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Match Day Moments - Palace (a)

This afternoon Chelsea make the short trip, south of the river, to Selhurst Park.

If our title aspirations are to be kept alive, even though maximum points from our remaining games might not be sufficient to land us the title, it is essential we take all the three points on offer.

Matters are complicated though by the fact that Tony Pulis` side are fighting to avoid relegation and will be playing for the very Premier League future.

Selhurst Park, although one of the older grounds around, can be an atmospheric place, the home support will raise the roof, the football could be intimidating and it is essential that Chelsea don`t wilt on what is looking like a warm sunny spring weekend.

As usual we`re running our much heralded (by me) Match Day Moments thread whereby we`ll provide the platform for you to discuss the starting eleven selected by Jose, the tactics deployed, but most importantly of all the action as it unfurls on the Selhurst Park pitch.

Join us closer to kick off (15:00 hours UK time), this could well be a title defining afternoon!




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The Journalist

Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 29 2014

Time: 11:29AM

Your Comments

Good luck lads. Unfortunately won't be able to see the match because I am traveling overseas. Got to stay on top.
StamfordDLion
The boys have to get the job done but I don't see Arsenal taking any point from City.
Dannism
Lets have no complacency today... or we might lose again . If we want to be champions we have to work like champions
Blue_Mel
All the best lads! Let's get the 3 points! #COYB #ktbffh
syed230183_chelseafc
@Dannism ..anything is possible... who would have guessed Villa taking points from Chelsea??
Blue_Mel
I want to see this Palace game end in 10-0 win for us ...no less
Blue_Mel
I dreamt that the Arsenal-City game ended in a 0-0 draw
SameX
Mata scores for United
Blue_Mel
I absolutely detest ManU. A team that was totally clueless against City and now suddenly when it has no bearing for us ..now they can suddenly score..now suddenly mata remembers how to score. I want those guys in europa league purgatory for decades!!!
GabeU
#CFC team v Palace: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta, Lampard, David Luiz, Matic, Schurrle, Torres, Hazard. #CRYCHE #BPL
syed230183_chelseafc
#CFC subs v Palace: Hilario, Kalas, Mikel, Oscar, Willian, Salah, Ba. #CRYCHE #BPL
syed230183_chelseafc
Good line up. Lamps in his trademark role. He should be playing all games against these lower placed sides. #COYB
syed230183_chelseafc
Well, Benteke is not helping matters either.... he has wasted some good chances....
Latunvic
This should be a 3 points game for us....
Latunvic
I thought lamps would have been rested for PSG. But in a way I prefer him over Oscar in todays game. You can always count on lampard to finish a chance if he gets one. With Oscar it's 50/50
Humza_96
I think Jose will play Torres Willian Oscar Hazard Ramires Luiz vs PSG.
SameX
If only it were not too late for Aston villa to get relegated..it is incredible that this is the same team that took three precious points from us..what a farce!!!
GabeU
@Latun ...we need more than 3 points...we need GOALFEST
Blue_Mel
Lamps will score.
SameX
So it looks like we are employing a 4-3-3 formation today
kolagold25
True @Blue_Mel.... another 6 goals wouldn't be a bad starting point...
Latunvic
@humza, lampard should be playing all our remaining games in the BPL and not not rested for champs league. He is one of the very few in our squad that have the experience of winning it before. There's no better time to be having play if not in this run-in
kolagold25
I think this game will end with a very slim margin though. A very tough game I predict
kolagold25
Come on Chels, lets wrap those three points up!
merlin
What do you think the midfield is going to be for PSG guys? Considering Lamps starting this game.
Pavel Permiachkin
Eto not in to give us an early goal... come on Torres, it's your turn...
Latunvic
I want to see Fulham and Palace get relegated.. 4 fewer derbys to play next season
Blue_Mel
slow start again!
syed230183_chelseafc
Lol playing a 4 3 3 against a crystal palace
lukamolski
it was "game over" already against arsenal. why not against Palace?
Blue_Mel
Should of started with a player in the hole and got this game out the way quick
lukamolski
Im thinking that some players only "wake up" for the big matches
Blue_Mel
Looking a bit sloppy, maybe due to formation change?
Pavel Permiachkin
