BORDEAUX 1-1 CHELSEA
Well that was pretty crap I have to say. We can happily beat teams away in the Premier League but when it comes to the Champions League, Chelsea couldn’t play any worse if they turned up in stilettos. And to think we were fortunate to even come away with the draw we got is even more depressing.
But, yet again, Chelsea put in a really poor performance in Europe. No energy, no creativity, no desire, nothing. Maybe the fact we’d thumped Bordeaux last time around worked against them because the fact that they needed to put a little effort in didn’t seem to cross their minds last night. And if we’re honest, Bordeaux were all over us and their equaliser was the least they deserved.
We have Petr Cech’s goalkeeping skills to thank for keeping us in it for the first 45 minutes and Nicolas Anelka’s goal on the hour, gave us a 1-0 scoreline that would have flattered us. Fortunately for them though, the Chelsea of old – you remember, the one that could hold on to a 1-0 lead? – appears to be a thing of the past as Diarra headed in the equaliser amid some of the worst Chelsea defending I’ve seen in a while.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, Frank Lampard’s suicidal challenge, bearing in mind he knew he was already on a yellow, saw him leave the field earlier than expected. And with us now needing a win at home to a Cluj side we couldn’t break down in our last meeting, things probably couldn’t feel any worse for us right now.
Valverde, Chalme, Planus, Diawara, Jurietti, Menegazzo, Diarra, Gourcuff, Gouffran (Cavenaghi 67), Wendell (Obertan 75), Chamakh.
Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, A Cole, Mikel, J Cole (Ferreira 85), Ballack, Lampard, Malouda, Anelka (Drogba 63)