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50 Shades of Blue

untitledThe revival seems up and running, well domestically anyway!

The Blues have had quite a positive week and its been highlighted by the players in interviews that have been held.

We start this weeks blog with news of the game against PSG in the champions league.

John Terry was unavailable so the team lined up as follows:

Courtois, Azpi, Cahill, Ivanovic, Baba, Mikel, Fabregas, Willian, Pedro, Hazard, Costa.

The game finished 2-1 to PSG with Chelsea getting the vital away goal via the prolific Mikel.

The game however was frustrating for Chelsea fans to watch, as we soaked up a lot of pressure but had many chances to win the game. Costa being guilty of missing chances that usually he would put away, but added to this the PSG goals came from some sloppy play from Chelsea and we got punished by a world class side.

The 2nd leg promises to be a feisty affair, as both teams are in with a fantastic shout to get to the next round, Chelsea needing a win to nil to progress, or winning by 2 clear goals.

 

Back to Domestic football and this weekend was a break from the Premier league as Chelsea hosted Manchester City in the FA Cup.

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Man City manager Pellegrini had been whining in the media that he will have to rely on his youth team, as Man City have a champions league game to prepare for in midweek. True to his word, he fielded 8 youth team products.

Chelsea however fielded a strong 11 and looked to put the game to bed and progress into the next round.

The team disappointingly hadn’t changed from the PSG game, and Chelsea came out on fire probing and pressing.

The City youth held their own for a good part of the 1st half and didn’t shame their managers faith.

Pedro was buzzing around like an annoying fly, and almost broke the deadlock after some fantastic play by Fabregas.

The game eventually came to life when Costa headed home from a Hazard cross, but City replied instantly before Chelsea killed off the game with further goals from Willian, Hazard, Cahill and super sub Traore. There was even time for Oscar to miss a penalty.

Chelsea will now travel to Everton in the next round of the cup, in what will be a very tough fixture.

 

Talking Points:

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Some very frustrating things came out of the game yesterday. Firstly as of the 53rd minute Chelsea were 3-1 up, against a side who didn’t really offer much going forward and were continuing to bring on youngsters.

Within the next 10 minutes Chelsea were 4-1 and at this point Man City had 8 Youth team players on the pitch, now the frustrating thing is that Chelsea instead of blooding their own youngsters and giving them some minutes, decide to bring on Oscar and Matic.

Now please someone help me understand why in a game that has been won, are you not saying to the youth players “go out there and show me what you can do in the next 20 minutes”.

What did Hiddink learn by bringing on Oscar and Matic? For me it was embarrassing to see our full strength side playing a youth team and only one youth player making an effective appearance.

This really needs to be looked at and something done about it, because its not good how Chelsea treat their youth players who eventually will let their contracts run out, go be big somewhere else and then we bid millions for them in years to come. Matic being a prime example!

Secondly…. I found Oscars behaviour yesterday quite terrible.

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Now Chelsea won a penalty and whether you are the penalty taker or not, a youth player in Traore goes over to pick the ball up and showed great confidence in doing so.

Oscar should have looked at this applauded such hunger, but instead took the ball from Traore and went on to miss the penalty. I just feel as a senior player should be encouraging such hunger from a youth player rather than trying to squash attempts to put himself forward.

Oscar as most Chelsea fans know is a player I cant stand anyway, and this error of judgement just made his name taste even worst in my mouth.

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Pato is rumored to be 1 week away from making his debut, which will no doubt have many Chelsea fans excited.

Roy Keane has come out and slated Hazard for not only his comments last week, but the timing of them.

Hazard made a statement saying he would find it hard to turn down PSG on the eve of our game against them.

Keane rightfully said Hazard needs a kick up the backside and worry about getting back to form for Chelsea.

Chelsea said they will hand out lifetime bans to whoever they find guilty of the coin throwing incident yesterday.

Its sad that some fans know we have a bad image, and do nothing to try and help the situation.

Pit of the week:

Lack of game time for the youth in a dead and buried game.

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2 for this week. Bertrand Traore netting again showing he is a player with a lot of promise. Secondly Fabregas recent form has been sparkling and long may it continue.

 

 

Next Fixture:

Southampton (Away)

 

Until Next Week……..KTBFFH

 

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