The Blues hosted Ballack and the rest of Bayer Leverkusen in the first leg of the Champions League group stage today, winning 2-0. Torres earned two assists, laying up David Luiz first and Mata second. Torres scored in the first several minutes, but Meireles was deemed offside, so the goal was called back. Torres looked good throughout the game. Somehow he managed to find a spark. It may be that a turning point has been found for him. Hopefully more good performances as well as goals are in the near future for him. Sturridge looked great, too. He was lively and creative, as usual, and he did keep the keeper honest. Malouda was great out on the wing. Mata, of course, was brilliant. Meireles was solid. Mikel I felt did well. Anelka and Lampard were subbed in in the second half, and they did well. It seems that AVB has been reading my blog and taking it seriously, because he followed my advice about Sturridge, Malouda, Anelka, and Lampard, and I’m proud to say that it seemed to have worked. Anelka and Lampard were good game changers in the second half. I said in my earlier post that they would make good subs. I said Malouda would be great on the wing, and he was indeed. I said Sturridge is the way of the future, and he looked bright today. I’m very happy!
David Luiz did look good today. He looked solid defensively and even scored a goal. Terry was out today, but David Luiz teamed up with Ivanovich to help secure our back third. Well done.
There were lots of opportunities to score and we could have really racked up the score. Unfortunately, we just weren’t on top of it. However, we had two goals that were called off, and I think one of them should have been counted. In any case, we won, and we looked good. Was it a one-sided match? By no means! Yet, we did do well. I think AVB, following my advice of course, is really starting to mold the formation and players into a well organized unit. There is still some work to be done, but things look very promising!