Another shock in the Capitol One Cup semi-finals – this one saw Chelsea dominate Swansea, but 2 incorrect decisions by the referee and 2 Ivanovic mistakes gift-wrapped Swansea a shocking victory over favorites Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
What We Learned :
- Torres – anonymous up top.
- Chelsea’s struggles continue.
- Victor Moses and Mikel will be missed.
- Chelsea need to buy more in this window.
1. Torres – anonymous up top : The only thing more intriguing than his remarkable decline over the past three years – and in truth it has become something of a tired topic – is how he has mastered the trick of avoiding getting chances. He didn’t score, didn’t really do anything and, worse still, he never looked likely to. Torres was NOWHERE to be found when Chelsea needed goals. In fact, Demba Ba had more chances in 5 minutes than Torres had the whole game. A disappointed performance from Torres as he continues to proves his “uselessness”.
2. Chelsea’s struggles continue : We slumped to a defeat in the first leg of the semi-final – a dominant performance was meant with wastefullness up top and sloppiness in the back which let to our defeat and possible exit from the tournament. A good XI was fielded and it was off to a good start, but Juan Mata, Oscar, Hazard never clicked as Torres continued to show why Ba should start over him. This display reminds us of what happened against QPR – same scenario and same result. The inconsistency is showing as Rafa Benitez can’t quite get the formula working every time. It’s very disappointing and troubling to see as a Chelsea fan and it could lead to us exiting the Europa League, FA Cup, Premier League title race and Capitol One Cup if things aren’t turned around soon.
3. Victor Moses and Mikel will be missed : Oscar was poor as some of his touches were genuinely inspired and created space for his team-mates in dangerous positions, but he drifted in and out of the game. He didn’t show that consistency, physicallity, speed and movement that Victor Moses has on the right-hand side. David Luiz shielded his back four extremely well, breaking up opposition attacks and keeping things ticking over in midfield for his team, while Ramires had a poor display by his high standards. His passing, tackling and positioning were all below par, and there were less of the driving runs from midfield which usually make him such an asset. Lampard didn’t have the impact wanted when he came on – poor display out right and in midfield, something we didn’t see often with Victor Moses and Mikel.
4. Chelsea need to buy more this window : Demba Ba was a good acquistion, but it’s obvious that we’re missing backups for Mikel, Mata, Moses, etc. We need to look into Taison, Fellaini and Isco and see if we finalise those deals soon, because it’s proving very costly to us as we stumble to more and more defeats when we need wins. If Roman Abrahmovich and the board can make some deals happen while being on track with the FFP (financial fair-play), Chelsea could have something now – better depth. This would be crucial if injuries hit and if we need to rest players. We are lacking the depth that United and City have which has propelled them forward along with their good string of results, so far.
Other Points :
- Squad rotation and depth is a problem.
- What was Ivanovic thinking about?!
- Get ready to kiss the early trip to Wembley, good-bye.