Swansea were absolute garbage. They played like a Championship side in an away cup tie. We failed to win because Jelavic is the new Saha, and we got lulled into playing the first hour at their pedestrian, purposeless pace. Benitez said after the midweek LC semi that 9 times out of 10 Chelsea would have beaten Swansea on the play on the night. I'd say the same about that match today. We ran the midfield, were totally untroubled at the back, had the beating of them in the air and had Coleman looking like he could rip them apart if given the ball more. Why we created so few clear chances is therefore something of a mystery.
I thought we played OK but failed to up the tempo sufficiently. Some of our football was again top draw. The ability of Osman, Pienaar and Baines to hold the ball and work it in tight situations is a pleasure to behold at times. But we urgently need Jelavic to find his shooting boots or even the Europa Cup will be a long shot.
I'm also detecting a gradual withdrawal of Moyes's conversion to attacking play. We're getting fewer players up to support Jelavic and crowd into the box. Moyes has always gone defensive the closer we've come to achieving something. Let's hope he's not going the same way again. To have any chance of 4th, at some point we've got to put a run of wins together. Unfortunately its now 3 years since Moyes has done this in the League so the signs are not good. Failing that we've got to win one or two of the 6 pointers at Anfield, Arsenal and Spurs.
I don't understand how you think we are becoming less attack minded after one game. Talk about knee-jerk.
Before today we had scored in what, 19 straight games? That's absolutely ridiculous. And we created chances today as well, but they defended very deep and never committed enough men forward to worry about getting picked off on the break.
Jelavic looked very good in the first half, but like many players struggled in the second. He is not the new Saha, that spin in the first half was a great piece of forward play and he was mixing it up well by showing for the ball and running the channels on occasion.
We struggled to create clear-cut chances mostly because our delivery today was poor and our finishing was abysmal. Fellaini, Osman, and Jagielka all had great chances and Anichebe and Jelavic (twice) nearly scored as well.