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Match Day Moments - Wigan (h)

If you believe the press, the last time we played Wigan with so much at stake was when we needed to win to win the Premier League title, under Carlo Ancelotti

This time the press is suggesting that Rafa Benitez has to win this fixture to keep his role as the interim manager of Chelsea Football Club with the inference being that a loss will see the axe swung.

Now whether it is true or not we can only wait and see, however if our ambitions of qualifying for the Champions League, next season, are still to be achieved then Wigan, at home, just has to be a must win game.

So why not join us for our usual jamboree of comments relating to the team selection, the tactics deployed and the action itself as an afternoon of drama unfurls at Stamford Bridge.

It could be quite an occasion.




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The Journalist

Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 9 2013

Time: 11:06AM

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Rafa OUT if we lose to Wigan. Martinez the replacement. Fellaini urges Chelsea to come up with a bid. (Via The Sun). I would rather have Terry/Lamps in player cum manager role rather than Rafa. Anyway lets see how today's game goes. Come on Blues. KTBFFH. And there is no pressure of expectation. It's all gone. Anyway KTBFFH
Fernando.9.Torres
We have the squad fresh and somewhat big enough to handle this game without complaints. Lets hope the gaffer gets every move spot on and have the blue nation smiling once again. Go Chelsea!
Ohans
Not sure how i feel about this match. If the rumours are true and rafa loses he gets the boot....now whilst that st fantastic and may save our season...you cant help but feel we need to win every game from here on in...its a toughy lose today and get a manager with a brain but drop out of the top 4. God help us
Clingy
Martinez is Mr Relegation Scrap. No way.
foreign_viewer
I'm a fan of Martinez, always manages to motivate his team at the key point in the season whilst playing decent football.
CalculatedKalou
FV.You would prefer Vilanova over any manager,right?
cfc250
^^^major cause of worry for me is that wigan has not improved under him and are always battling relegation..for the 4-5 seasons in a row now...he seems to be doing just barely enough....look at swansea...look at stoke....I have serious doubt about his overall abilities to make a top club champion stuff....
layorh12
hope we win today and get some space between us and spurds
pego sama
anytime there is a sense of uncertainty on a match day thread..chelsea usually wins..and I dont know why that is the case...thus based on evidence from the posts above, chelsea is gointa win today....
layorh12
Not sure about how the team will perform any more can't wait for the season to just come to an end.
sojofjand
He hasn't really had any financial backing from Dave Whelan though has he, but when e has look at who he's brought in for peanuts: Al Habsi, Kone, Moses, Beasajour etc. If they showed some ambition I'm sure Martinez could turn them into a top 10 side.
CalculatedKalou
Officail Team News: Cech; Azpili, Ivan, Cahill, Cole; D Luiz, Lamps (c); Ram, Oscar, Haz; Torres. - subs: Turn, Fer, Bert, Benay, Marin, Mata, Ba. #CFC
pego sama
still no marin but better than having bert on the LW
pego sama
cant get this news into the rumour mill but rumour that we are offering £46 million + Courtois for Falcao
Blue_Mel
Ba is not going to play in the europa league because he is cup tied so why not play him now ??? (Do not tell me he is injured because hes not)
I hate CR7
clean sheet clean sheet clean sheet . please clean sheet !
JackSufre
Thank God there's no Mikel too @pego sama.
obimikelisdbest
@Blue_Mel Paying 46m PLUS COURTOIS? Must be crazy.. Its either we pay 46m or trade courtois + small amount of money for falcao. But heck no, courtois is ours, there's alot of strikers out there, why falcao..
josevis
Courtois worth something in the range of 20m-25m and falcao not worth 65mill so that rumor ain't even worth putting in the rumor mill @Blue_Mel P.s ; and the rumor mill love's running em crazy rumors!
pego sama
lol , the blaming game starts even before the kickoff ! classic !
JackSufre
Mata has a Virus according to #CFC
nelyvanile
I really hope we get the 3 points at stake today, we have tough fixtures ahead in everton, pool,city,man utd,tottenham and a few others and we are not guaranteed to win those games, though I wish rafa should be booted out with immediate effect, but I think I'll be praying we win by a large margin today and kickstart the last lap to the end of the season, I see rafa haven't learnt anything from the break, Ba is not eligible for the europa league yet he'll play all 90 minutes.. As for tabling 46m + courtois for falcao, I think that is absolute bullcrap.
Desmondadonis
