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Schalke 0-5 Chelsea: Initial reaction and community player ratings form

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Talk about your soft landings. Since the international break, Chelsea have been met by two exceptionally obliging sides, with West Bromwich Albion rolling over at Stamford Bridge and then Schalke 04 merrily imploding at the Veltins Arena. Today's result ensures that the Blues qualify from Champions League Group G as winners, so ... uh. Yay!

  • Chelsea were unchanged from their weekend jaunt against WBA, presumably because they played so well and under so little stress that they were essentially rested for the last half hour. It worked, too -- the Blues went 1-0 up within two minutes and were out of site by the end of the first half. I'm curious to see if we keep this same lineup for the Sunderland match, because on form we absolutely should.
  • If you can play goalkeeper even moderately well, give Schalke a call. They might need your help.
  • Seriously, how did we drop points to these clowns?
  • Cesc Fabregas had an absolutely extraordinary game. Not only was he brilliant on the ball, which we're used to, but he was also a menace defensively, repeatedly shutting Schalke down whenever they managed to get forward without Nemanja Matic eating them.
  • Jan Kirschoff had a terrible match -- he was boo'd off at halftime and failed to re-emerge -- but his own goal was a work of raw genius. With zero yellow shirts in nearby, he powered in a bullet header from a corner for absolutely no reason. It was so good that he should just have celebrated anyway.
  • Qualifying as group leaders means that our match against Sporting in a fortnight will be nice and relaxing. Maybe we'll see the kids play?
  • This was, in theory, the toughest fixture of Group G. Lol.
Anyway: Let's go rate some players.

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