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Match Day Moments - Crystal Palace (h)

Can we get back to winning ways please?

This afternoon Crystal Palace visit Stamford Bridge in a fixture I perceive as a must-win game.

With Jose Mourinho playing down our chances of winning either the Premier or Champions League, there`s still no reason why we shouldn`t have a damn good go at doing something in both competitions.

Palace newly promoted, have already changed their manager with the likeable Ian Holloway chucking the towel in and Tony Pulis, the former Stoke City boss, succeeding him.

A change of manager can see an instant change of results but surely, even if Palace adopt a park the bus approach we have the ability to force the issue and make them come out and play if we get that early breakthrough.

It`ll be interesting to see who makes the starting eleven though. Jose has already intimated that Cesar Azpilicueta will resume left-back duties with Ashley Cole having to be content with a place on the bench and he`s also told us that David Luiz will continue alongside John Terry at the heart of the defence.

But how will the game turn out?

Join us from around 12:45today when we`ll kick off our normal Match Day Moments thread with a few comments relating to the intriguing early kick-off between our title rivals Manchester City and Arsenal.

Tune in early, it promises to be quite a day!




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The Journalist

Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday December 14 2013

Time: 10:41AM

Your Comments

We need to get back in the thick of things badly. Let's grab the 3 points!! #CFC #KTBFFH #COYB #PRIDEOFLONDON
syed230183_chelseafc
lets go blues
StamfordDLion
Regardless of whatever the scoreline arsenal n city... we have too win against palace !! 1-0, 3-0 or 5-4 just win. #coyb #ktbffh
anasewhiz
Even if it's chelsea 1/2 vs 0palace just three point will do
Finney_angel
are we looking for a draw between City and arsenal ? or a City win ?
Blue_Mel
I could live with a City win , but would prefer the draw I hink
Blue_Mel
*think
Blue_Mel
Crazy game @ManCity vs Arsenal. Negredo is really good. I like him.
SameX
Its easy to trash ManCity and Arsenal, just get your tactics right, as much as they are good they also have obvious & risky weaknesses.
SameX
It's a must win today. We must bounce back from last weekend's defeat. Any winning scoreline would do for me. I don't care about the quality of our game; let Arsenal fans talk about how we won it. It's not our (me or Jose's) problem.
BOTUM
I would take Negredo to any of our strikers currently. If our strikers were on point, we would be top of the league!
Dwebb55
city looking ominous. they r mighty at home.
Blue Krusaders
Our strikers! Now that's a topic ad a half!
merlin
Would a City win be the best result for us or would a draw be best?
merlin
Anything as long as Arsenal drop points..... We just need to win today......
DonDhammih
yeah merlin i am confused abt that as well. city sud be kept at bay as well i think. once they get ahead wud be a tough chase imo.
Blue Krusaders
@Merlin, City should win so they can help slow Arsenal down. City will still drop points against small EPL teams away from home but Arsenal know exactly how to destroy the smaller teams.
SameX
let's get our three points today and then see how the table pans out this evening
merlin
City vs arsenal have so far been an interesting matches. Most of us knew it will be difficult for the gunners to get something out of this game. Some gunners fans were complaining about giroud and comparing him to the aguero and i told them that the difference is clear. One was bought for 12mil and he clearly plays like a 12mil striker while the other was bought for 38mil and he is regularly showing his worth. Unlike our 50mil striker who plays like a ...... Well i let u fill the lines.
Chelz Akamz
city vs ars is all over. now hoping ars get few red cards lol
Blue Krusaders
Beauty from Fernandinho....... ManCity are obviously walking away with 3points here today......
DonDhammih
Fernandinho makes it 3. Aguero injured.
SameX
Arsenals best hope now is to try get a penalty
Blue_Mel
When is the Liverpool Spurs game??
SameX
will City now push for a heavy win, knocking a little confidence out of Arsene's boys?
merlin
giroud has wasted couple of chances now.
Blue Krusaders
getting tight again
Blue Krusaders
Now i really want the draw
Blue_Mel
which way will this one turn next?
merlin
Very iff team selection IMO
Blue_Mel
A good holding midfielder and a bit of time will transform our play and team I reckon.
StamfordDLion
Must win game for us.
StamfordDLion
draw with couple of red cards lol.
Blue Krusaders
