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Match Day Moments - West Brom (h)

Today could be one of those defining moments of our season.

Our interim manager will pull the support together in a show of unity either against him or for him, I doubt there`ll be any middle-ground.

Unfortunately, there`s the danger that events off the pitch may overshadow those on it, which would be a crying shame.

Toda,, we have great opportunity to cement our claims for a Champions League qualification place with our North London rivals laying each other tomorrow.

A win today would go a long way to easing the growing pressure.

But will it happen?

Who will Rafa select for his starting eleven?

Will the players be affected by the atmosphere between Benitez and the supporters?

Join us from 14:30 onwards for our normal, but far from run-of-the-mill Match Day Moments thread, this could be the one not to miss!




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The Journalist

Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 2 2013

Time: 12:19PM

Your Comments

I pray 4 a chelsea and arsenal win but the reverse might be the case. I dont believe on benitex again
prince china
LUKAKU should play for west brom....the guy is in terrefic form so chelsea should let him play and test him against us...
shlok27
That doesnt make much sense shlok27 but wot do I know !
ZolaIsALegend
zola...our season is already feckeed up...why fecking his good season by not allowing him to play...we also will come to know how good he is against us..
shlok27
There would a big focus on stamford bridge today. It would indeed be our season defining moment. Rafa knows what he would get and he would deserve every bit of it. His brief flirting with us was doomed from the begining and would never end well for him or for both sides. At this stage, i dont think most of the fans would care about europa league(which was what he threatened them with). He would go to any length to ensure he is sacked. So much for being plastic without passion. Lol
Chelz Akamz
RAFA OUT!.I just cannot tolerate him.With this guy in charge,we'll not even end up playing the Europa.Look at our fixtures.I cannot see how we'll win games with this man in charge.
cfc250
Shlok27.I agree.Lukaku should be playing.
cfc250
@shlok..come off it mate..Kraken is easily their best striker at the moment and this is a match we need to win giving that avb plays against wenger tomorrow...our job is a lot easier without lukaku in their line up...i still believe we can do a top 4 finish this season...but first we need to gran the three points today!
layorh12
*They would go to any length to ensure he is sacked.
Chelz Akamz
@cfc 250..we are playing in less than 2 hours West brom hoping to grab three points, you are here saying ''rafa out''....honestly its getting boring now...nobody likes FSW and its no longer news...but at point in time we should be more concerned about grabbing three points from the match today not the endless rafa out tirades...huh!
layorh12
Hope chelsea and spurs win this week that way at least we're be five points from dropping out of champs league spot.not worried has spurs still have to come to bridge
Chelsea ken
Rafa out, Rafa out, Rafa out, Rafa out, everybody has a right to whatever he or she wants, am not bothered about not wining the match all am bothered about is the FSW to leave my beloved club. And I will KTBFFH
sojofjand
The signs dont seem good. Our 2 youth teams lost their matches. The U-21s lost 1-0 last night while the U-18s lost 3-1 this afternoon at cobham.
Chelz Akamz
@layor12...yup i agree wit you that we wanna win this match...but on other side are we not putting a brake in his good form...if we are good enough team then he wont score us..this show that how bad we are as a team that we are getting frigthned up by our own player who last season was termed as not ready no good enough overpriced..blah blah...at least roman will also know that luakaku is ready for next season and the time for torres to ship out has came
shlok27
my starting eleven-cech-ceasar,ivanovic,cahil,cole-lampard,luiz-moses,mata,hazard-ba...if we cnt win with this team,then we're surely doomed!!
manop
my starting eleven-cech-ceasar,ivanovic,cahil,cole-lampard,luiz-moses,mata,hazard-ba...if we cant win with this team,then we're surely doomed!!