A leopard can never change his skin, can anybody tell me the rational behind the benching of Mata by our coach knowing fully well that he is the only creative spark we have in the midfield?
sojofjand
and those comments got deleted and i looks like stupid . nahh , whatever , clean sheet !!
JackSufre
LOL @ obimikelisdbest!
pego sama
Yet torres will play all 90mins* we should be ware of mc carthy, beausejor and espinoza
Desmondadonis
Nely , woh is it true , if he had virus , he shouldnt even sits in the bench .. fast recovery though ..
JackSufre
I like rafa's line up to start with. Better than the last few ones. Mata is on the bench cos he has a virus and Torres starting ahead of Ba is acceptable too cos of Ba's recent trauma and would come in from the bench if torres underperforms. Just want the 3points on board, dont care about cleansheet nor scoreline. Play good football and win the match. C'mon u blues....
Chelz Akamz
Tottenham won newcastle 2-1 with bale getting a brace, I pray we win today and win big, cos as I said, tottenham are on form and it is a form I don't see waning at this tail end of the season
Desmondadonis
@nelyvanile, its a lie Mata ha no virus, if he does he won't be on the bench.
sojofjand
@akamz brother, how many times have rafa removed torres for underperforming? I am boiling at the thought of tottenham moving ahead of us today
Desmondadonis
@Jacksure...not a blame game..lol..We've seen what this lot can do and all we want to see is something different. The results will not change with the same players playing who have a set mentality...some in particular. What are your thoughts on Yossi? Do you think he can START a game for us?
had2bg
Ba should have started this game.
Kelly11
Sorry guys been off here for a bit,family commitments. Back to the game,I've not really seen any proof that Ba is cup tied for the Europa League.
nelyvanile
i can sadly say that spurs have the best player in the premier league
I hate CR7
Bale is world class. Better than Ronaldo already.
foreign_viewer
right - no negativity today folks, think POSITIVE!
merlin
the match is not live in india
Blue India
WE JUST HAVE TO WIN TODAY NOW SPUDS HAVE WON
merlin
Are we playing 4-3-3. Oscar and Hazard as wingers and a midfield trio of Luiz, Ram and Lamps?
The Psychic Blue l9l
Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez on BBC Radio 5 live: "Tottenham's win does not change anything, our job is the same against Wigan, we have to win and that is it. I thought we deserved to win some of our games, and we must correct a few of the wrong things. "Juan Mata has a cold and was a little bit weak, so I thought it was better he stayed on the bench and it is too early to play Demba Ba because of his broken nose. "I think that nobody knows about my future. It is just speculation."
merlin
@Merlin d coach is not even trying to make us feel positive always with his line up which are always questionable.
sojofjand
@Merlin d coach is not even trying to make us feel positive always with his linee up which are always questionable.
sojofjand
Let's keep calm and win this game. Believe in CFC. COME ON CHELSEA! KTBFFH
The Psychic Blue l9l
With Spurs wining,3 points just became more important. Come on you blues!
nelyvanile
Pobably not, I suspect RAFA has lost the dressing room but let's not turn on the lads, let's give them some encouragement!
merlin
We can get the 3 points if we play our cards right, if any player is not playing very well, yank the man off even from the first half if that is what is required to win this game. We should avoid a red card with dean today please
Desmondadonis
I see Ba replacing Torres at 80mins if Rafa will play him at all, from recent matches its evident Benitez never uses his bench to make a tactical change, it's either a 'like for like' substitution or Rafa bringing on a player just to give him few minutes. Last match against toons, we had two RBs on bench. Nathan Ake always a spectator on the bench, I don't know what he's doing there week after week, Marin too.
RayBell
Cech to the rescue twice within 5 mins.
nelyvanile
Hazard is lively
SameX
Our defence is shaky
SameX
Rafa is a dead man walking keeps changing the ******** team while tottenham keep playing dere best 11 in every game. Can't wait for the loser to go.
Pila12
it's qpr all over again
I hate CR7
Can u pls help me with that bit of news on Ba's availability at the europa league?
Desmondadonis
whats the score guys
ChampionBlue
Couldn't see any coordination in our team play, the team looks so disjointed, we have any particular style of play evrybody just runing up and down, wonder they usually do in training. At least just finish watching Spud and the Toons you'll ssee the two team having a style of play, ours is so frustrating.
sojofjand
Goaaaaaaaaal
Pila12
Yeaaa h::::::: rammmmmmmy........ Goooooal!!!! Common lads
Desmondadonis
it was all about the luiz fake
I hate CR7
Beautiful Pass from Fernando! #FALSE9 GOOD GOAL RAMIRES
The Psychic Blue l9l