I disagree that arsenal should ne stopped at all cost. City even before this game, and even in 4th place is and will be the MAIN title contender come May. I have said this since the beginning of the season and I will keep pointing it out. I would much much rather this game be a draw then city or arsenal win. Draw>>>>>city win>>>>>>arsenal win. It's a great game btw.
zg2000fs
any news of our starting eleven yet?
merlin
City is our toughest opponents hands down.
StamfordDLion
City 4-2 now
syed230183_chelseafc
Lol scums; Ozil, right player at the wrong club. Epic fail
HGH Magic
yup city are scary! we gotta get our act together starting from today.
Blue Krusaders
If only our build-up play was almost as fast as that of Arsenal or City....... We are more than often too slow on the ball.......
DonDhammih
its Cech- the usual iva luiz terry dave , essien ramires , willian hazard mata , torres , very good line up
Don capon
Team v @Official: Cech; Ivanovic, D Luiz, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Essien; Willian, Mata, Hazard, Torres.
pego sama
Chelsea FC ‏@chelseafc 10m Team v @Official_CPFC: Cech; Ivanovic, D Luiz, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Essien; Willian, Mata, Hazard, Torres. #CFC
syed230183_chelseafc
Chelsea FC ‏@chelseafc 10m Subs v @Official_CPFC: Schwarzer, Cole, Lampard, Oscar, Schurrle, Ba, Eto’o. #CFC
syed230183_chelseafc
decent line up. Essien gets another go, hope he does well today!! #COYB #KTBFFH
syed230183_chelseafc
i hope jose is watching this city match , and just look at how cool those strikers are , jealousy is an understatement
Don capon
When last did you see Wenger get his human "vulture" impression spot on, flapping wide outstretched arms? Lol
HGH Magic
The finishing of City's attacking players are much more clinical than ours. If our players (especially our strikers) can improve their finishing, we can score so much more. The lads have been producing chances … the lads have to be more clinical. Hope for a much improved performance from our lads today.
StamfordDLion
Its city 4 2 Arsenal 75 minutes played
OBEX
possibly our strongest line up,atleast i thought so at the start of the season
pego sama
Very good lineup
SameX
I feel that we are going to win this match simply because we will have a sense of urgency as arsenal has dropped points today , which has not been the case for a while now
Don capon
DonDham: Our build up play is slow because Lamps/Mikel/Rammy are not as effective when it comes to distributing the ball to our attacking trio quickly and efficiently.
StamfordDLion
Line up please anybody ?
OBEX
Interesting to see Jose go with Torres. Hope the good Torres of the season shows up. Is Eto still recovering from injury and not 100 percent fit?
Pavel Permiachkin
Chelsea FC @chelseafc 15m Team v @Official_CPFC : Cech; Ivanovic, D Luiz, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Essien; Willian, Mata, Hazard, Torres. #CFC
Tunez
Stamford I am so intrigued to see a 433 with 1-2 of our abundant AMs play in the 3 midfield for that reason.
Pavel Permiachkin
Chelsea FC @chelseafc 14m Subs v @Official_CPFC : Schwarzer, Cole, Lampard, Oscar, Schurrle, Ba, Eto’o. #CFC
Tunez
Don cap: I have happy to see that Lamps has been rested and Essien has been given a run. Essien (apart from the howler) has been pretty decent and effective when given a run. His ball distribution is so much better than Lamps, Mikel and Rammy. Hope Essien will put a great shift today and make a good case for himself. I really want him to play regularly. His passing and distribution is so much better.
StamfordDLion
Surprise to see torres starting. he's been awful of late. i just hope he gathers himself and start putting in a good shift. palace are on a good run of form and ve not conceded in 4games so we need to be patient and bid our time. as long as we dont concede one of those fickle and silly goals, we should get the needed 3points.
Chelz Akamz
3 points an absolute must, we have to take advantage of Arsenal's loss!!
syed230183_chelseafc
The way Fernandinho and YayaToure look to play the forward pass at every opportunity is totally enviable.......
DonDhammih
@syed .. when do Chelsea take advantage at any time? lmao ...
Blue_Mel
Its guaranteed... City are the ones to beat... anyone finishing above City will win the league
Blue_Mel
5-2, and Arsene weeps! Lmao
HGH Magic
^^ loll that's the thing!!
syed230183_chelseafc
City … Demolition Duty … We have to play well from now onwards if we want to keep our hopes of winning the title.
StamfordDLion
Arsenal brought down to earth … rudest of rude awakening.
StamfordDLion
@StamfordDLion our 3 guys behind the strikers are really the ones that have to become more clinical... thats the diff wit cities 3 guys behind the striker... argero,sliva,nasri those chaps are deadly,no doubt! oh my 5! poor ares :)
pego sama
we actually beat this city team , pretty impressive in my opinion , but then the pivot should just watch videos of the match , as for the strikers no hope so i hope they learn one or two things from fernandinho and yaya