manop
@shlok...kraken does not have to play against chelsea before we know he is ready...sombody from the chelsea hierachy is monitoring his development every single week...we have a better chance of winning without him playing..nothing should be more important right now than grabbing three points.
layorh12
am afraid we'l draw this game.i say this because everytime chelsea have had the opportunity to capitalize on our rivals dropping points this season,we've never taken it.
manop
@Layorh12.I apologise,but don't expect us to be in the top four with this guy.I never took to heart what he said about us in his Pool days,but he is a pathetic manager,worse than Raymond Domenech.
cfc250
@Layorh12.I apologise,but don't expect us to be in the top four with this guy.I never took to heart what he said about us in his Pool days,but he is a pathetic manager,worse than Raymond Domenech.
cfc250
Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge Chelsea v West Brom (1500 GMT) "Just a couple of snippets from Chelsea's match programme after interim manager Rafael Benitez's outspoken comments after the Middlesbrough FA Cup win about those supporters bitterly opposed to his presence. "In his match notes Benitez writes: 'We all want Chelsea to end this season in the best possible way. The team will perform better with everyone behind us.' "Captain John Terry, meanwhile, writes: 'We all want to thank the fans for their great support in travelling to Middlesbrough and not getting back until 4am. That doesn't go unnoticed by us'."
merlin
Chelsea FC ‏@chelseafc Team: Cech; Azpili, Ivan, D Luiz, Cole; Ram, Lamps (c); Haz, Mata, Oscar; Ba. - subs: Turn, JT, Cahill, Bert, Mik, Moses, Torres
cfc250
Chelsea FC ‏@chelseafc Team: Cech; Azpili, Ivan, D Luiz, Cole; Ram, Lamps (c); Haz, Mata, Oscar; Ba. - subs: Turn, JT, Cahill, Bert, Mik, Moses, Torres
cfc250
Chelsea FC ‏@chelseafc Team: Cech; Azpili, Ivan, D Luiz, Cole; Ram, Lamps (c); Haz, Mata, Oscar; Ba. - subs: Turn, JT, Cahill, Bert, Mik, Moses, Torres
cfc250
Come on let's all get behind the team, finishing in the top 4 is the most important thing , rafa will be gone in the summer and we can all move on.
Adamski1790
CMON CHELSEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TafChels
good news is that mikel's back on the bench bad news is that Jt is on the bench and marin aint in the team :(
pego sama
Ivanovic and Luiz in defense!!!!! Geez......This guy is something else.....
KAKUfrank
good news is that mikel's back on the bench bad news is that Jt is on the bench and marin aint in the team :(
pego sama
we can hardly change anything..let's hope the team selected by tubby wins.
layorh12
clearly tubby likes Brana..it just occured to me...strange!
layorh12
@pego Sama because Mikel is on the bench is good news to you? How pathetic your hatred for this guy is, you are a shame to Africa as a whole.
sojofjand
Just don't have any trust in any team presented by Tubby because even if they are playing well he will scupper the good work with his substitutions and spoil everything.
sojofjand
^^^ I think the line up is decent..we'll get plenty of the ball with Mazacar playing...I hope we convert our chances and early...before tubby starts those extremely annoying substitutions...
layorh12
Please give the Rafa out thing a rest lad's ,its buggin the hell out me so i can imagine what its doin to the players head's havin to listen to it every time they come on the pitch. Lets just forget about him for a couple of months for the sake of everybody's sanity. COME ON CHELSEA
ZolaIsALegend
Guys can I point out that Lukaku CANNOT play against Chelsea, his parent club, because those are the Premiership rules, it is nothing to do with us allowing it or not. A good rule too, imagine what could be said if he scored an own goal? Curtois for Athletico in the Supercup was different, in essence that was a glorified friendly. Also although I'm counting the days till Rafa's gone, I really hope he wins every game from now till the season's end, surely all True Blues want that too?
analooish
With Mata, Hazard and Oscar all playing I just hope that they are not all give the license to drift too much.... we dont want to make this game too narrow and need to try and stretch baggies as much as possible!
Ess...DaBison
