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Jose sums it up. "If you don't kill, you die."

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x266hdl_mourinho-on-schalke-if-you-don-t-kill-you-die-hd_sport
guy's will costa play sunday's game ??
FYI, he'll be in doubt every week but Jose will play him at the end.
Most likely. Apparently he's still not 100% recovered from his hamstring injury but Fit enough to play yesterday so the chances are high he'll start.
Diego Costa is not human, he doesn't understand the word injury :P
Lampard's alltime strating XI accompanied by some random porn music. :D

http://youtu.be/k4EiarJzZ08
Bear in mind that Drogba hasnt played competitive consistent football quite awhile. He will get back his sharpness with more appearance. Despite his obvious decline in pace ,strength, he's still a classy and quality player.

- He still have that instict in front of goal even though he was unlucky not to score that 1v1 chance (awesome thru ball by Hazard).

- classic Drogba knock down for hazard in the first half.

- He still get into good attacking position.(brilliant play by Willian on the right with a hard low cross)

And Be thankful that we have Costa and Remy as alternatives!
+1
Today's draw is nothing to be ashamed of. We fought hard and we were only so unlucky in front of goal. Schalke did capitalize their chance. I think 99.9% of people here understand the condition with Drogba being older than most of professional footballers and we are still proud of him to be here. And we all know that 0.1% here. Schalke should be mad that they almost lost to a team with a 36 year old striker up front. :p
Drogba should have got on the end of the Willian cross. And Fabregas missed an open goal pretty much. Hazard also had two chances which you'd expect him to put away with ease. Then there were 2 goal line clearances. Just need to be more clinical.
+1
bare in mind that Schalke couldn't put on a entire squad for this game. EVERYONE and I mean, EVERYONE here in germany thought Schalke would get trashed, because of their domestic form and looooooong list of injured players. When I saw Chelsea's formation I know Mou didn't bring out the best starting XI because he thought the line-up might suffice against this weakened Schalke team (which hasn't won a single game this season yet).

so Schalke is moooooore than happy to take away that point.

Mourinho should be mad for taking those 3 points for granted.

Keller was on the verge of losing his job if he lost yesterday.
+3
Steevex: "I know Mou didn't bring out the best starting XI" - Not really true with the exception of Drogba. Most likely that same team will verse City on Sunday with Azpi and Costa instead (and maybe Oscar for Willian), it was hardly a weakened team. Costa was also unfit and Mou did say it is unlikely that Costa will play 3 games a week, so it was the strongest we had under the circumstances (except we should have played Remy in place Didi)
@Steveex We are very generous team. Now Keller can keep his job (for now).
I thought Drogba did fine considering his fitness level and age.

He did well making decoy runs in order for the 3 attacking midfielders behind him to get space. The only thing lacking was the finish.
Schalke draw Bayern and Chelsea. But they loose to anyone else.
strange team
+7
I think Mourinho has to take some blame for the draw:

1. It's a Champions League match against the strongest team of your group. If you don't want to play the in form on fire striker, at least play the scored a goal 9 minutes after coming on in his debut striker, rather than a legend but not that great and actually is third choice striker. That Costa us :P

2. Remy was playing LW the last few minutes, with Hazard switching to the right. I didn't like this. Hazard was really playing well on the left, why change that? I'd have played Schurrle right, and Hazard would've stayed left.

3. He stopped the ball with his feet towards the end. He should have taken a touch, and BOOM! Scored :D (1 and 2 are serious though :P)
@Niru

"Costa has a problem and he can’t play three matches in a row at the moment. If he has one week to let the muscle recover he can start a game, like he did after picking up the problem with the national team. But, after playing on Saturday three days is not enough time for him to recover."

Mourinho is to take some blame for this for sure. I don't understand why he started DD, and even more baffling why he didn't take him off sooner. I'm not to bothered though, this won't affect us too much in the long run, we'll learn from this.

But i didn't like the fact that we took it easy after we scored, that has to stop. Overconfidence killed us. Also, i hope Luis starts vs City, it's a stretch but he looked good yesterday.
Calm down guys...the game against Schalke was the most convenient time to try new things or give DD a run out knowing that whatever happens we xan then wirk doubly hard to make sure we finish top of the table. What happened last night was a reminder of our shortcomings last season..lack of finishing. The difference is this time around it was a controlled experiment by Mou and not for lack of firepower and to make things better the other game in our group ended with same scoreline. Nothing to worry about at all
Pelligrini thinks he's trolling us by announcing Lampard will play but our Blues will show no mercy. We all have an afinity for Lampard, how could we not? But it doesn't mean we'll let him do what he wants. we let him go because we had younger better options and we should not go into this with thoughts of who's loyal to what club because of the past. If he does start, advantage Chelsea. The only reason Pelligrini would do this is because he thinks it would give them a mental edge over us.