Don capon
City 5 2 Arsenal
OBEX
City 5 2 Arsenal
OBEX
agree wit ur anlysis about Essien @StamfordDLion
pego sama
Do you think Lamps, Cole will get an Extension mates? I really appreciate what Lamps has done for us but every good story has to have an end. Personally, I hope he is not given an extension. Need some new/young blood. Our young players need a look in. As long as he is around, our young players and other players will find it tough to break in.
StamfordDLion
City … 5 against Spurs … 5 against Arsenal. We have to stop them.
StamfordDLion
5 3 now
OBEX
Arsenal played well today but man city was just too strong for them
Hazard11
Not much talk of it, and just realized myself that Luiz is back in. Hope Luiz works his magic from the back while still fullfilling his main duties. I did miss him.
Pavel Permiachkin
Correction 6 vs Spurs 6 vs Arsenal … We have to play well when we go to their turf
StamfordDLion
PENALTY!
pego sama
Mancity,no word!!!
blue5
Manchester City 6-3 Arsenal. Another goal! lol
pego sama
City 6-3 Arsenal final score Chelsea over to you capitalize on this please
OBEX
Spurs need to take points off Liverpool.........
DonDhammih
I agree... just watch the way Toure and Fernandiho play... quick confident passes.. penetrating runs and passes from deep midfield.... Also, good crosses from Sagna and Zabaleta....
Latunvic
Arse scums get walloped 6-3 @The Etihad, they won't win the league; you don't get beat by 6 goals and win the PL except you're Fergie's manUre. You heard it here 1st. Lol
HGH Magic
Interesting game... 6-3.... a draw would have been better for us..... Anyway, over to us now to do our job too....
Latunvic
Now we have to win, top by XMAS fellas if we get 6 points from our next two games!
Seabourch
hmmmmmmmm can't believe it city just thrush arsenal 6-3, city is becoming a tough customer in the league, thought i watching a fantasy fooball, Chelsea need to take advantage and close the gap to 2pts, up the blues.......KTBFFH
meloxy14
Mancity beat bayern @ home n it shows they mean business.
blue5
we need to go all out today. All guns blazing!!!
syed230183_chelseafc
Not just looking for the win but a clean sheet too today
Blue_Mel
Ok. Lets go for the kill.
StamfordDLion
@stamford we need the goals where we can get them , given Citys GD already
Blue_Mel
Great game of football at the etihad..over to us now to capitalise,good lineup(except ivanovic).
Ken4CFC
Yea Yea..cech needs to keep a cleansheet too!
Ken4CFC
First of all , i noticed we dont have any Cb on the bench and i find that very risky , and i belive we should have either kalas or omeruo on the bench , also they seem nervous and too many wayward passes so early on , essien is faster than lampard and cole and that is refreshing
Don capon
4 huge ugly give-always already.
Squig
They're parking the bus and saying' try and get through'
Squig
Luiz just lost it now...that' 6 now
Squig
same problems, Palace park bus and counter, and we keep passing around their box!!!!!
syed230183_chelseafc
Yes , let it be just the first
Blue_Mel
I read an article about hazard's choice of celebration when he scores today.........for me that is bold and demanding
Finney_angel
Yaaaaay we finally take the lead , first time in a while
Don capon
Nice shot willian! More of that torres :)
Hazard11
Torressssssssssssss 1-0 good strike from willian striking the post and Torres grabs rebound............... "He scores when he wants" loll!!
syed230183_chelseafc
willian is definitely gonna put a player on the bench soon
Don capon
Great effort by Willian...Torres where he should be! Off and running! That's more like it!
Squig
Zabaleta vs Ivanovic. Different levels.
foreign_viewer
we better kill off this game and not try anything stupid , ivanovic should learn how to PASS
Don capon
Chamakh oh dearrr, shambolic defending
syed230183_chelseafc
Another Terry mistake. I'm sure he will play the next game.
foreign_viewer
Bang goes the clean sheet .. Former Arsenal player does them a favour
Blue_Mel
we score first , their player gets injured , they score back , too familiar
Don capon
*****! No clean sheet today! Fu(k!
Squig
Yet another cheap goal conceded! Can anyone tell me why Schwarzer shouldn't have started this match on the back of his clean sheet??
HGH Magic
1-1 poor defending
The Blue Indian
If we had strikers that were capable of striking , teams would have to concentrate on their defence
Blue_Mel
This RB at LB thing is nonsense. Ivanovic is not a RB.
foreign_viewer
its all bcoz we went into relaxing mood after scoring. so typical of us.
Blue Krusaders
Its gonna be tough if we try to get in through the middle, they are defending with everything they've got.
Carloss86
More like Ramsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
HGH Magic
