Chelsea 2-0 Stoke City: The Match Report

Malouda scores the opener

Starting Lineups:
Chelsea (4-3-3): Cech, Ferreira,Cole, Terry, Alex, Mikel, Essien, Lampard, Malouda, Anelka, Drogba
Stoke(4-4-2): Sorensen, Shawcross, Faye, Huth,Collins, Wilkinson, Delap, Etherington, Whitehead, Walters, Jones

Scoring:
Chelsea 2:  Lampard (miss pk ’11) Malouda (’32) Drogba (pen ’77)
Stoke 0: N/A

Substitutions:
Chelsea 3: Kalou for Lampard (72) Sturridge for Anelka (81) Essien for Ramires (85)
Stoke 3: Whelan for Wilkinson (51) Fuller for Jones (68) Pugh for Delap (86)

Referee Martin Atkinson
Crowd 40,931

In a match that lacked the clinical finishing of the two 6-0 wins that started the season, Chelsea still claimed the maximum three points against Stoke City with a score of 2-0.

Chelsea also remain the only club to have a 100% record in the Premier League, maintaining their position at the top of the table.

Chelsea seemed bent on starting another rout when Ashley Cole recieved a pass from Michael Essien and attempted a placed shot that went wide of the far post.

Stoke also had a chance of drawing first blood when Dean Whitehead’s shot from outside the box was parried by Cech after a nice one-two with Kenwyne Jones.

After a foul  on Didier Drogba by Ryan Shawcross in the box, Frank Lampard hit a lazy penalty that was easily saved by Stoke ‘keeper Thomas Sorensen. He also saved a well-hit free kick from Drogba which had every intention of hitting the back of the net.

Florent Malouda opened the scoring after a killer John Terry ball with a clinical right-footed finish against a defence that started four centre-halves, probably to prevent something akin to the 7-0 thrashing they recieved at the hands of the blues last season.

Ashley Cole almost doubled the Chelsea lead after his savage volley hit the crossbar with minutes left in the first half.

In the second half,the Chelsea domination continued. Sorensen was called again to save a header from Drogba after a floating pass from Anelka.

Much to Stoke’s credit, they did not throw in the towel. In fact, they provided the shot of the game when Glenn Whelan’s cracker from 25 yards out beat Cech but clattered off the crossbar.

But Chelsea sealed the points when Sorensen’s foul on Anelka in the box led to Drogba slotting home the spot-kick. Also, Chelsea new-boy Ramires made his debut with 5 minutes left in normal time. I, for one, want to see more of him as the season wears on.

Three Matches. Nine Points. Fourteen Goals. None Conceded. Confidence is high at the Bridge.

Man of the Match: Florent Malouda. Clinical finish to put Chelsea on top; he was also quite aware in  the field.

*KTBFFH

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3 Responses to Chelsea 2-0 Stoke City: The Match Report

  1. I believe that Stoke have started a trend that we will have to face when we play bottom-half/relegation clubs; park the bus and hope for the best. I agree, we have a lot to work on, and as long as Ancelotti and co. are aware of that, we should repeat as EPL champs.

    Ramires looked promising in his debut, and with his energy in the line-up, a midfield comprised of him, Essien, Lamps, and Mikel at any given time will be formiddable.

    I was disappointed that CA closed the window early; we need an out-and-out winger along the mold of Navas. I also worry about our prospects in Europe. We compete, then when it really matters, we seem to burn out. I wouldn’t say this is our final chance in Europe, but it is the best chance we will have for a while; I also believe that CA’s job is hanging on a thin UCL thread.

    *KTBFFH

  2. herdworks says:

    Yep, Stoke certainly came prepared to park the bus, but our failure to play at pace didn’t help. And Lampard playing his worst game for a long time due to the worsening injury didn’t help either, I’d have liked to see Ramires brought on to replace him a lot earlier. Agree about Paulo too, he looked way to easy to beat and isn’t up to the job anymore. Until Bosingwa comes back and gets a run in the side it’s going to be hard to judge whether he’s the solution or not, but we don’t seem to have that player who can turn a game around by himself, and I’m sorry not to see Aguero coming in, because he could give us exactly that. Was also disappointed with Kalou, again, first for not taking the goal when he had done all the hard work and was one-on-one with the keeper, and then for holding the ball one tackle too long as he has so often done in the past. I don’t think he works as an impact player or that he can really change a game the way Aguero can. On tv it looked like the pitch was a bit dry and could have done with more water to get the zip on the ball up – how did it look from the stands?

  3. dancelotti101 says:

    I just want to highlight some key points from this match against stoke. I went along, the devote season ticket holder I am 🙂 and as a joke predicted a third straight 6-0 victory. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

    Firstly, Stoke played 10 men behind the ball. This gameplan, very clearly implemented by Tony Pulis was very very effecive. Our brilliant and fluent passing was not successful nor efficient. You could see, we looked like arsenal..! We were passing the ball around the box and the final third along and backwards in lines. It was soooo frustrating to watch. And VERY WORRINGLY Carlo had no plan b. We did not change anything, we seemed absolutely powerless to this very boring strategy. Evidently I firmly believe we NEED A WINGER, like Robben, Ribery, Messi. Someone with pace. Who can run at people and make something special happen. We did not have that today, and I feel if we want to win in Europe against teams like Inter, Barca and Real we will certainly need a winger. Remember the days when we had 4!! Robben, Joey, Duff, SWP..!! Those were the days 🙂

    Paulo Ferreira was appauling. I love him. I loved him when Jose brought him in, and thought his crossing was impeccable, but now after all the injuries he has endured in his very successful career, I simply don’t believe paulo has what it takes anymore. Whenever we go forward we look to the wings, and ashley as usual was steaming forward with ease. However Paulo would walk forward with the ball and simply pass it back to mikel or essien… I think we need to go in the market for a right back. To be honest, if we want to win the champions league this season, and beat mourinho’s madrid (:P) we need to have a world class wing back on the right. Bosingwa is good but his inconsistency and injury proneness inhibits us knowing our best right back, ivanovic?

    Winning the three first matches of the season is a plus, in style with 14 goals is impressive. But get real guys, we’re not ‘simply unstoppable’. We would never be able to play like that against barca, real or inter?!? Messi, Ronaldo, Sneijder would all run rings around paulo. It is a good start but it is expected. This is the last season where we will get the most out of our golden oldies.. Remember that. This is our final chance in europe.

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