Ivanovic has been in poor form for almost 5 months now or since the season began and Luiz is always 1 mistake away from making us concede but as soon as the mistake is done, not sure he will make more. But putting the two together against West Brom is???????? Hopefully they perform well today........And I hope Oscar isn't playing out wide today....
KAKUfrank
As I say that some fans have just attached a banner at Stamford Bridge - 'Divided we Fall #rafaout'
merlin
MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at Stamford Bridge Chelsea v West Brom (1500 GMT) "I fear Stamford Bridge will be a raucous bear-pit with the anger of the boo-boys creating an acidic atmosphere after Rafael Benitez's midweek outburst.
merlin
MOTD's Jonathan Pearce at Stamford Bridge Chelsea v West Brom (1500 GMT) "I fear Stamford Bridge will be a raucous bear-pit with the anger of the boo-boys creating an acidic atmosphere after Rafael Benitez's midweek outburst.
merlin
BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge: "Banner at Chelsea: 'Rafa Benitez - We're Just Not That In Ter Im'.
merlin
Ramires/Lampard in the pivot again...You have got to be kidding me...No matter how poor these two play together this dumb ass still plays them together...This combination is a proven failure...Lampard goes forward and doesn't defend...And can anyone with half a brain consider Ramires as the distributor of the ball...This is a joke...Everyone knows that Ramires can't pass the ball....I expect Chelsea to struggle to get the ball forward from the midfield and to score goals....Why can't we go 4-3-3 with Luiz/Oscar/Ramires in the midfield...Luis/Oscar can collect the ball and distribute/be creative and Luiz/Ramires can defend and Ramires can counter attack? I guess it makes too much common sense....
lamarochs
@sojofjand it's not about being african or not! when it come's to my surport for chelsea, it's solely on how good you are and mikel just ain't good enough or even close! so don't get it twisted, ok!
pego sama
BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge: "And another banner at the Bridge: 'The Interim One'."
merlin
If I have to listen to the stupid car commercial overtime the page opens I will shoot this laptop with my AR-15.
lamarochs
5 mins to go until kick-off. COME ON CHELSEA !
pego sama
Boy the Blues fans at Stamford Bridge are in fight mode; some of the banners i have seen are just hilarious..i saw one that made me just chuckle; "The interim one". Fortunately for us we dont have to face Kraken but i have my concerns about our central defense pair and using MAZACAR to begin with as that offers very little defensive support other than maybe from Ocar..they are stepping out now.
GabeU
And there we have the stupid banners...DIVIDED WE FALL #SHUTUP
Ken4CFC
To all those who have been berating fans at the Bridge i hope they noticed..the fans cheered the boys as they stepped out and i could not hear even one boo as Rafa stepped out..people were just muted holding their banners..frankly as Merlin said yesterday the fans have made the feelings clear but have been quite civil about it thus far.
GabeU
Great cross by Demba Ba..Oscar should have put that away!!!
GabeU
Comon boys ignore the banners and chants,win the mental battle and physical battle for CFC
Ken4CFC
Mikel am just not that 'In Ter Im.' lol :)
pego sama
@pego Sama u're just a fool
sojofjand
The midfield combo is a bit of worry for me, so is the CB combo... let's see how it goes.... Let's go Chelsea!
Latunvic
Mikel am just not that 'In Ter Im.' lol :)
pego sama
Great chance for oscar
Ken4CFC
Oscar has just fluffed a second decent chance..i just hope these misses dont come back to bite us.
GabeU
@CareFreeChronic: The commentators are talking about the Rafa press conference now. That's how the game is going...
KAKUfrank
Why does Oscar try all these long rangers. Since Juve, how many of those have been on target?
KAKUfrank
Oscar: a.k.a kalou 2.0. Sorry thats whas unfair. Kalou atleast Scored goals
Lakupiippu
Com'on Chelsea... get your passes right...
Latunvic
Goal by Demba Ba!!!
GabeU
Demba Ba!!!!!!!
KAKUfrank
yeaaahhh BAA
che-l3k1
BA BA BA BA
Ken4CFC
Yes Chelsea! Com'on Chelsea.... Thank you Demba and good heading by Luiz..... 1-0
Latunvic
Goal Demba Ba
sojofjand
