A Consolation Triumph
A win is a win, it's true, but given how poor the team has been in the last three months, it would be inappropriate to do cartwheels of joy just because Sarri's assortment of numpties finally saw off the resistance of Malmo. Tis still not the stuff of world beaters, and it remains difficult to envisage a happy ending to Sunday's cup final. Of course the permanent departure of the bewildering Sarri would indeed constitute a happy ending. This victory takes Chelsea into the last sixteen of the Europa League, but it really shouldn't fool anyone. Chelsea are still going nowhere slowly.
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It was Groundhog Day once again, as the manager refused to drop or replace Jorginho, refused to bring on a second striker, and the team refused to score. This goal-shy team is inept in the final third. No wonder young Hudson-Odoi wants to leave. Hopefully the Russians who are mismanaging this club will either take themselves off elsewhere or move the stubborn, incompetent old manager on to pastures new. Sarri's philosophy is a joke. Chelsea don't need another ego who overthinks strategies and tactics. A manager who seeks quicker attacks and preferably two up top is what Chelsea need. They don't need any more experiments with nonsense philosophies. Zola reckons that Sarri needs more time, which inevitably means more time to fail. A replacement, preferably Zinedine Zidane, is drastically required.
FA Cup next and a chance to get back to winning ways..
After the long unbeaten run under OGS was ended by a dominant PSG side at Old Trafford in the Champions League, United have the chance to make amends and keep on the trophy hunt with a televised 5th round tie at Stamford Bridge on Monday 18th Februarty. Ole will have to shuffle his pack as injuries are mounting up but that is why a strong squad is important. United sit in fourth place in the league and the improvement in the club is tangible since the change of manager.
Match Thread: FA Cup 5th Round: Bristol City vs Wolves
Wolves return to Ashton Gate today - where fans remember their last gasp victory in the Championship last season - hoping to make it through to the last eight in this year's competition.
A Forgettable Win
It wasn't exactly a Valentine's Day massacre, but beleaguered Chelsea just about got the job done in Sweden by securing a crucial away win that firmly plants one foot into the next round. All that remains should be a routine home triumph next Thursday against the same opposition. The trouble is that the late consolation for Malmo still leaves the door ajar for a possible upset, thereby obliging incompetent Sarri to field a strong team for the return leg. A more comfortable victory margin could have facilitated an outing for Chelsea's second string, thus enabling the first choice numpties to rest ahead of their ritual cup final slaughter at the hands of big bad Manchester Mercenaries. Nevertheless a win is a win, but this kind of mediocre fare will not suffice against a rejuvenated Manchester United next Monday night.
Awful But Second Leg To Come Player Ratings
Awful. We were good for the first 10 minutes or so and awful thereafter, butttttttttttt its only 1-0 and we play the second leg at home!
Match Thread: Wolves vs Newcastle United
Wolves hope to compete their second 'double' of the season tonight when they face Newcastle at Molineux, having won a difficult game at St James Park in December
Completely Dismantled In Manchester
A big congratulations to the champions Manchester Mercenaries who were everything that Chelsea aren't: creative, exciting, and lethal. A hat trick from Aguero, a double from Sterling, and a strike from Gundogan condemned the visitors to their biggest spanking since April 1991 when Nottingham Forest put us to the sword. The away team are now in a more realistic sixth position in the league. Their cause is being perpetually undermined by an unyielding and evidently clueless manager. Sarri appears to be on a par with AVB and Scolari in terms of incompetence. He insists on playing the ineffective Jorginho. The manager must either drastically amend his formation and tactics or else reshuffle his team. A failure to ring the changes smacks of Einstein's theory of insanity. Either this Italian misfit swallows his foolish pride, or else he needs to be moved on whereby he can experiment with his nonsense system and team selection elsewhere. Meanwhile, let's hope that Manchester Wannabes stop Liverfools from winning the league.
Brighton 1 Burnley 3
Two goals from top scorer Chris Wood and a magnificent rearguard action saw the Clarets create a piece of Premier League history and move further away from the bottom three.