Chelsea 2-1 Blackburn

In the final match of the Barclays Premier League for 2011-2012, Chelsea beat Blackburn 2-1. Despite the win, our league position did not change even though Newcastle lost. It was simply inconsequential. Goals came courtesy of Terry and Meireles.

Goals:

Bosingwa: 2
Cahill: 2
David Luiz: 3
Drogba: 12
Ivanovich: 5
Kalou: 5
Lampard: 16
Malouda: 3
Mata: 11
Meireles: 5
Sturridge: 13
Ramires: 12
Terry: 7
Torres: 11
Goals for: 109
Goals against: 65

Chelsea 6-1 QPR

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Torres, Torres, Torres! Torres bags his first hat trick for Chelsea, and his first since Sept 2009, while Sturridge, Terry, and Malouda all net one a piece as well, thrashing Queens Park Ranger 6-1. I would have liked to see a clean sheet, but Cech let one by him. That’s okay, it was better to get Torres on the scoring sheet, but it was even greater that he got a hat trick. Well done, Blues!

Bosingwa worked really well in the centerback with Terry I thought. It wasn’t until Hutchinson came on that QPR found a consolation goal. It was cool to see this Hutchinson in the game after reading little about him and not knowing a whole lot about the situation. He’s yet one more option available amidst an injure laden back line, so I welcome him.

KTBFFH!

Goals:

Bosingwa: 2
Cahill: 2
David Luiz: 3
Drogba: 11
Ivanovich: 5
Kalou: 5
Lampard: 16
Malouda: 3
Mata: 11
Meireles: 4
Sturridge: 13
Ramires: 10
Terry: 6
Torres: 11
Goals for: 104
Goals against: 57

Chelsea 4-1 Napoli

Chelsea beat Napoli 4-1 today at The Bridge, bringing the aggregate to 5-4 in favor of the Blues. Well done! Can we build upon this game and carry some momentum into the league this weekend? Drogba opened the scoring, Terry found the second, Lampard converted a penalty for a third, and Ivanovich kicked home the valuable overtime goal. KTBFFH!

Goals:

Bosingwa: 2
David Luiz: 3
Drogba: 9
Ivanovich: 2
Kalou: 3
Lampard: 13
Malouda: 1
Mata: 9
Meireles: 3
Sturridge: 11
Ramires: 8
Terry: 5
Torres: 4
Goals for: 74
Goals against: 44

Chelsea Restructuring: A Proposition

Thus far in the 2011-2012 season, we have performed well enough to be in the top half of the table, but not good enough to contend for the title it seems. This league bears no guarantees: though doubtful, champions is not yet ruled out entirely. If we want to excel, whether we win the league or not, and if we want to secure Champions League for next season, I believe we are goint to need to restructure a bit. January transfer window aside, here’s what I would propose:

Cech
Ivanovich – David Luiz – Terry – Cole
Romeu
Sturridge – Ramires – Mata – Kalou
Torres

Our back four should remain a back four. Leave Ivanovich, David Luiz, and Terry in the back; Cole could push up sparingly, but I would advise against it. He has largely been unproductive offensively. Leave him in the back. In this way, we have a four man defensive line. We could defend deep and prevent counter attacks. We would save our legs as well, since we aren’t pushing up. Thus ends my proposal for the defense.

Midfield. I propose we flood the midfield. Keep Romeu in a holding midfield role. Put Ramires and Mata both as attacking midfielders. Put Sturridge on the left or the right, but he seems to do well on the right. We could utilize Kalou on the left. Yes, you counted correctly, that gives us five in the midfield. We are slow defensively. If we don’t control the midfield and force the opponents out wide, it seems to me that we will continue our ineffectual defense. Controlling the midfield seems to me to cause a trickle effect: control the midfield, control the defense. Thus ends my midfield proposal.

I would give Torres the lone ranger forward position. After all, we spent ¬£50 million on him, and Drogba looks like he won’t be staying for more than a year anyway. Give the role to Torres. Thus ends my forward proposition.

