Pickleman1967 wrote:I'm not unhappy with the Desmond seeing as we were 2 down and looking vunerable in the first half, though I am worried about Bale's injury - looked nasty. Not a great performance, and the away tie won't be easy with a team as lively and pacey as Basle. They cut through our midfield with worrying ease throughout the game, the bearded one needs to get that sorted for the second leg.
Hams wrote:Chelsea 3-1 Rubin Kazan.
I thought Chelsea were very unlucky to concede that penalty to Kazan just before the end of 1st half.
hardly was it just bad luck. but it seems like the conspiracy against english clubs still continues. a purely thought out penalty
The Rubin player blasted the ball right at John Terry who had his arms down and no chance to get out they way!
For the referee to then give him a yellow card also was very harsh on the Chelsea captain.
obviously he thought if he had given a thought out penalty he also needed to justify and back this decision somehow
When the Blues were 2-1 up they did fall asleep as the Russians could have leveled but Rondon missed a good chance.
the only chance they created in the second half. not even chance, HALF a chance with chelski playing half strength and zero pace football at that!
There could have also been another penalty awarded against the former England skipper but this time he got away with it.
and this time it was an unambiguous one. i have no griefs that he didnt blow the whistle on the occasion, but all this led to the 3d chelsea's goal eventually which is not good. yet, that's how justice was done!
It was a good header by the man in the mask to make it 3-1 and Torres can still have a big impact in this competition.
it seemed like that first ridiculous (in terms of defence) goal had done a world of good to him as he looked quite confident again with the ball for the first time since the world cup 2010 ffs!! as for the header, it was like in a training session. in fact, the whole game looked like it was just a boring and routine training practice for chelsea. maybe that's why they allowed themselves to give the ball away so often in the midfield
Hams wrote:Have just seen the Benfica v Newcastle and Fenerbahce v Lazio highlights.
Newcastle seemed to start their game very well and it was a very good cross by Simpson to set up Cisse.
I guess it was a fair score at 1-1 when both sides went in for the break but what happened in the 2nd period?
It was a criminal back pass from Santon which let in Lima to score and then Taylor gave away the penalty to make it 3-1.
I think the Toon were unlucky not to score another one with their Sengal striker hitting the post twice and looking dangerous.
I was delighted that Lazio lost 2-0 to Fenerbahce as the Italians racist fans have been a disgrace to this competition.
The Turks who have never been to the quarter finals only took control when the Rome side went down to 10 men.
It looks like the 2 former Liverpool players in Raul Mereles and Dirk Kuyt have both settled in very well since moving there.
Almeida wrote:what a running start that was from adebayor to take that penalty when a player runs to the ball on the spot in that manner it's more than likely he will mishit. spurs without bale are loike barca without messi, and basel presented a very tough team after all. well done. good example of how to make a decent squad without splashing out the cash. if they go on to knock out chelski, which is quite likely, i will respect them even more.
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