We prefer to talk less about the humiliating show by the Blues last night. But if we are to derive any positive from this 4-2 loss against Bradford, we have got to get our shit together and try to focus on the Tuesday night’s game against Liverpool.
So here are the five learning points from our 4th round game of FA Cup:
When the race is on, all bets are off
Not even the best bookies or pundits could have predicted a League One 6th placed side blasting 4 goals against the Premier League leaders at Stamford Bridge. But it happened! The Blues were well on top after making it 2-0 in the 38th minute, but in the end it was the visitors who were going through to the next round. A good performance from Bradford’s best man on the pitch, Jonathan Stead and some nice saves from the keeper, led to the Bradford players and fans celebrating for long after the final whistle had been blown. Clearly, if a 3rd division side can create such an upset then Liverpool and Man City, whom we face in our next two games respectively, are a totally different affair altogether. We will have to be at our best to end this month with wins in both of our remaining fixtures.
Andre Schurrle close to the exit door
Fans have neutral opinions about Andre Schurrle, but most of us wish for him to stay. But Jose doesn’t seem to be on the same page as us. With the German not even included in the substitutes for the Bradford game, it seems that a situation similar to Juan Mata one is going on at the Bridge. Although Jose claimed before the game that the winger was not given the chance due to his illness, the decision has given rise to speculations that Chelsea might be looking to make one more move in the January transfer window with the offloading of Andre SChurrle.
Ramires grabbed the opportunity well
The high competition for the midfield position and an injury-interrupted season has given the capable Ramires next to no chances, for displaying his abilities. But the lad got the deserving chance against Bradford and made no mistake to impress us. He did well to dispossess a Bradford player on the counter and drove forward, before exchanging a pass with Salah just outside the box and then a cute finish with his left foot. Thus, doubling Chelsea’s advantage in the 38th minute.
Silver lining from the defeat- less fixtures to deal with
On a positive note, we will now have some resting period and therefore, an improved performance in the Premier League or the upcoming Champions League fixtures. The season has been quite of a heck of busy schedule. But no participation in FA Cup will mean a complete weekend of rest for the team.
We still in for a treble
It’s time to say goodbye to quadruple dreams but Chelsea still have fair chances of ending this season with a treble. Only a win against Liverpool is required for entering the final of Capital One Cup, and as a Premier League and Champions League are concerned, hardly any team has managed to look as consistent as us. We can go on top eight points clear of Man City, with a over the Citizens on Saturday, who too lost their 4th round tie against Middlesbrough 2-0 at home yesterday.
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Edited By: Ankur Bhatt