Jose Mourinho suffered his first defeat in the league after the 2nd home coming. The game started with promise for Chelsea with Mata starting behind the debutant Samuel Eto’o. We created chances but couldn’t convert them which really came to haunt us later in the game.
Everton gave a good account of themselves as they managed to hang on to a lead they took at the stroke of half time thanks to Steven Naismith header in injury time of the first half.
Chelsea had the bulk of Chances but failed to put the ball in the back of the net. Chelsea had a total of 22 shots on goal, out of which only 6 were on target, compared to Everton’s 5 out of their 11.
In the 2nd Half Chelsea really went for it. Jose brought in Oscar and Lampard in search for that elusive goal but Everton defended resolutely. Everton too had a couple of chances of their own in the 2nd half. The Baines free kick that kissed the post on its way out and Mirallas too came close. The game ended in disappointment for Chelsea as we slipped to 6th spot.
What we learned today?
You don’t take your chances? You Don’t Win.
Chelsea today paid a heavy price for not taking their chances. We can blame the manager and the team selection if we weren’t creating enough. But if we create and still we don’t manage to score I think it’s down to the players and their abilities.
Jose after the match pointed out:
“I don’t know if I have to say we didn’t deserve to lose, or if I should say we deserved to lose.
“We didn’t deserve it (to lose) because we were the best team, because we play the best football, because we dominate the whole game, because we had 21 shots, because we risk everything we could… In that sense it is fair to say we deserved to win the game.”
“But the other way, a team that has 21 shots, some of them easy shots and easy situations to score and we don’t score and we have a mistake in the last minute of the first half…
“Maybe with that I should say we deserve to lose.”
We for most parts dominated the game, but still didn’t take our chances. At the end of the day it’s about who scored more. Not about possession or who had more chances, a bitter reality.
Simply, It was one of those days really.
Samuel Eto’o needs time to fit in.
Eto’o looked far from match fit for most part of the game. He lacked pace and his finishing was pretty awful too. That chance when he was picked by Schurrle but a fine tackle from Barry denied the striker on his Chelsea debut would have been converted by a fully fit Eto’o.
Still he looked a trade up from Ba and Torres and linked up well with the midfield. We can hope he will get better with every passing game. If Chelsea is to have an exceptional season we’ll need better performances from our strikers.
Eto’o needs time, go easy on him people.
Ashley Cole was poor: Do we have cover?
Cole didn’t have a great game. Infact he was pretty awful today. Not the best left back in the league anymore? He had a nightmare today to put it nicely. Surely Bertrand needs to be tested since this is the position we are getting exposed quite badly.
Today wasn’t a good day at the office, certainly not one worth remembering. Chelsea need to give Ryan a chance just to take the air of invincibility away from Cole. No one should be a sure starter.
4-2-3-1 to 4-3-3 to 3-5-2: Jose went for it!
Chelsea had a Plan, once it didn’t work we switched to plan B. Chelsea introduced Oscar and Lampard for Mata and Schurrle in the 57th minute. When nothing changed in the next 12 minutes, Chelsea made their final substitution as Torres was thrown on for Ashley Cole.
Jose was courageous. Chelsea switched to a more of a 3-5-2 formation in order to get that equalizer. We went for it, Jose was courageous. I really liked it. Although it didn’t result in goals for us which is a real shame but the intent was there.
Mikel needs to be appreciated a bit more:
Always slated by the fans for breaking the tempo and slowing down play but today Mikel had a brilliant game. Today Mikel completed 97% passes in the first half and 57% of them were going forward. (EPL Statman)
Mikel: 97% passing accuracy, 35 passes in 41 touches, 2 interceptions, 2 tackles, 3/3 long balls and 3 aerial duels won. Not bad, Eh?
When Cole was taken off he dropped deep and shielded the defense remarkably well. He was my Chelsea MoTM today.
Just hope he starts more games in the Pivot, certainly in the big matches as he is an assuring factor giving license to the likes of Ramires to bomb forward.
Hope we get back to winning ways in Europe. Up The Chels!