It was another abysmal performance by Chelsea as we were brushed aside by the champions of England. Un-characteristically Lampard missed a penalty on the 52nd minute, and oh boy we were made to pay.Goals from Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez ensured their victory and heaped the pressure on Rafa.
It was a difficult opening twenty minutes for the blues with city dominating , piling the pressure on our defence. On many occasions we had to rely heavily on Cahill as players were left completely out of position, with wave after wave of City attacks.
It was clear to see that Thursday night games were taking its toll on the fitness and the stamina of the team as passes were going astray. There was no impetus in the team and we lacked a real leader who could ignite something unique into our sluggish performance
On the 39th minute when City orchestrated a clever attack. The ball dropped to Zabaleta on the edge of the box he fired a volley goal wards, it look destined to hit the back of the net but Cahill yet again was on hand to clear. City managed to threaten once again before Half-Time as Rodwell unleashed a bullet at goal. HT
There were no changes at the start of the second half for either side and it was clear our performance was only going to get better. Luiz hit a sensational ball up to Ba on the 52nd minute. The Senegal international managed to pip Joe Hart to the ball but he went down under a challenge from Joe Hart. Andre Marriner had no choice but to point to the spot. It was the moment that Chelsea fans dreamt of Super Frankie Lampard stepping up to net his 200th CFC goal. However looking at Frankie’s expression you could see he was nervous and as Hart leaped to deny Lampard it was obvious that it really wasn’t our day.Hart’s heroics inspired City to strive forwards and seal the three points.
Without a doubt the introduction of Tevez had a huge effect on the game and on the 62nd minute we were made to pay for our penalty miss. City strung a couple of passes together in a tight area. Eventually the ball fell to Yaya Toure who opened up his body and cleverly tucked the ball home in the bottom right hand side of the net.1-0 City.
From that moment onwards City continued to press and we had to change something. The introduction of Oscar and Moses had little effect on the game. Every Chelsea fan had their heads in their hand as Tevez struck an exquisite shot past Cech which dampened our prospects of finishing second.
It was another game to forget for us fans as we lacked a spark of genius, that crucial piece if magic. Without question playing on Thursday nights has had a drastic effect on the team. We were very sluggish and never managed to really threaten City.
With the pressure mounting on Rafa what can Chelsea do next?? Let me know your thoughts. KTBFFH!