no difference in drawing and loosing such a game . it is high time roman paid a visit , to me right now heads have to roll for this mess we are in , be it the manager the board or players i dont care
Don capon
I have no player to blame, i am just begining to think summer is too far of for this crap manager to be thrown out of my beloved club. I feel like crying!
Ohans
The thing is i am sure if this is the way robbie started he would have been sacked in september , he started torres and played bertrand as a winger , two unexplainable decisions and we cannot keep a two goal lead ? teams dont even fear us anymore
Don capon
For those that said we dont have squad depth problem and mata should always be subbed off when we are leadin comfortably,i hope u can now see how we faired when he left the pitch..
Ken4CFC
think I have already wasted too much time this season following this pack of overpaid wasters!
dickturpin
Tubby's obsession with rotation has once again reaped the wrong reward. I am just totally dumbfounded. We are looking more and more like Benetiz Liverpool
BlueABS
If Benitez is losing to QPR at home and drawing to Southampton and Reading; how do people expect him to make it past through Juventus and Shakthar after probably losing or drawing to Nords?
KAKUfrank
Rafa says 'it's difficult to take...but that's football!'
dickturpin
the media will explode about this, Again.
TafChels
@ken, u'll go through any length to defend rafa won't u? I am beginning to think u are a scouser in disguise, what has mata being removed got to do with surrendering a 2 goal lead to a mediocre club? and what is ba doing on the bench for the whole of 90 minute? U are 2 goal up for over 75 minutes and as a big team who needs points and pays their manager to do a job, what exactly did rafa do tactically pls tell us, it seem I am watching another chelsea
Desmondadonis
now i am actually in support of rafa getting the chop . forget all these till the season ends , that is bull***** if we wait that long we would not be in top 4
Don capon
stop blaming rafa.players are to blame.since luiz got injured goals keep comming.now repeat cahil iva terry are good than luiz.poor funs chants that make rafa start lamps bentrand to keep u quite.its all to funs and player power that is faking cfc.lamps play no10 4himself and glory.plz rafa those deadwood costed rdm his job.now they are playing u for their sake.
mzee69
now i am actually in support of rafa getting the chop . forget all these till the season ends , that is bull***** if we wait that long we would not be in top 4
Don capon
A night spoiler for me,just when i was celebratin results elsewhere hopin we seal our game,the dagger struck..but i am still optimistic we can reach our season goals..just keep the faith(i know its tough to be a cfc fan now) but thats why we are fans,stickin with the team through good and bad time..this is a phase we would overcome together,whether with rafa or without him...KTBFFH
Ken4CFC
Ken,just one question,do you believe Rafa has to go now or not? We cant base this loss on Oscar's misses. The fact remains that we,as a team couldnt protect a 2goal lead against that rubbish reading team. If we are to argue about Oscar's misses,we could as well argue that,if he had played Marin instead of the clueless Bertrand,we would have scored more. I wont blame Oscar for this LOSS, I will blame Rafa for not being able to handle the team. For goodness sakes,I dont care if he plays 5-3-2 just to get the 3points,the end wld have justified the means!!!! Its is unacceptable! Simply shocking. I find it even more surprising when people come out in support of Rafa.
3nity
Simple reasoning. Reading would use long balls. Bring on Terry to organise the defence & neutralize the aerial threat.
true2blue
hahahah he plays betrand to keep fans quiet ? please go to bed , and tell me what has frank got to do with this he scored a damn goal that means if he did not we would not have even had a point from the game ... the results are going south you can blame players to an extent but now it is clearly the manager's fault ( lack of flexibility ) that we are where we are . we lost to west ham drew fulham , Southampton reading what next we blow a three goal lead to wigan
Don capon
Stop playing player where they don't belong. Problems solved.
foreign_viewer
It is settled that Rafa is leaving in summer. The only thing the team need now is the support of the fan. Let us rally round the team to at least make top 4. The squad is thin but the quality should give us an edge. 9 Vital points we have lost against QPR, Fulham, Southampton and Reading. That should have taken us ahead of ManCity. To think we couldn't call any of the loan players in this transfer is something I could not understand. Turnbull is pathetic. Has he ever got a clean sheet?
sojibu
Oscar should play in CM with Ramires doing most of the defensive work. Ba should be starting all the games. Torres should only be played out wide. Turnbull should be playing for Brentford.
foreign_viewer
@desmond,if u think am a scouser fan thats your cup of tea..what removin mata has got to do with surrenderin a two goal lead to a mediocre club is in relation to your rants about mata playin 90min (almost) all games even when we are leadin comfortable...as for ba,we are completely leadin till the 87min,whats the point in bringin ba in before their goals when we are leadin comfortably when the wise option would be to keep him fresh for the newcastle game??..
