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Match Day Moments - Newcastle (a)

This afternoon Chelsea will be at St James Park, taking on a Newcastle side that are probably as desperate as ourselves to get the win.

With Demba Ba set to return to the cub he left in early January, it`s fair to say we`ll get a hot reception from the Toon Army.

However, Chelsea will be boosted by the news that both Petr Cech and Juan Mata have been declared fit to play.

But who will Rafa Benitez select?

Who will make the starting eleven?

How will the match unfold?

Why not join us from 14:00 hours (UK time) when we`ll be on hand to discuss such matters and hopefully come 17:00 hours, we`ll all be smiling.




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The Journalist

Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 2 2013

Time: 8:42AM

Your Comments

I just hope Benitez doesn't allow his nepotic spirit affect the team selection for today's match.BA has proven that he can bring back that fire power we've lacked ever since the DOYEN OF DESTRUCTION(Dider Drogba) left Us.Rafa has always gambled with matches where we needed all maximum points.Top four finish should be our PRIORITY.I just hope we keep our record of never losing @ St James' park since 2006 intact.Even a draw today is an UNACCEPTABLE result.NO CHELSEA NO FOOTBALL.
DANNYGOLD
He already has 3 games mandate from me (Newcastle,Wigan,and Mancity) 7 points the least expected of him to deliver. Anything less then bye bye tubby.
nelyvanile
what i want cech,azpi,iva,cahill,cole,rami,lamps,mata,oscar,torres,ba. what it will be cech,iva,cahill,terry,cole,rami,lamps,mata,oscar,torres,bertrand.
I hate CR7
if rafa start with ryan on wings and torres in cf....then please someone please hit him with booths and gumbooths....its simple logc ryan nd torres wont work in starting line up not now not ever..
shlok27
If tubby loses this, don't hesitate to pull the trigger, he is on his way to bring us down, it would be better if we remove the cancer surgically before it spreads.... It is either we get the whole points or a point, a lose is not acceptable considering the midweek howler
Desmondadonis
I cant say am optimistic about victory today but i would be very positive today no matter what rafa throws up. He can play hilario upfront for all i care, i would just get behind the 11 chelsea players on the pitch today and win, lose or draw, take it with a pint of salt.
Chelz Akamz
We need the 3 points n hope whoever will be in the field wearing cfc shirt will do his best for the club.
blue5
Rafa should drop Ivanovic for Terry.
foreign_viewer
Sorry i cant speak french,may be i cld be playing for newcastle today.
blue5
Was Chalobah sent back out on loan?...anyone have any info on him.. I'm very glad we have Yossi available and Mata as well. We are clearly missing Mikel and Moses. Hazard will be very fresh after his ban so we just need to concentrate in this game and close it out if we can. This blaming of Rafa for the performance of SEASONED players who are supposed European champions is really poor and sad. The players must take responsibility for what happens on the field. The manager is the one in charge but the players do the actual work....this current bunch are not even playing like average footballers. Hoping for a win....Terry will not be able to manage vs Cisse for the entire match (maybe in the closing minutes) and the dude in # 8 shirt offers nothing...but will most likely feature. Hoping Rafa puts outs a group who want to win
had2bg
next year newcastle will be playing in both in french league as well as pl...they are now eligeble by having exceding the home quota system of french player..
shlok27
Chalobah was sent back on loan to Watford, and according to one of my mates who's a season ticket holder he is excelling in the Championship and very consistent. You complain about Lampard, but w would you like to see instead may I ask?
CalculatedKalou
QPR donating £100,000pw to chris samba.DB donating his salary to charity in france
blue5
@hand2bag we've had enough of the lampard bashing. The guy is 34 and has had to play to play consistently because of the lack of depth but you still bash him when he doesnt perform. For *****'s sake he is a chelsea legend so please treat him with the respect he deserves. He played well and even scored a good goal last time out but you didnt praise him but you rather focus on what he didnt do... Shame on you
djangbahevans
If he'll play Invanovic and Torres, I'll personally get down on that pitch and kick them out!
ElMagicoNino
Thanks Calculated. VERY good news on a youngster I like a lot. We regard to the dude in the # 8 shirt.....any player who will play his position and work for the team to win. We have a very lean selection right now. Clifford that was just released could have helped, Mikel any day of the week, Nathan and Josh for next season. Right now..Yossi would do a job for me.... a cast away who always gives his best. The board + RDM decided to get rid some players to ensure his playing time and it has blown up in their face.
had2bg
just when i thought we got rid of the frustrating selection of mikel, rafa seems to have come up with the bert is a left winger theory, gees! am finally starting to doubt him after he somewhat started getting me on board.
pego sama
: Cech; Ivan, Cahill, JT (c), Cole; Ram, Lamps; Oscar, Mata, Bert; Ba. - subs: Turn, Fer, Azpili, Ake, Benayoun, Marin, Torres.
pego sama
The scary thing for me is that even if Rafa picks an ideal team, New Castle are quite capable of beating us in our current form. Obviously Ba must absolutely start in this game. I just pray that Cisse does not pick this game to have another set of incredible goals like he did last year at Stamford Bridge.
GabeU
@djang...to my knowledge I have only bashed one player openly, Malouda when he changed from team player to goal scorer. The dude in the # 8 shirt is part of Chelsea history without question but he has overstayed his time...loosing the "legend" tag in my book. His continued fight for relevance on and off the field is poor and selfish. He wants to take penalties, corners, free kicks...wants to be captain, give instructions while being unable to play the role he is payed to play...midfielder. I don't care if he scores because that's not his job, when he needed to be a quality midfielder which the team needs he is unable to. I only say what a few people on this site like FV and MQ are also willing to say. Stop the blind adoration and offer constructive criticism.
had2bg
had2bg, Hold up! Are you seriously saying a youngster Chelsea have just released on a free transfer would have been good enough to play in the Chelsea first team?? If that's the case he'll have virtually every club in Europe knocking on his door next week! If he's that good why would would not sell him to say Everton, Liverpool, West Ham, Lille, Valencia etc rather than give him a free transfer to allow him to "find a club" before the end of the season when all the other youngsters from other clubs are released.