And just as I say that Ramires scores!!!!
Carloss86
2-1 rami
The Blue Indian
Ramiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii golazooooooooooooooooooo
syed230183_chelseafc
im liking willian -hazard-mata . they seem to have everything . pace , work rate , flexibility , creativity , quick feet
Don capon
RAMBO
mikacfc
just look at how we played before they scored and after they scored , we played like two different teams as a whole
Don capon
nice goal. now lets not get into lazy mood again
Blue Krusaders
Hazard..worked it well baby ...out to an open Rami! Jose feels better.
Squig
Don capon, that's rather easy to say mate ;)
HGH Magic
Weak effort from Willian!
Squig
lmao @hgh i know , i am just scared we would not kill it off again
Don capon
a third goal will be nice
Don capon
One more before the half! Come on guys!
Squig
Luiz is so rusty
Don capon
Yes Don, yes. Lol
HGH Magic
I noticed torres is not coming too deep today , and that is a great change for me , i dont mind us conceding , just hope we score one more plus and react the same way man city reacted whenever they conceded
Don capon
Arguably our best line up?
StamfordDLion
2-1 up at HT. Not enough. Just feel we have another gear to go. Playing within ourselves. Need to finish them off as I keep saying!!
syed230183_chelseafc
Defenders need to be Sharp and Aware
StamfordDLion
Happy with Essien. He is better than Mikel and Lampard I reckon.
StamfordDLion
Terry has to be aware. Luiz needs to stop losing focus.
StamfordDLion
@stamford it is arguably the best , as it has all the qualities but you could make a case for Eto'o , cole , schrulle and cahill
Don capon
Essien is a breath of fresh air. He actually tries to go forward.
Pavel Permiachkin
An early second half goal would do us massive good now......
DonDhammih
Essien is not showing anything special but for whatever he does , he seems a step higher than mikel , and i am scared for luiz , he does not seem settled as he can be
Don capon
I would replace Iva with Dave and reinstate Cole. I have happy with the rest. Our Strongest Line Up?
StamfordDLion
And I am happy everyone is just ignoring certain ppl today. Let a certain someone here get as many comments in as possible lets just ignore him. You know who ;)
Pavel Permiachkin
Essien is a snail. His contract shouldn't be renewed.
foreign_viewer
2-1, just need to keep our defence tight... Defence is fast becoming our weak point....
Latunvic
Don: Essien is keeping things simple I feel. Not conceding possession … making short forward passes. I think in the first half he only gave the ball away once. His ball distribution is much quicker. He is not trying audacious forward passes that only give the ball away to the opposition. I like what I am seeing from him.
StamfordDLion
Essien's Contract at the moment maybe should not be Renewed But he definitely has to start before Lamps and MIKEL … Far composed and a better ball distributor.
StamfordDLion
Well city 6 - ass 3... "us" we lead 2-1 against palace... Mata haz and will could move the ball faster.. Need too kill off this game quickly.. ?
anasewhiz
Good game so far. Essien offering a bit of fresh air to the pivot. Love the way he is swapping B2B roles between themselves. That said, Mata needs to get into the game. Torres looking sharp however. We need the comfort of another goal to put this away. Pulis will soon resort to those long ball tactics if we dont
Dwonder
I hope in the second half, LUIZ and TERRY will get their Act Together. Both of them were disappointing.
StamfordDLion
We are doing well though we allowed ourselves to concede too easily. Essien hasn't done anything to spectacular here and why some people are so ready to put a dig at mikel I don't understand. Let's just enjoy he isn't having a howler today. We are definitely winning this one
kolagold25
2 chances by Mata!! aaah
syed230183_chelseafc
Width or no width our players just love to play through the middle. Maybe its because they don't have confidence in our players who gives width to deliver good crosses.
kolagold25
@kolagold i am not taking a dig at mikel and i know essien has not done anything spectacular , but he is doing the basics of the pivot which no one else seems to do
Don capon
Ivanovic. How is this guy playing for Chelsea.
foreign_viewer
I'm glad Willian is beginning to get into his game...
Latunvic
Hazard should be shooting the ball right there
kolagold25
Too much dilly dallying near the box!!! chances getting squandered
syed230183_chelseafc
Whooa! Great catch by cech our defense needs to keep it alert and tight in there! We keep given them a sniff
kolagold25
time to let Hazard know he's not Diego Maradona. He hold on to ball way too much for my liking.
valachi
Giving*
kolagold25
Branislav deserves a yellow for that non sense
Don capon
Oscar on for mata
kolagold25
