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FC Porto 2-1 Chelsea, Champions League: Post-match reaction

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Any points from Tuesday's fixture would have probably satisfied most reasonable Chelsea fans, as the trip to Portugal to face an in-form Porto side was always going to be the most difficult fixture the Blues would face during the Champions League group stage. Despite looking like that was a very real possibility for 45 minutes, Chelsea were woeful once the second half kicked off, and deservingly went home the losers with four group stage matches left to play.

Fortunately for Jose Mourinho's side, this was probably the only match in the group stage in which a Blues' victory won't be the most likely scenario. Chelsea are still heavy favorites to advance to the knockout round, even if there's a good chance they'll now need to win the Stamford Bridge match against Porto to come out atop the group. Annoying, but far less damaging than another Premier League loss would be at this point.

Thoughts:

  • Asmir Begovic looked somewhat shaky today, especially in terms of his distribution. We've seen much better from him already this season, and hopefully he returns to that sort of form sooner, rather than later.
  • One player who looked much better today was Diego Costa, who I thought was excellent despite being left somewhat isolated up front.
  • Costa's support is dwelling on the ball for far too long, and they're much too slow in identifying lanes to run into in order to give the striker some options. The decision making has to be faster, both with and without the ball.
  • For as decent as Chelsea managed to look during the first half, the last 45 minutes were pure garbage. This is getting very difficult to watch.
  • Mourinho finally looks like he's ready to make some changes to the squad, dropping some of the players who haven't been performing well enough this season. Hopefully that injects a little life into a few of Chelsea's underperforming players, as there are more than enough of them.
  • At least we're not Arsenal.