What We Learned: Hull City Tigers


The 13/14 season opened up and all eyes were on Jose Mourinho as he returned to Chelsea for a second stint as Blues manager. A great first half and a slightly worrying 2nd half ended in a 2-0 victory for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. With the win, Mourinho is now unbeaten in 61 matches at Stamford Bridge – his record is 47 (W)-14 (D)-0 (L).





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What We Learned:

  1.  Ramires molding into a Makelele/Essien
  2. Torres’ link-up play might be his saving grace
  3. Oscar and KDB look fresh and hungry
  4. Defense taking a good shape

1. Ramires molding into a Makelele/Essien:

The enforcer in midfield, he covered ground with gusto, biting at heels and winning possession back for his side. Rarely wasted possession when on the ball, feeding his team-mates, shielded his defence well and drove forward when he could. (Goal.com).  Ramires was incredible today, he dictated the midfield as the game progressed. Slightly sloppy at times, but he has started to evolve in the midfield commander we’ve been craving since Makelele, Essien (in his prime) and Michael Essien. Ramires has a lot of potential under Jose Mourinho, he can attack and find the net when needed while also holding his ground in midfield. Hopefully, he can keep this up.

2. Torres’ link-up play might be his saving grace:

Often peripheral and hasn’t quite tuned into the same wavelength as the rest of Chelsea’s attackers. Won the penalty Lampard missed, and the free kick he scored, but didn’t have a single shot on target and never looked like scoring. (Goal.com). While I will agree that Torres was anonymous, I will also argue that the service was never there as the match progressed. Torres’ movement and passing was brilliant in the first half when we dominated the match. In the second half, we allowed Hull City back into the game and took the foot off the pedal, Torres suffered as a result. The movements and runs decreased as the service decreased, his hungry start was perhaps overshadowed by the lack of service and therefore anonymous performance in the second half.  His link-up play could be the main reason he starts this season should we not get Rooney. His passing and movement as I said was very good today, especially in the first half. Let’s see if he can keep it up.
3. Oscar and KDB look fresh and hungry:

Oscar- Oozed quality, always searching for gaps and threading passes. The Brazilian was a conduit of creativity and class, and took his goal with enormous composure, prodding the ball underneath McGregor. (Goal.com)

KDB- Continued the excellent pre-season form that earned him a place in the starting XI, darting into space and probing the backline. Played a perfectly executed pass in behind the Hull defence for Oscar to open the scoring. An encouraging display. (Goal.com)

Indeed, KDB and Oscar were brilliant today, they linked up well with the defense, Torres and the rest of the midfielders. They were well synchronised and showed themselves well. Their passing in the first half and how well they created chances is certainly a bright sign. I think only one of them will start this season and it looks like KDB to me. KDB had the better preseason, while Oscar impressed at the Confederations Cup. They both want that starting spot and are working hard to get it. Competition for a starting spot brings out the best in all players and they will certainly get many games this season regardless.
4. Defense taking a good shape:

A fairly solid defensive performance today. Our defense held up well against Hull City’s corners, crossers and set pieces. This is the exact performance we need every game to assert ourselves as Champions in any tournament. We weren’t shaky for the most part and stopped anything and everything Hull City threw at us offensively (for the most part).

John Terry- Barely tested by the isolated Graham, though competed well against the physical, robust frontman when required, taking him out of the game. Organised and marshalled the side well. (Goal.com)

Gary Cahill- Very composed on the ball, always looking to play out from the back and driving forward with the ball at his feet. Rarely troubled by an impotent Hull attack, but did his work with little fuss. (Goal.com)

Ashley Cole- Got forward occasionally, though with less verve than Ivanovic, and was never overly troubled by Aluko at the back. Kept Hull’s right flank on lock-down, but perhaps could have shown more intent on the overlap. (Goal.com)

Branislav Ivanovic- Such a threat going forward and faced little challenge in the air – notably powering a bullet header towards goal that was kept out spectacularly by McGregor. Could also have won his side a penalty with a storming burst into the box. (Goal.com).

It will be interesting to see how our defense shapes up with Azpilicueta as RB and David Luiz in the CB role instead of Gary Cahill, I think we’ll be more solid in the back with a back 4 of Azpi, JT, Luiz, Cole than this back 4. Our weakest link in the defense is Ashley Cole, for me. He had a lot of hiccups today both in attack and in defense. Hopefully, we see Bertrand get some matches soon which will allow us to choose our LB for the rest of the season. I am also in favor of buying Coentrao from Real Madrid, he has turned in a transfer request according to rumours.