CobhamBlue
had2bg...Clifford got sent on loan to League 1 Portsmouth who will take anybody considering their situation at present, and Clifford was unable to even make the bench there.
CalculatedKalou
I'm not too bothered with Berty on the wing when we have Ba upfront as there is someone he can supply to like when he played with the drog. But playing him and Torres s absolutley pointless, hopefully he will be able to supply some deliveries to Ba today.
CalculatedKalou
official team:Cech; Ivan, Cahill, JT (c), Cole; Ram, Lamps; Oscar, Mata, Bert; Ba. - subs: Turn, Fer, Azpili, Ake, Benayoun, Marin, Torres.
pego sama
Give us this day Lord. Not even sure again which Chelsea team will turn up.
sojofjand
I will shoot myself if Bertrand starts one more game as a left winger ahead of Marin.We are NOT playing a CL final against Bayern Munich and Bertrand is USELESS in that position.The FSW is clearly out of his mind.
Simeon23
The team lien up is not bad though i again fail to see what Bertrand adds to the team playing as a left winger.It does tell you how little faith he has in Marko Marin and makes it clear we need another true left winger. Lets hope this works out.
GabeU
Rafa is a disgrace to all coaches world wide because he doesnt seem to understand how to read and prepare for matches. So much for tactical genious.
sojofjand
Rafa is king.
THEBREEZE
Why the heck does Bertrand play? He's never done anything good on the pitch, Benitez should have started Marin instead! And Ivanovic instead of Azpilicueta is a wrong decision, too.
ElMagicoNino
only consolation in rafa's team selection today is Ba ahead of torres, but this idea of bert on the left wing keep's pi**ing me off, it's like rafa want's us to hate bert!
pego sama
azpi is 10 times better than iva on the RB position
I hate CR7
Bertrand vs Marin...... I don't really prefer one over the other.... Marin is clearly not ready for EPL, Bertrand I think can still do some defensive duties....
Latunvic
@ElmagicoNino the reason Rafa isnt playing Marin is obvious..go back to Marin's game against Brentford..Even the commentators on that game were unanimous that Marin was the absolute worst player on the pitch on that day by far...and that was against a 1st division side..i dont blame Rafa for not trusting him against a BPL team with considerable quality. Needless to say if Moses were around Bertrand would be on the bench.
GabeU
I would chose yosi or marin all day over bert on the left wing so why does rafa keep chosing him over these 2! it's time's like these i wish i owned chelsea so i could pick the players, kinda like Mr Abramovich pick's torres!
pego sama
Guys... please... no unnecessary moans or complaints today.. Don't expect magic, remember we still have the same team, players and coach, so expecting a magical turnaround will only compound your frustrations.. Nothing you complain about today is new. Let's just support the team and hope for a decent display.. I think why a lot of people here get really frustrated is that they set unrealistic expectations for this team even after their true level is now apparent...
Latunvic
My prediction : Le Newcastle 1-2 Chelsea. ALLEZ CHELSEA!
The Psychic Blue l9l
@hand2bag i think you've overdone it this time. I've had enough of your lampard bashing. Lampard has'nt asked asked rafa to give him the armband by hook or crook, neither has he told him to start in all games. He has started consistently because of depth issues. Oh and about leadership, he is the oldest player on the pitch so you cant expect him to sit down while inexperienced kids give orders
djangbahevans
Marin went totally missing in his last game... you honestly expect a coach looking for a win to start a fragile Marin against a strong and rugged Newcastle team.... and someone else expecting Yossi to start..... you guys are just funny!
Latunvic
Kerry Dixon going off on lazy chelsea players (Torres) and the manager (rafa) on ChleseaTV....no BS from KD..
lamarochs
Lmao..@pego sama You think interim benitez can get rid of Mikel?you make me laugh bro.AND how many games have we won without mikel?
obimikelisdbest
@GabeU we all watched the braford game, but looky here torres has been given every chance any1 could posibly be given and we can all confidently say his done at chelsea, point is why can't rafa give marko 1/4 of those chance's? i mean marko's form before chelsea and in pre-season show's his got way more to offer us, so why not give him a good run in the team before harzard or mosses get back?
pego sama
Ivanovic instead of Azpi? Are you mad? Ivanovic has been sent off vs manure and city. He's an awful right back. Not forgetting his two assists for Swansea. He's finished as a player.
foreign_viewer
Am not expecting much,not any more. Whatever the result is,am gonna be going on with it. Bertrand on the flank is not what i want to see,but what am i going to do about it.
Ohans
@pego come now..are you comparing Marin and Torres? Please, torres is Roman's personal pet..RDM was sacked for not getting the best out of Torres and failing to start him against Juve at Turin, Rafa was hired partly on the promise that he could get Torres going. We all know Torres is handled on a different standard than any other player in the team and surely you know that. Rest assured Rafa is under major pressure to keep playing Torres to keep Roman's itchy trigger finger away from the fire button.
GabeU
And he loses the ball in dangerous area in the first minute.
foreign_viewer
@pego... Marin can't play against these Newcastle guys... please drop this argument... I understand you want to see more of Marin but not in this game...
Latunvic
Atleast its 4 englishmen in the starting line up. Maybe you can start calling chelsea a englishclub again
Lakupiippu
lamps is not play well.. ramires is the usual.. cant control the ball... the why the ***** the long balls.. by passing our midfield.
denverblue
Rafa has instructed his defence to be more compact. They've stepped up too, not so deep now.
pego sama
Lampard! FFS
The Psychic Blue l9l
ramires.. nug ready fi thins a blood claat.. trust me.. the man juts take him ball just so easy.these are the things that lose games.. and then YOU PEOPLE BLAME rafa.. smh. imno rafa fan.. but its the players who are *****ing up too much.
denverblue
So now Oscar is a winger?
foreign_viewer
Lampard is ahead of Mata. How will Mata create then?
foreign_viewer
if cole dosnt play a 1-2 he CANT pass his man.. poor.
denverblue
Ryan is playing a great game,terrific ball across the six yard box.