I think we are so used to playing every 3days that a week rest is just enough for us to loose our momentum. *sigh
kolagold25
If Dave keeps making runs like that I no longer mind if he is being played as an inverted foot LB. He is a world class full back at this point and can do it at both wings.
Pavel Permiachkin
There's no player In the hole no link between midfield and attack that's why front 3 haven't been in the game
lukamolski
The Rope-a-dope. The danger is the opponent can get a lucky shot in.
foreign_viewer
...thus a knock out blow.
foreign_viewer
typical stuff from us against a lower placed side. Infuriating. Being dominated so far.
syed230183_chelseafc
It is what Mourinho wants. He let's them dominate. He has an underdog mentality.
foreign_viewer
merlin....
Pavel Permiachkin
Strange how f_v only appears when we're not playing that well!
merlin
He will put oscar or William in the hole 2nd half but he should of done it 1st half cos we could be biting our nails in the 2nd
lukamolski
It is no different to the other matches. The difference is, there's no space behind Crystal Palace. Lukamolski is right. Someone has to play the #10 role.
foreign_viewer
merlin , no disrespect , but you only just noticed that (re fv)???
Blue_Mel
The cahill-bolasie incident could have easily been a penalty against us. We need to keep the ball.
syed230183_chelseafc
Very big supporter of the 433 but yeah this team is looking lost with it. It is not the same as having Malouda/Drogba/Anelka as the front 3.
Pavel Permiachkin
torres is so pathetic. ba should play at least he makes some sort of impact
Humza_96
We will come out and play better in 2nd half
Blue_Mel
can we play any worse :-)
merlin
Just like the fulham game, I think we will turn it around in the 2nd half.
oscarr
Another of those first halves!! Need to shake things up in 2nd half.
syed230183_chelseafc
This may be one of those games we turn up for and win in the second half....
Latunvic
For some strange reason we only play well when we 'er underdogs or against a big team.
oscarr
Oscar to come on and change the game in the 2nd half.
oscarr
I see a personnel/formation change from start of 2nd half. The 433 is just looking sloppy and an extra AM will put more pressure on CP.
Pavel Permiachkin
Send on Salah or Oscar to stretch them. Move to 4-2-3-1, why 4-3-3 against Palace?
Seabourch
ba and oscar need to come on. im guessing oscar will but schurrle should stay on, he's got a goal in him. lamps is really slow and sluggish when playing against defensive teams. he needs to start making those runs again
Humza_96
even if Dave is our best wing back, don't abandon him while defending ...
bekozi88
Oh boy, that's it all out attack and 352/343 if we have to!!! No draw go for broke!
Pavel Permiachkin
I have to agree with Pavel on this one
Blue_Mel
Let us not even talk of City dropping points..the question now is whether we can even secure one point here today. As poor as JTs coverage was on that cross, Cech just stood there and allowed the ball in without evening attempting to dive. This is just so poor!!
GabeU
Gabe I thought the same at first but after replies you realize check wouldn't have been able to do anything about that unless he can stretch his arm fantastic four style.
Pavel Permiachkin
No striker
bekozi88
dear me doen 1-0 now!! smh!
syed230183_chelseafc
replays* , Cech*... LOL wth is wrong with me.
Pavel Permiachkin
SMH @ possession stats , and we cant score
Blue_Mel
6-0 @Arsenal, 0-1@Palace ...lmao
Blue_Mel
Time to step it up and take the three points, lose now and we'll surrender the title to City.
Seabourch
Oh snap Oscar positioning himself in the pivot.
Pavel Permiachkin
@pavel every time a world class goal keeper is beaten on his near post he has blame to bear..it is gaffes like this that make it imperative that Courtois is brought in next season..Cech has become way too comfortable by having no credible competition. The worst thing is that right now the most likely team to score the next goal is Crystal palace not us. What an absolute mess!!!
GabeU
Honestly where is El Nino? Where is our Center forward? I see Oscar, i see Schurrle and even Salah but where is El Nino??
GabeU
Oscar doing his best Torres impression.
Pavel Permiachkin
Palace have parked the bus. All or nothing. We're trying all we can. Everything. Hoping for the best. KTBFFH
BluePontiff
Gabe I agree with you I have been let down by Cech quite a few times this season, just don't think that was his worst moment this season.
Pavel Permiachkin
Sad state of affairs. Title challenge on way to being over. We dont look like breaking down this Palace side. We need 2 goals on top of that.
