Schalke vs. Chelsea, Champions League: Second Half Thread

Martin Rose

If I were to guess, I'd say this is going just about as Mourinho hoped it would.  Outside of maybe the last 5-10 minutes, when Schalke has put on plenty of pressure and Chelsea couldn't string two passes together, let alone keep any meaningful possession.

But the first half hour was perfection.  An early goal has allowed Chelsea to sit back, and look to hit the hosts and their advanced attacking full backs on the counter.  That they failed to execute properly is perhaps troubling, but the half time whistle should allow the boys to regroup and refocus.

So, Chelsea in the lead 1-0 thanks to another European goal from Fernando Torres, his fourth in his last five continental matches for Chelsea.  Impressive, and this one was even a "true" striker's/poacher's goal, where he popped up in the right place at the right time to guide home Branislav Ivanovic's header from Frank Lampard's corner.

First half:  job done.  Let's do the same for the next 45 minutes.

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