After a disastrous debut for Fernando Torres on Sunday, Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has stated the obvious by insisting his new £50,000,000 striker will improve.
Well, after firing a shot high over the bar in the opening minute and playing some wayward passes, it’s hard to see how Fernando Torres won’t improve on his Chelsea performances, during their 1-0 defeat at home to Liverpool.
Chelsea fans were taunting their opposition with their World Cup winning signing, and had banners around the ground in support of him. It was all an anti-climax for the Blues who are left 10 points behind leaders Manchester United with 13 games remaining following their latest defeat.
Credit to Dalglish
Kenny Dalglish has made me eat my words after I predicted he wouldn’t do well as Liverpool manager second time around. Following a defeat to Blackpool and a draw with Everton that put me in good stead, both financially and in terms of being correct, Dalglish and his Liverpool side have now won 4 straight games to nil.
Although I didn’t tip or back Chelsea to win, thinking Liverpool had a chance in Sunday’s game, I did not expect them to come away with 3 points. Raul Meireles, a Roy Hodgson signing I have backed from the start scored the only goal of the game, minutes after Fernando Torres had been replaced. Liverpool’s victory came even without their own £50,000,000+ worth of talent, with Andy Carroll still sidelined and Luis Suarez an unused sub.
Liverpool are now 6 points off a Champions League spot, behind both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
After some people had presumed Chelsea had turned the corner with back-to-back away victories at Bolton and Sunderland respectively, he was tactically outclassed by his opposite number in the Liverpool dugout. Chelsea failed to break down Liverpool’s defence in the final third; Florent Malouda forcing the one and only save from Jose Reina throughout the game.
Kenny Dalglish’s old school wing back system done the trick. Ashley Cole was once again quiet against Martin Kelly, while Jose Bosingwa failed to put in a decent cross all game despite finding some space down the right flank. Branislav Ivanovic was Chelsea’s biggest threat, but neither of his headers were set pieces found the target.
After 41 goals on Saturday in the Premier League, the two games on Sunday produced just 1 each in what can only be described as an anti-climax. After midweek international games, Manchester United will look to overcome their shock defeat at Molineux when they host rivals City. Arsenal will be looking for a favour from the Citizens as they look to close the gap on the current league leaders when they host Wolves on Saturday.
Liverpool host Wigan this weekend, while Chelsea go to Fulham on Monday night.