syed230183_chelseafc
Don't understand mourinho thinking of play a 4 3 3 first half
lukamolski
Damn don't agree on Ba for Schurrle. For what?
Pavel Permiachkin
Torres is lost. I can't find him. Delay tactics + Pack the bus + a goal up = Palace after 70th mins.
BluePontiff
I don't get why Torres is picked ahead of Ba...
Latunvic
Ba on .......
syed230183_chelseafc
Worst game from Matic/Luiz…very poor…no speed of play going long ball. Sucks…Just get rid of Torres I would rather see Brown the U-18 kid play than Torres..Torres is totally worthless. Roman..whatever it takes to get him off the books. This team was not ready to play today. Lampard is way too slow, please retire.
lamarochs
WOW Cahill and Cech wtf!!
Pavel Permiachkin
Did Hazard really miss that? Palace just hit the post. Our title challenge seems to have come to an end. KTBFFH.
BluePontiff
deary me!!!!!!!! smh!!
syed230183_chelseafc
Seriously why was schurrle removed for Ba..whay not El nino who is a passenger in this game..@pave did you just see what i was saying..Cech was again beaten there by Jerome..only the post saved us from conceding again and on the other side Speroni is having the game of his life making save after save.
GabeU
Oh man I knew this was gonna be a tough one
kolagold25
We really need to figure something out for teams that defend and park bus against us, for the love of god plz.
Pavel Permiachkin
Yeah that was terrible from Cech post saved him. And yeah Ba should have been on for Torres not Schurrle, Mou *****ed up there. Schurrle was providing a lot and we need midfield battle still, Torres was non existant.
Pavel Permiachkin
The really sad thing and that is what shows we really dont deserve to be BPL champs is that City would have destroyed this Crystal palace team. Oh thank goodness Cech made a good save there.
GabeU
matic's worst game for cfc so far
Ken4CFC
Villa all over again we don't learn against these teams
herefordchelsea
I think we should write letter of apologies to Barca and Bayern. Seriously at this point I want to punch all the teams who park the bus against us in their faces.
Pavel Permiachkin
Come on Chelsea... Let's at least get a point from this...
Latunvic
Just heard in stats in this 85 minutes played Fernando Torres has touch the ball 15 times! Even if he is starved of ball players like Aguero Rooney etc go looking for it and close down defenders Torres doesn't even work hard that's the annoying thing and as I write this Torres misses a one on one
Marcel
torres should retire,he just missed a christmas present
Ken4CFC
My friend just told me this is how Barca feels when we play against them. ***** Torres. He is a pretty big ******** bitchy smelly ****. Son of a bitch. ***** off.
BluePontiff
Torres just fluffed a golden one on one with Speroni. When can we get this guy of our books? my goodness!!!
GabeU
one title bid down the drain
Blue_Mel
We do have a certain type don't we. Everton, Newcastle, Stoke, Villa and now Palace plus WBA and west ham. All big physical park the bus type counter attack teams with 10 behind the ball. More such games ahead for us. Title challenge is over.
syed230183_chelseafc
Sorry for cursing on this forum. I'm just fustrated. Torres is a bellend.
BluePontiff
Unlucky because Jose"s keep saying we are not contenders is just killing our luck. How? For example : Pullis before this game said that they would upset us so, they r trying to do but still manager made luck out of nothing and We were unlucky because of that goal! I hope we r gonna say that we r contenders to win it. Care free@
Prettyguy
Team deserves some blame and then Mou deserves some blame with that Ba for Schurrle sub
Pavel Permiachkin
This is what happens when you have strikers that can't do their jobs. Ba is ****. Torres is super ****.
BluePontiff
That Cesar cross that Schurrle fluffed has now fully come back to bite us in the behind. Even if we manage a draw in this game the BPL title is lost..gentlemen it is game over for us as far as the BPL title. Hopefully we learn from this and right the wrongs in our side, chief among which is getting a bunch of strikers that can actually score and getting rid of El Nino by any means possible.
GabeU
433 for a team that is fighting relegation, I cannot blame the players. They played for the crest that they hold dearly, but the tactics ...
bekozi88
champions dont play like this!!!
Ken4CFC
Torres ..........LOL!!!
syed230183_chelseafc
and that's the title blown. let's just focus on CL now.
johnny come lately
I miss Eto'o. ;(
BluePontiff