Other Points:

  1. We still need a striker (preferably Rooney/Lewandowski or Suarez)
  2. Frank Lampard looks like he’ll be a regular this season (played 90 minutes today)
  3. Shaky start for Hazard after a shaky preseason (let’s hope that changes)

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  1. ejiro obule says

    Well to an extent I agrEe hazard dint hv a shaky preson he was sound we knw wot he can do he’s been our major strength as for cole well he can only get mur better as we play on to gat a contrao wil be perfect just to brng in competition but I don’t sEe dat happening yes we need a striker nd a proper cm who culd compliment rami for mi de rossi nd a ronney will make dis team perfect

    1. Anonymous says

      English Please

  2. 705 says

    Honestly I don’t think KDB was any good today besides the ball to Oscar he lost possesion alot and he didn’t have his shooting boots on, I’m baffled that you’d choose KDB(who I personally think he is overrated amongst CFC fans) over Oscar? Oscar ozzed class today he dictated the first half alone with his attacting flanks falterring all day long, both KDB and Hazard were not on their game today. Ofcourse Mou sees Oscar as his no.10 so that means Mata on the right and Hazard on the left. Only an idiot would choose KDB over Oscar, KDB is good but not as good as Oscar not yet anyway maybe he will reach Oscar’s hieghts but then again maybe not!

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    2. Jeff says

      I agree with you 705, chelsea fans can get carried away at times.. Oscar was good on and off the ball, kdb has to up his game to be as good as oscar although he got good link up play….Our game against hull was fair to say the least, not the opener I was expecting

    3. alexcfc8 says

      The Fact KDB got man of the match shows how little you know

      1. 705 says

        Fact is he lost the ball alot more than any other CFC player, Oscar was controlling the game in the first half. Its not about how much I know but what is there Ramires should have had that MOTM award, he did a top top job in pushing forward and protecting our back four, I actually do not know on what grounds KDB had it maybe because it was his debut. Ramires, Oscar, Lampard had a better game than him. Its true that football fans are the most unloyal fans in any sport!

  3. Anonymous says

    Nice write up….kudos,cole is far 4rm his best,he neva gv a forward pass dan backwards.so disgustn 2day,on hazard,he can do beta.ramires nd lampard impressd me d most

  4. Akinwumi Steven says

    It’s like everybody has forgotten about Mikel in the team.That’s kinda funny and weird.What’s really happening to him now?

  5. SunnyLAMPSY says

    Mikel is not well and he’s comin bak soon…. We really need him

  6. Vaakmeisster says

    Say whatever y’all want, but IMO. KdB had a good game. One clever assist, good passes, good positioning and decent shots. For me, only Oscar had a better game. Ramires and Ivanovic had great games too. Hazard had an average game and this was disappointing. He has the ability, but is getting bit predictable.Maybe he should start roaming towards the central midfield. When Chelsea were rampant in the first half but took the foot of the pedal in the second half. Truth be said, we played against a weak midfield but they still managed to give us some problems. A better midfield may cause us serious problems.

  7. Charles says

    Torres will not be able to perform in this team this way there was absolutely no support. Put him the current liverpoolteam and he will score goals coz after watching their(Liverpool)I was impressed with countinhos support that’s wat we need in the team. The ability of the creative midfielders to link up with the striker. Everyone wants to bee on the score sheet. This is very bad for a team. Watch city’s game yesterday and was very impressed. They all linked up with dzeko very well. Even though he didn’t score, he won the man of the match. Please something should be done coz Torres is far better than lukaku and ba letting him go will be a big mistake coz he will do absolutely well wherever he will be. Other strikers are watching and it will be difficult for them to pick chelsea ahead of others.

    1. Jeff says

      you have a point at strikers picking other teams ahead of chelsea, but if personal terms is anything to go buy, then players would go 4 better deals

  8. joe says

    ramirez,oscar,kdb re very serious n realiable playerz in our squad

  9. chelsea fc...torres says

    I dont think Torres gets the service he needs to score at Chelsea. Mid Field is very creative and they are very young so they always try to be on score sheet. We can take example of Oscar who never passes inside d-box even if he is not sure he will score. Hazard is unselfish who passes the ball but not the kind of service Torres needs because he only passes within D-box when there is not enough space. Our defensive players can provide good service to Torres and we have seen Torres doing well in counter attacks. KDB showed that he was wiling to take any chances even if he is outside D-box. So in my opinion there should be more service given to Torres mostly when there is possibilty of counter attacks. David Luiz and Azpilicueta provided him many chances last season and he score also. So a Chelsea should adopt to play and link up with Torres whenever he is on the pitch.

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