Ramires!!!!! Crazy move, nice build up
SameX
But he would fit best in a 4-3-3
CalculatedKalou
If we are going to play 4-2-3-1 then I honestly think Ramires is playing his strongest position right now on the right flank.
CalculatedKalou
Ba not available for Europa
Pila12
What a cracking save by Al Habsi to deny Torres!
The Psychic Blue l9l
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/20906682, ba not available to play in europa
Pila12
Oscar is on fire!
SameX
@pila12, thank u very much!!! Fingers crossed...the lads are battling, I hope it pays off, we need 2 more goals
Desmondadonis
The atmosphere is embarrassing.
Wiggis
Luiz and Hazard have made a big difference to this team, can't wait for Mikel & Moses to be back.
SameX
Luiz in midfield = better off? Ramires, like Moses, will stick to the wing and run and nice finish. Bertrand was a headless chicken and a waste of space on the wing. Why Benitez started Torres i dont know since Ba cant play the Europa League (does Benitez know that or is it true that he could get sacked if we lose and he wants his favorite player to play for what could be the one last time?). He has played well though. SO sucks i have to stream this as they are showing the ******** Hockey in India.
Mia Maynard
This game is a tad boring and our players are just going thru the motions here, we need to be more incisive up front and take the game to wigan, we are the team at home not away, our fans should forget about the sack letter waiting for rafa and sing their lungs out! Rafa needs to introduce ba early today so we can seal this win once and for all. Our defence needs to be there for us, cech is not fit and I am sure we used him because of the situation at hand, watch his 2md save and u'll see, common guys let's do it
Desmondadonis
Best player in premier league = Mata. And i dont overrate our players. Best forward is maybe van Persie and Bale is in form and the best English Player in the league.
Mia Maynard
Unfortunately for me, Bale is Welsh! But I get what you're saying Mia
CalculatedKalou
Why is the SB so quite?
Tiraspol
Seems a lot of people at the bridge are simply waiting on Rafa's pink slip. I think the uncertainty is also getting to the players. I just hope we win this and get it over with. No second half surprises please.
3nity
We have fluffed too many chances,overall it has been a dominant first half in which we have created many chances already. Our midfield has been up to the task and the defense too. Oscar has been fantastic with his touches and seem to have found his old self through the short international duty. Luiz,Ramires and Torres have all been doing well. Hazard need to impose himself a bit more in the game,has really been uninspiring. Lets kill it off in the 2nd half,shall we?
Ohans
We really need another goal, if this gets to 70mins and we haven't extended our leed it's gonna get really nervous out there, come on lads!
Nobleonenoble
The second half is very much pregnant with alot of uncertainty. Rafa's job and reputation plus our own champions league future.
Chelz Akamz
Haaaaaazzzzzzaaaaarrrrrrddddd!!!!!! Yeaaaa !!!! Cmmmon one more goal
Desmondadonis
Yes hazaaaard!
Nobleonenoble
Now let's go and get another!
Nobleonenoble
Hazard!!! Nice pass from Cahill to Azpi and then to Hazard
SameX
Goal Hazard, pray we can hold on to this.
sojofjand
Ahhh!!! Defence is in shambles
SameX
She.it.... Awwww hazard, awww back four
Desmondadonis
Bullsh:t here we go!
Nobleonenoble
Wigan scores, what on earth is wrong with this team???
sojofjand
the benitez effect will start now
Lakupiippu
And even Martinez is bringing on another striker.
3nity
The team just simply lacks passion. Its like they dont want to play for Rafa or they are just fed up with his BS and want him to go as much as we do.
3nity
I think we will need 4 goals today to be comfortable...
Nobleonenoble
If a two goal lead is blown again they should not even let rafa in the dressing room. They ought to be at the door with a pink slip in hand
Pantera98
Are we going to see the same pattern again? Go 2goals up and then what? The next few minutes will give us an answer.
Chelz Akamz
We should bring on ba
trublues
Same old story we concede again.
Pila12
luiz is so annoying he always shoots
I hate CR7
I don't think rafa knows who he needs to change in this game, he is just waiting for the players to bail him out as usual
Desmondadonis
Our coach don't know what to do, will always sit on the bench looking confussed. Make a change please
sojofjand
Cahill tried to play offside instead of going with the runner Maloney.
THEBREEZE
In with mata and Ba now!
Lakupiippu
We need the players to man up and stop relying on the coach's tactical nous that is ineffective, ba should be on by now
Desmondadonis
Do we have a ban against being able to sub 73 min after a lot of these guys had internationals
Pantera98
