A mate of mine used to have a saying ‘if it was easy little girls would do be doing it’ and that kind of sums up this match and the last couple we have played in the League or Cup. Our theme tune now should be ‘we’ve only got ten men’. Chelsea got off to a reasonable start with only old boy Sinclair really giving us any problems and when Nando scored on 29 minutes after great work by Mata and then Rami scored on 36 minutes after good work by Ashley Cole it seemed that the crowd of 41,800 would be in for a totalling treat and a few goals in the pleasant Autumn sunshine. However that isn’t the Chelsea way at the moment under AVB and when Torres was given a red card for a tackle on Gower it seemed the afternoon could become rather more difficult.
However after a spell of Swansea pressure at the beginning of the second half Rami scored again on 76 minutes and, other than a consolation goal by Williams, it was left to the returning Drogba to score the 4th in added on time. Performance wise it was good. The players were resilient and hard working and the boss wasn’t afraid to make changes especially leaving Lamps out and bringing in Mikel. Was it a good decision? Well we won and it’s difficult to argue with selection issues when the team wins 4-1 with ten players for 60 minutes. There’s much being written in the press that Frank’s finished but I am sure that we all agree that we haven’t seen the last of him, he’s too good a player for that to happen. It has become clear, however, that AVB prefers a quicker midfield and that for all Frank’s attributes pace isn’t one of them.
Having Ramires, Meireles and Mikel in a three man midfield gives us athleticism, power and pace. Meireles is a similar passer of the ball to Frank and likes to hit the forward players quickly whereas Mikel tends to play a shorter ball and Ramires is fast and likes to run with the ball. Defence wise we looked strong and rugged with Bos and Ash making good forward runs and performing well in their defensive duties.
Up front our number 9 is looking like the ‘real deal’ and Mata is looking better with every game. Nico was, well, Nico, languid, moody and then breathtaking in equal measures. Nando’s sending off? Well it looked a wee bit harsh to me but it seemed a silly challenge when we were leading 2-0 and were strolling around.
So another three points, another goal for Nando and a scoring return for Drog. A clean sheet would of been nice but considering we were a man light for an hour it was a good afternoons work. Now off to Spain where we will maybe see Frank return and Drog leading the line.
A good afternoon, a job well done and no little girls.