A disappointing result against a Spuds team in poor form. After losing at the Etihad in the week this game was a good opportunity to get back to winning ways, make up three points in the race for fourth and put the team in good heart for the trip to Portugal.
Team selection by RDM was pretty much expected although the thought of Bossie v ‘Monkey Head’ Bale was frightening to say the least.
It has to be said that this was a poor match contested by a Chelsea team with eyes elsewhere and a Spuds side very low on confidence. Chelsea probably shaded the first half whilst the second period was probably dominated by ‘Arry’s boys.
Petr Cech, playing his 250th Premier League match, was the busier of the two keepers. For the ‘stattos’ out there in Petr’s 250 matches he has kept a fantastic 127 clean sheets.
After the match Robbie said “I think it is a fair result, both teams had chances to win the game,” “We tried very hard, especially in the second half and we put on strikers, but I think ultimately it was a fair result.” They defended deep and are dangerous on the counter, and we have to be balanced but we didn’t create enough clear-cut chances.” He went on “We knew we were behind, and we had to catch up points and now we have a game less and it will not be easy but we will try to the end.” To be honest Chelsea looked short of creativity which, in a team containing Mata, Lampard, Sturridge and Ramires, is a worrying statement to make. Our passing was not fluent and there seemed to be a lack of passion and urgency in the team. Take away Mata’s free kick, which hit the post, we just weren’t at it today. With Arsenal winning again it looks like fourth spot is between us and Spurs.
Our chance of qualifying for next years Champions League relies on us either winning the competition or putting up better performances than today’s. Defensively we looked reasonably solid although Spurs did have a couple of chances which should have been taken. Offensively we were not very good. Passing was sloppy and the ball was given away far too often. Drogs had one of those days when things didn’t stick and Mata couldn’t seem to get going.
So onwards, and hopefully, upwards for Tuesday where today’s mixture of sound defence and Petr’s great goalkeeping would be a huge benefit if we are to come away with a first leg performance that enables us to build a base for the leg at the Bridge.
So the last match against Spuds this season and who knows who will be manning the dug outs when we next play with ‘Arry at England and god knows who at the Bridge.