You know hazard can actually shoot but then he does too much nonsense , we better kill this game off quick ,
Don capon
willian's work rate is amazing
Don capon
I don't understand the rationale behind taking off Mata at this stage of the match. He was linking up well with the other players. He really seems to be out of favour with Jose. Jose seems to have an issue with Mata.
StamfordDLion
agree Don. Willian is making himself undroppable.
StamfordDLion
Mata not hapy at been sub
OBEX
I think we need the third goal now
kolagold25
Is the tactic to sit back or press and hassle the opponent because terry is doing the former while luiz is doing the latter
Don capon
I dont think Jose has any personal problems with Mata.. Its just that he rates Oscar and Hazard higher than him. It's a coach's right to choose. I wouldn't have made that sub though because I liked how Mata was playing, but he's the best coach in the world and I'm just a fan.
Carloss86
Oh finally iva would be dropped from the starting line up loll
kolagold25
we look dodgy on every set piece ffs!!!
syed230183_chelseafc
Iva deserved that one. I don't have a good feeling...we look shakey...especially on their set pieces.
Squig
Ivanovic has under performed in the 2nd half. The commentator was saying that he will be missing the next match because he was brandished a yellow by the ref. Hope to see Dave in the RB spot. Long Long over due I reckon.
StamfordDLion
He is not the best coach in the world
pila12
Lousy cross by Iva...again.
Squig
Once again i will ask , does ivanovic practice crossing ??
Don capon
Willian has been SUPERB so far 4 me!!
vicken
Still wouldn't be surprised if we drop points again..... Something wrong.....
DonDhammih
Carloss: I agree that Jose is an exemplary manager and he favours Oscar but Mata deserved to play some more in this match I feel. He was linking up well.
StamfordDLion
I feel that Hazard plays better when Mata is around. They seem to complement each other well.
StamfordDLion
Palace having an attacking Spell at the moment.
StamfordDLion
Can we just score the third goal now! Am really not liking how this one is panning out
kolagold25
Ivanovic pull outs are so poor, he should take a clue 4rm City's Zabaleta..
vicken
Clattenberg is inconsistent ...to say the least! Calls one...let's one go! Players don't know what he's going to call.
Squig
Both willian and ramires have both been running but the difference is one has shown purpose while chasing the ball , personally would have preferred if ivanovic was suspended for the arsenal match
Don capon
Luiz is losing it
StamfordDLion
oh dear double block last ditch defending!!!
syed230183_chelseafc
Jesus Christ! Here we go again....Chaos!!! ...the commentator is right!
Squig
Mata substitution was a wrong one today
StamfordDLion
the third goal is looking so far away :(
Don capon
I just don't know why we can't control a football game
pila12
Its getting too nervous..crystal palace creating too many chances,they just might draw level if we dont keep it tight at the back
Ken4CFC
Well with oscar in and mata out and he's rarely made an impact in this match, maybe its a bad sub anyways. NO? Would only change my mind if oscar scores
kolagold25
Mourinho's has no philosophy. No control of the game whatsoever.
foreign_viewer
Schurrle...good!
Squig
I would say there's a need to change formation and bring in a midfielder
kolagold25
Palacio,puncheon and jerome have been a handful..keep them in check boys!!!
Ken4CFC
Goodness me!! That was almost in!!
vicken
I guess that scramble is a warning that this game is far from been over and Torres is useless to us
OBEX
@fv can you just not blame jose for every damn thing , i mean what has he done wrong now , not like he is on the pitch or something . give this guy some breathing space
Don capon
@FV, if you don't have anything reasonable to contribute you could just shut up you know
kolagold25
Palacio,puncheon and jerome have been a handful..keep them in check boys!!!
Ken4CFC
No contribution from Oscar so far.
StamfordDLion
BA in … Torres Out
StamfordDLion
Tank God Torres is out relived
OBEX
Come on Blues...we need this!
Squig
Mourinho is responsible for the style of play.
foreign_viewer
after Mata came off we completely lost control of this game crazy sub
ACEA01
Tank God Torres is out relived
OBEX
Tank God Torres is out relived
OBEX
Tank God Torres is out relived
OBEX
Aw ....Ramires!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Squig
The commentator is right,all our attacking players have been turn to defenders,hence willian fading away and getting subbed
Ken4CFC
My goodness,how did ramires waste that??
Ken4CFC
Rammy and his Poor Ball Control Strikes Again. Apart from his Goal, his performance for me has been poor today. Poor Ball Retention, Poor Ball Distribution.
StamfordDLion
oh my GOD what a miss by Rami!!! disaster!!!!
syed230183_chelseafc
