Match Reports – Chelsea FC 360 https://chelseafc360.com Latest Chelsea News and Gossip Sat, 17 Aug 2019 23:37:00 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.9 https://chelseafc360.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/cropped-CFC360icon-2-32x32.png Match Reports – Chelsea FC 360 https://chelseafc360.com 32 32 96397353 Massive Blow: Spain International Star To Miss Weekend Clash Against Liverpool? https://chelseafc360.com/posts/massive-blow-spain-international-star-to-miss-weekend-clash-against-liverpool/ Wed, 28 Oct 2015 20:05:57 +0000 http://chelseafc360.com/?p=24766 Under fire Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that Chelsea striker Diego Costa was rushed to the hospital yesterday with what is suspected to be a rib problem. The Brazilian/Spaniard was seen clutching his side and was substituted off in the 33rd minute in the game Chelsea eventually lost 5-4 to Stoke City after regular time finished 1-1.Speaking to […]

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Under fire Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that Chelsea striker Diego Costa was rushed to the hospital yesterday with what is suspected to be a rib problem. The Brazilian/Spaniard was seen clutching his side and was substituted off in the 33rd minute in the game Chelsea eventually lost 5-4 to Stoke City after regular time finished 1-1.

Speaking to pressmen after the match, Jose Mourinho was quoted to have said; “He is in the hospital – I don’t know.”

When the journalists probed further and asked whether the striker will be available for this weekend’s clash against Liverpool, Jose Mourinho bluntly replied; ” I don’t know”

Although the truth state of the injury sustained by the Spain international striker is still unknown, it is very likely that he will miss this weekend’s clash against Liverpool.

Mourinho asked how and when the injury happened ( obviously by a mischievious journalist ), the Portuguese sensing the mischief and probably not wanting to get into further trouble with the footballing authorities simply replied “I think he punched himself.”

He can’t get sanctioned for that can he?

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FIVE Lessons Learnt From Porto’s Defeat https://chelseafc360.com/posts/five-lessons-learnt-from-portos-defeat/ Wed, 30 Sep 2015 12:46:55 +0000 http://chelseafc360.com/?p=24462 Jose Mourinho return to the Estadio Do Dragoa was not what Chelsea fans were expecting as the team slumped to another defeat this season. Considering the fact that FC Porto was the launch pad for Mourinho in his quest to dominating European football, the night would only provide bad memories of the team’s shambolic all […]

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Jose Mourinho return to the Estadio Do Dragoa was not what Chelsea fans were expecting as the team slumped to another defeat this season.

Considering the fact that FC Porto was the launch pad for Mourinho in his quest to dominating European football, the night would only provide bad memories of the team’s shambolic all round display.

Chelsea were a goal down in 39th minutes with Andre Andre scoring a rebound after Yacine Brahimi made the most of Ivanovic poor defending. Chelsea scored a wonderful free kick through Willian before Porto’s captain Maicon delivered a powerful header in the 52nd minutes to head past Asmir Begovic to make it 2-1.

Although Diego Costa curling effort hit the post, there was also a legitimate appeal for a penalty as the game wound up.

The reigning Premier League Champions dismal performances showed truly the lack of leadership in the team. With Captain John Terry an unused substitute in the match, there was clearly a lack of leadership in the teams’ display.

Chelsea team of past were built around Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard who were leaders that the younger players look up to on the pitch. Currently, the team is really lacking these qualities as there is no direction in the teams display.

The ability of John Terry to coordinate the defensive line was clearly missing as Chelsea’s team was found wanting in set piece defending.

Jose Mourinho was trying to make a statement with the dropping of Eden Hazard to the bench. Fine and good, but for Chelsea to resuscitate their ailing season, Hazard needs to be played regularly in order to rediscover his form of last season. Dropping Eden Hazard was a big decision for the Portuguese to make but the runs of Hazard was purely missed.Although Hazard might not be at his best, he still causes a scare to defenders as one split of his Magic could cause a difference  in any match.

The dwindling form of Chelsea right back could not go unnoticed as Yacine Brahimi exploited Ivanovic frailties. Pedro Rodriques was found guilty of not covering the Serbian international.

Expectations on Chelsea’s Boss would be to find the right balance for his defence with Ivanovic being the weak link.

Worthy to mention was Asmir Begovic fantastic saves that made the score line respectable. The towering Chelsea goalkeeper made some timely saves to keep the match within the reach of Chelsea and had to make up for defensive lapses.

A crunch team talk is needed at Chelsea as onus is on Mourinho to find a way of getting his team back to where it belongs. This is why he is the acclaimed “Special One”.

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FIVE Lessons Learnt From Porto's Defeat https://chelseafc360.com/posts/five-lessons-learnt-from-portos-defeat-2/ Wed, 30 Sep 2015 12:46:55 +0000 http://chelseafc360.com/?p=24462 Jose Mourinho return to the Estadio Do Dragoa was not what Chelsea fans were expecting as the team slumped to another defeat this season. Considering the fact that FC Porto was the launch pad for Mourinho in his quest to dominating European football, the night would only provide bad memories of the team’s shambolic all […]

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Jose Mourinho return to the Estadio Do Dragoa was not what Chelsea fans were expecting as the team slumped to another defeat this season.