THEBREEZE
@Latunvic dropped may reservations till the end of the game but i dont like it!
pego sama
I am beginning to think our match day thread is a guidian and counselling thread, this is a forum where we are supposed to air our views, not being told what to do, offcourse there is room for debate once in a while, as for the ommission of marin, can he do any worse than bertie? And who are we defending against in the castle wing? Is there anybody with NUFC lineup? I just hope tubby has the cojones to sub off bertie if he is ineffective as usual on the wing and play marin there who is comfortable in that role with more attackinng threat than bertie would ever muster, bertie was rubbish in one game last year and we keep using him, mikel too was average yet we persist with him and so was luiz at a point, so we can't judge marin on a performance where all the players were sheit in the first half, that is being shamefully biased
Desmondadonis
We are playing with fire here. NewCastle seem to want it more. They are first to every 50/50 ball. Their tackles are with more commitment. They are running harder and the number of poor passes and unforced errors we have made so far is very worrying. We have to pray they eventually tire because at this pace it will take only one mistake for us to concede.
GabeU
we being outplayed at the moment
pego sama
How is being outplayed a new thing? We have been outplayed in our last 5 games!!! I just hope the players would raise their game for the club and fans that supports them home and away. U'll think the way we play should have improved by now
Desmondadonis
Thank good lord that wasn't a red. Ramires has been out of form since that Everton Match.
The Psychic Blue l9l
What a kick in the face that was. Should have been a penalty.
foreign_viewer
This should be a penalty...
Latunvic
Ba's bleeding. That a red card offense.
foreign_viewer
Ba is a typical chelsea player, the kind of player we need at our club, a player with character and zeal to see his team win, how we drop him for torres is beyond me, tactical nous coach my arse
Desmondadonis
There you go with Howard Webb..that was absolute dangerous play by Farbricio Colocinni and should have been a yellow card and a penalty to us..nothing called!!
GabeU
If Turnbull had been in the game we would have been down by two by now..my goodness and Ramires is down as well. Thay boy is like a pocket hercules..it will take a lot to bring him down. Boy this is terrible!!
GabeU
I think ba should be removed, he has had it, more running would make the blood flow more
Desmondadonis
This is what I was just pointing out about this Newcastle team, they are a physical team, especially with their new acquisitions.... Marin certainly can't have a chance against them...
Latunvic
I kept on imagining what our team usually do in their training? Our team only plays one formation, the coach cant joggle up the team play, try other formations, like in this match start with two strikers for a change suprise the opposition coach but alas ours is just one way traffic very pathetic. I bet u whenever Tubby is making a change its going to be Torres for Ba, or Betrand for Benayoun no technical input what so ever from the coach. Am fed up with the team to be sincere.
sojofjand
Demba Ba is a warrior.. i hope el nino is taking note..this guy is a warrior..to still continuing to play after taking a kick to the face..and as i had been saying we are down a goal.
GabeU
SACK THAT MORON NOW
The Psychic Blue l9l
Ivanovic is becoming more of a liability nw
obimikelisdbest
Ba unable to continue, so Torres comes on in his place. 42 mins
pego sama
So this is really what roman wanted when he sacked Rdm
Lakupiippu
Demba Ba has to be subbed of because he is still bleeding.. and no card, no free kick..incredible..sad..i fear this game may be lost already.
GabeU
Whaooo Ba can't continue..... and no card for Colocinni.... This is not looking good.... com'on Chelsea...
Latunvic
Get Ivanovic off,terrible at right back.
THEBREEZE
At this rate I'm really scared for CFC. Can we make the top 4?
traykidd
Cech doesn't dive anymore. That's the third time he didn't dive and this time it was a goal.
foreign_viewer
playing with torres and bertrand is like playing with 9 men. those 2 offer almost nothing going forward especially bertrand. he has more back passes than mikel
abramovich
Lampard is useless. Completely useless vs fast teams.
foreign_viewer
Ivanovic is gradually turning into Bosingwa this season
valachi
Its not over
TafChels
First half in the books and down 1-0 but honestly but for Cech it could have been significantly worse.
GabeU
Ivanovic and Lampard off.
foreign_viewer
Roman n Board, are u watching. Ba is off injured, torres limping, Kindlt lend us ur son to us an option in CF position. IDIOTS
Dwonder
How the feck we didnt get the penalty for that challenge, I couldn't believe... Webber u SUCK DUDE!!!
Prettyguy
Bosingwa was a much better full back than Ivanovic and won Cl twice.
THEBREEZE
Roman is bringing chelsea down
Lakupiippu
I dont know what to say,we have just ran out of luck and everything seem to be going against us.
Ohans
Who knows how long Ba will be out cause it looks like he has a broken nose and playing a sport that requires running nonstop and being able to breathe is kind of important. I just can't believe how weak our bench looks. It's just not good
Pantera98
non of you guys should pls blame lamps or ramires i mean these two have been superhuman playing all games midweeks and weekends. you think that is easy??? you can't expect them to be on their best always in these games, it could be very exhausting you know.
BluesInMe
I am almost numb about all of the issues at CFC...I almost want to walk away from the season and just wait until next year...I don't want to expend the emotional drain anymore...a pathetic midfield...WE CAN"T CONTROL THE BALL THUS NO OFFENSE...Bertrand on the wing? THis is not Barcelona...I really believe that Rafa doesn't care if they win or not..he knows he is gone this summer...No effort by our players...not closing down...At this point..I am just about ready to turn off the TV...
lamarochs
The doctors asked Ba to come off But he said no, I want to play, Torres would never have gone for that ball. For me he has already paid 7m back by going for that ball when he knew he might get kicked in the face. He showed is desire/hunger. Toon players were trying to kick him all game But don't worry they will get pay back. There is a red card or 2 in this game. Berty, is only playing to stop Gutierrez, and did nothing going forward apart from that one cross, Iva going forward is just as bad as Berty.