Definition of a flop? Fernando Torres! Off finally. Phew!
HGH Magic
Damn Chelsea though , Just put the ball in the damn net
Don capon
oh come on multiple blocks by palace now!!! tearing my hair out!!!!!!!!!!!!!
syed230183_chelseafc
oh come on multiple blocks by palace now!!! tearing my hair out!!!!!!!!!!!!!
syed230183_chelseafc
Hope we cross the line without conceding.
StamfordDLion
I hope we don't regret those missed chances
Hazard11
I think Demba coming in has giving crystal a whole new question to answer
kolagold25
Common this goalie,allow us get the 3rd goal..super double save,welldone andre
Ken4CFC
Iva is having a poor poor match. Hazard is saving him behind. lol
StamfordDLion
What was Oscar brought in to do?
Latunvic
Jose is squirming inside....just like me!
Squig
Seems 2-1 was written in the skies after all....
HGH Magic
4mins...we are almost there!
Ken4CFC
man our finishing loll!!! just baffling!!!
syed230183_chelseafc
The Mata sub was Pointless..
vicken
The Mata sub was Pointless..
vicken
Job done.. 3 points
Latunvic
Not a comfortable day but job done again with City our biggest threat
kolagold25
Essien MOTM for me. Thanks The Bison ;)
HGH Magic
Palace deserved something,we were under pressure for most of the second half
Hazard11
Can we hear the final whistle now,clattenburg??
Ken4CFC
We are through. Congratulations everyone. We made things tuff for ourselves needlessly.
StamfordDLion
Essien the bison, our ONLY true DM is back!
Pavel Permiachkin
Iva, Rammy (apart from his goal), Luiz were poor today.
StamfordDLion
Can't play like this against Arse next week. Tentative, nervous, shakey...lazy IMO.
Squig
We win !!! my oh my nervy stuff though!!! could have scored more, could have conceded more too, story of our season!!! LOL!! Anyways 3 points!! Job done. Arsenal up next monday at Emirates, will be really tough with the form we're in!!!
syed230183_chelseafc
Palace can go get the points they deserve at the emirate,etihad,anfield and 3points lane!!
Ken4CFC
I don't get why Jose is sticking with Iva for such a long time. Rammy and his poor control, rash challenges and poor ball distribution is starting to Frustrate me so much. I am getting Sick of seeing Nervy Games on a regular basis … lol
StamfordDLion
Another boring game... we did the most important thing though... 3 points!
Latunvic
As usual , we make things hard for ourselves . still 3 points though
Don capon
We were lucky today.
Squig
The game changed in Palace's favour after Mata was subbed I feel. Oscar was poor and his chemistry with the other attacking players was non-existent. He offered nothing in attack today.
StamfordDLion
We have to get our act together otherwise City are going to run away.
StamfordDLion
Essien should play … period.
StamfordDLion
Good performance from Willian.
StamfordDLion
Poor performance....lucky result,hope we never play like this at the emirate or else...........
Ken4CFC
but we are second somehow!! LOL!! Hang in there everyone!!
syed230183_chelseafc
@latunvic was the game your definition of boring ???? sometimes you make me wonder what your motive is with this team
Don capon
Whaooo! another win for Everton... good for them..
Latunvic
Our performance in the 1st half was good and enjoyable to watch. Our 2nd half performance was shambolic.
StamfordDLion
@syed its amazing despite the rubbish we have done this season in some games , we are two points off first position .And those people saying palace deserve something that is nonsense , we also deserved something against everton and stoke and we didnt get it , such is life
Don capon
OMG.. What a way to suffer at home vs Crystal Palace.. What is going on? We're getting the results but not the performances.. I will take results over performance every day of the year, but if we don't improve we will start dropping points sooner or later. Are we getting lucky to get the wins or unlucky because we don't score our chances???
Carloss86
What *****es me off is Mata comes off....and the manager is nowhere to be seen...no pat on the back, no handshake. That's the sulking Jose for you.
Squig
Its clear as daylight that iva is our weakest link but jose persists with him every now and then..guess things can only change when he scores a bucket-load of own goals
Ken4CFC
encouraging outing by Essien!! But missed chances again. Lots of one touch around the box, not being direct and then when basically staring the goal and missing sitters!! Exasperating!! As is our dodginess in clearing crosses and set pieces!!! JT with a vital block!!
syed230183_chelseafc
We are not going to win the league, solid teams win the league and we are not solid at the back and we don't have a striker.
pila12
it seems to some people if we are not winning 4-0 then it is not entertainment
Don capon
taking Mata off was just poor management simple as, the link up play fell apart after that and ended up on the back foot hanging on for most of the 2nd half