Considering the fact that FC Porto was the launch pad for Mourinho in his quest to dominating European football, the night would only provide bad memories of the team’s shambolic all round display.

Chelsea were a goal down in 39th minutes with Andre Andre scoring a rebound after Yacine Brahimi made the most of Ivanovic poor defending. Chelsea scored a wonderful free kick through Willian before Porto’s captain Maicon delivered a powerful header in the 52nd minutes to head past Asmir Begovic to make it 2-1.

Although Diego Costa curling effort hit the post, there was also a legitimate appeal for a penalty as the game wound up.

The reigning Premier League Champions dismal performances showed truly the lack of leadership in the team. With Captain John Terry an unused substitute in the match, there was clearly a lack of leadership in the teams’ display.

Chelsea team of past were built around Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard who were leaders that the younger players look up to on the pitch. Currently, the team is really lacking these qualities as there is no direction in the teams display.

The ability of John Terry to coordinate the defensive line was clearly missing as Chelsea’s team was found wanting in set piece defending.

Jose Mourinho was trying to make a statement with the dropping of Eden Hazard to the bench. Fine and good, but for Chelsea to resuscitate their ailing season, Hazard needs to be played regularly in order to rediscover his form of last season. Dropping Eden Hazard was a big decision for the Portuguese to make but the runs of Hazard was purely missed.Although Hazard might not be at his best, he still causes a scare to defenders as one split of his Magic could cause a difference  in any match.

The dwindling form of Chelsea right back could not go unnoticed as Yacine Brahimi exploited Ivanovic frailties. Pedro Rodriques was found guilty of not covering the Serbian international.

Expectations on Chelsea’s Boss would be to find the right balance for his defence with Ivanovic being the weak link.

Worthy to mention was Asmir Begovic fantastic saves that made the score line respectable. The towering Chelsea goalkeeper made some timely saves to keep the match within the reach of Chelsea and had to make up for defensive lapses.

A crunch team talk is needed at Chelsea as onus is on Mourinho to find a way of getting his team back to where it belongs. This is why he is the acclaimed “Special One”.

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In an uncharacteristic fashion to the start of the season for a reigning champion, the Blues season is yet capitulating into the zone that is raising questions over the competence of Mourinho and members of the squad.

Chelsea were beaten black and blue/back to back by the Toffees for the second time running this season – they have so far let in 11 goals in five matches and are currently lying 17th place on the Premier League log.

THese are some of the lessons/observations from the match:

Begovic: Courtois has been sidelined with injury beyond three months. Begovic has shown by his show-off that he isn’t a capable replacement for the efficient Courtois – the former Stoke City shot stopper has conceded seven goals in three of his appearances which speaks volume of his prowess.

Ivanovic: The 31-year-old Serbian is the most culpable and the weakest link of the Chelsea defenders. Two of the goals conceded yesterday were from his wing. He lacks pace and zest at the right side of defense – Fielding Azpilicueta on the right side is what we look forward to.

Mikel Obi: The selection of Mikel left so much to be desired. His strength is not in his defending, neither is it in his passing abilities. Mourinho should not have featured the Nigerian international. The match against Everton was his first start and he aided and abated the distortion of the midfield.

Fabregas: The Spaniard was the mainstay of the Blues midfield last season but his show-offs this season has been lethargic and questionable. He made zero tackles, zero interceptions and zero assist in the match – Mourinho can place him on the bench for a match or two, to make him feel he isn’t indispensible. Football is a team game, he needs to play as a team member against his unambitious performance.

Diego CostaThe 26-year-old is yet to find his scoring boot after just a goal. He should focus more on scoring than picking on defenders that rise up to play well against him.

Mourinho: His squad selection was questionable yesterday. The selection of Mikel Obi was the beginning of the failure, and then the substitution he made was equally unappealing. Kennedy for Mikel when Willian was on the bench? It was a terrible call from the special one. Hopefully, when Oscar fully returns, we will see more of the silky forward.

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Match Report: Cardiff City 1-2 Chelsea https://chelseafc360.com/posts/match-report-cardiff-city-1-2-chelsea/ https://chelseafc360.com/posts/match-report-cardiff-city-1-2-chelsea/#comments Sun, 11 May 2014 18:32:27 +0000 http://chelseafc360.com/?p=22810 Match Summary: Fernando Torres 5th premier league goal saw Chelsea making another late comeback victory. Jose Mourinho’s side fell behind to a Craig Bellamy goal in Wales but fought back, with the Germany international and the Spain striker both bagging a goal for the Blues. John swift made a debut in this season and we […]

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Match Summary:

Fernando Torres 5th premier league goal saw Chelsea making another late comeback victory. Jose Mourinho’s side fell behind to a Craig Bellamy goal in Wales but fought back, with the Germany international and the Spain striker both bagging a goal for the Blues.