It really doesn't bear thinking about, but what other industry would someone like Torres get paid so much for being a total utter failure
BlueABS
We never looked like scoring did we
BlueABS
What a shame!!!!!
KLblue
pathetic. terry, matic and torres were abysmal. everyone else was pedestrian.
johnny come lately
jose mourinho the tactical genius
ghulamville
Seriously, just pay off Torres contract and take the bloody loss
BlueABS
Are we winning the champions league or going trophyless?
BluePontiff
Chelsea deserves to loose title!
pophonia
That's the league gone got to learn to take fight to these teams we think all we have to do is turn up terrible result we got what we deserved nothing first villa now this it's a pattern there's obviously a problem
herefordchelsea
So sick of it that teams just come out and go "durrrrrr park the bus durrrr square it away from our goal durrr" and our team just looks more lost than ever compared to even playing Bayern, City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs....
Pavel Permiachkin
Whatever Happened to Eto'o......
KLblue
We should never ever play lampard again. NEVER!
BETIKS
Hahaha. Well that was awful to watch :D Passing was really poor and we lost possession all the time. And a clinical striker wouldn't hurt... If we finish 3rd we should be happy... :)
Strapping Blue
torress was terrible, but clearly he alone did not cost us the game. terry and matic made lots of errors. so let's be balanced in our accusations. even our starman hazard just didn't come to the game. third is our best position now. it's between citeh and pool, and won't be surprised if pool nick it.
johnny come lately
That's it folks. Title challenge officially over. Really poor today and undeserving of anything. Palace better throughout. >>>>>>>6 whole points dropped against Villa and Palace. We need to rectify these issues that hold us back in the league. We this season though kept up the challenge till the 31st game for a change. .......... Massive game in CL with PSG on Wednesday!! #upthechels
syed230183_chelseafc
I know a guy that knows a guy that can get rid of Torres. It'll cost but I'm sure it'll be worth it. I'm gonna have to look for his number. That Spanish**** must go.
BluePontiff
can't blame weak teams for parking the bus. we do it against barca with results. it's part of the game. i just wish we'd show the urgency we do in the last 15 minutes, right from the start. same story every time! we play first halves like it's our divine right to win in the end.
johnny come lately
I will rest this game on tactics not the players, how do you not respect all teams. Correct me but I now think EPL seem to be a forgotten story but the champions league seem to be a priority. which is ego to the coach 2012/2013 again. Even worse
bekozi88
Starting of lampard and luiz killed this game.
Killerpass
Palace didn't park the bus until 2nd half... Our wrong tactics in the first half is why we lost... We really missed Eto..... and Ba should have started not Torres....
Latunvic
This team needs to get the blanks filled this summer. We can't have another transfer window like previous summer where strikers and a DLP were not purchased.
syed230183_chelseafc
It's a tactical error don't blame the players. Jose is the mastermind of his down fall
bekozi88
always next season, Befor this game I was hoping th gunners would beat citeh, not to sure now!!!!!!!!!
fitzy-carefree
I will rest this game on tactics not the players, how do you not respect all teams. Correct me but I now think EPL seem to be a forgotten story but the champions league seem to be a priority. which is ego to the coach 2012/2013 again. Even worse
bekozi88
It's over guys, we have lost the title. Better luck next season.
SameX
Gutted....but we need t find a way of beating some of the lower teams.
dickturpin
people who blame Matic are naive. He is. an anchor not a central mid fielder. If you blame Matic for not doing another person's job, stop that, and you don't know football. That's it, I said it, no number ten and you expect a packing team to be opened up with a team lacking a number ten on the field.
bekozi88
matic is great for chelsea in the long run, and has had some outstanding games recently. but truth be told - on the day, he was abysmal. but then so was terry and torres, and everyone else pedestrian. can't single out any one player for this one.
johnny come lately
Blimey, wasn't there a certain "not-so-solid7" dude who recently reckoned "Torres is a good midfielder", huh? Good luck to you @Marcel with Torres touching the ball only 15 times all-game lololol... ;)
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