The RDM road show kept on rolling as Chelsea notched up a fine 5-2 victory over a hard working Leicester City side at the Bridge. RDM rang the changes with bigger games and opposition to come.
Chelsea took the lead in the in the 12th minute when Gary Cahill opened his Chelsea account with a goal from a Juan Mata corner which was the result of fine play from Fernando Torres. The second goal, in the 17th minute, was set up by Sturridge and, again, Torres. Torres then had a couple of chances to score before Neil Danns had Leicester’s first realistic chance which resulted in a fine save by Cech. City then had a passage of possession for the last ten minutes of the first half.
Midway through the second half, Malouda sent Meireles into space down the right and the Portuguese’s cross was guided in by Torres. Beckford pulled one back for Leicester in the 76th minute which prompted our number nine to head in our fourth on 85 minutes.
Credit to Leicester for scoring their second on the 88th minute only for Raul Meireles to notch our fifth.
So a good performance from the lads and a top quality display from Fernando Torres. On a day dominated by the story of Bolton’s Muamba, RDM made seven changes from the Champions League match last week and, it has to be said, those changes were profitable. In leading Chelsea to their fifth semi final in seven years De Matteo showed that the days of AVB’s pussy footing about in these games are well and truly over. The team looked focused for the game and knew what they had to do and when. No confusing tactics, no kneeling based arm waving antics and players who wanted to play for the club and the fans. Robbie also maintained his 100 per cent winning start to his management, having won all four games since he took over from Andre Villas-Boas at Stamford Bridge. The boss said afterwards “Every win gives the players confidence. You can see they have more confidence.
I thought Fernando had a terrific game, he fought very hard for the team and managed to score a couple of goals too. It’s wonderful for him. I have a lot of belief in him and the other players. He works so hard and in life if you do that you will get rewarded for it. I really wanted us to keep a clean sheet. We didn’t manage to do that but I’m very pleased with the performance. I’m trying to get the players to perform as best they can but I’m very relaxed about it”.
Robbie was also quick to salute Gary Cahills display after his former team-mate at Bolton Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch during Bolton’s FA Cup match against Tottenham on Saturday and remains in critical condition in hospital. The manager added: “It was a very difficult day for him and the whole football community, all our thoughts are with Fabrice. “When things like this happen you see how close the football community is.”
So it’s off to Wembley to play the winners of Spuds and Bolton and another mad scramble for tickets.