With much to speak about after this game that disappointed all the neutrals and Chelsea fans, the focus is on Mourinho’s post match comments following a ridiculous 4 minutes of added time after so much delaying of the game by the visitors who were in the field to protect their goal. Their fans were celebrating as if they had avoided a relegation this season while the home fans were left feeling disappointed by the missed chances out of 39 shots (including blocked shots by defenders).
Mean while, Manchester City has passed Arsenal and are now leaders of the table by three points ahead from us after a 5-1 trashing of Tottenham at White Heart Lane. This comes right ahead of out next title deciding fixture at the Etihad, where the home team has a 100% winning record on home soil in the premier league.
Let’s look at important lessons to be taken out of this game…
Opportunities should be converted; not wasted-
Sounds so easy to say and expect from your team when playing against a local rival who are struggling in the league. But, the Blues had a total of 39 shots that didn’t find the back of the net due to incredible wasting of opportunities in both halves of the game. West Ham simply came not to score and try to get win but, for the sole purpose of defending and earning a precious point in their battle for relegation. But, such wouldn’t have been the outcome had many of our players converted their chances. Lampard could have won the game for us had he put the ball in to the corner rather than straight into the goal keeper.
Big opportunity wasted in the title race-
With Manchester City winning their rather tricky looking fixture away at Tottenham in an emphatic fashion, Jose Mourinho’s men are now 3 points behind the leaders from Manchester with Arsenal seating in 2nd position two points ahead of the Blues. We could have surpassed the gunners and wait what happens vs Man City at the Etihad, but now that important fixture to be played on Monday Feb. 3rd is a must win for Mourinho in order to have a legitimate chance of winning the title.
Our defense dealt well against the powerful strikers-
Taking some positive out of our performance, we can appreciate our center-backs performance against the powerful and physical Andy Carroll who was dominated in aerial duels and the physical battle by John Terry and Gary Cahill. It was a battle of a traditional English center backs vs a powerful English target man looking for headers and win the game for their un-deserving team who were out to defend. And it’s much clear who won the battle despite both sides settling for a draw. Another clean sheet for the incredible defense despite the Blues being left disappointing with the outcome.
Our attacking midfielders did everything but convert one of their long range strikes-
The attacking trio of Hazard, Willian and Oscar were brilliant performers except the fact that they failed to convert one of their chances. All three did their job very well and it’s a positive for Jose Mourinho and the fans. We expect a similar type of performance with added quality of finishing at Etihad against Manchester City on Monday!
’19TH century football by West Ham’ – Jose’s reaction!-
Mourinho gave a rather special response to the press after the boring draw which left West ham celebrating as if they had won battle against Relegation. Mourinho was asked how Allardyce reacted to being told his team earned their point with ’19th century’ football.
‘He was laughing,’ replied Mourinho. ‘His objective was won – to come here and take a point. His objective was not to come here and win, come here and feel part of the quality of the Premier League. His objective was to come for a point. He takes that and for that he is a happy man and I am sad at this moment, so congratulations to Sam.’
This is surely a missed chance with Mourinho claiming how disappointed he was of Sam Allardyce’s tactics against his team who went to the limit to score and claim the win but wasn’t possible. We must now look forward to the next important game against not only the favorites as Mourinho has said but, also against the new leaders at the top of the table. This battle is a title decider for Mourinho’s team since there is a chance of going 6 points behind City and 5 points behind Arsenal if we lose. Jose surely knows the master plan of how to stop it from happening!