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50 Shades of Blue

Wow what a week it has been over at Stamford Bridge!

Starting with a 1-1 draw with Watford on the 3rd of Feb.

The line up was.

GK – CourtoisChelsea-v-Watford

LB – Azpi

CB – Zouma

CB – Terry

RB – Ivanovic

 

CM – Mikel

CM – Matic

 

LW – OscarChelseaVSwatford

RW – Willian

AM – Fabregas

ST – Costa

 

The game lacked chances and quality, with Costa getting the best chance of the game, but a great save from Gomes denied him on this occasion.

The match left Chelsea still unbeaten since Hiddink took over but left us still in a bit of a dangerous position in the league.

Onwards to the weekend and a titanic clash with Manchester United!Chelsea-v.-Manchester-United

Hiddink picked an unchanged side, and it was John Terry’s 1st game at Stamford Bridge since the announcement of this being his last season, although this seems a tactic by him to force the boards arm into offering a contract now rather than later. However the fans showed their support by singing his name and having banners that read ‘Give JT a contract’

Let’s hope the board takes the advice on board.

The game was a 1-1 draw, with Chelsea netting a last gasp equalizer from Diego Costa who has really found form under Hiddink. This was Costa’s 7th goal in 9 games and his passionate celebration shows he is up for the fight to help us climb up the table.costa goal

The result leaves Chelsea 13th, and Hiddink still unbeaten however I’m sure Chelsea fans can’t help but feel we are a bit vanilla at the moment.

Don’t get me wrong, yes Hiddink has steadied the ship, but Jose used to play games to not lose, and Hiddink plays them to draw. United have a poor away form and were their for the taking if we played free flowing attacking football and put pressure on them, but our game was too narrow and width was needed to get at United’s defense. Playing Oscar who is a central player, out on the left just seems mad to me especially when had 3 wingers on the bench!!

Chelsea deserve a manager who goes into games to win, Hiddink doesn’t play with a safety 1st approach, but his tactics are set up to try and stifle the opponents and that’s why yes his record is unblemished but it’s not spectacular either. In the last 2 games his substitutions have been frustrating, waiting too long in the Watford game, and against United bringing on an out of form Pedro, when some scoring youngsters were sitting on the bench!

The main issue for me is his persistence in playing a very poor Oscar.oscarflop

Scoring a hat-trick against one of the worst championship sides doesn’t make you a good player. Grabbing the game by the scruff of the neck against the top sides makes you a top player, and its something Oscar has failed to do at Chelsea.

When you look at Oscars magical moments, the reason why fans like him, those moments have mainly come against lower league sides, but when do you see Oscar show up in a game that’s a tough fixture away from home?

When do you see headlines of Oscar saving the day for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge?

You don’t because he flatters to deceive! On the weekend his ball retention was almost embarrassing, his work rate can never be faulted but his play in general is poor for Chelsea standards.

He slows our counter attacks down, and struggles to find the killer ball to open up defenses. To top it off this week, Chelsea received a bid from China, of 56 Million for Oscar and rejected it!

Chelsea should have snapped their arm off for that kind of money for a player that has failed to fulfill his potential.

On another bad note, arguably Chelsea player of the season so far Kurt Zouma, suffered an horrific injury on Sunday.

Kurt-Zouma-493073

Kurt went for a clearance and as he landed, his leg bent backwards.

Kurt will now be out for 6 months, and Gary Cahill may now get the game time he has been praying for, even though United scored pretty much as soon as Cahill stepped into defense. All of us at Chelsea wish Kurt a speedy recovery.

Next up is Newcastle at home on Saturday in the evening kick off. 3 points is desperately needed before we get dragged into a relegation scrap.

 

In Other News.

If you are wondering whats happened to Alex Pato, Chelsea is putting him through an intense training course to get him fit, and Hiddink has said it could take 6 weeks. This madness makes you question our transfer policy.

Why sign a player on loan, and then only have him for 6 weeks, and of those 6 weeks he wont be 1st choice to even make any kind of difference to our season?

Charly Musonda

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What a young player we have on our hands, another reason my club angers me.

Musonda has been hailed as a footballing genius. Many players get this label and struggle to fulfill their promise, however Musonda has been let out on loan to Real Betis, and boy did he show Chelsea what they are missing.

Betis played Gary Nevilles Valencia, and if you follow Spanish football you will know that Valencia has a highly rated defender called Gaya.

Well at 18 years of age Charly Musonda took his talent and tormented Gaya for the majority of the match until Gaya could take no more and a poorly timed tackle led to his dismissal.

Another reason our transfer policy baffles me, we have a young star performing in La Liga, yet our senior players are struggling to make a pass let alone put on a dazzling display.

Things really need to be looked at regarding our recruitment process, as we are becoming a laughing stock.

Manager News

Nothing concrete on the hiring news, just a lot of media claiming we are meeting people but nothing comes of it.

2 names being solidly linked are Conte who is the Italy national manager, and Allegri of Juventus.

If I am honest, I wouldn’t like to see either manager at Chelsea, as I think both play too defensive and the Italian game isn’t suited for premier league football.

Pit of the Week: Losing Kurt Zouma for the rest of the season.

Peak of the Week: Remaining undefeated.

 

Until Next Time……..KTBFFH

 

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