ACEA01
Blimey, how was this one a "boring" game anyone?!?!? Lol, boring is the new cliché; how fashionable! Alas....
HGH Magic
narrow win, good for our morale
meloxy14
And i still believe essien is the best pivot player so far , he recycled the ball very well , the basic job of someone there , and he was comfortable under pressure
Don capon
Stamford I dont think Rami was poor he contributed today.
Pavel Permiachkin
Stamford I dont think Rami was poor he contributed today.
Pavel Permiachkin
Squig: Jose's refusal to acknowledge Mata is worrying.
StamfordDLion
Well, keep wondering then @Don capon.... we won, good... but the game/football wasn't really exciting.... I want to be entertained when I watch my team, not only when we score... we almost drew this game... we can play better than this....
Latunvic
I think we had some fine play and moves in patches, when attacking or countering. Overall average but again we don't score enough for the vast chances we create and finish off opponents. that keeps them in the game and gives them hope.
syed230183_chelseafc
The turning point of the match for me is the needless substitution of Mata. Our best attacking trio IMO consists of MATA, HAZARD and WILLIAN. Mata and Hazard have a Good Chemistry. We lost the momentum after Mata was subbed.
StamfordDLion
yes we didnt win like we would have liked but then latunvic both teams made the game interesting with defensive howlers and keeper saves , yes we can play better and should play better as i believed we would have if the 3rd goal came .
Don capon
It's not about winning 4 nil or 1 nil, there is no team chemistry, we can't string passes together to save our life, a manager is suppose to bring the best out of his players but our players are regressing with each game we play. How is he justifying his freaking salary with this dire performances each week.
pila12
you can say the performance was "poor " but the game was not "boring"
Don capon
Our squad needs to start taking more shots from outside the box. Frustrating at times seeing 10000 passes right outside the box. Hazard should take a page out of Schurrle's book, he has the potential to score way more.
Pavel Permiachkin
Our inability to keep a cleansheet in the EPL is now a concern to me,one clean sheet in 11games is baffling...thought jose was the messiah that would stop us leaking in goals like a basket
Ken4CFC
we may be conceding but the truck driver has taken us to the 2nd spot. same can't be said about Raphael Schumacher's Napoli who are languishing at 3rd and 8 points behind the league leaders and they have been dumped to the Europa.
StamfordDLion
Not stringing together passes is not truE. In fact we were passing too much around the box.
syed230183_chelseafc
Delusion at the highest level.....this is vitalchelsea not vitalnapoli
Ken4CFC
Not a good performance overall but immensely glad we didn't cock up on this one. Our lack of organisation at set piece is noe very alarming. Four times today Delaney got ahead of our players in the box only to waste the chances.. even the commentator was surprised cos it was not sorted out. I do t know what is happening during training but our defence coach needs to get the boot for the. Against better players, we would have been punished at least twice. Luiz had an OK gane although I hold him responsible for their goal. He charged out recklessly again to make an interception with he did not but succeed in leaving terry exposed and his laughable tactics of trying to hold Jerome like Terry was unsucesful. I still mind offloading him if a suitable offer comes in though
Dwonder
@syed well if you think we were stringing passes together maybe I was watching another game but I didn't see no cohesion in the second half, no chemistry. You think the players are playing to the best of their ability or been restricted by the managers conservative tactics
pila12
@Don.., can a poor performance be exciting? The performance wasn't poor, we won the match... our performance was average, just enough to win a bottom-ridden Crystal palace... it was boring, period... The bit of excitement/entertainment felt comes from the fact that it was Chelsea playing... when I yawn repeatedly during our game and get distracted easily, then I know the game is boring....
Latunvic
Don capon, mate I thought you said on the matchday thread it wasn't a "boring" game? How come you flipped-flopped here?!? LOL
HGH Magic
@Stamford..., what has Napoli being 3rd in Serie A got to do with this now? LOL!
Latunvic
*wrong thread. Lol
HGH Magic
Latunvic...its just delusion of the highest level,diverting attention from a jose's team poor performance
Ken4CFC
You're the first poster on the Match Report thread where you claim the match was "boring" and here you are arguing otherwise! Why not stick to an opinion and refuse being cajoled, coaxed, boxed or brainwashed? Lol
