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Schalke 0-3 Chelsea: Initial reaction & community ratings form

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Martin Rose

An early goal, a few nervy moments, some sloppy counterattacks (especially early on), but overall a decent performance that has seen Chelsea walk away from the Veltins Arena with all three points.  Three important points, for now, combined with Steaua's 1-1 draw with Basel, we're back firmly in the driver's seat as far as qualification is concerned from Group E of the Champions League.

After this, there are, what should be, fairly easy home matches versus Schalke and Steaua and a bit more challenging away date at Basel.  Winning the group should once again be the minimum expectation.

  • Torres, Torres, Torres!  Well done, Fernando.  Two goals and two goals from finishing chances.  Not random deflections, not impossible skills, but rather simple goals, the likes of which have basically been completely missing in his now almost three years at the club.  He also made a key crossing run to create space for Hazard's goal.
  • Eden Hazard is very good at football, even though he spent most of the match on the right wing.  He now has four goals in his last three matches.
  • Schürrle was decidedly less impressive on the left, although a shot after he was substitutes suggested that he may have been limited by an ankle knock.
  • Cahill & Terry held up well.  Ivanovic kept Aogo quiet after the first few minutes.  Same can't be said for Azpilicueta versus Uchida.  Mourinho's choice to go with Dave rather than Ryan Bertrand proved to be, let's say, interesting at best.
  • Petr Cech made some excellent saves, although the best one came when Schalke were offside and thus won't be reflected in the statistics.  Don't look now, but Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in 6 of Mourinho's 13 matches and have conceded more than once in just two of the other seven.
  • David Luiz: five-second midfielder.  Ten minutes, actually.  So ten more months of silly defense-vs-midfield discussions then?