John swift made a debut in this season and we saw Nathan Ake who made his first match appearance since last season. Kalas who made his 2nd second appearance this season saw the blues ending this season with an positive attitude.

 

 

Torres winning goal.
Torres winning goal.

 

First Half:

A balloon-laden pitch – Cardiff fans littered the playing area with blue in the hope owner Vincent Tan will revert to the club’s original colors – could not halt early Chelsea pressure, Oscar firing a warning shot when curling just over.

Their early verve did not yield too many more openings, though, and Cardiff took advantage in the 15th minute.

Bellamy picked up the ball, moved to the edge of the area and unleashed an ambitious pot-shot that deflected off Cesar Azpilicueta to wrong-foot Mark Schwarzer.

It was an undeserved lead for the hosts, and we looked to hit back instantly. A nice, intricate move on the edge of the box allowed Hazard the space to feed Salah but the Egyptian, who failed to find a proper connection, could only steer his effort over the bar.
It was Chelsea dominating possession, and just before the half-hour mark approached another great chance went begging. Mikel picked the ball up just inside the Cardiff half, looked up and picked out the run of Oscar with a simple ball over the top of the static home defenders. The Brazilian was on to it quickly but as he fired towards goal the faintest of touches from Turner deflected it behind.

Clear-cut chances continued to elude Chelsea and their opponents almost capitalised once more, Fraizer Campbell wriggling into the box and firing over.  

Determined to get back into it, Mourinho’s side pressed further forward after the break with Torres curling wide from just outside the area.

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Second Half:

Yet, as was the case in the opening period, possession did not initially lead to goals – although the visitors came agonisingly close when Eden Hazard stuck the side-netting.

There was more urgency in our attacking play, with Hazard, Oscar and Salah making the type of runs which defenders find difficult to track but, in truth, Marshall wasn’t being seriously tested often enough.

Andre Schurrle was introduced at the expense of Mikel shortly after Hazard had fired into the side-netting, a switch which saw Oscar  revert into a deeper midfield role.

The Chelsea number 11 tested Marshall from outside the box as we looked to find a way back into the game and it soon came.
Chelsea did finally draw level in the 73rd minute. After Azpilicueta – having somehow found himself in the area – had forced a fine reaction save from David Marshall and hit the crossbar with the follow-up, Schurrle showed fine poise to power a volley into the net.

As is often the case, one goal immediately brought a second as Torres, who was just onside, chested down Branislav Ivanovic’s header into the area and finished coolly.

Schurrle almost added further gloss when his effort was tipped over by Marshall, yet it mattered little as Chelsea signed off with a win.

Chelsea's Andre Schurrle celebrates after scoring his team's opening goal
Chelsea’s Andre Schurrle celebrates after scoring his team’s opening goal

 

Match Statistic:

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Schwarzer; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Kalas, Cole (c); Mikel (Schurrle 64), Matic; Salah (Ake 78), Oscar, Hazard (Swift 88) Torres.
Unused substitutes Hilario, Cahill, David Luiz, Ba.
Scorers Schurrle 72, Torres 75
Booked Mikel 32, Matic 87

Cardiff City (4-4-1-1): Marshall; Fabio, Caulker (c), Turner, John; Gunnarsson, Mutch, Whittingham, Daehli (Cowie 66) Bellamy; Campbell (James 88)
Unused substitutes Lewis; Eikrem, McNaughton, Berget, James, Healey.
Scorer Bellamy 14
Booked Whittingham 50

Referee Michael Oliver

 

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Match Report: Chelsea FC 0-0 Norwich City https://chelseafc360.com/posts/match-report-chelsea-fc-0-0-norwich-city/ https://chelseafc360.com/posts/match-report-chelsea-fc-0-0-norwich-city/#comments Sun, 04 May 2014 18:54:40 +0000 http://chelseafc360.com/?p=22764 Match Summary: Another hurtle has been suffered in the last home match of the season against a mediocre opponent in the form of relegation threatened Norwich City. The small teams have become inexplicable jinx for Blues which has been witnessed yet another time. Mourinho who did not anticipate any last moment Title swings appeared to […]

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Match Summary:

Another hurtle has been suffered in the last home match of the season against a mediocre opponent in the form of relegation threatened Norwich City. The small teams have become inexplicable jinx for Blues which has been witnessed yet another time. Mourinho who did not anticipate any last moment Title swings appeared to be relaxed. But the Stamford Bridge home crowds desired some goals for their delightment as to mark the last but one league match.

