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Yes, Luiz should have been off, yes, we should have had a penalty in the first half and yes, another fucking 50 50 decision goes against us.
Let’s not get carried away, though. This is nowhere near the disaster that losing at Wolves was, and we recovered from that well enough. Let’s put some perspective on things.
Manchester United haven’t won at Stamford Bridge since 2002. In that time, we’ve won 4 titles. It’s hardly the be all and end all of the entire season. Yes, we’re going to have to put up with more rentboy gloating, but it’s nothing we’re not used to. Besides, they don’t have a little 1 next to their teams name in the table. We do. So they can STFU.
Secondly, if I’d come to you on August 1st and told you that on March 1st, 7 months later, you’d have lost twice in the league, you’d both have been pretty happy with that and expected Chelsea away to have been one of those games. On that note, it’s not all bad.
Lastly, if we play like we did in the first half against most of the shit in this league, we’d be 2 or 3 up at half time. Home and dry.
As for the game, it was unfortunately typical United away. We did well in the first half, but then got absolutely overrun in the second half. Essien, I player I envy in the extreme, started to boss things, and Ramires looks ten times the shy, ineffective loser he did in the late summer. Put that against Scholes, Carrick and Fletch, stuck out on the right, and unfortunately there’s no contest.
Scholes needs a boss alongside him – that’s what we bought Hargreaves for – and Carrick is not a boss, he is a ball-playing centre mid doing a job in the holding role. It’s not his natural role, but he does alright. Pit that against Frank Lampard, who annoys me so, so much by being shit but still good, and Essien who would get into any team in the world, and there’s only ever going to be one side coming out on top.
The need for a boss is why we’ve been liked to players like Tiote. We’re absolutely crying out for one.
I’d also like to laud David Luiz. What a player he looks! Although he should have been sent off, he was dominant, composed, imposing physically (some United fans would call it bullying, but when Vida does it it’s fine) and took his goal well. He brings the ball out of defence with the composure and intent that Rio at his best does, and Smalling shows signs of doing.
Difference is that we don’t have £xxm or roubles or whatever to go and spend on the finished article. Penalty aside (which was unlucky, he just got caught in the wrong place at the wrong time) Smalling was again superb. He could well become the player Luiz looks to be.
Torres still looks lost. Never mind what the cockney bastards on Sky think, he still looks woefully short of form and touch, and barely threatened the goal. Drogba, a player I despise, showed more in his short cameo than Torres has since he joined the club.
So, overall, the same old problems came to haunt us again, but we shouldn’t be too disheartened. We need to put this game behind us and get on with our season, because we’re yet to see how Arsenal react to losing the League Cup. They WILL drop more points – we need to make sure we don’t. We are still in the driving seat, and 19 is just a couple of months away.
It’s not snowing anymore, and that means that, this time, the rentboys have nowhere to run or hide. Manchester United are heading to the bridge tonight, and I think that we’re going to do them.
I wasn’t this confident before the Arsenal game we won 1-0, or any of the City / Liverpool games we’ve played this season. I tend to err on the side of caution, expecting us to draw most of these big games.
Not so this time out, against an out-of-sorts Chelsea team who lately have been behaving like even bigger tossers than usual. Not content with signing the greatest ladyboy ever to play football for far too much, and pissing off their main man in the process, they have continued to play shit and plunged new depths of behaviour.
Carlo Ancelotti is clinging on to the reigns, no more in control than a cowboy over a rodeo bull, as the players run rough-shod over his rule, like the self-centered and entitled arsewipes that they are. In scenes so incredibly ludicrous I at first thought they were biting satire, Ashley Cole actually shot a work experience student with an air rifle this week. That’s right. Ashley Cole shot someone.
Of course, you’d never know, because Wayne Rooney also ebowed someone on a football pitch within the past few days. This, clearly, is a far bigger crime than shooting someone (and attempting to hide the incident from the police and hospitals…) and worthy of all the column inches it has been given.
A crime that you or I would get jailed for is simply swept under the carpet. Just like that. No wonder the rentboys behave like dicks. They’re positively encouraged to by their management. Remember John Terry’s “charity” tours?
Anyway, the game. Torres is going to fancy his chances of once again bending over Vidic and fucking him sideways. I don’t think he’ll have the same joy he’s previously had, however. Vida is on an imperious run of form, and with the fresh and confident Chris Smalling alongside him, I think they will have enough between them to snuff him out.
Anelka is the one I’m worried about. He seems to be doing well and, if anything, Torres’ arrival has given him more space from which to profit. I don’t expect him to be afforded this space tonight.
Fergie has been playing Gibson lately, which to me gives the biggest indication that he’s not intending to play him tonight. I have also been nonchalantly saying that the defence picks itself then seeing O’Shea preferred to Rafael. I’m not John’s biggest fan, but he’s done well recently and can now be classed as “experienced”. I see no reason that he won’t start again. That leaves Vidic, Smalling and Evra elsewhere.
We’re almost certainly going here in a 4-5-1, with Scholes, Carrick and Fletcher playing. That leaves Nani on the right and, whilst we’ve still got injuries and Giggs is doubtful, Rooney on the left with Berba up front.
The only other option available would be to bring Gibson in for Fletcher, or put Nani on the left, Fletcher on the right and play 4-4-2, but since when did we play 4-4-2 in the big away games? I’ve probably also called the right-back position wrong again, but there we go.
I expect Chelsea to set up as they have been of late, stringing five across the midfield, albeit with one of those being Anelka playing in a very advanced role. The Drog won’t start, because with the shit he’s been talking this week Ancelotti surely won’t e able to bow to player power, because that would send the message that he’s completely lost his team.
Although John Terry and David Luiz are yet to settle as a center-back pairing, the same could be said of Vidic and Smalling, so this isn’t particularly an advantage we have. Ashley Cole, tosser that he is, is also a very good left back who will do his best to silence Nani. Because of this, the way that Ivanovic handles Rooney, and the performance of Berba (should he get service) will be absolutely key to deciding this game.
I can’t see us losing. Perhaps another draw. I doubt it will be goal-less though. With Chelsea’s season in disarray, this is all that’s left for them to play for unless they can avoid Barcelona in the Champions League. They’re going to be up for it. They’re goint to come after our blood.
Five Cantonas Prediction
We’re going to suck up everything they throw at us early, hit them on the break, and come out 3-1 winners. I’m THAT confident.
I must have missed the part where Wayne Rooney made a grovelling apology for his transfer request without blaming someone else. I must have missed the months of stellar form in the lead-up to yesterday’s game. I must have been fast asleep and dreaming when he said that he was leaving for a club with ambition and that Fergie had lied about his injury, and I must be stupid, a cunt and “not a true fan”. Read the rest of this entry »