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Hull City 2 - Chelsea 3: Initial reaction and community rating form

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After a sensational opening ten minutes to the match, Chelsea found themselves outplayed by Hull City for the vast majority of the match. The defense was disorganized, the midfield was non-existent, and even Thibaut Courtois made an uncharacteristic error which led directly to a goal.

Luckily for Chelsea, Alan McGregor made a meal of a Loic Remy shot, and Chelsea managed to sneak away from the KC Stadium with maximum points. Jose Mourinho's side are now six points clear at the top again, while still having a game in hand, and there are just nine matches remaining to be played.

Thoughts:

  • Mourinho needs to quit using both Ramires and Fabregas centrally at the same time, as the midfield doesn't function at all with that pairing. Oscar's ability to contribute both with and without the ball allows either of that pair to be useful parts, but without him, they're a disaster.
  • With the way Chelsea have looked lately, it's probably a good thing that there's an international break. Hopefully the squad finds a bit of form while away with their respective national teams.
  • When Oscar came on in the second half, I didn't like the results of using him in the pivot while keeping Fabregas behind the striker. It was certainly better than a Ramires/Matic pivot, but the high press doesn't work with Cesc in the hole.
  • Hull City remaining in the middle of the relegation scrap should be good for the Blues, as they still have to play most of the league's top teams, and draws will be useful for them.
  • Diego Costa's 19th Premier League goal leaves him just one shy of matching Fernando Torres' 3-1/2 year total. Hopefully #20 is a big one.
  • It's certainly fair to be a little concerned about recent performances, but as long as the Blues keep getting results, it will be a fun end to the season. The magic number is down to just 19 points...

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