A thought about Chelsea's s'tinker' last night.

Dave Payn

Active Member
Even though they beat Arsenal last round, I wanted Chelsea to go on and win it. Then 'Random Ranieri' spoils what was a perfectly acceptable start.

Still, it's nice to know that awful referees aren't the sole domain of the English League. That guy last night made Graham Poll seem like Pierluigi Collina.

As for Makelele, the less said the better.... (I'll be modded!)
 

lynchie

Active Member
maybe it just took that long for his brain to hit the front of his skull and knock him forward... :?
 

Dave Payn

Active Member
johnmartin said:
Chelsea can still do it. A 2-0 win at home will see them through on away goals.

My own view is that, (a) I can't see Chelsea not conceding at least one, and in that instance (b) I can't see them scoring three. I would, however, love to be proved wrong!
 

Well Worth It

Active Member
The commentator kept going on about Desailly playing offside by himself, but the main defensive error I could see was allowing ball after ball to be swung into their penalty area.
Without selection of Chelsea wider players, all that Monaco had to do was loosely double up on (3rd choice) Melchiot and (CL inexperienced) Bridge, and they created chance after chance to score.
Ranieri MUST be to blame.
 

rutty

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I watched the whole match, and I thought it was funny how Ron Atkinson thought it was a good idea that Ranieri brought on Jimmy Floyd Piggybank for a defender, then changed his mind when it all went wrong. Veron should never have come onto the pitch, and Makellele's spot of acting was worthy of an Oscar. No wonder Monaco were spurred on to win it.

I quite fancy Monaco now to go on and win the whole thing - their front men are fantastic! Guily was such a handful and Mendieta had an excellent match too. The Chelsea defence missed Gallas didn't they? Every time the ball came over I thought Monaco could score, whereas at the other end Chelsea over-complicated the whole thing.

I hope Chelsea do it, but I'm not confident that they will.
 

Well Worth It

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rutty said:
I quite fancy Monaco now to go on and win the whole thing - their front men are fantastic! Guily was such a handful and Mendieta had an excellent match too. The Chelsea defence missed Gallas didn't they? Every time the ball came over I thought Monaco could score, whereas at the other end Chelsea over-complicated the whole thing.

I hope Chelsea do it, but I'm not confident that they will.

Didn't see Mendieta fly over for this one??
Morientes(?) had an excellent game, both as forward AND 5th referee.
Prso looks like the finished article and with the 15 goal CL partnership these two have formed this season, who could doubt their ability to shoot their team into the final?
 

rutty

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Well Worth It said:
Didn't see Mendieta fly over for this one??
Morientes(?) had an excellent game, both as forward AND 5th referee.
Prso looks like the finished article and with the 15 goal CL partnership these two have formed this season, who could doubt their ability to shoot their team into the final?

Heh, started with an M ;)

He could have been sent off for kicking out in the second half - was worse than Beckhams "brutal" assault on Simione anyway. Whatever, Morientes is a class player, and I can see Monaco beating either Porto or Deportivo.
 

Well Worth It

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I find it difficult to disregard Chelsea's chances of pulling this back when you think of the attacking threat that they have to choose from.

You speak like they're already out...?
 

Dave Payn

Active Member
Well Worth It said:
I find it difficult to disregard Chelsea's chances of pulling this back when you think of the attacking threat that they have to choose from.

You speak like they're already out...?

When did Chelsea last put three or more goals in the bag at home? Or more to the point, how often have they managed it? Lazio away is now but a distant dream (Rather like Arsenal away to Inter, I know!) They'll need to score at least three as Monaco's attacking threat will, I believe, reap at least one goal.

In any case, albeit by falling on his own sword, we won't have to put up with that windbag Big Ron (anagram; 'boring') on ITV anymore!
 

Well Worth It

Active Member
True, but to disregard their chances altogether is a little foolish.
I still think they're a reasonale bet to go through.
Ranieri, despite his faults, has been in this situation before and knows what is required of his team.
The desire that seemed to be vacant in his players, may be replace by fear of failure..?
 

Steve

Active Member
I still think a 2-0 result is well within Chelsea's ability. Their defence really is quite good when it needs to be and I dont think they will need any firing up for the return leg. I can see them still qualifying, but they need a proper team effort (not just Lampard, Terry, Usual suspects playing well) at The Bridge.
 

Dave Payn

Active Member
Steve21 said:
I still think a 2-0 result is well within Chelsea's ability. Their defence really is quite good when it needs to be and I dont think they will need any firing up for the return leg. I can see them still qualifying, but they need a proper team effort (not just Lampard, Terry, Usual suspects playing well) at The Bridge.

Steve/Well Worth It.

I hope you're both right and I'm utterly wrong! (the latter wouldn't be a first... ;-))
 

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