ba ba 1 goal have you any more? yes sir, yes sir, few goal's more!
pego sama
am enjoying our football here :)
pego sama
Good 1st half performance,we can do better boys!!
Ken4CFC
Not a bad 1st half.... we just need to get the passes right. Hazard and Oscar also need to be more direct...
Latunvic
We are playing with plenty of Energy. We should be 2 or 3 goals up.
SameX
com'on guys... get one of these chances in....
Latunvic
Very good call by the ref,lamps please stay in your position,u will get your goal
Ken4CFC
as a big Frank fan, i mast say that he didnt miss the wall in last like million trys, total waste of free kicks
che-l3k1
No penalty...the dude will not profit today. Oscar has been super. Glad Ba is getting a little service. Need another goal.
had2bg
Wow Ramires....Odem just made you look really poor. LOL Cmon man try harder.
had2bg
Tubby substitution please
sojofjand
I've seen this story before... We get need to score again... We are doing way too much defending
Nobleonenoble
I won't be surprised if West Brom score a goal against the run of play. Maybe even two. Then it's goodbye Benitez.
Blue Day
Jesus...Oscar just no luck!...not enough power on that!
Squig
Get a 2nd goal guys.... we're wasting too many chances.....
Latunvic
Odemwinge is making a difference for them.
Squig
Imaging the substitUtion removing Hazard for Moses when it was Mata that is not playing well among the 3 AM
sojofjand
Wrong choice Moses! :(
Squig
com'on moses, should have passed the ball....
Latunvic
Wow Ramires....Odem just made you look really poor. LOL Cmon man try harder.
had2bg
Cech has saved us twice now..we have been warned..we better get that second goal..and Moses just watsed a golden chance to give Ba a chance at a second goal.
GabeU
GET TERRY ON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TafChels
Rafa's substitution has always been questionable. Mata has been chelsea worst player and was suppose to go off not hazard. He seems to have his favorite player.
Chelz Akamz
I guess Hazard was withdrawn because of his yellow card...
Latunvic
For all that is good why is El Nino replacing Ba..my goodness...i hope we dont regret that decision
GabeU
You could have tried two striker Rafa....just saying.
had2bg
Com'on moses.... just pick out a simple pass in the box.....
Latunvic
That cross too hard by Moses.
Squig
Man Utd doubled their lead against Norwich. That's something Chelsea must learn how to do.
Blue Day
Our coach is a CLOWN
sojofjand
Luiz,cole,azpi havin a great game
Ken4CFC
Thank God! 3 points.....
Latunvic
YES! vital win!
pego sama
We have escaped..now we just have to hope Spurs draw with the gunners. I am of Chaps.
GabeU
VICTORY!! THANK GOD
TafChels
FULL TIME: Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona.
pego sama
Good game. All Hail the Interim Genius.
KAKUfrank
MOTM - Oscar for me, closely followed by Hazard
BlueABS
Ramires had a good game...they didn't press and he didn't have to distribute the ball....Lampard didn't show up at all? he was invisible.
lamarochs
Oh BTW on the second EL classico in the last week, Real have once again done Barca in; 2-1. Barca have really had it rough the last few weeks and no one loves that more than me. The final icing on the cake will be for AC Milan to nip them 1-0 or 2-0 at the Camp Nou and see them out of the champions league in grand style..They can make do with the La Liga title as their one trophy for this season.
GabeU
And thank you to the boo boys for not going too wayward..... Haha! you won't see a lot of people here when we win matches, even just to celebrate with the team... but let us lose, then you see people swamp in to castigate....
Latunvic
Rafa Benitez is a terrible coach...the realization has down on me to new levels...when we dropped points against Nescastle, Soton, Reading..I believed him when he said the players were tired...now the afcon guys are back and my heart is still in my mouth against West brom...the timing of the subs was ''i cant find the word to describe how horrific it is''....West brom were unlucky not to equalize...yes our players appeared unmotivated and wasteful, but when Clarke changed from his initial defensive approach to a more expansive style bringing on Odemwinge first, then thomas and Rosenberg, I expected an immediate reaction from tubby...but he waited well until we were almosted boxed into a corner...the timing of the subs as well as the decisions behind them was very very bad...I now expect that we'll drop more points toward the end of matches until the end of the season...Whoever went to bring tubby from jobblessness to come and and coach this great of ours is clearly an imbecile....i will continue to pray.
