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Chelsea vs. Manchester United: Second Half Thread

Shaun Botterill

Not a performance that I'd call cool, calm, and composed, but a performance that so far has us winning this crucial exercise.

Manchester United started the far better of the two sides, putting the Chelsea goal under siege for the first 5-10 minutes.  They'd do the same a few times in the last 10 minutes of the half as well, but so far without any actual end product fortunately.  Adnan Januzaj in particular has looked dangerous and has been easily United's greatest threat.

Chelsea could help themselves a bit by turning the ball over less often.  Oscar especially has been rather poor (near-spectacular overhead volley goal-chance aside), but Willian has had a few cheap giveaways as well, while Hazard has been mostly quiet.  Thankfully, a moment of quality from Samuel Eto'o - combined with a hilarious moment of non-quality from Phil Jones and lucky deflection by Michael Carrick - got Chelsea in the lead.

Further back, the defense has bent but has yet to be broken.  David Luiz does need to calm down however.  I'd put plenty of money on Nemanja Matic making his debut sooner rather than later.

So, 1-0 to the good.  Let's finish this.



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