B2K420
BluesInMe. they think football players are machines and should do everything they wants
Lakupiippu
the idoit doesn it again...showing the world that how stupid dumb assss he is...ryan is useless on wing and he plays him there....this idiot does it purposely so that we wont win matches...he is removing his personal grudges against us...thats all i can say....this idiot deserves a tight kick in his balls...bloddy hell....marin is not good enough how many matches he has played to make you guys realize that he is not good enough...does he even hasd played 5 to 10 matches in row to show that he is not good enough...he hasnt got enough chance at all...so to say marin is flop is stupid statement...please sack this idiott roman as soon as possible and fired torres contract....cant belive still roman is having hope in this joker
shlok27
Here's the number for that counselling helpline lad's ! 0871 984 1955
ZolaIsALegend
Let us hope for a better 2nd half guys.COYB
obimikelisdbest
When Ba came I knew the chance to beat Newcastle was gone. Toons know this now they will take it easy at the back.
B2K420
We are becoming like Arsenal. We had the money yet we failed to buy a CM and a defender. F u Board.
The Psychic Blue l9l
I looked at our bench and i couldn't see any match winner there. Why did we spent 32 million on Hazard when we could've bought three quality players with same amount @ 11M each. I just hope Ba's injury is not very serious
Cobham78
I agree that i too feel there will be at least one red card in this game..i hope it is not us who get it considering who the ref is. This may get ugly.
GabeU
@Lakupippu,itz not only Roman that is killing the club. You were stupid enough to say 4 English players now on the field and it pleases even if they are crap and doing nothing there. Shame!!
Ohans
i dont like the fact that our team has been unstable since the season started. it begins with terry and the court case, then lamps got injured, torres sent off, terry came back and got injured, so was romeu, moses and mikel off to afcon,hazard suspended and now Ba. Guys this is one of the things affecting us this season which invariably will question the squad depth!!
BluesInMe
I knew we need another CF as we have only 1 (Ba) and now he is injured. Our Top 4 position is in jeopardy.
B2K420
The performance is getting worse match by match. It would require a big improvement in the second half to get something from this match and the second half performances of our last few matches is not encouraging lets just hope for a miracle.
Chelz Akamz
Bertrand is conning the club with his LW display. He must know himself he's awful.
foreign_viewer
We are *****ed now!!!
Tugay08
why must we always go through this as a chelsea fan. maybe that's what makes us
BluesInMe
I think we need ake in this match, call me deluded or something but I'll just thrust the young lad in the midfield and switch to 4-5-1, lamps to play in a more advanced role, ake and rammy in the pivot, bertie off
Desmondadonis
What a hit son!
CalculatedKalou
There you go for all those haters who bad mouth Lampard..what and incredible goal out of absolutely nothing!!!
GabeU
GOAAAALLLLL HATERS!!!!!!!!!
Prettyguy
Ohans, doing nothing?
Lakupiippu
yeahhhhh super frankie!!!!! 5 to go boiii hahaha
BluesInMe
com'on chelsea..... 1-1... thanks Lampard...
Latunvic
Here comes the legend worshippers!!!! Laaaaaaaamps!.lol
3nity
yeah sell him. go on. Saves us again and again. Maybe it is idiots like you who advice the board on some of their decisions.
Mia Maynard
FROM SUPPEEEERRRRRR FRAAANKKK!!!!!!
Prettyguy
just like the Frank of old , what a goal from Super Frankie Lampard !!! LEGEND
ZolaIsALegend
Lampard!!!!!
Krested Kal-el
waw just waaw what a shot from lampsi
kam.kh
Lampard please shoot some more
Tugay08
ooh, Lamps. Chelsea in full song now.
The Psychic Blue l9l
Anything I have ever said bad about Lampard, I TAKE IT BACK. What a strike. Aside Ronaldo and Scholes Nobody can take a shot like like that. Sign him up Roman. That is the only good thing u can do now.
Dwonder
LAMPAPD! ! !
Cobham78
I think its high time we all stop criticising Lampard...the more he get the sticks the more he scores
valachi
MATA!!!!!!!!!!
Lakupiippu
and fv is saying nothing
Lakupiippu
OMFG THAT WAS GODLIKE!!
Mia Maynard
As I said earlier! Ake in the pivot and lamps in an advance role and we'll surely get something out of this game.....
Desmondadonis
Excellent Goal by Mata!!! this may be the game that changes our season..absolute quality!!!
GabeU
MATA............... what a goal....... com'on chelsea..... 2-1
Latunvic
In other news, Aston Villa make Merseyside their hunting ground. As I am saying Mata hits a beaut!!!!
The Psychic Blue l9l
MATA! What a strike!
Cobham78
Lampard with a 2006 type of goal. Now he should control the midfield.
foreign_viewer
the matador !!!!is at it againnnnn wow
BluesInMe
Howard Webb is having a horrible horrible game!!! Hes really lost it!
3nity
Oh, Mata! That would have been a superb goal.
The Psychic Blue l9l
Seriously , Cisse should have received a red twice now..he put his hand on ashley Coles throat and deliberately elbowed JT. Why did Ashley get a yellow..what did he do? Howard Webb has been lousy in this game!!!
GabeU
R2 from Mataaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
Krested Kal-el
i didn't see much of zola sincerely but i would just take mata has the new zola
BluesInMe
Put Oscar on the left Rafa please!!!!!!
3nity
Acuna matata.... What a spetacular strike. Cant choose between his strike and that of lamps.
Chelz Akamz
Desmond,Can you see Mata in the game yet??? lol
3nity
Where was our defence.
The Psychic Blue l9l
Equaliser for newcastle but where were our back 4..NewCastlee should have been down to 10 men with Cisse who should have been sent of by now.
GabeU
Where the hell was brana
THEBREEZE
o shet common chelsea common we can do this. don't let your heads fall. common!!!!
