What We Learned From The Leeds United Match : 19.12.2012

What We Learned From The Leeds United Match : 19.12.2012
What We Learned From The Leeds United Match : 19.12.2012

Scorers :

Leeds : Becchio (37′)

Chelsea : Mata (46′), Ivanovic (64′), Moses (66′), Hazard (81′), Torres (83′)

What We Learned :

1. Lampard’s time to go has come.

2. David Luiz is not a CB, but a DM.

3. Fernando Torres continues to be inconsistent.

4. Calling for Benitez’s sacking is idiotic.

5. Juan Mata is Chelsea’s best play-maker.

6. Victor Moses is working towards a starting spot.

1. Lampard’s time to go has come : Frank Lampard put in a good performance against Leeds United, but it’s proved how Frank Lampard is no longer necessary to Chelsea and that his departure is near. Lampard looked bang up for the occasion as soon as the first whistle went. Like a sledging cricketer, Lampard had plenty of chat in the middle and drove the visitors on when Leeds tails were up, and he certainly wanted to prove a point, but it also showed that his quality is visible against weak opposition as he severely struggled against Corinthians. His failure to track back and deliver passes was a real concern and has shown us, that Super Frankie Lampard has to go.

2. David Luiz is not a CB, but a DMWhere Luiz fits in is that Rafa’s style at Liverpool was made possible by Xabi Alonso, who could pick out a forward pass and was perfectly comfortable on the ball. It seems that as Rafa imposes his style, Luiz is one that could play the deep lying playmaker role, although Lampard did play that role in the Club World Cup final. The importance of this role is without doubt, the sale of Alonso caused the capitulation of Liverpool that is still being experienced today. It must also be noted that Torres thrived under this style at Liverpool and that was the player that Abramovich hoped he would be getting, he may be finally getting his wish. Luiz would maybe make the midfield more vulnerable, but he is certainly more skilled at DM rather than CB.

3. Fernando Torres continues to be inconsistent : Torres will be pleased to have finally fashioned a true chance late in the game when he added an easy fifth goal. The striker’s performance was encouraging, showing for the ball more often than in the recent past and moving well off the ball. However, this performance came just after his hideous run against Corinthians and his impressive run against Nordsjaelland and Sunderland. He’s definitely scoring more often, but the inconsistency could be comprimised with another striker getting more minutes. That would mean his inconsistency could be easily stopped and he could still thrive.

4. Calling for Benitez’s sacking is idiotic : Wasted chances against Corinthians in the CWC Final had more and more Chelsea fans asking for Rafa’s dismissal. Sacking him would be chaotic. We wouldn’t give him a chance to buy in the winter window or try and continue the decent league form. Benitez has only failed us once, so far. He lost the CWC to a motivated and sublime Corinthians side who wanted it more than us. We almost had the same fate against Leeds, but we showed passion and continued to fight. That 2nd half effort proved that Rafa is here to stay and he can turn the match around in our favour. Rafa Benitez has improved our league form and kept us in contention for another trophy, while doing his own to keep us in the CL and leading us to a CWC Final in our debut appearance in the tournament.

5. Juan Mata is Chelsea’s best play-maker : Mata’s low drive at the start of the second half kick-started the Chelsea revival after being a goal down at the break and his low sense of gravity and endeavor in and around the box that always causes opposition problems. His passing was sublime in the 2nd half as we began the comeback. He didn’t do much on the eye, but his presence and movement had Leeds confused and befuddled in the back. If you think about it, where would be without Juan Mata? We struggle without him, we thrive with him. It’s clear that Juan Mata is the center of all our chances and how we function in attack. Losing him to injury or fatigue would be catastrophic.

6. Victor Moses is working towards a starting spot : I said in the last WWL that Moses doesn’t deserve a spot in the XI (and he doesn’t), but his stunning form in the Capitol One Cup and his physicallity along with pace is very tempting to give a start to. Benitez clearly prefers him over Oscar in the 4-2-3-1 area of the formation. He has proven a real gem of a transfer and his goal and shots against Leeds made him seem like a striker. Given Torres’ recent weird form, giving Moses a run at central striker wouldn’t be a bad idea and could unlock the key to our goal scoring abilities if Torres is misfiring. That being said, Victor Moses is definitely showing improvement and better decision making after his bad decisions against Corinthians.

Other Points : 

1. The hype over Marko Marin was pointless (poor performance).

2. Mikel, Ramires and Romeu are missed when they are out.

3. Onto the next round : Semi-final! (Swansea – 2 legs)

  1. ledron says

    Cmon… Torres played well? Torres gave away the ball about 80% of the time he got it. He looks nothing but lazy. Also, idt its time for lampard to go, maybe time for him to ride the bench more. Wit mazacar no1 is shooting from the mid easily, lampard finds the space and shoots. We can bring him in 2 change games like a scholes. This hapnd wit drogba where most fans ended up wishing he didn’t leave, let’s not make the same mistake with lampard

    1. Anonymous says

      i dnt think so either….he would be a great player to use for the inspiration and the wil to win]

  2. Cc says

    Whats your issue with Frank Lampard??? He has been pivotal as ever, ofcourse old legs but he still possesses the skill of a killer pass, and is a much better player than scholes n giggs who still plays for ManU.
    Get a life!!

  3. Michael58 says

    Point 7 Neil Warnock can cry .

    Agree with most of your points ,however Lampard is a great leader and motivator and showed that today ,we should play him further up field he cannot play in the pivot .

    I thought Oscar was genius today he tormented Warknocks crew .

    Michael Brown should retire ,rolling on the field like a gun shot victim than getting up and slapping one of our players .

    We should win this cup though Swansea will be tougher .

  4. Zane says

    All I can say is WHAT A PASS FROM LUIZ!! Other than that,I never agree with the “What we learned” part of this blog.

    1. Charles says

      What a pass! I could ask it again n again n again!

  5. drogba says

    este partido tendria que averse ganado con suplentes , hazard , mata y oscar merecian descansar , torres no hizo nada solo metio el gol por suerte y benitez es un idiota haciendo cambios, porque no le dio munutos a piazon en vez de ferreira ?? el partido ya estaba ganado

  6. Anonymous says

    Its sad to see most of the parts of this article has been copied from goal.com. it seems more like a copied articlr then your own views.

  7. Anonymous says

    do u copy frm goal.com??

  8. Mista Maman says

    My opinions are Mata & Hazard our most reliable play-makers at this moment, Moses improving, Benitez’s rotation system is impressive, Luiz pairing with Ramires are the best double-pivot so far, Azpilicueta is a bargain, Betrand still shaky, Oscar can plays anywhere in the midfield but still showing good displays, Cech is doing good back to his old days & to complete Chelsea is, at least, we sign Falcao in this JTW, we will become undeaten.

  9. brown says

    ‘D hype over marin was pointless’ Ʊ really shudnt say dat afta one match,dat is his first start 4 d season. I saw wat he is capable of doin during d pre-season.

  10. Godwin Nkem says

    marin did his best,afterall it was his first start the same thing happened with hazard on his first competitive game against city…over all,i was impressed with mata,moses and hazard..and about torres,i think it is high time he starts scoring important goals in important matches just like in the club world cup final.

    1. Anonymous says

      Shame on you benitez..!Oscar is better than Moses..

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