Wonder how redhead is feeling after being so confident pre match
Everyone mocked me when I said Chelsea would struggle to make it past the Group Stage even before the groups were drawn. Look at me now
It's not surprising at all really. They're way too open and good teams are always gonna exploit that, especially European teams who are comfortable passing the ball around. Should have been more than 3 if it wasn't for Cech having a good game and Juve's constant poor finishing. It's all well and good having all that talent going forward but it means fuck all the opposition has all the possession and can get through your midfield with such ease. I'm speaking from bitter experience. They weren't even bad defensively tonight. Cahill and Luiz were solid and Cech was good. Cole didn't have his best game though. It was just far too easy for Juve to play from the back and let Pirlo and Vidal pull the strings in midfield. Like I said at the start of the season, it's all well and good being able to play like that and dominate Wigan but once they start facing opposition who can play like they will in Europe they'll be exploited and they have. It's kinda ironic how this is the same team who just THIS YEAR won this competition by defending for the lives against Barca and Bayern.
I'll probably get some stern reactions for this but Hazard just isn't a game changer when it matters. Oscar is and has shown it. Mata is and has shown it. Hazard isn't. There's just that extra something missing from his game where he can change the momentum of a game. Maybe it'll come. He's got plenty of time and potential. Right now though he isn't a game changer which is what I thought he'd turn out like this season.
This is Chelsea though so history tells me that Juve will somehow fuck up at Donetsk and Chelsea will rob that other irrelevant team of a brave draw with a fortunate ending.
Didn't watch Utd? Probs watch the highlights tomorrow. How did they do? Powell and Buttner?
Celtic should be fine too. Benfica won't get anything against even a weakened Barca team unless Barca fluff all their chances and Celtic should get what they need at home vs Moscow pretty easily. The home support should pull them through even if they play shite.
Champions of Europe and Champions of England out at the Group Stage?
The the very real prospect of BOTH Chelsea and City playing Thursday nights gives me a tingly sensation. Watch City do their best to lose so they don't get Europa League Football.
Di Matteo looks like a bit of a plonker for sacrificing the WBA match now. League was your best hope, all be it a very slim one. It's a shame but he'll likely get the boot as soon as they fall off the pace of the top 2. I hope he doesn't but it always seems like he's one bad string of results away from Roman losing faith. You need to replace Mikel before you replace Torres quite frankly.