BluesInMe
This game is entertaining. 2-2 great goals from both sides. The best being Mata's.
foreign_viewer
Sisokko, what a monster.
The Psychic Blue l9l
Haha... fans here bad mouth almost the whole squad these days... Lampard uselesss, Bertrand clueless, Iva useless, Torres useless, and some even say we should rest Mata for Marin... some amazing fans we have here...... com'on chelsea, let's do this.....
Latunvic
Why was the whole team over the half way line for their goal?
foreign_viewer
Pace, wins headers, can finish, gets into the box, does the dirty work, is back for the opponenet counter, goes forward for the counter himself - Moussa Sissoko is precisely the sort of player we miss in midfield.
Mia Maynard
Our defenders left the back too open....
Latunvic
Howard Webb,we all know you are ***** but cmon!!!!!!
3nity
i dont care which player in the opposition you think we miss but wat we shouldn't miss here is all 3points. cmon blues
BluesInMe
common chelsea u can do it #savetheseason
BluesInMe
How much did this guy Ssissoko cost again..this is what NewCastle excel at..prudent spending for top draw players.
GabeU
am waitin chelsea am waitin #makeitcount
BluesInMe
i have a good feeling we will nick this one
BluesInMe
torres is absolutely useless. He hasnt done one thing right since coming on. everyone else on the team is putting on a shift in this half but El nino is anonymous!!
GabeU
Lampard with a Malouda shot there.
The Psychic Blue l9l
Oscar go down for heavens sakes! Thats the second time!!!!
3nity
Useless coach cant make any change, just sits on the bench doing nothing.
sojofjand
So the Fifa scouts' prediction are correct. Sissoko will be a world class player.
foreign_viewer
Oscar had his shirt pulled back in the box,why didn't he go down.
THEBREEZE
Oscar needs to sort out hi final ball.
foreign_viewer
Ramires is just plain crazy!!!! Where the hell was he running off to,in the middle of the pack. That stupidity is got us under pressure now!!!
3nity
Is Torres still playing? he's been kinda poor
Blue in Colorado
We need to win this game you fool, bring in Benayoun for Bertrand. Aghhhhh
sojofjand
am shivering guys. we should get this goal
BluesInMe
Gabeu, didn't he assist Mata's beauty? LOL
The Psychic Blue l9l
HAHAHAH.
Mia Maynard
Bertrand is not a winger. Sissoko is world class already. Entertaining game except for the kick and booing of Ba.
foreign_viewer
Moussa Sissoko has just done a Diame. Sissoko > Our fudging pivot
The Psychic Blue l9l
Pathetic. Unfortunately.
zg2000fs
Pathetic rafa has got to go Christ no heart
Pantera98
Sissoko's strike was good but seriously Cech should be doing better than this. This will be a major body blow to us.
GabeU
Thats why our players are always tired, use ur fuicking subs.
Tugay08
Damn!
Krested Kal-el
what now guys?
dickturpin
Sissoko.... money well spent for Newcastle...
Latunvic
TORRES! CAN'T EVEN PASS IN INJURY TIME.
The Psychic Blue l9l
So what now? Terry and Lampard played but still no win. Please spare us the experience talk. Skill and atleticism wins games. Sissoko has just proved that.
foreign_viewer
Moussa sissoko take a bow son!
Blue1989
For real not trying to be negative but we have blow the lead 3 straight games we will be lucky to make top 4
Pantera98
For real not trying to be negative but we have blow the lead 3 straight games we will be lucky to make top 4
Pantera98
Who is better now Dimateo or benitez? If not for our early season form imagine where the team will be with this idiot.
sojofjand
Was Moussa Sissoko to expensive for us ???
Luna
Beating Chelsea seems to be the new trend these days. Beat Chelsea and your season is back. Good game though.
foreign_viewer
Goodbye top 4. We're not going to make it.
traykidd
The contrast is obvious..both teams had major issues going into the january window. NewCastle boldy and wisely made several quality signings, we decided to stay as is and actually loan out one more player for good measure when it was obvious we needed reinforcements..the difference is clear. Well guys if this is a sign of things to come..we are in serious trouble.
GabeU
I have given up , rafa out , PLEASE , youth team coach or terry-lamps as player managers , I am so sad...
CFCTalal
I wouldn't mind but that's the best we've played for a long time but all the Newcastle goals came from our right defence.
THEBREEZE
MQs tactical magician does it again.
Lakupiippu
Sissoko what a player. Supposedly, beating Chelsea is a big result. Dream on. Chelsea lost to QPR and West Ham.
foreign_viewer
That's 2 goals coming from our right side, i.e. Ivanovic goes missing. I tell you this guy is a liability now. As is Bertrand and of course FT. I mean what chance do we stand with players as poor as these 3. I want FT's job, seriously I do, £175k for doing sweet F.A.
BlueABS
Rafa's got to go. We've gone backwards since RDM got the sack, and there aren't any signs of this momentum changing. No substitutions in the second half? Incredible. And the worst part: who in their right mind can we get as a manager right now?
RadioactiveD
Nothing to say,absolutely nothing to say. I wont even blame Rafa for this. Coloccini should have been sent off,we should have had a penalty and that would have changed the whole game but we had Webb! I hope Rafa comes out and attacks him!!!
3nity
Agreed GabeU - we are now officially in serious trouble, we are going to have Gooners and Spuds breathing down our neck from hereon in.
BlueABS
Our collapse of our season is down to 3 members : The board, Roman and Fernando Torres. If it wasn't for Roman's obsession with the already past-his-best Torres, we would have had no problems. Then the board sack RdM and appoint this imbecile. Remember when we could have had Sergio Aguero for 40m in January 2011, instead of him, Roman forced Carlo and the Board to buy Torres. Now every manager who can't make Torres score is fired by Roman. WAKE UP PEOPLE, THE ORIGIN OF OUR COLLAPSE IS ROMAN HIMSELF, THE BOARD, TORRES AND RAFA ARE JUST SUB-ORIGINS.