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First Half

The Canaries who headed to the match with the aim of getting something out of it to salvage their EPL sustenance replicated Park the Bus tactics. It went onto frustrate Blues whose attacking trio of Schurrle, Willian and Salah exchanged the ball continually. The German winger scuppered a reasonable goal chance by shooting at the safe hands of John Ruddy after Ba laid it in his path. It took the 9th minute for Norwich to play three passes on the move but never looked shaky. Merely two minutes later Chelsea were exposed as desperate sliding tackles by Cahill and Terry felled Martin Olsson who was supplied the ball by Johnson. The consequent penalty calls sought by Norwich was however waved off. Cole supplied a long pass resembling his attacking team mates but Ba could not intercept well enough to score. The stagnant half of the first 45 minutes passed with Chelsea’s fruitless search for a goal as Norwich would see the ball in their own half. It was marked by Terry contriving to head the ball at Ruddy with a goal chance wasted. Another genuine chance was created by Schurrle from the left but the German’s shot after clever dribbling run past many players ricochetted off Rudy’s left post. After this 32nd minute ambition Schurrle tried a low shot after a good work this time from the left but Rudy could save it. In the 37th minute Cole was presented with an inviting shot from the middle of D-Box but fizzled it very high. For the away side Johnson picked up a ball at 20 yards from Schwarzer and curled a shot which was somehow blocked by Terry who threw his body to defend. The save spared the Stamford Bridge crowds from the shock of a Norwich lead. At the final minute of regular time Lampard delivered a free kick which Terry headed to Rudy again.

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Second Half

It started with Lampard and Salah exiting to accommodate Luiz and Hazard Chelsea played with the same rigidity as in the previous half. The 48th minute could have seen the home crowds stand on their feet had Luiz not hit the bar. Hazard was instrumental by forwarding a pass to Ivanovic and the Serbian back passed to Luiz who was dismayed by the bar. Hazard injected offense to Chelsea by giving Whittaker torrid moments to deal with. In the 54th Schurrle was fouled by Tettey in the Norwich D-Box but a valid clear penalty was dismissed by referre. Three minutes later Hazard was fouled in the same region of the field but his landing on Bennet surprisingly saw the Belgian being shown a yellow card. However the match spanned the remaining half with the ball continually sticking to Blues feet with no apparent fruition scopes. The home crowd wanted to be entertained with some goals in the ultimately goalless encounter.

Match Statistic:

Chelsea Formation (4-2-3-1): Schwarzer; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Lampard, Matic; Salah, Willian, Schurrle; Ba.

Booked Ivanovic 57

Sustitutes– Hilario, Kalas, D Luiz↑ Lampard↓, Van Ginkel, Hazard↑ Salah↓, Torres↑ Matic↓, Eto’o.

Norwich Formation  (4-1-4-1): Ruddy; Martin, R Bennett, Turner, Whittaker; Tettey; Snodgrass, Johnson, Howson, Olsson; Elmander.

Booked Bennett 59, Turner 86, Olsson 89.

Substitutes– Bunn, Bassong, Van Wolfswinkel, Fer, Hooper, E Bennett, Redmond↑Elmander↓.

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Match Report: Chelsea FC 1-3 Atlético Madrid (AGG 1-3) https://chelseafc360.com/posts/match-report-chelsea-fc-1-3-atletico-madrid-agg-1-3/ https://chelseafc360.com/posts/match-report-chelsea-fc-1-3-atletico-madrid-agg-1-3/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 14:13:01 +0000 http://chelseafc360.com/?p=22613 Match Summary Atletico Madrid humiliates Chelsea at home as they march on to the final. Chelsea got the breakthrough in 35 min thanks to Fernando Torres but it wasn’t enough to see them going through the finals as nine minute later Simeone side found the equalizer through Adrian Lopez. Chelsea needed to score desperately as […]

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Match Summary

Atletico Madrid humiliates Chelsea at home as they march on to the final.

Chelsea got the breakthrough in 35 min thanks to Fernando Torres but it wasn’t enough to see them going through the finals as nine minute later Simeone side found the equalizer through Adrian Lopez.

Chelsea needed to score desperately as they were down on away goals rules, Mourinho made an attacking change but went all wrong when sub Eto’o tripped Diego Costa inside the penalty area, and Costa made no mistake from the spot as he blasted the ball inside the net making it 1-2.

Arda Turan who scored just 11 minute after the penalty incident making sure the game went out of reach for Chelsea. On-loan Goalkeeper Courtois played his part from stopping blues reaching the final.

Chelsea season will end on 11 May, 2014.

Nando goal

First Half

Before kickoff we observed a minute silence as mark of respect to two of European coaches who passes away, Barcelona’s Tito Vilanova and Vujadin Boškov of Sampdoria and the Yugoslavia national side.

Koke’s cross-shot almost caught Mark Schwarzer out in the early exchanges, as Chelsea replied back on set pieces first threat from the home side as Willian bending a free-kick just over the bar after Ramires had been brought down 13 minute in.

Diego Costa got two chances but both were blocked well by Chelsea defenders, first by Cole and then Cahill.

Luiz who showed his acrobatic skills almost beating Courtois but the ball went narrowly wide.

Chelsea went ahead after Willian weaved through two attempted tackles in the right corner and the ball broke for Azpilicueta to cross first time. Azpilicueta found his fellow Spaniard Torres, who slotted the ball under Courtois, albeit via a slight deflection off Mario Suarez. Former Atletico Player Torres refused to celebrate against the club where he made his name

but Atletico was euphoric a minute before half time when Adrian capitalized on some hesitant defending to equalize with a scuffed right-footed effort from Juanfran’s cross.