Positions aren’t the only thing we need to address. Let’s talk offensive third tactics. Our crossing sucks. It rarely leads to a goal. We need to get bi-line and stop the early crosses. If we can’t get bi-line, then we need to pull it back and switch the ball. Posession is key: don’t force a cross for the sake of crossing it. Cross with deliberate intention, and do so from the bi-line. Otherwise, play the counter attack. If we are able to play down the middle, focus on finding Torres. He can share with Mata, a quick one-two through ball and off to the races he goes. We need to stop this kickball madness too; keep the ball low and on the ground, making it easier for the receiving player to control the ball and do something productive. Thus ends my offensive tactics proposition.

Defensively, too, we must stop sending or outside backs forward. They are very unproductive and their absence leaves our slow center backs utterly exposed. Keep four in the back. As a result, keep tight in the box and force the opponents out wide. Let the wings help out on the sides for doubling up on the ball, and let the center midfielders drop back to protect against unguarded opposition from the flanks and hail mary crosses into the box. Thus ends my defensive tactics proposition.

Well, these are my two cents on the issue. Change is in order, and my two cents may or may not work. But, clearly the tactics employed over the last month are not working. Moving forward as we finish the season in 2012, let’s embrace change and secure a top four finish.

Chelsea 3-0 vs Wolverhampton

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The first half saw three goals from the Blues while the second half was scoreless. Terry scored at the 6th minute; Sturridge the 28th; and Mata the 44th. Drogba started, but Torres subbed on for him at the 76th minute. Meireles started, but Lampard subbed on for him at the 69th minute. Ivanovich started, but Bosingwa subbed on for him in the 76th minute. I’m not sure why Lampard didn’t start. Maybe to rest him? He’s our leading scorer, so it makes no sense leaving him on the bench except to rest him. Again, Torres should start and Drogba should sub on. Ivanovich starting in place of Bosingwa is the right choice in my opinion. I’m glad we got the win, but surprised that we couldn’t find the back of the net in the second half. We clearly still have work to do.

Sturridge and Lampard are now tied as leading scorers for the club in all competitions. These two should be the main focus of our offense.

Goals:

  • Anelka: 1
  • Bosingwa: 1
  • David Luiz: 1
  • Drogba: 2
  • Ivanovich: 1
  • Kalou: 2
  • Lampard: 7
  • Malouda: 1
  • Mata: 4
  • Meireles: 1
  • Sturridge: 7
  • Ramires: 4
  • Terry: 4
  • Torres: 4
  • Goals for: 39
  • Goals against: 22

Chelsea 3-5 Arsenal

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Utterly atrocious. Chelsea gain the lead half way through the first half. Arsenal followed up with a goal. Before the half ended, we took the lead. Shortly after the break, Arsenal scored twice. We scored, and then Arsenal answered with yet two more goals. What was expected to be a thrashing on the Gunners ended up being a thrashing on the Blues. What just happened?

Lampard scored our first goal. He is now our leading scorer in all competitions, again. Terry scored our second. His was off of a corner. It seemed to me that he didn’t strike the ball, and this one may go down as an own goal. Mata scored our final goal with a wicked strike from about 30 yards out.

Scoring was a bit of a problem for us at the start. We had several opportunities to score, and we took advantage of none of them, which will surely haunt us in time for Halloween.

But our real problem was our back four. Bosingwa was horrid. Terry made a grave mistake–albeit accidental, for he slipped and fell, allowing van Persie to challenge Cech uncontested. We have not had a clean sheet in a while; I don’t even remember the last time we kept the opposition from scoring in the BPL. We will not be able to compete with the Manchester teams until we can tighten and tidy things up in our back line.

Bosingwa, as well as he has been for us, is our weakest link in the back four. Furthermore, his crossing is far from good. He has few noteworthy moments, which, I am afraid, do not outweigh his general mundane performance. I would not use Bosingwa any longer. We need to tighten up our back four, and we need to sharpen our crossing. In his place might be Ferreira or even Ivanovich, if David Luiz plays central with Terry.

