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Napoli 3-1 Chelsea: AvB and Luiz Plot Chelsea's Downfall


By Since66
February 21 2012

They spoke of evolution. They even spoke of a revolution. For me, simply, it was a mass cull. No Super Frank, no Michael Essien, no Ashley Cole. JT had already been ruled out for up to eight weeks due to his knee injury and will undergo surgery - his predicament however is another story.

For a game of such significance, AvB's decisions were simply scandalous and such decisions begs the question, IS AVB LOOKING TO BE SACKED?

Ramires and Meireles were drafted in as defensive midfielders and Jose Bosingwa, a right-footed right-back, switched across to the left.

Ten minutes later Cole came on as Bosingwa 'did' his hamstring.

Petr Cech was the busiest of the two goalkeepers in the opening stages as Napoli, backed by a cauldron of a crowd, looked to press home an early advantage and Cech made a couple of decent saves to deny Cavani and then Maggio.

But it was Chelsea who took the lead when Mata converted a mishit clearance from Napoli's skipper Cannavaro and slotted home to the right of the diving De Sanctis.

The goal stunned and silenced the partisan home support and for the first time the travelling Blues could be heard.

Chelsea's joy only lasted eleven minutes when the defensive midfield pairing of Meireles and Ramires allowed Lavezzi (Napoli's best player on the night) to turn and hit a curler from outside the box, which Cechie boy did well to get a touch, to equalise.

More defensive failings allowed Cavani in, right on half-time to chest in Napoli's 2nd at the far post.

The second-half continued in the same vain as the first.

End-to-end with both teams looking like they would score with every attack.

Chelsea though with all their possession and domination suffered dearly, when Liability Luiz, instead of clearing into Row Z, attempted a side flick clearance but the ball rebounded off Cavani who swept the ball across to the on rushing Lavezzi for him to score his 2nd of the night and Napoli's third.

The night could have got a lot worse for Chelsea as Napoli nearly scored a fourth, but Cole cleared off the line from a Maggio effort.

In fairness to AvB and Chelsea, the ball didn't quite run for the Blues in the most important areas, but having said that, Chelsea were a beaten side even before the first whistle blew.

Napoli: De Sanctis, Campagnaro, Cannavaro (c), Aronica, Maggio, Inler, Gargano, Zuniga, Hamsik (Pandev 81), Lavezzi (Dzemaili 73), Cavani

Goals: Lavezzi 37, 64, Cavani 45

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Bosingwa (Cole 10), Ramires, Meireles (Essien 69), Sturridge, Mata, Malouda (Lampard 69), Drogba

Goal: Mata 26

Booked: Meireles 40, Cahill 55


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Napoli 3-1 Chelsea: AvB and Luiz Plot Chelsea's Downfall
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Re: Napoli 3-1 Chelsea: AvB and Luiz Plot Chelsea's Downfall
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24/02/2012 08:05
Well, we'll soon see IF one of the reasons AVB has been brought in (and "bought" in!) is to restructure the squad and therefore change the philosophy and playing style... IF he hasn't - then he'll be sacked, IF he has, then he'll stay. In the meantime, we MUST end up in at least 4th.

Luiz did one or two excellent interventions previous to his c-ck up which cost us the goal...but that's what you'll get with him. He'll do the same before the end of the season. Can't help liking him though, and I think back to Carvalho's early matches which were not impressive. I think he'll eventually be an excellent defender for us in years to come though.

"It is born out of hypocrisy and fundamental insecurity. There have been two kids on the block for the past 12 years. Suddenly, there is a third and that one is threatening to be more successful than the others and they donít like it." P Kenyon.

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