HGH Magic
Lmao @hgh also saw it at the other thread , well i was being sarcastic , as oscar didnt do well and niether was luiz's performanc encouraging
Don capon
it was a joke , i am surprised you didnt get it
Don capon
I really enjoy watching our game. It's full of entertainment to say the least isn't it?
Chelsea n Torres Fan
I was not cajoled nor brainwashed
Don capon
Maybe it's safe to call it elasticity of the human mind, but you'd agree it's as amazing as it is appalling how flexible you can be with your opinions and viewpoint... and mind you, I didn't say fickle; just flexible amigo ;)
HGH Magic
i was not being flexible , i was being sarcastic , even about oscar being the super sub and luiz being excellent
Don capon
Uhmm Don, are you sure about that? Oh well, just that you've inadvertently given the trolls and traducers ammunitions to destroy you. Like Madiba though, my heart is with you amigo ;)
HGH Magic
For a second straight start after his knee injury lay off, I think Luiz had an essentially "Ok" game today though. From my end, I rate him 6.5 of 10.
HGH Magic
Crossed the line wit dat 2-1 win.. Cech- could hav done better in my books for the charmark gol and didnt seem too hav command of his defence at set'places... Ivan- defended decently at times but was poor wit his crosses. Could hav gottn in trouble wit dos 2 dives... Azpi- did well at LB again. Lost his marker a couple of times but still a gud performance... Terry- i think he may hav stopped the goal but did well too stop o'kefee attempt. Gud game by the captain, may need too rest for "ass"... Luiz- looked out of sorts sumtimes. Tried his best to cover up any mistakes made... Essien- may have been 1 of the best players. Misplaced a couple of pass, but still had a good game. should start against sunderl'nd... Rami- scored the winner. He missed a couple of chances and passes. Was everywhere... Mata- had a gud game. Passed and linked well with the band of 3' but felt he should not have been the player too come off... William- good game. Same as Mata, nice shot for FT9 goal... Hazard- for me he dillydalied with the ball too much expertly in the second half. His calls when wit the ball could hav been beta... Torress- scored his 2nd of the season. He was lost in the game afta dat... Oscar- came on for Mata... Only involvement was in the ramires chance, may have come on for the wrong player... Andre- did well when he came on. Had a decent chance to score... Ba- he was a bundle of trouble for the CBs. A lil more composure and he may have scored... In the end, dumped the performance and picked the result... #coyb #ktbffh
anasewhiz
it takes 2 teams to make a match not boring. for all their huff and puff, CP were sitting behind the ball most of the time and giving their all in defence. tell me, what would make the chelsea team look more exciting in a setup like that, when you have only one team actually attacking, and the other one soaking in the pressure? Statistics again show that it was not a boring game.
zg2000fs
as for no pat on the back jose. To be quite honest, Mata was not solo in this. He didn't greet, pat or shake hands with torres nor willian either. so don't be selective
zg2000fs
What is it about the match stats against Crystal Palace that suggests the match wasn't boring? and please, quit the "they were sitting behind the ball" story....
Latunvic
Its not a story. Duh
zg2000fs
Mata will want to leave. I don' t get Jose. The Special One is wrong on this matter and I don't understand his attitude. That was a nail in the coffin today...Mata is gone! Just a question of time. He is driving away a great player.
Squig
zg2000fs, why bother explain such flimsy insinuations? Don't waste your time mate, 'cause anyone with eyes that see, not hate-blinded ones, imo, saw that Mata was in no mood to greet, pat or shake hands with anyone, let alone Mourinho who was the 'provocateur' there! Granted the Oscar sub was pointless in the end, but why would anyone expect the coach to extend a hand only to be snubbed by the obviously upset Mata? You'd agree in their rather laughable attempts to besmirch Mourinho's reputation at any opportunity they get, they often step out of line, speak out of turn, type and post drivel before thinking, and generally make a nuisance of themselves which, to say the least, is just as pathetic as it is perfidious, odious and otiose. Smh!
HGH Magic
Lol Squig, do you think he'll hand in a transfer request? C'mon be honest with yourself, do you??
HGH Magic
@HGH Magic...I hope he doesn't. But an attractive offer will draw him away. He knows where he stands with Jose. It's the obvious lack of respect. Come on! Mata isn't trying????? That's all a player can do and that should be recognized.
Squig
 

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