The Psychic Blue l9l
Good win for Newcastle, their fans were amazing throughout...... I hope Ba returns soon enough....
Latunvic
No Luna, we have the brilliance of 5 years more of mikel, he is awesome so we offered him a twelfth of sissoko's transfer fee as weekly wages. Diame, Vidal, Fernandinho and now Sissoko, all all-action midfielders who have absolutely owned our midfield.
Mia Maynard
The bottom line is we are not going to finish in the top 4 with Benitez in charge. It will be the Mancs, Spurs & Arsenal. We are done.
CobhamBlue
0871 984 1955 here is the for the lad who gave it ...now you need a counselling and big time..
shlok27
Honestly at this point I don't mind the sacking of Rafa.
traykidd
RadioactiveD's got a good point.. Who in their "right mind" can we get as manager now?
Blue in Colorado
Roman judges players by price tag. It is a shame.
foreign_viewer
you guys are PATHETIC u call urself fans and praise the one who scored 2 goals against us seriously FOK OFF!!
TafChels
didn't roman tell rafa to forget the cups and make sure of a top 4 place?
dickturpin
The Psychic Blue l9l, You are correct all Chelsea's problem stem from that fateful day 31 January 2011. I have always said Fernando Torres will destroy Chelsea as a force and that is exactly what is happening/has happened. And this season there is no Drogba to bail us out in the Cups.
CobhamBlue
Mikel back pls.... we need you
Realmike
We don't have a beast in midfield , look at west ham , juve , shakthar and newcaslt.....even mikel would be no match for sissoko , Essien WOULD
CFCTalal
Where's the discipline in our defence? I tell you where, out of Ivanovic's backside.
BlueABS
Now chelsea have got me praying for Nigeria to lose to Ivory coast so we can get bck mikel n moses.
Tugay08
Well, we don't have a bench we can really rely on... Marin and Yossi I don't think are up to this game.... our best XI lost.....
Latunvic
GabeU,Newcastle bought those players cos Mike Ashley doesnt dabble in player transfers. He trusts Pardew and he supports him fully,he gave him an 8year contract remember???? Who does that? A trusting chairman! Roman doesnt trust Rafa and i am expecting the breaking news. Id be shocked if Rafa isnt gone by monday. But you cant blame our loss on lack of recruitments....Blame this loss on the stupid decision to sack RDM!!! As sad as this whole episode has been,I hope heads roll. Our board is absolutely inept and i seriously dont know what they are doing. Its like the club is run by fools in every department.
3nity
If it was Rdm who roman signed in november he would have got the sack after the southampton game, no after the west ham game.
Lakupiippu
come on Ivory coast , beat nigeria. Not recalling ESSIEN (even for a few million) was the worst decision of the transfer window. If you don't get a powerful DM during summer , we are never going to win.
CFCTalal
That's rubbish, that's not our best XI with Ivanovic, Bertrand and FT. Talk sense man.
BlueABS
The idiots that got rid of Essien and Meireles lost this game. Look at the weak bench its pathetic. Emenalo you have a lot to answer for.
Blueheart9
Fall of the Roman Empire
BlueABS
@Luna: Moussa Sissoko was never linked with us or our scouts never noticed him, I guess they have noticed him now. lol.>>> I saw him against Aston Villa and said to my friends he looks a decent players FULL OF ENERGY/STRENGTH/DRIVE and before the match I said we should watch Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran, s*** I was right. @GabeU: We are in deep s***, who is going to help us. We made no subs or we had no match changers on the bench.
B2K420
HAS RAFA BEEN SACKED YET???????????
Tiraspol
Seriously, why is Tubby even still here. The gauge for all other Chelsea manager's certainly isn't applying here and now.
BlueABS
So much for leadership on the pitch. Shipped in three goals. More sentiments and results like this will continue. A new generation should emerge now. New CMs like Sissoko should come.
foreign_viewer
Its embarrasing to loose against a princess castle
TafChels
Mikel back pls.... we need you
Realmike
Haha @BlueABS... maybe you can try talk sense by naming our best XI for this game...
Latunvic
This makes Robbies' sacking even more embarrassing. Hang your heads in shame Chelsea Board of Directors
BlueABS
From bbc..... "Chelsea had 24 points from 12 games when Roberto Di Matteo was sacked, and were four points behind Manchester United. Now taken 22 points from 13 against lower opposition, and now 13+ points behind Manchester United. Will be lucky to get in the Champions League at this rate!"
Lakupiippu
robbie beat newcaslte 2-0!
CFCTalal
This muppet of a coach complains that the team is stretched and that the players are tired yet he cant make a single substitution for the whole 90min apart from Ba that was injured. Thank you Abramovic for ruining what is supose to be a great season for us. Thank you so much.
sojofjand
@Latunvic - How about both Ba & Torres (instead of Bertrand)? How about Caesar instead of Ivanovic? Even Bertrand managed the impossible today in matching FT for uselessness.
BlueABS
Roman!!! Hope u are happy now. We were destroyed by a player worth only 8.5m. We should have gone for Diame who would have bossed the midfield for us. Benitex made some mistakes too. Starting Ivanovic over Azpi in this game was rubbish. Playing him for 90 minutes against a team playing angled passes with Iva, slow recovery rate was criminal. Also a wiser coach would have brought in Marin in the 2nd half particularly when we were leading and tasked Ramires to seat deep and stop all forward runs. Yes it is a gamble but bertrand offered nothing upfront and defensive wise was not to good either. Hopefully Ba' injury is not as bad as it look or we are back at square one and in a world of *****. Once again and without an apology Roman and Co *****ed up this time, but the coach is not enitrely blameless neither is the ref. But then, we don't expect anything else from howard webb.