Goals:

  • Anelka: 1
  • Bosingwa: 1
  • David Luiz: 1
  • Drogba: 1
  • Ivanovich: 1
  • Kalou: 2
  • Lampard: 6
  • Malouda: 1
  • Mata: 3
  • Meireles: 1
  • Sturridge: 5
  • Ramires: 3
  • Terry: 3
  • Torres: 4
  • Goals for: 32
  • Goals against: 17

Chelsea 3-1 Everton

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The Blues earned three points today to get within one point of league leaders Manchester United in a 3-1 win over Everton. Sturridge scored first, Terry second, and Ramires third. Ramires left the field with a right knee injury late in the second half just a few minutes after scoring. Sad.

Drogba was present, and yet you wouldn’t know it. He was involved in the second goal. Apart from that, his performane was forgettable.

Mata was his genius as usual.

Goals:

  • Anelka: 1
  • Bosingwa: 1
  • David Luiz: 1
  • Drogba: 1
  • Lampard: 5
  • Malouda: 1
  • Mata: 2
  • Sturridge: 4
  • Ramires: 3
  • Terry: 2
  • Torres: 2
  • Goals for: 23
  • Goals against: 10

Chelsea 2-1 Sunderland

The Blues earned yet another W in yesterday’s game at the Stadium of Lights versus Sunderland. They dominated possession and they deserved the three points. We did get startled in the last 5 minutes, but we maintained. Unfortunately, we did not keep a clean sheet, but we walked away victorious nonetheless.

Mata started while Torres sat. Muireles started while Mikel stayed home. And we looked good, lively, and peppy. Sturridge made his first start, and he scored on his first appearance. Mata was most impressive. Meireles did well, and I was quite pleased with his performance.

Drogba did not play, but I look forward to his inclusion next week should he be fit. Malouda subbed on for Mata, but I think he should have started in place of Lampard.

Terry scored our first goal as the result of a cross that yielded multiple chances on goal that culminated in his capitalization.

Sturridge scored our second goal, which came in the second half. This goal was a cheeky backheel, a fine show of skill, ingenuity, and finesse.

We remain undefeated, but how will we fair against the likes of the Manchesters? With yesterday’s performance, I’m optimistic that we can do well.

I thought Mata and Sturridge were great together. Once Torres get’s back in form, they will make a great front line. With Lukaku and Drogba, we have a great and deep striker set. Midfield is good with Meireles and Ramires. I thought Mata was a midfielder, but his current performance is very suitable, so I would put Malouda on the left wing. Lampard could be a sub for anyone in the midfield.

So, after yesterday’s performance and in preparation for Manchester United next week, I would utilize the following formation:

Cech
Bosingwa – Ivanovich – Terry – Cole
Ramires – Meireles – Malouda
Sturridge – Drogba – Mata

Subs:
1. Lampard
2. Lukaku
3. Anelka
4. David Luiz

I am hoping Drogba’s knockout against Norwich will be tge reboot he has needed since his Malaria diagnosis. Will this event prove to be a helpful turning point for him?

Goals:

  • Anelka: 1
  • Bosingwa: 1
  • Lampard: 1
  • Malouda: 1
  • Mata: 1
  • Sturridge: 1
  • Terry: 1
  • Goals for: 7
  • Goals against: 3

Chelsea 3-1 Blackpool

Chelsea beat Blackpool today 3-1. Thus, they have gained 6 points on Manchester United in the last 7 days. Still in fourth place, but this week may have provided the inspiration and momentum necessary both to secure a Champions League for next year and to attempt to get to the top of the table for this season.

This game had its moments, but, for the most part, Chelsea didn’t play well. Missed opportunities. Silly mistakes. Selfishness at the expense of Torres. But we did get 3 goals and 3 points nonetheless. Terry had a nice header to open the scoring.¬†Lampard did score his first goal in live play as opposed to his other goal that was from his usual spot. David Luiz and Peter Czech allowed one goal all game that I do feel could have been avoided had David Luiz not lunged near post; I would argue that if he had stood up and blocked the far post, Czech could have guarded the near post, but, because he lunged near post, it blocked Czech’s view, albeit momentarily, allowing the ball to slip by and into the goal. One goal lead to multiple opportunities as the Blues shut down mentally, but Blackpool was not able to capitalize. Chelsea wins. Next game, we need Torres to get a goal or two. Time to build up his confidence.