Monday, October 19, 2009

Riccy Carvalho's day off

Second loss of the season was not expected to happen this fast. We seem to try and emulate Liverpool whenever we can. After abismal performance against Wigan, which even Toronto Maple Leafs would be jealous off, Chelsea had a fantastic game against Liverpool. Game this past Saturday exposed some holes that were supposed to be patched by Guus. We were beaten by two set pieces, 2 corner kicks to be exact. Scolari can be proud as his legacy lives on....
 First goal came after slight deflection by Frank Lampard. He tried to clear the ball, but inadvertently   helped it into the path of well positioned Dunne whom was completely unmarked. He did appear to be Riccy's man. One cannot blame Lamps in this situation and I suppose one could make an argument that Riccy was reacting to the original ball velocity.. That might be, but most likely it is due to mixed up assignments by Chelsea defenders.
 Second goal was even worse. Once again it was horrible defending of the corner. This time, Petr was caught in " no man's land"... Only if Petr would decide to stay in the net... it was well taken corner away from Chelsea keeper and straight into the path of Villa defender whom didn't miss. Once again it was a free header. Could Riccy be blamed for this one too?
 Form there on, we did have more than one chance. Deco in particular, could have easily scored but his shot, if you can call it that, was weak and straight at the keeper. Anelka was guilty of shooting straight at the keeper on more than one occasion.
 Could it be that Chelsea players relaxed too early after Drogba's goal? If anything it seemed that Villa wanted to win more. Perhaps we should stop re-signing everyone to all of them crazy extensions and give chance to some youngsters.
 Whatever it is it sux and should be dealt with, the sooner the better. Perhaps some corner practices could be useful, we did have like 10 of them...
 Overall, Carlo's diamond was too narrow against Villa, with 2 wingers sitting on the bench I was surprised to see that we didn't even try to change formation. This Saturday I truly missed Jose...

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