Dwonder
Sissoko was highly rated even back in 2009. The club knew about him. The problem was a low price tag.
foreign_viewer
Besides the winning the champions league this club as been going downhill ever since roman sacked ray Wilkins for no reason. I know that seems like a long time ago but it's these and countless other mind boggling decisions are why we r in the shape we are in
Pantera98
After watching 2days game i have come to one definate conclusion, that is bert is a good player but is not by any means a winger! and hearts off to the boy's today they played their sock's off and could have won it if it wasn't for that sisoko prat!
pego sama
Sissoko was bought for less than £3m not £8.5m.
foreign_viewer
How come the referees never do their job. Against brent we should have had a penalty, against swansea we should have had a penalty and bas goal was onside and today we should have had a penalty for bas injury and one right at the end. IF i got 1 pound for everytime the ref should but didnt give us a penalty i would have been a millionaire by now. I just dont get it its FOKING FAIR. If we were leading 3-2 and newcastle appealed for a penalty the ref would have given them it. There has be technology in football, its incredible how cheat the refs do especially against us, I cant take it nomore. I hope that one day they´ll be soo much technology in football that the ref, linesmen, fourth officiel are never needed.
TafChels
I browse 2ru d nite on deadline hopin 4 2 additional players but it never hapened.rafa OUT
na me b chelsea
I just don't buy this 'tired' squad, FFS we are just out of January, not end of Feb / March. Only Mata needs some rest and that's always been the case with him. He put in a good shift yet again today, probably our best player .... yet again. If these players are tired then they were not trained enough in the first place. It's a convenient excuse for Tubby. We used to be the fittest team in the League and Europe, but last couple of years it just isn't so.
BlueABS
Ray Wilkins? Please spare us that crap excuse. He's useless. Where does he work?
foreign_viewer
Merlin delete the picture posted by sydqcb5, it makes me vomit
TafChels
CFC needed a CDM so we miss out on Diame and sissoko! Baffling. If take avram grant back till the end of the season. Loved frnk lampard shaking his head going down the tunnel. Sums up what he thinks of rafa and his odd tactics. Funny how balague hasn't been on twitter today. Lol
Dave-David
Why do you think no one feels sorry for Chelsea as a football club? You cant do things the way Roman has been doing it and expect anything from anyone. The Fa hates us,The referees hate us,the press would rather hang us and it all stems from the decisions of one man,ROMAN! He doesnt know how to run a football club,fact! There is running a football club and there is funding a football club.....we all know which one Roman is doing!
3nity
We are paying the unspoken price with refs and penalties for the Clattenburg affair.
BlueABS
Sissoko and Diame are CMs. They do everything. Defense and attack.
foreign_viewer
£8m and we could have had Sissoko and Diame. Roman outdid himself this time.
foreign_viewer
Why not Torres get the injury instead if Ba? Shiiiiiiit
valachi
Why not Torres get the injury instead of Ba? Shiiiiiiit
valachi
3rd goal was not just Iva's fault there was not a single player close to Sissoko there right back had time to pick the pass and Sissoko had TIME to place his shot. It is not fair to just blame Iva although I would have Cesar against any opposition.
B2K420
Pantera98, You are correct. The Carlo/Uncle Ray partnership was nearly as good as Jose. The breaking up of that - for absolutely no reason whatsoever - was the beginning of the end for us in the Premier League. We rallied for a few months in early 2011 but other than that we have played like a mid- table team for nearly 2 years, which is where it looks like we will finish this season. If we finish Top 4 this year it will be more to do with Spurs imploding than us going on a good run.
CobhamBlue
Get Ray Wilkins till the end of the season, rafa has lost it he doesn't care If we get top4 or not. Ray was really behind carlo's success and wen you hear Ray speak on skysports he speaks very intelligently and he knows his football. Sack the clueless moron he doesn't know wot he's doing.
Pila12
sydqcb....it look like rafa's face...
shlok27
valachi, have you ever been injured before? Shut up.
foreign_viewer
No top clubs wants Wilkins. There's a reason for that.
foreign_viewer
Bossman used to get so much stick for his RB performances, yet Ivanovic seems to get away scot free. *baffling*
BlueABS
has he gone yet?
dickturpin
I still want to know the (real) story behind Wilkins sacking
BlueABS
Did he have an affair with Roman's wife? LOL
BlueABS
foreign_viewer, What a stupid comment. It doesn't matter if no club wants Wilkins. Carlo and Wilkins worked well together at Chelsea. Winning the Double (with Malouda as our star man!). The players reacted well to Wilkins. Everyone was happy. Roman sacked him because Wilkins said there was more to play for than just the Champions League. The club has never been the same since. Plenty of Assistants only work at one club. Wilkins suited Chelsea, that's why Carlo didn't take him to PSG.
CobhamBlue
We have not been defending well as a TEAM/UNIT for a while now. Only DM can't defend on his own it has to be a TEAM EFFORT. >>Rafa didn't make any subs cause he thinks that the bench is not good enough. He said that to the Chelsea board as well but they don't trust him with transfers and are waiting for the new manager.
B2K420
@foreign where the ***** was rafa working wen he got the job?
Pila12
Quote from Garth Crooks...."The game between Newcastle and Chelsea was littered with decisions that I do not believe referee Howard Webb got right."
dickturpin
Ivanovic has been bad. He's passed his peak. Kane should back up Azpi next season and Chalobah/Bruma to return for the CB spot.
foreign_viewer
Keep this short and sweet ivanovic has lost it azpilicueta shud play.need a stronger midfielder like a diame or sissoko have no presence in midfield.tubby shud be sacked with roman in charge till end of season then bring back jose mourinho in summer.
Chelsea ken
We had the best PR under Carlo & Ray. And that filters through to everyone, most importantly the squad. Just do the comparison with now.
BlueABS
At least Wilkins stood up for himself...where the f is zenden?
dickturpin
I feel sick when I watch chelsea these days.Firstly,we have the dumbest and the most incompetent manager,who fails to adress obvious weaknesses while the game is in progress. Today Brana should have been replaced,because Santon gave him a horrible time,Bertrand did virtually nothing in terms of attack and when you are playing two fullbacks on one flank you lose the element of surprise.Admittedly,Marin did not have a good game against Brentford,but so did Bertrand you know. And he didnt have a good game against Reading, Stoke and today as well. I even preferred Benayoun to him,but Benitez took the wrongest of all decisions and did nothing. And once again we missed on a super deal unlike N'stle,whose scouts seem to do their jobs remarcably well and got a steal on Sissoko-a well-built,energetic,fast,strong and tactically aware midfielder-for less than Torres's monthly wage! We badly needed a player in his mould,but we failed miserably at the jan transfer market.
