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We Were Proven So Wrong!

Before the kick-off, the general consensus of opinion, on Vital Chelsea, was that we`d have preferred Fernando Torres to be selected ahead of Samuel Eto`o.

Our reasoning was that Torres, somehow, always seems to give Nemanja Vidic a hard time.

As it turns out and as usually is the case, the 'Special One` was proven correct with Eto`o helping himself to a hat-trick as our strikers kept up their record of scoring in every fixture this year.

But why did Jose Mourinho select Eto`o ahead of Torres?

After the game Jose explained, to the media, why, remarking,

'Fernando is very dangerous with space, more powerful than Samuel, and I thought Manchester Untied were not coming to give me space, they came here to be compact. I thought Samuel was someone with more technical abilities and more movement in small spaces. It was a difficult decision but my feeling was for this game Samuel was more adapted.'

Sometimes, or should that be most times in Jose`s case, those gut feelings are proven correct which I guess is what makes him special.

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Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 19 2014

Time: 10:00PM

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Jose knew what he was doing! I was surprised, too, that he chose Eto'o.
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19/01/2014 20:04:00

He's the special one.
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19/01/2014 22:10:00

No surprises for me. Jose is very in touch in touch with his players. I don't believe that any other recent manager could have done with this squad what Mourinho is accomplishing. I don't always understand what he's doing at the time, but I DO trust that he does.
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19/01/2014 22:11:00

AVB nearly achieved a better result. We were 3-0 up and looking strong, but we foolishly conceded some penalties and the rest is history
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19/01/2014 22:24:00

...and that result was against Ferguson
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19/01/2014 22:26:00

Blue Mel what exactly is your point?
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19/01/2014 23:18:00

@marcel, LoL. Best question ever
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20/01/2014 05:19:00

From what jose said, it's clear it is not about just gut feeling but that he has very good reasons for choosing eto'o ahead of fernando. Fernando might be sad at first but with samuel's display, he would even respect his coach decision more (cue mata)
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20/01/2014 05:24:00

Torres is finished. Eto'o is so unpredictable.
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20/01/2014 07:02:00

I too was a lil surprised to see Eto'o start,would have preferred Torres,but i totally understood why Eto'o started pretty similar to the scouser concept...We all have to admit though,Jose has a way of shutting us up,he knows best.
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20/01/2014 08:03:00

Jose stuffing naysayers for years
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20/01/2014 08:56:00

Tasted nice humble pie and loved it!! LOL! #ktbffh
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20/01/2014 12:40:00

TBH i think even Jose would have been surprised by it Lol.
Blue Krusaders
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20/01/2014 13:22:00

Really happy for Eto'o. However I wish Torres will be back in time when we face City because we need his pace and aerial power to play counter attack...
Chelsea n Torres Fan
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20/01/2014 13:51:00

True.....Chelsea n Torres Fan
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20/01/2014 14:54:00

Eto'o has pace as well.
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20/01/2014 15:09:00

I am just glad that Jose made the right decision no one can really see coming. And very glad zg2000 wasn't there afterwards with his hindsight crystal ball attacking people for just thinking it's weird Eto got the nod over Torres.
Pavel Permiachkin
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20/01/2014 15:10:00

Great result. I went to the game with several friends and we were all surprised that Torres was not started. But hats off to Jose it proved to be the correct decision. Only downside of the day, was the amount of times that both Azpi and Ivanovic got caught either out of position or flat footed throughout the game. They were both continually chasing shadows and had average games. Ashley must wonder what he has done wrong.
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20/01/2014 15:16:00

Come on man don't ignore the fact that Dave has looked better than Cole and Cole having a not so good season all together in general. But Jose's persistence with Iva at RB is quite annoying I agree. I did not even know Iva was fully fit already until the team was announced and regardless was surprised to see him start again so soon and against Man U.
Pavel Permiachkin
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20/01/2014 16:05:00

Pavel - are you seriously this deluded and full of personal hate for me that even after I am away for a full week and not post 1 comment, you find time to post about me and what I would supposedly do like you know me???? What is wrong with you? Besides, if you are such an avid follower of mine, then you should surely know that a couple of games ago I said Eto'o will start banging them in, and he did that game, and he did now. So PLEASE, AGAIN, PLEASE, stop with your attacks and insights about me. Just stop. You look like a child.
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20/01/2014 16:49:00

WTF are you talking about??? Are you drunk or something?
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20/01/2014 16:58:00

What did I do?
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20/01/2014 17:00:00

You are a typical self rightous hindsight poster.
Pavel Permiachkin
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20/01/2014 17:13:00

Cut it out, ladies... This is the internet. There's a few billion people waiting to get your goat, if you'll only let them.
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20/01/2014 17:51:00

Lmao never heard that goat reference.
Pavel Permiachkin
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20/01/2014 18:01:00

In a post match interview, Eto'o revealed that he spoke to Mou over his desire to start the game because he love big games. And that was his reason for shouting and pointing to chelsea stand when he scored his goals
Anoruo Chibuzo Jonat
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22/01/2014 11:38:00


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