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Second Half

The Spanish side had the bit between its teeth early in the second half and Terry was relieved to see Schwarzer thwart Turan with a fine reflex save following some poor defending from the center back.

Terry was next to go close at the other end, but Thibaut Courtois’ razor-sharp reflexes denied his parent club.

Chelsea desperate to score Mourinho made a change bringing in Eto’o for Cole, but the Cameroon striker gave Atletico upper hand as his first action was in defence when he tripped Diego Costa and Referee Nicola Rizzoli awarded a penalty.

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Costa was booked after taking his time to place the ball and an exchange of views with Ivanovic before drilling his penalty beyond Schwarzer for his eighth goal in eight Champions League matches this term.

here was no letup in the action, and Luiz got on the end of Willian’s inviting free kick with a powerful header which struck the crossbar – Courtois somehow diverting the rebound over.

But any hopes of a Chelsea fightback were ended by Turan, who calmly tucked the ball into an empty net when the ball came back nicely for him after Schwarzer had tipped his powerful header against the bar 18 minutes from time.

Simeone scorched down the touchline in celebration and Chelsea, and Mourinho, had no answer.

Courtois in excellent form stopped Hazard and Eto’o who came close to score for Blues.

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 Match Statistic

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Schwarzer; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Cole (Eto’o 53); Ramiers, David Luiz; Azpilicueta, Willian (Schurrle 76), Hazard; Torres (Ba 66).
Unused subs 
Hilario, Kalas, Van Ginkel, Oscar.
Scorer Torres 35
Booked 
Cahill 31

Atletico Madrid (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe Luis; Mario Suarez, Tiago (c); Arda Turan (Rodriguez 83), Adrian Lopez (Raul Garcia 66), Koke; Diego Costa (Sosa 76).
Unused subs Aranzubia, Alderweireld, Diego, Villa.
Scorers Adrian Lopez 44, Diego Costa 60 pen, Arda Turan 71
Booked 
Diego Costa 59, Adrian Lopez 64

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Match Report: Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea https://chelseafc360.com/posts/match-report-liverpool-0-2-chelsea/ https://chelseafc360.com/posts/match-report-liverpool-0-2-chelsea/#comments Sun, 27 Apr 2014 17:50:32 +0000 http://chelseafc360.com/?p=22565 Match Summary: Chelsea have earned another Incredible away win at Anfield with the most radical Starting Squad where most noticeably Ba scored from a Gerrard mistake. In the line-up debutant Kalas was partnered by Ivanovic who has been employed in the role for the first time ever by  Mourinho. However all plaudits went to Ba […]

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Match Summary:

Chelsea have earned another Incredible away win at Anfield with the most radical Starting Squad where most noticeably Ba scored from a Gerrard mistake. In the line-up debutant Kalas was partnered by Ivanovic who has been employed in the role for the first time ever by  Mourinho. However all plaudits went to Ba and late substitute Willian each of whom scored. Mourinho made seven changes to the lineup that played Atletico but retained Cole at left back. Cahill and Torres followed Willian in a contest where victory seemed impossible.

Kalas on his debut
Kalas on his debut

First Half

Both teams started with sharp momentum with Sterling managing to snatch the ball from Chelsea D-Box in the opening minute and running up the entire length to the other end. In the 4th minute Schurrle was fouled much to the concern of Mourinho while he intercepted a cross and ran clear off after a composed build up play by the Reds. From the second throw of the match Mikel after receiving the ball passed to Cole who unleashed a shot on goal that Mignolet blocked. Kalas tackled Sterling that earned Liverpool their first corner where Johnson hit it against the wall to see another. In the 10th minute Coutinho hit the side net from a Gerrard cross. In the 11th minute Cole defended a clear but weak shot as the ball could not be cleared Sakho misfired it over the bar. Then again Gerrard’s trademark volley from the middle of the D-Box was caught by Schwarzer. Chelsea countered from the right where Liverpool markers frustrated them each time by breaking up their moves for throws. From the throws Liverpool managed to block Blues from taking the ball forward. Mignolet until now has been largely a spectator as the home side resumed their monopoly. Their players had fantastic chemistry in attacking Chelsea, defending and preventing from running past middle of the pitch and constantly stopping them with the ball despite being outnumbered. With half an hour gone the realistic offense was seen from the Blues with Salah and Ba forcing corner by clever dribbled albeit the Liverpool D-Box being soundly guarded all the time. Lampard delivered the corner kick but Liverpool successfully broke up the moves. Mignolet was called into action merely a second time from a promising Blues attack as Ashley Cole’s lethal cross that targeted Salah almost caused panic. In the 46th minute a clumsy fall by Gerrard gave  Ba a chance who steered,clear on goal and converted silencing the home crowds.