Ken4CFC
Tactically,he told the forwards to be wastefull and instructed the defenders to go to sleep in the last 7mins..
Ken4CFC
The board are as bad as rafa and the players are over pampered prima donnas . We really need a very strong manager that won't take ***** from this players. The players are so relaxed that they know the manager will get the blame, 10 out 10 at Chelsea the manager is the scapegoat.
Pila12
Thank goodness I chose to watch the Copa Del Rey El Classico instead. It was a draw too but it was worth watching. Reals best performance in recent times. Can't wait for the summer.
traykidd
It Hurts when they still call us European champions. It feels like they are sticking the knife in deeper! They use it so much now when things are going wrong with us and its clear they are mocking us with that term....European Champions!!!!!
3nity
@3nity,i dont believe rafa has to go now,the problem of our team is well beyond rafa..rafa inherited a knackered squad and he is doin his best to manage them,but unfortunately circumstance has conspired against him and even at that we have not been as terribly off our season goal as people make it seem..certain coach need certain players to execute certain ideas and as it stands our transfer activities has not suggested he is gona get help outside..so even if u sack him this night whats the assurrance the next coach would not be sacked in 3months or so??
Ken4CFC
@Desmond.....I tot the BA substitution was the biggest howler of the night for a coach who is being paid and who some here say is a tactical genius...yes the team was tired and could not maintain the same energy level for 90 minutes...but a good coach with a decent head over his shoulders will know how to manage that...Tubby brought on BA on the 89 minute, what was the tactical reason behind that..?..may be to waste time!!!!...lol...for me starting torres was a bad decision but i dont wanta go into that cos it can be argued argued either ways... at 2-1, a coach half decent who knew the team was thin and tired would have brought on JT...and switched to a 5-3-2 for the remaining 6 minutes...Rafa is as clueless as a church rat...the most painful part for me was wasting the better part of the past two days arguging with folks like @ken whose God father is Tubby...when I could have used my time for somthing more productive, there is nothing to argue...rafa is clueless and it is obvious as day light....I am actually indifferent as to whether he is sacked now or left till the end of the season...it acutally makes no difference to me....enough said.
layorh12
@Pila,you are absolutely right. As much as we can blame Rafa all we like,those players need to look at themselves in the mirror. Even without a manager,losing to reading is unacceptable. Roman needs to visit cobham and give them a good tongue lashing. Turnbull really is rubbish. How did he become a pro keeper? Unbelievable.
3nity
Exactly@3nity,we can blame rafa for all we like but everyone involved have to take a good look at themselves in the mirror...roman payin the team a visit would not be a bad idea..as for turnbull,am speechless
Ken4CFC
Lets all face it...I don't really think Rafa cares...he knows he is gone this summer...so, he is just going through the motions...I mean...really...does any competent coach sub a CF for another CF in the last minute of the game when the defense is collapsing? I still believe he is told to play Torres...How do you play Bertrand on the wing? How do you NOT play Oscar in the pivot? I really don't think he cares...
lamarochs
Say what you want, say what you will...the Doom of today and tomorrow was initiated when RdM was fired...and Rafa was hired...we went from one who loved the club...to one who loved the clubs cafeteria...the man's obese and disgusting...I cannot summon an appetite after watching cfc...he chased away dolce & gabanna through his largess.
Gian-Franco/Luca
what an omnishambles...I'm sorry but that result today is indefensible. On Yer Bike Tubbster...
JohnnyOz
Why didn`t we just bring on Merieles or Essien to close the game down ? Oh No. Emenalo our magnificent Technical director, thought getting rid of them and bringing in another attacking midget is what we needed. The day we got rid of those two defensive midfield players, it was obvious what it would be like when we need to close a game down. Its pathetic. Clear off Emenalo and take Benitez with you.
Blueheart9
Points lost
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