What We Learned From The Swansea City Match : 3.11.2012
|What We Learned From The Swansea City Match : 3.11.2012|
It finished 1-1 between Chelsea Football Club and Swansea City after 94 minutes of play in South Wales. It was a relatively boring match with few chances created and only 2 taken.
Victor Moses (61′)
Pablo Hernandez (88′)
What We Learned :
1. Without Mata, we struggle.
2. Without Terry, we struggle.
3. Gary Cahill is better than David Luiz.
4. Cesar Azpilicueta and Oriol Romeu are not yet ready to be starters.
5. Fernando Torres’ inconsistency continues.
6. Victor Moses continues to impress.
1. Without Mata, we struggle : Juan Mata was rested v Swansea and it was only the second time this season that Juan Mata had been rested (QPR away), that match we drew 0-0 and following that match came Mata’s stunning form. (Keep that in mind). With Oscar, Hazard and Moses the “trio” v Swansea, we lacked something in shape, size and form of Mata. We couldn’t just surge forward and create opportunities which were limited in this match. We must find an alternative to Mata’s creativity if we chose to rest him, because without him, we aren’t the same team (for bad reasons).
2. Without Terry, we struggle : It’s John Terry’s last game due to suspension and it is a blessing to have him back. Terry is a crucial part of our defense and trying to work without him is very, very hard. His physical presence in the box (ours and theirs) is something you can’t replace and his leadership is out of this world. We’ve conceded 10 goals in our last 4 games and with Terry we had the best defense in the league. Gary Cahill and David Luiz and Ivanovic just can’t seem to do what Terry does.
3. Gary Cahill is better than David Luiz : For me, Cahill is our new Terry. He is composed, calm, relaxed and makes quick decisions that don’t cost us. David Luiz is a very talented player and his personality is one of a kind and you just can’t hate him. However, Luiz’s recent performances have been poor and even though he was injured and not available v Swansea, Cahill still stole the spotlight in defense. His performances compared to Luiz this season have made it clear that he is our #2 center back. Here’s what Goal.com said about Cahill v Swansea :
“Covered well for Ivanovic on one occasion when Michu looked as if he might run through on goal. With Luiz injured and Terry suspended, he led the defence effectively and was a danger at set-pieces.”
4. Cesar Azpilicueta and Oriol Romeu are not yet ready to be starters : Dave and Oriol were very poor v Manchester United in the league cup and were a tad bit better v Swansea. Azpi is a bit closer to being a starter when compared to Romeu, but both are still not able to be relied on in their positions. Azpi didn’t show his dynamic attacking ways, but did defend well. However, he was caught out on a few occasions. Romeu was just very lazy v Swansea, he sat back and didn’t add support to the Chelsea attack where his passes could be used to pick out the runs of Torres or Hazard. This is a start to their beginnings as Chelsea players and playing them in League Cup fixtures and other PL games (v smaller clubs) will prove their chances for the XI.
5. Fernando Torres’ inconsistency continues : After a poor match v United last weekend, another poor performance came from El Nino and many fans have lost their patience with Torres, including me. Yes, I can’t take it any longer, Torres has proven to me that he doesn’t love this club and that this club isn’t for him. Nevertheless, Torres was terrible against Swansea, passed poor, shot poor, crossed poor, everything from Torres was poor and its frustrating to see that. Ashley Williams kept Torres in his pocket and as quiet as ever.
6. Victor Moses continues to impress : Our new signing from Wigan was fantastic v United (League Cup) and great v Swansea. He, like Oscar, ran forward and held the ball well and was there in our moment of the match when he scored to put us up 1-0. His speed and creativity is definitely a treat and he runs at defenders so calmly and easily that they have a tough time bringing him down and taking the ball away from him. Well played, Victor.
Other Points :
1. When will we see Marko Marin?
2. Romeu-Mikel is too defensive.
3. We’re still in the title race.