 

The moment when Liverpool fans went silent. Demba Ba
The moment when Liverpool fans went silent. Demba Ba

Second Half

In the opening minute Suarez threatened to score and the waves of attacks continued. Now Blues dropped to shield Schwarzer in more numbers and closer proximities. Sterling cut in evading Ivanovic, Coutinho attacking from left and center and their team mates laying on the ball for captsin Gerrard to shoot each 3 minutes was the regular features. Blues were walking the tight rope despite throwing up numbers at the back. Yet they looked solid as they past the 70th minute mark. Suarez powered shots on goal to force saves from the busiest Schwarzer. Sterlings threats forced Mou into introducing Willian who launched several counter attacks that Ba should have exploited. Now Chelsea’s risks of surrendering the lead were relaxed in match where more than three fourth players of the team mobbed their D-Box. Courners flooded in one after another which Chelsea dealt with relentlessly. The Anfield noises were made by the away crowds. In the meantime Schurrle who forced a save from Mignolet made way for Cahill. The German made good defending contributions to fall back and mark Coutinho. The England center Back stood between Ivanovic and Kalas amid the nonstop Liverpool’s efforts. Mourinho also replaced Ba with Torres to provide rest to the former. In the added minutes the desperate home side paid the price for baring their defense absolutely as in the 92nd minute Torres released with. the ball and Mignolet stranded and exposed. The spaniard kept his composure to feed the ball to Willian whoevadedthe goalkeeper. The Brazilian paused for a second before cooly slotting the ballinto the net to wreak rapturous applauses. Mou was witnessing the moment with pride of delivering Chelsea the win with 25% possession.

Willian scoring an easy goal
Willian scoring an easy goal

Match Statistic 

Chelsea Formation: 4-3-3

Line Up: Schwarzer: Azpilicueta- Ivanovic,-Kalas,-Cole: Lampard-Mikel-Matic: Salah-Ba-Schurrle

Substitutes: 60 mins↓Willian ↑Salah, 77 mins ↓Cahill ↑Schurrle, 84 mins↓Torres ↑Ba

Possession: 27%

Yellow Card: Salah 21 mins, Lampard, 43 mins, Cole 90 mins, Torres 91 mins

Liverpool Formation: 4-3-3

Line Up: Mignolet: Flanagsn-Skrtel-Sakho-Johnson: Gerrard-Allen-Lucas: Coutinho-Sterling-Suarez.

Substitutes: 58 mins ↓Sturridge ↑Lucas, 81 mins ↓Aspas↑Sterling.

Ball Possession: Liv 73%-Che 27%

Shots on Goal: Liv 26-Che 11

Shots on Target: Liv 8-Che 4

 Corners: Liv 14-3 Che

Offsides: Liv 1-0 Che

Saves: Liv 2-8 Che

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Match Report: Atlético Madrid 0-0 Chelsea FC https://chelseafc360.com/posts/match-report-atletico-madrid-vs-chelsea-fc/ https://chelseafc360.com/posts/match-report-atletico-madrid-vs-chelsea-fc/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:01:08 +0000 http://chelseafc360.com/?p=22511 Match Summary: It goes to the second leg once again, after a good defensive display by Mourinho’s men despite the early loss of Cech to a shoudler injury and later on Terry.Good news is that Chelsea still managed to keep a clean sheet for second leg. John Obi Mikel & Lampard, Plus Atletico Madrid Captain […]

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Match Summary: It goes to the second leg once again, after a good defensive display by Mourinho’s men despite the early loss of Cech to a shoudler injury and later on Terry.Good news is that Chelsea still managed to keep a clean sheet for second leg.

John Obi Mikel & Lampard, Plus Atletico Madrid Captain Gabi are  suspend for lthe second leg as both teams  look forward to progressing to the finals.

 

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John Terry limped off with a foot injury in the second half

 

FIRST HALF: The match started at Vicente Calderon with Atletico pressurizing Chelsea with offensive moves from the starting whistle. Gabi delivered a pass to Felipe Luis who headed it to Costa in the mobbed D-Box of defensive minded Chelsea. The second minute witnessed a shot on goal by Diego that was projected wide posing no threatto Cech. As Atletico resumed their wave of attacks where defensive mid duo of Suarez and Gabi combined with Juanfran and Luis then the latter exchanged passes with wingers from the extreme left side of the field. Atletico were excellently co-ordinated in keeping the ball off the visitors from London. Brazilian Diego and Suarez also got involved offensively to disrupt the Chelsea defense. The visitors were overpowered, in terms of possession and they composed a narrowly spaced midfield of five men as both of Willian and Ramires fell back. Meanwhile Mikel took position in own D-Box to shield Peter Cech. Atletico were exchanging tricky passes. The Atletico hitman Costa in the 10th minute overcame his marker Cahill and loosened the compaction of Blues with his skills and moves. From the edge of the D-Box he passed it to to Raul Garcia who was well marked by Ashley Cole as the shot flew over the bar that led to goal kick. In the 15th minute a corner taken by Koke drew a save by Cech by tipping it over the bar. The astonishingly acute goal bound shot made Cech take a leap which badly struck his shoulder against the underneath of upper goal post frame. No sooner he was about to land he was caught in a collision with Raul Garcia that unbalanced his fall and added to the shoulder injury incurred less than a second ago. Schwarzer stepped into the field as Cech’s game ended. In terms of Chelsea’s offensive strikes that were assigned to Torres, the Spaniard did not fail as he drove off Juanfran to force a corner in the 20th minute. Gary Cahill intercepted the ball but the corner was cancelled for a foul on Courtois. Then Blues defense nullified the Madrid side’s attack by playing both Raul and Costa offsides. Diego got involved more but was well shut by the stubborn defense that withstood the flanks interchanging home side. Willian and David Luiz were the only players Atletico could not get past at ease and the Brazilian duo could convincingly dribble past them despite, being outnumbered. Willian threaded a long pass from left to his compatriot Ramires who ran unmarked but miserably failed by shooting wide from a promising condition. In the 33rd minute Luiz broke free to counter attack and delivered a pass to Torres who lead a couple of Red and White striped shirts. Yet he maneuvered with beautiful baall  control to receive the pass In the 37th minute Cahill made his presence felt by tackling Koke who ran past Azpilicueta after the Spaniard misjudged the ball’s direction. Four minutes later he amended the mistake by closing in on Costa as he was about to unleash a volley having chested the ball. Willian withstood the threats of Juanfran and his build up partners such as Diego and Garcia. Uriguyan center back Diego Godin fouled Torres close to the Atletico D-Box periphery but Luiz wasted the free kick at the final minute of first half.