Simeon23
sack sack sack sack sack sack sack sack sack sack sack sack sack sack sack sack sack sack.
shlok27
No point arguing with fv. He is thick as they get.
Keyser Soze
Howard is a looser, because of him, we have lost this game. Cisse should have gotten red card and we should have had two penalties and Iv always said that princess castle play ugly football, they always tackle, kick players and do soo many wrong things and yet they get away with it soo many times, they think this is rugby, seriously princess castle are disgusting, they didnt deserve this result today.
TafChels
Wilkins will massage egos. No to Wilkins.
foreign_viewer
I am simply lost Tubs has to go simple as under him an accident is waiting to happen. This has reached breaking point it can go no longer on give the job to Steve Holland and Lamps JT assist him. What has sacking RDM gained us answer we have become a laughing stock a circus show you name the rest.
Elbowz
@BlueABS: Wilkins story: I think, after we lost to ManU in CL Roman came in the dressing room and allegedly said to Carlo/Wilkins "What the **** was that" and Carlo kept quite Wilkins replied "We did our best" and than Roman said something and Wilkins gave him as good as he got. Roman only likes yes man that is why he sacked Jose and Wilkins.
B2K420
Carlo and Wilkins had no plans for the future. They would still be playing Malouda. They deserved their sack.
foreign_viewer
The board need to take a good look at themselves, they have single handedly managed to rip this season to shreds, the squad was not strong enough to handle this kind of fixture congestion. Loaning Essian and selling Meirelles mad no sense at all and god how we could of done with either of them at this point. To appoint RDM and then sack him when it's not going well and to then appoint a guy who is despised by every true fan only for it to go even worse. Well done you corporate muppets, now learn, once and for all, that successful business people don't make reasonable and wise football people. Wasting money is not in your interest as well in fans.
Luna
If you think last year's slump following AVB was bad enough, the next 3 months are going to be gruesome. We have passed the point of no return, it is what it is now for the remainder of the season. Except the Board will do nothing, i mean they don't want to risk another RDM resurrection of the team's efforts. it's too embarrassing for them. Tubby tip May, jeeeesh, i think I am going to puke.
BlueABS
Even if Newcastle kicked us or they played ugly we are Chelsea and should do better than that.
B2K420
Roman Benitez and ladyboy Torres out now!. It's time Abramovich was challenged. This club is an embarrassment and I don't give a toss if roman leaves. Everybody knew thief saw was the wrong move and what on earth must Robbin be thinking. Never has a Chelsea manager been so bad and lasted so long. Get Benitez out - NOW NOW NOW
skrapidblue
@B2K420 - cheers mate. Is that official? Nevertheless, highly plausible, RW would stand by his players, why they respected him so highly.
BlueABS
Top 4 finish, a facking longshot now. Truth be told, we are even worse of now compared to liverpool during R¨¤fa's tenure. How did he win CL with pool? Im begining to wonder what chelsea training sessions are like, with him in charge. How cud we have collapsed this way? I am gutted by the way events have unfolded. I didnt use to say it before, but now im screaming it !!! GET THE FUICK OUT RA-FUICKING-FA !!!
Tugay08
Am boiling up inside and really struggling to keep my cool now. Should i be praying that my country be knocked out of Afcon so that Rafa will have more players without which he cant kill an ant?? We all know that we lack depth,but this game is the kind of game we should have won if only he wasnt clueless enough to field the wrong players. Azpi over Iva is clearly the way to go and we ended up shipping two goals from Iva's deficiencies. I expected him to sub him out at a point which would have secured that wing. And i ask why Bertrand?? He is s.h.i.t offensively and lately defensively and i dont see any thing that he did Marin or Benayoun couldnt have done better,instead i saw a lot of things he couldnt do that Marin can excel in expressly. Rafa has overstayed his welcome and i dont trust him even if we have the strongest team in stock.
Ohans
Like I have said before, its bcos of players like Iva that Roman made the 1 year contract for 30 year olds bla bla...i have said it before, we should sell in the summer if a decent offer comes in...he is now a lot slower and the seria A will probably suite him better...he'll be a tank...no sentiments here...he should be sold...and not bcos of today's match....his performaces this entire season has not been good...as per chelsea, we'll be fine...after today's match..things will get better...Hazard will be back..togther wilth Mikel and moses...and after international break...Luiz will be back as well.....thats four players...I am still quite optimistic....m not factoring tubby into my thinking at all...as I dont know if he will be sacked or not....I expect the players to play for the badge....we'll see.....wigan next..!!!!..
layorh12
@Tugay08 - we have become a Benitez's Liverpool. No doubt in my mind with the strange tactics (or lack of) that he employs. The man is truly a muppet and many of us saw this coming the day he set foot in SB.
BlueABS
foreign_viewer, You truly are an idiot. At least when Malouda played for Chelsea they regularly challenged for the title. Carlo never finished outside the Top 2. When's that going to happen again?
CobhamBlue
Mikel back pls.... we need you
Realmike
I ALREADY AM LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT SEASON. THIS ONE IS ALREADY A DISASTER.
TheIncrediblue
Laughing my arse out at you counselling lot!!!! Shame on you, I saw the idiotic digs and I am ashamed I was right after all, if roman don't sack rafa tommorow, we won't make top 4 with him and that is final, if mikel and moses comes back, they'll play one or 2 good games and the blame will keep flying about again, the problem is the coach and the morons supporting him to the detriment of my beloved team, shame real shame
Desmondadonis
A moron calls one a moron,whats the world turning to??
Ken4CFC
Actually am also looking for next season since I cannot see anything coming in new this season.
Kendemsblue
 

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