March 25 2012
Chelsea were lucky to get a point at a Sunny, Sunshining lunchtime at Stamford Bridge yesterday. Spurs had three cleared off the line (including the Cech save from Van der Vaart) and they hit the bar. Chelsea’s only mentionable attempt on target, was a Mata free-kick that hit the base of Friedel’s post fifteen minutes from time.
I don’t know if the heat had anything to do with the tedium served up yesterday, but with ‘Corrupt Cup’ qualification at stake and the cause to narrow the gap on Tottenham to two points, Chelsea were inept.
Chelsea lacked spark, cohesion, desire.
Chelsea looked dispirited and some were playing like they wished the season would end here and now.
Under ‘Arry, Tottenham always park the bus at The Bridge, but under ‘Arry Tottenham know when to break and their breaks could have seen a return of at least three goals.
Chelsea’s downfall was their inability to break down Spurs formation.
No craft, no guile, no creativity, which has been Chelsea’s problem all season and with the constant chopping and changes of managers, the stability was thrown out of the window, once Abramovich decided to jettison Mourinho down the Kings Road.
Since Mourinho departed, Chelsea may have won the title and the double under Ancelotti, but slowly and surely the decline began when Ancelotti followed the same path as Mourinho.
AvB tried too quickly to change the ‘project’ and he only lasted a few days longer than Big Phil.
In between Mourinho and Ancelotti we had Hiddink (who won the FA Cup) as interim, Grant as interim and now Bobby Di as interim, who, lets face it will be out the door along with Steady Eddie as soon as the final whistle blows on the last day of the season, regardless of any won silverware.
Qualification for next season’s ‘Corrupt Cup’ is looking as remote as the Faroe Islands and at this rate, Thursday night football may even elude Chelsea, as finishing 6th or below is looking a real possibility, if the results and poor performances continue.
Chelsea is Abramovich’s club we know that and accept that and we are grateful for everything that he has given to club, but Abramovich has forgotten the fans, like me, who have been with Chelsea Football Club through the bad, bad times and those who have been round even longer before Abramovich was an egg in his Mummy’s tummy.
Granted, Chelsea need the ‘Corrupt Cup’ for all the financial rewards it brings, but until Abramovich, Buck, Tenenbaum, Gourlay and the rest of the silk-suited hangers on drop their bloody obsession with winning the damm thing, Chelsea will never, ever become stable again!
Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa (Luiz 59), Cahill, Terry (c), Cole, Essien (Torres 75), Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Sturridge (Kalou 88), Drogba
Booked: Essien 49
Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Gallas, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Modric, Parker (c), Sandro (Livermore 75), Van der Vaart (Saha 75), Adebayor, Bale
Booked: Assou-Ekotto 64, Sandro 65
NEXT UP: Benfica (a), Corrupt Cup, Tuesday 27th March, k.o. 7.45pm