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SECOND HALF: In the 2nd minute of second half Lampard made Chelsea’s first accurate shot on goal but the angle made it easy for Courtois to grab. Seven minutes later Atletico moved with Diego feeding Koke the ball who send it to Gabi. He crossed the ball which was headed away by Cole for a corner. Barely two minutes later Diego shot on target that Schwarzer stopped after the ball fell at the former’s feet from the Aussie keeper’s interception of a right wing cross. Torres ran from the center of the field with incredible pace as he dribbled past three red and white striped shirts along very narrow channels. He should have passed the ball to any of the team mates having plenty of space to shoot. Torres overcame his markers but instead of the mentioned option he shot into the safe hands of Courtois. Turkish player Adra Turan replaced Diego whose last action saw him fire a volley directly at Schwarzer. Juanfran who has been largely active in playing right side directed crosses saw one of them strike Lampard’s arm. The result was a free kick from a dangerous position but nothing came out of it. Around the 65th minute Lampard fouled Adra in the center of Park and picked up a yellow card. Having seen it already at the 2nd leg of Quarter Final he will pay the price by missing the next match. Six minutes later Terry limped with a knock sustained from a corner thst further escalated the worries of Mourinho. Schurrle was introduced to the field at Right Wing which moved Ramires to Luiz’s place who in turn moved to center of the defense to cover for the club’s withdrawn captain. Six minutes into the swap in positions Schwarzer proved his worth by saving a Raul Garcia effort stupendously. A series of goal attempts were executed by Atletico that made the Blue’s defense work hard yet none of these attempts troubled them. A couple of these looped over to land on the roof of Chelsea’s goal post and Atletico were well resisted. In the 88th minute Cahill stopped Costa for the third time with an excellent challenge that prevented the Spaniard from heading in. A minute later Miranda pushed Torres down to the ground and from the resulting 20 yards free kick nothing came as Luiz ruined it. In the five additional minutes Atletico desparately tried to score but to no avail and Ba came in for Willian a minute from time. The final whistle was blown to end the scoreless encounter.

 

Chelsea: (4-3-3) Cech (Schwarzer 17); Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry (c) (Schurrle 72), Cole; David Luiz, Mikel, Lampard; Ramires, Torres, Willian (Ba 90+3). 
Unused subs: Kalas, Ake, Van Ginkel, Oscar. 
Booked Lampard 63, Mikel 74.

Atletico Madrid: (4-4-1-1): Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe Luis; Raul Garcia (Villa 85), Gabi (c), Mario Suarez (Sosa 79), Koke; Diego (Arda Turan 59); Diego Costa. 
Unused subs: Aranzubia, Alderweireld, Tiago, Rodriguez.
Booked: Gabi 74, Miranda 88. 

 

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Match Report: Chelsea FC 1-2 Sunderland AFC https://chelseafc360.com/posts/match-report-chelsea-fc-1-2-sunderland-afc/ https://chelseafc360.com/posts/match-report-chelsea-fc-1-2-sunderland-afc/#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:40:42 +0000 http://chelseafc360.com/?p=22488 The match at Stamford Bridge started with absolute yet polar opposite ambitions for the two teams, where Blues strived to embark on a run of first win in four remaining matches. Meanwhile Sunderland energized from their away Man City draw needed to wreak an upset in their bid to climb out of the table’s extreme […]

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The match at Stamford Bridge started with absolute yet polar opposite ambitions for the two teams, where Blues strived to embark on a run of first win in four remaining matches. Meanwhile Sunderland energized from their away Man City draw needed to wreak an upset in their bid to climb out of the table’s extreme bottom.

