Today it was the Blues turn in this season of surprise results. Chelsea should have left Stoke for dead by Half-time. But in failing to convert numerous efforts on goal, paid the price as the Potters scored a 90th minute winner.
Mourinho’s face told the story as he looked like he was auditioning for the part of a Bret Easton Ellis psychopath when referee Moss blew the final whistle.
The good news was that Man City, our biggest threat to the Premiership title were held to a point by Southampton. Everton need to continue their great form tomorrow if Chelsea are to have any chance of being “Top at Christmas”, following the Emirates game on the 23rd.
Our Striker problem persists and Jose should be transfer “window shopping” at the moment in preparation for the January sales. Neither Torres, Ba nor elder statesmen Samuel E’Eto are quite worthy of being placed at the top of our tree.
While this issue remains, Jose cannot play the midfield pairing of Mikel/Ramires, simply because there are not enough goals in them. So I repeat the suggestion that Ramires/Willian should be our first choice duo and build the rest of the team around that, with Super Frank being used sparingly in consideration of his age.
We have let in 5 goals in two games, so frankly it doesn’t matter how good your frontman is , you will not win the Premiership title leaking like that. I would imagine that Mourinho is more worried about back trouble than anything else. I saw a stat that said Chelsea have already conceded more goals this season than in the entirity of Mourinho’s 2004/5 Championship winning season. I expect to see Ashley back for the next few installments of the season. Aspic Squirter may do well to stock up on Preparation “H” in readiness for stint sitting on an icy bench.
It was certainly good to see Andre Schürrle back in the team today, he should be a permanent fixture. He is a steelier version of Arjen Robben, he gives us the width required and is also a superb striker of the ball. I’m sure was very upset to end up on the losing side after scoring a superb brace.
Hazard and Mata both had decent games but Torres, Ba and E’Eto who all featured at some point today, all failed to get even close to the goal.
Mark Hughes had the biggest day of his mediocre managerial career. The second former Blues player turned manager in a week to challenge his former employer, Sparky, unlike Poyet was on the right side of this 5 goal game.
Petr Cech will not want to see the replay of the first Stoke goal. He was caught in “no man’s land” at a 42nd minute corner. Peter Crouch, yet again displayed his slight of foot, by controlling and dispatching a difficult ball in the penalty area before the Chelsea keeper could regain his positioning in between the posts.
Frank was bought on with 20 minutes to go as Jose went for a winner. The manager’s double change also saw Samuel E’Eto join the fray. The Cameroonian looked off the pace following recent injury, and pretty much gave every ball he received back to the Potters. In fact it was from an E’Eto “turnover” that Stoke scored on 90 minutes. Jose really does not like to give up late goals, so Samuel can also expect to be on the receiving end of some portuguese verbals.
In the end it was a frustrating day for the Blues. A visit to the Britannia Stadium far from a guaranteed 3 points as we know, but Chelsea had multiple opportunities to go a couple in front and failed to do so.
If The Arse get a good result tomorrow, the bookmakers may start to slash the odds on them getting their hands on some silverware for the first time since the 2012 Women’s super league.