Earlier this season, on September 15, 2012 to be exact, Chelsea went to Loftus Road and came back empty handed. Well technically, they came back with one point but it might as well have been empty handed. That day's 0-0 draw at QPR - which followed a 4-1 demolishing by Atletico Madrid - left a sour taste in many a fan's mouth and then manager Roberto Di Matteo had to resort to his well-oiled PR damage control machine.
Of course, back then Chelsea were top of the league, undefeated. Despite the 2-2 missed opportunity that followed in the Champions League versus Juventus, the league form gave us all quite a bit of hope. So perhaps it's no surprise that Di Matteo's Kool-Aid on that September Saturday tasted so much better than whatever it is that the current manager's trying to peddle now.
The only disappointment was we didn't score the goal with the chances we created because all in all, the performance was very good.
The team was doing really well. We had a lot of chances and could have scored two or three in the first half, one or two in the second. [...] The team was attacking, had plenty of possession and creating the chances we had to against a good team...
We controlled the game very well, we created a number of chances...
The way we played, the control we had, for me, is what we have to do. We have to be more clinical in front of goal and take these chances but we were doing a lot of these things really well.
I am not concerned because we created chances. It is the first game we haven't scored, we normally do, and we will continue to do so if we create chances.
...we could have scored a goal and were in control. We were doing a lot of good things but in football you have to take your chances. If we played this game 10 times maybe we would win nine of them.
So, to sum up. Two men. Similar quotes, same PR damage control. Two managers. Similar tactics, same formation. Two men. Similar problems, not even remotely the same league/planet of gentlemen.
What was the point again?