 

The match started with an indifferent intensity given the dire needs for either team to meet requirements. Sunderland showed collective performance,by exchanging passes to evade the Blues. In the 3rd minute an absent mindedly commited pass to Schwarzer by Oscar was almost recieved by a Toon player. The first corner kick of the match saw Willian shoot straight against Vitor Mannone from whose,fists the ball ricochetted off. The resolve of the away side was almost on the brink of being broken in the 10th minute when Chelsea would not let them off past their D-Box. Eto’o pulled off a fantastic dodge to overcome two Sunderland players close inside their D-Box before his shot was blocked by Santiago Vergini for a corner. Then in the,12th minute from a Willian delivery rightly picked up the Cameroonian hit man who met it with an unstoppable shot beyond Mannone. The Stamford Bridge crowd went into raptures as the camera focused on a smiling Jose Mourinho. The lead however would be short lived as in the 18th minute Toon managed to win a corner on an Ivanovic challenge. Like the corresponding away match where all of the opposition’s three goals were scored from set pieces the Blues showed poor defense. The free-kick was delivered to an unmarked Marcos Alonso positioned at the periphery of D-Box perpendicular to it. The Blue shirts heavily outnumbered the ones from the visiting side and afforded him plenty of space. The Spanish Left Back duly shot a bit rightward which any of Cahill or Terry should have thwarted with their back side but let it flow straight to Schwarzer’s hands. The 41 year old Aussie fisted it instead of parrying it away as the ball auspiciously landed at the feet of Connor Wickham. The 21 year old easily outran Ivanovic to slot it beyond Schwarzer, to drive his mates in the field ecstatic. Hence in the 20th minute things became weary for Chelsea in their hunt for the second goal. They could run forward at will and spent most of their time in the Toon’s D-Box. Meanwhile a foul on Azpilicueta which was clearly yellow card offense was spared by the referre Mike Dean. Corners took place one after another for the home side where in the 38th minute Ivanovic’s goal bound header could not be grabbed by Mannone. It bounced off to strike the upper frame of the goal post that the Goal keeper safely collected. In the 44th minute Ramires largely quiet throughout the match was played in a through ball leaving him one on one with Mannone was prevented a clear goal by Sebastian Larsson. Then the first half ran out with the host side’s unfulfilled task of producing a lead.

 

 

 

HT: 1-0
HT: 1-1

 

 

The second half resumed with Sunderland earning a free kick worryingly for Chelsea whose deputizing Goal Keeper Schwarzer struggled with clearances as he slipped to the ground each time. From the corner kick Ivanovic crossed from a narrow angle to a team mate. Then Willian received the ball and stormed into the Toon D-Box and laid it at the path of the charging Eto’o to shoot from the left. However the clear opportunity was scuppered to silence the crowds. Then shortly past the 50th minute Oscar was replaced by Demba Ba. Willian the consistent player on the pitch created a golden scoring opportunity for Ba to stroke an easy ball to the net of the net. Somehow the unmarked Senagalese contrived to miserably miss it. Chelsea resumed their offensive moves which was faced without nervousness from the Sunderland team that threw bodies to congest their D-Box. Salah was withdrawn for Schurrle whose direct shot was skillfully blocked by Mannone. As frustrations continued in the 81st minute Azpilicueta tripped over with the ball at his feet that allowed Jozy Altidore to recover the ball. As the American ran past the Spaniard who had to stand before making a chase got his foot struck between that of Alttidore in a fair challenge. The referre’s assistant at the left side misjudged it as a foul drawing a penalty kick decision from his chief Mike Dean. It was Chelsea’s first ever penalty conceded in the League this season. Yet the first conceeded penalty struck a massive dreadful blow as the ex Blue Fabio Borini aptly converted. Schurrle responded immediately from the left flank with a sublime shot that Mannone was equal to with his save. The following minutes saw Chelsea intensifying their offensive moves yet with safe feelings from the opposition. Rui Faria could not suppress his emotions against Mike Dean on the invalid penalty issue and had be drawn back by other members of the coaching staff. Five minutes of added time was given with the mountain climbing task of scoring two goals to save the Title triumph possibile. Sunderland held on frustrating them with late time killing substititions and ran out winners of the contest. However Blues were hard done by some invalid decisions by Dean who did not award them three absolute penalty kicks via handball by the away players in the second half. Moreover Matic was blamed for a harmless contact against his marker in the first that invalidated a Terry shot into the net. Chelsea racked up 30 plus goal attempts and nearly 70 percent possession which was rendered ineffective by woeful ill-luck.

 

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Goals:

Chelsea Samuel Eto’o (12′)

Sunderland Connor Wickham (18′) Fabio Borini (82′) (Pen)

Chelsea Formation (4-2-3-1) Schwarzer: Ivanovic-Cahill-Terr­­y-Azplilicueta: Ramires-Matic: Salah-Oscar-Willian Eto’o

Subtitites: Ba↓ Oscar↑, Torres↓ Eto’o↑, Schurrle↓ Salah↑

Sunderland Formation (4-1-4-1) Mannone: Vergini, Brown, O’Shea, Alonso: Cattermole: Larsson, Johnson, Coleback, Borini: Wickham.

 

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