Oh my, when did my beloved chelsea become this? Irrespective of the outcome of this game, if there is a btter option than rafa pls let him leave as soon as the ref blows the final whistle, I am sure buck has the letter in his pocket already
Desmondadonis
Rafa cant sub its ridiculous home to wigan with game changers on bench sack him
trublues
Rafa is not my type of coach at aaalllllll!!! Why that kind of sub? Why leave Ramires on the wings? Wouldnt it have been better to draft Ramires back into the pivot to pair with and lamps making way for Mata?? Too many things i do not understand.
Ohans
Oscar arguably our best player on the field being substituted when Lampard has done nothing for 75min. And what we even need now is Ba and not Mata. This coach is killing me.
sojofjand
So Ba doesn't play today can't play Europa Jesus I bet he is so glad he left Newcastle to warm the bench here
Pantera98
Rafa is proper confused. He was gonna take Cahill off for Mata,Then Benayoun and now hes just decided not to make anymore changes.
3nity
Why not RAFA?....Yossi on pls.
had2bg
This coach is a shame to CFC, did you just see what happened? He wants to sub Benayoun for Cahil and cos Cahil indicated thaat he can continue he asked Benayoun to go and sit down again.
sojofjand
This coach is a shame to CFC, did you just see what happened? He wants to sub Benayoun for Cahil and cos Cahil indicated thaat he can continue he asked Benayoun to go and sit down again.
sojofjand
Super frank !
Nobleonenoble
Thank u lampard u legend......
Desmondadonis
And who did all the hard work there?.....LOL.....Utter rubbish for the entire game and gets a goal.
had2bg
sojofjand thats why lampard is still on
Lakupiippu
Ba must be regretting why he signed for a club like chelsea, where names play ahead of quality, buck sack this man before it is too late, deliver that sack letter glowing in ur pocket after the final whistle, don't let this win veil the irregularities of this team.
Desmondadonis
How shameful of you, sounds like you wanted him to miss had2bg! and he's one of the only players that knows where the back of the net is!
CalculatedKalou
is it 4 to level and 5 to beat the record? im pretty sure he can get 5 in the 15 or so games we got left
Humza_96
Lampard = Legend. Enough said.
CalculatedKalou
Hazard off....really...very good game by him and he doesn't even get 90 minutes...
had2bg
Marin, wow.
CalculatedKalou
This scoreline is really flattering!
3nity
That is my boy marin, u can't ever replace the attacking instincts of a player over defender..... benitez u don't know what u are doing!!!
Desmondadonis
lol harsh on wigan
Humza_96
Men of the match....Hazard, Torres and Cesar.
had2bg
Yes, he's being rested...
CalculatedKalou
Replace the attacking instinct of an attacker*
Desmondadonis
And Torres get to play 90min today and with Ba no eligible for Europa will still play another 90miin on Thursday?
sojofjand
had2bg uhm hazard got sub off in the 90 min. so he got 90 min to play
Lakupiippu
And marko puts the icing on the tasty cake
Ken4CFC
And stoppage time in the first half meant he got more than 90 too!
CalculatedKalou
Lampard sucks. sell him. Only scored 9 times in 14 games, can only make 5-6 brilliant passes per match.
Mia Maynard
Well done Rafa,got it perfectly right.Gave Ba extra time to recover and also rested Mata and got a comfortable victory.Rafa is king.
THEBREEZE
Torres has become so watery!! How can he be so sh.i.t? Those chances he missed should have been more goals.
Ohans
Torres has become so watery!! How can he be so sh.i.t? Those chances he missed should have been more goals.
Ohans
Luiz in midfield and azpi on the wing made the difference. I think Azpi had 2 assists and won duels with Di Santo and Kone. Has to play every game, or at least 1st choice RB. We were not caught on the counter in this game - our major bane and that is because we had a presence in midfield. Hazard is awesome, Oscar had a terrific game. Lampard was pinging passes like Alonso from deep, Ramires had space to run into, Torres didnt score but did play well, amazing stop denied him at the end. Ivanovic had an eventless game - as it should be. Finally a Chelsea matchday after which i could sleep soundly. Moses in place of Ramires makes us even better.
Mia Maynard
Rafa is a fool
trublues
Been a while i had this feeling that am having. The wigan goal got me all panicking. This 3points is so so important considering that spurs and arsenal won. So Rafa gets to stay. Well while the winnings last. If we can be more consistent with the winnings from now till May, then no problem. In a great mood to start preparing for tomoro 6pm......
Chelz Akamz
@lakupiipu good Lampard scores but imagine we're playing against a quality side don't you think they would have taken us to the cleaners with the rubbish Lampard played for the 80mins before his goal any sensible coach wouldnt have left him on the pitch for that long based on what he played today. Im summary I will like to say we have a brainless moron as our coach who doesn't know anything called tactics.