layorh12
Hoping for a draw between Spurs and Arsenal. As for Barca, maybe now people can see Pep did for them. Mind you Barca should have had a penalty at the end.
foreign_viewer
Cech saved us a couple of times. Wish Oscar could convert SOME of his chances..he had 4 or 5 but I love watching him. Great positioning and header back to Ba by Luiz for the goal. Hazard was great! tested the nerves but solid win. And Benitez did put together a good starting 11.
Squig
^^^Mr. fv let me remind you that Pep or no pep..Barca are getting found by and that trend will continue to increase as more teams become more dearing....they have no plan b after tikki takka...but we have all seen that any who can pay the price for intensive pressing starting from high up the petch is superior to tikki takka....I expect barca to loose against ac milan as well..it has little to do with Pep...but it has a lot to do with being predictable....Perspective..you remember?....**smh
layorh12
Never watched the game,bt i wish someone can comment on the game between mata n oscar playing 2gether.who was playing wide,or were they inter changing?
blue5
Thanks to the team,3 points looks so precious at this time.
blue5
Agree entirely Layorh12..Barcas slide has nothing in my mind to do with Pep..it is because right now they really have no coach..Villanova is in New York getting chemo and his assistant has really no clue what to do..he just sends the players out to go play and we all know that all they know is tiki Taka..once they run into a disciplined side willing to putting the hard work of pressing them and making it difficult for them then suddenly they are no longer superhuman. In addition the critical pieces of this team like Puyol, Iniesta, Xavi and Villa are getting older and they are no longer as pacy as they used to be. Final point, the refs are no longer being as gullible for all their divings and oscar worthy acting..When these guys have now had to play good teams 11 v 11 rather than the traditional 12 v 10 or 12 v 9 that they love they suddenly are not looking so great.
GabeU
Good to have our striker make d difference in a match again for a change isnt it?
Realmike
@GabeU spot on men...happy Pep went to Bayern, we dont need him or tikki takka...what we really need is a coach who will take our traditionally rigid style and inject into it the right amount of flair...that is what I see our own philosophy as a club evolving into on the long run...our youth teams are already very close to playing that way....hopefully we'll get there.
layorh12
But you missed the part where Ramos tripped Adriano in the box and no penalty. I like a fair game and that wasn't fair. Offside goals, penalties not given ,goals where the ball never crosses the line irritate me.
foreign_viewer
@blue5, Mata and Oscar were interchanging throughout the game... @GabeU, remember some people were of the opinion that Barca can win trophies and beat anyone even without a coach, that Pep was just fortunate to have world's best team and that any coach in the world will win trophies with Barca... the players are that good... The same players are losing matches now....
Latunvic
@Latunvic,thanks for your reply.some people here have been talking about their influence in the game as they seem to like playing @ number 10.thus not offering too much options on the width while playing 2gether.
blue5
Tbh Oscar is very wasteful
Ken4CFC
Seems like Tubby makes subs only to waste the obligatory 30 seconds, no rhyme nor reason with his subs. Torres for Ba? What was that, to give Demba rest time? LOL
BlueABS
@Ken4FC - you do talk a lot of hogwash at times. Not many would get into position like Oscar to take on those chances. Certainly not Torres.
BlueABS
@blueABS,Mr genius please whats the benefit of gettin into those great positions and fluff them all??
Ken4CFC
The last time i checked,goals win games not hit and miss
Ken4CFC
Good win!
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