On the day that Pep Guardiola announced that he will coach, in the relative safety of the Bundesliga, Rafa Benitez’ Chelsea surrendered a two goal lead to, newly promoted, Southampton. The ‘toxic’ atmosphere was not evident until the final minutes when frustrations turned to boos.
On a night more suitable to ice hockey than football Chelsea were seemingly cruising to a much needed home victory, however the introduction of Lambert turned the game and Chelsea were, yet again, left to rue missed chances.
On a positive note Demba Ba scored his first home goal and he will surely score many more for the Blues. Hazard scored again and seems to be returning to the form that lit up the League, early doors.
To be fair, the visitors never gave up and stuck gallantly to their game plan. Jason Puncheon equalised with a screamer with fifteen minutes left on the clock. Southampton were always dangerous on the counter but Chelsea had the opportunities to win this one. Benitez was roundly booed when he replaced Lampard with Torres. The latter, once again made no impact.
So to Guardiola. I am happy with his decision to manage in Germany. He did a fantastic job at Barcelona however he inherited the best set up in world football. When ‘the special one’ arrived on the scene, Guardiola felt the strain and surrendered the league title. I’m unconvinced that he would have turned Chelsea in to the new Barcelona in the time scale that he would have been offered. Mourinho is the man for Chelsea!
Next up on Sunday is Arsenal. In a peculiar way I think we will be up for this match even more, after last night’s draw. Beware Gooners someone is going to cop a good hiding at the bridge, very soon!