sojofjand
sojofjand dont expect anything from a manager who plays torres insted of Ba
Lakupiippu
Benitez will never get job full time results are too inconsistent for the standards the board and owner want.just 3 more months guts then we will be free lol.just hoping the board makes the right appointment in summer
Chelsea ken
@3nity,how is the scoreline flaterring??dont we deserve to beat them 5-0?? We were far the better the side,we created more chances,dominated the game and we didnt crack in last few minutes like in the past.instead we grew stronger..the club,boys,fans and rafa deserve this massive win after all we have been through..is it so difficult to give credit to whom deserves it and easy to criticise??
Ken4CFC
rafa just got a 1 day extension
Blue India
Rafa is here to stay,get used to it.
THEBREEZE
lol @Blue India rafa just got a 1 day extension; clasic!
pego sama
Ken....Haave you seen the game stats??? I havnt seen it but from what i watched,the scoreline was flattering. We struggled in this match and its a shame that scoreline has overshadowed your opinion of the performance. The team lacked passion.......they didnt even celebrate the 1st 2 goals properly....it was like going through the motions. Stamford bridge was silent! Did you watch the same match as me????
3nity
The fact that they really celebrated the final 2 goals showed how relieved they were. Even the commentators said it,sky sports and fox tv commentators said it. And i believe that says it all doesnt it? @TheBreeze- I know what ur trying to do.....***** a couple of people off right? lolll
3nity
@Ken4cfc with what u analyse definitely you did not watch the match, even the comentator on sky said it, the score line didn't in anyway reflects what happen in the match. Just happy we won end of argument.
sojofjand
commentators also hate chelsea , thats why .
JackSufre
@Sojofjand--- Thats what i thought. Just glad we won. Rafa gets a few days rest. Bring on next week.
3nity
@3nity and @sojof,commentators can say what they like check the stats they only had a slight edge over us in possession but we created loads of chances and could have easily won the game by a 5 or 6 goal margin had we been more clinical and had alhabsi not been at his best to keep out a couple of golden opportunities,so for me,we got what we deserved(although it could have been more)..our profligacy was our main bane in games against qpr,southampton,reading but today we ended the game stronger unlike the past..
Ken4CFC
@Ken4CFC: Maybe that is why Rafa substituted Oscar (or was he injured) to preserve the lead?
B2K420
@B2k420,i cant tell if he was injured but he was havin a fantastic game
Ken4CFC
Ken,Not just commentators. That game was won in the last 5minutes when Lamps scored to the end of the game. Before Lamps scored,the game was in the balance and most fans were simply hoping we hang onto that 1 goal lead. If you watch the match again,We caught Wigan on the break as they were pushing forward for an equaliser. I cant believe we are having this argument! That was a very jittery performance.....the chances rained in after Lamps goal cos the boys relaxed knowing the game was won plus Mata came on. Christ,how do you watch your football???? As stupid as the match of the day analysts could be,they said the same thing. @Jack---Not everyone hates Chelsea mate,dont be that paranoid! I know the team lacks depth,but same cant be said of our fanbase. lol
3nity
Well if you believe it was a nice game, then pray we have this same performance against city,tottenham or man utd we'll be mauled!!!
Desmondadonis
@3nity,i cant believe am havin this debate either..in the past we dominated games,created chances,defended well,score goals and missed alot only for the opposition to come back a steal a draw or a win in the last 5 or 10mins but yesterday we wrapped it up in the last 5mins and well deserved too..i know what u and your lots would have said had we drew or lost the game then,we won ffs and u stil find something to moan about,check the stats and tell me if 25goal attempts is not enough to win a game by 5 or 6goal margin..enuff said
Ken4CFC
P.s what did those commentors say when we dominated and outplayed QPR,swansea and reading only to lose and draw in last 12 and 5mins respectively??
Ken4CFC
@desmond,yes it was a nice game..u can keep moanin about the manager instead of supportin your team,u did a good job at that in the matchday thread..maybe u think every match would be chelsea vs aston villa..
Ken4CFC
untill we have fans who hate their own manager, dont expect the media or public to be friendly with chelsea...we are most spoilt fans in the world...this was solely due to Roman...he should not invested 1b in this club turning them into world beaters...Instead should have allowed them to be a top 7 - 8 team and take all the profits he gets from the club...
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