Corinthians 1 - Chelsea 0: Initial reaction and community rating form

The hair... - Lintao Zhang

Chelsea played their first cup final under Rafa Benitez, and lost.

That was some game, wasn't it? Chelsea were disorganized in defense (although David Luiz was exceptional today), toothless in attack, and looked like a side that just didn't care. I can't really blame them for taking this lightly myself, but isn't this just about all Rafa Benitez has been talking about since the day he took over?

I'm not going to write too much or get too upset about this game, because frankly I just don't care about the Club World Cup at all. That said, I'm awfully disappointed at the way this team performed today after the managerial change was made. The only way that any of us were ever going to accept dumping Di Matteo for Rafa was if Chelsea started winning and generally looking fantastic. They haven't, today was just as bad as anything we saw under Robbie.

Here's a few thoughts in the immediate aftermath of this one:

  • When Chelsea won the Champions League in the style that they did, and Corinthians won the Copa Lib in the way that they did, this should have been exactly the type of game everyone was expecting today. I wish I had just stayed in bed.
  • Games like today are the reason that we never should have gone into the season without more depth at center forward. Fernando Torres just doesn't offer anything against teams that defend deep and narrow, and there was never any reason to expect him to do so. That said, he spent far too much time offside tonight. Instead of waiting for the line to play you onside, why not just step back?
  • The referee today was out of his league. When the first yellow card came out in the 55th minute, there probably should have been about a half dozen bookings already. And what exactly was the red card to Cahill?
  • Speaking of that red, Emerson is quite the piece of work, isn't he? The pitch must have been awfully lumpy, because he spent 80% of the match trying to roll it flat.
  • Cassio was fantastic in goal for Corinthians today. Full credit to him, he made some fantastic saves.



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