I think Pelligrini knows we have the edge over them and he's trying to find something to exploit. don't be surprized to see some of the City players try to get under Costa's skin by taking some cheap shot's at him while the ref isn't watching. This will be a battle, but one that we know we can win. Which is why I expect it to get ugly. Mike Dean will be the ref and he'll be looking for any oportunity to screw us as he has in the past. If our lads keep their composure we'll walk away with all 3 points. We won't be getting any help from the officials. This one will come down to mental fortitude.
+6
I hope Pellegrini saw how Lampard played against Arsenal because he was lost.
+1
Costa thrives on a physical battle, good luck City defenders...
I hope Lampard starts. Would love to see Ramires run passed him in midfield.

But im sure its Yaya----Fernandinho
It made me sick to see him in sky blue. That being said, he's earned the right to do whatever he wants.
I love when Pelle tries mind games. It's cute lol
@CHELSEA61

Can you explain how Chelsea have the edge over City at the etihad? It would be a shame if guys play like stoke did at the etihad by parking 10 men behind the ball

I just want to be entertaining by watching an attacking football on sunday
@snitch cuz you guys got schooled at the etihad last time round lol. Chelsea should have won by 3/4 goals if not for poor finishing. I'd expect a much tougher test this time round, with Aguero and Fernandinho fit.
+1
Its gonna be tough at the etihad . Surely won't be like last season . last season Freaking out of form Demichelis was in the pivot for city lol
We have the edge for many reasons. First of all because this talk of playing Lampard means nothing and we all know it, advantage Chelsea. If he actually does play it means Pelligrini would choose to play a weaker side just to try and use Lampard against us, advantage Chelsea. We won both meetings last season, advantage Chelsea. City's form isn't as red hot as Chelsea's.
I hope Lampard plays :)
@Rajmahal

Can you still remember that game at the Etihah last season when you had zero shot on target??
I recall a 2-1 win at home and a 1-0 victory at the Etihad. Which of those games did we have 0 shots on goal?
I am a bit confused of our defense...
so..did we play high line & what is exactly called that high line?
Exactly as it sounds. The defense play higher up the pitch which goes hand in hand with the offside trap. It requires (in most cases) the CB's to have a bit of pace in order to be able to recover from playing a bit further from the keeper. Effective on attack, but can leave your team exposed to accurate long balls.
If u play a high line the team is more compact... offside traps have to be perfected for a high line...

if u lose the ball in the mid its ok since there is more congestion on the field. But playing high line often can lead to situations like 1 on 1 against keeper break aways.
Yea. Our defence is bad atm. Whem defending we're all over the place.

Terry and Cahill are either too near, too far. Something need to be done to fix the defense that was a force last season
I really think that Azpi is better RB. Ivanovich offers different dimension to attack but he leaves so much space in the back.

Azpi Cahill Terry Luis please
Next game is City.. and our defence is still ... that... shaky
Do you really know Costa?

http://www.theguardian.com/football/quiz/2014/sep/17/football-quiz-chelsea-diego-costa-atletico-madrid
I got 5/10 btw
although we love and respect king DD, he is getting on and he was very frustrating to watch.
+1
I've been on the Chelsea forum 3 times or so today and literally every time I've been on it I've seen you insult Drogba or other players, even calling him Donkey at one point.

Have some respect man, Drogba wasn't brought back to be the star striker like he used to be. He has a different role to fill now. And he needs some time to adapt into a new Chelsea side tbh. If Costa picks up an injury, you'll be grateful you guys got him back.
+7
I think BukLau is just trying to stir up s**t at this point. I have a feeling he's just posting this stuff because it's inflamitory and he likes seeing our reactions to what he's said. :/
Talking points
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1) Half a dozen easy chances missed (2 goal line clearances), we won't miss like that every game
2) Switched off and became too comfortable, won't happen again i'm sure
3) DD's first game back, he's not the same player like before, give him time, BUT i don't know why Mourinho started him and didn't take him off sooner, rare mistake by the special one.
4) Better that we drew here than in the Premiership
5) Hazard Cesc partnership, dayum
6) Little annoying but lets dwell on a truly poor performance, tonight wasn't a poor performance, we were just unlucky, on another night we beat them comfortably.
7) Both Porto & Inter started their Champions League winning campaigns (in Mourinho's second season) with a draw
When both Costa and Remy came on, we looked like a completely different team. Dominated the middle, and attack. The goal didn't come but we didn't lose.
Both goals today involved Fabregas getting mixed up in a hustle.
The last ten minutes I don't even know what that formation was. Looked like 4-2-1-3 with Hazard getting a free role. His performance today was awesome, he should have gotten one goal.


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