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Reaction: 2 Points Dropped

Reaction: 2 Points Dropped

QPR vs. Chelsea was a match that was full of controversy right before kick-off (Anton Ferdinand indeed refused to shake John Terry’s hand) but the hype ended there. The match wasn’t dull, & both teams created chances but neither teams could take any of those chances and the match ended in a 0-0 draw.

Summary

Chelsea started the half well, almost creating 2 chances in a span of 3 minutes. A corner was won by Bertrand & Terry came close to giving Chelsea the lead but didn’t connect with the header. Eden Hazard then came close to scoring off a Ramires low pass but didn’t quite catch it as he would have liked & Julio Cesar made a simple save. The match ebbed & flowed thereafter, but Chelsea had 2 certain penalties turned down in the first half itself. First John Terry was brought to ground by Ryan Nelsen when a Chelsea free-kick  was played into the area. Later, Eden Hazard was brought down by Onuoha after Hazard left him behind while on a blistering run, but Andre Marriner didn’t award a penalty. 0-0 at the end of the first half.

The beginning of the second half saw QPR dominate the game more, although they didn’t create an awful lot of chances to begin with. Park came close from a header, but the attempt was a wasteful one. Victor Moses was handed his Chelsea debut when he replaced Bertrand in the 58th minute. Chelsea were looking slightly better now, but a poor finish from Ivanovic & some poor play from Torres meant that Chelsea couldn’t break the deadlock. The game ebbed & flowed again, but Chelsea should have sealed the game in the 88th minute. Moses passed to Hazard, who was unmarked, but the Belgian blazed his effort over. Chelsea & QPR both came close again, but the game ended 0-0.

Robbie’s Reaction

Di Matteo was happy with how the game went, & felt that all that was missing was the goal. “The only disappointment was we didn’t score the goal with the chances we created because all in all, the performance was very good.

Playing at Loftus Road is always difficult because of the history and the rivalry of the clubs. We controlled the game very well, we created a number of chances and it was just the goal that was missing. One goal would have probably been enough for us to win the game.

I am not concerned because we created chances. It is the first game we haven’t scored, we normally do, and we will continue to do so if we create chances.”

He also thought that we deserved a penalty in the first half. “The one with JT and Nelsen looked a stonewall penalty to me. I have watched the replay. I know the ref doesn’t have the replay and I don’t know if he didn’t see it or saw it and didn’t think it was.

‘The one on Hazard he was in a good position for and there was some contact but maybe he didn’t think it was enough. It is a difficult job to be a referee. It is easy for us because we have the replays.”

360 Reaction

Despite Robbie being happy with the performance in general, there are issues that need to be addressed. Chelsea didn’t look as sharp in the attacking third, & quite a bit of it was down to Torres. The Spaniard didn’t really have a good day today, but he wasn’t the only reason we looked toothless upfront. The line-up seemed almost defensive-minded. Why Robbie would choose to use Bertrand on the left wing when we had Moses on the bench is baffling. Bertrand has impressed many Chelsea fans with his performances on the wings, but he is a left-back at the end of the day. He does provide that added cover on the flank, but that’s the type of cover needed against teams like Barcelona not QPR. It would have made more sense to start Sturridge-Hazard-Moses as the trio behind Torres. QPR were shown too much respect. And while we did create chances, the fact that we didn’t score is a bit of a cause for concern. Torres’ reaction when he was subbed was uncalled for. Whether he was frustrated at being subbed or at his performance in general (it could even be a combination of both) is unclear but he should have handled himself better. All said and done, work needs to be done before Chelsea face Juventus in the Champions League.

Shayne Dias

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