Originally Posted by Joel
He could have put Ba in a lot sooner. Had he put him in on 60mins, we'd have someone with a brain leading the line and we saw how many chances Ba got when he came on. The second Ivanovic mistake probably doesn't occur, as it's highly likely we would have not been chasing the game anymore.
But instead, we have to watch #9 continue to do shite, because he's tight with the manager.
Mistakes or no mistakes, Rafa did not change the game when we were running at a brick wall.
This is very true. His managing outside of matches leaves a lot to be desired as well. We've gone from having a lethal attack (minus Torres) to one with no idea what they're doing. We're playing this long ball garbage more often as well. How does that work to the advantage of Mata, Hazard and Oscar, who wouldn't even reach 6ft if they stood on each other's shoulders? It doesn't even help Torres, who can't hold up play for shit.
I'm not blaming Rafa solely for last night's result, but there is a clear trend with Chelsea's play since he took over. It is static, uncreative and without a plan B. Even when we've won games we haven't looked like a potent attacking threat. The game against Everton is a good example. We were outplayed for most of the match and if it wasn't for Lamps' clinical finishing it would have been another defeat.
It isn't entirely Benitez's fault either. Abramovich is the one who pulled the trigger far too early on RDM. I can blame the players for their individual mistakes (like Ivanovic last night), yet I can sympathise with them overall as it can't be easy having to constantly change the way you play every time we get a new manager. It's Mata's second season and he's already had three managers, all with different styles of play.
And the worst thing is I can't see things improving this season. Not unless we drop Torres for good and bring a CM in during this window.