Champions League QL: Chelsea 1 Benfica 0

szólj hozzá: Benfica 0:1 Chelsea HD
Salomon Kalou turns Fernando Torres’s measured cross into goal in the 75th minute. David Luiz did not go nuts in front of his former club. He actually did well.
Roberto De Matteo kept Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, and Michael Essien on the bench. For this he is called brave. A month ago, for the same, Andre Villa-Boas was being called naive and micro-managing. The difference of course is that in the former it led to a victory which puts Chelsea in the driver’s seat whereas in the latter the changes led to a soul crushing loss. So here we have unvarnished proof that Roberto De Matteo is a better coach than AVB.
Actually, no not really, it tells you in Chelsea, the players are not just players, they are politicians. After AVB’s sacking they realized they were next in the hot seat and since then have decided its in their best interest to play. There is also the case that Napoli attacked from the get go, while Benfica with similar attacking quality in Pablo Aimar, Oscar Cardoza, and Nicolas Gaitan seemed almost too afraid to do so at home. De Matteo got off a lot easier than AVB. The Portugese side are sure to come out with more verve in the second leg at Stamford Bridge.

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