Chelsea Put 5 Past Middlesbrough

If we’d still got either of our previous two managers we’d have gone into this one whingeing and whining with ready made excuses about injuries. Not so Luiz Felipe Scolari. Now that is instilling a positive mentality. Not filling them full of rubbish about how ‘special’ they are and giving them an excuse ahead of any potential slip-ups, but making it clear no amount of injuries would excuse a below par performance. They’re not superstars, they’re footballers and they’re expected to get out there and get the job done.

And get the job done they most certainly did.

Chelsea dominated the first half although an inability to capitalise on the opportunities they created meant a Salomon Kalou goal on 14 minutes was the only return on that by the time the half-time whistle had blown. However, another one of Juliano Belletti’s stunning goals from distance (51) opened the floodgates for Kalou’s second (53), Frank Lampard (63) and Florent Malouda (67) to finish the game with a 0-5 scoreline that certainly didn’t flatter us.

Whilst it’s fair to say Boro weren’t exactly having one of their better days (and that’s flattering them), that shouldn’t detract from Chelsea’s performance. Whilst some missed chances in the first half could have cost against tougher opposition on the day, Chelsea’s effort shouldn’t be dismissed. Head’s didn’t go down when it wasn’t coming together in the first half, they came out again in the second and did what needed doing. More satisfying than anything else though was watching them continue to push for goals even once the game was well beyond Boro. That’s a definite change for Chelsea and it’s a change for the better.

 

TEAMS

MIDDLESBROUGH – Turnball, Grounds (Johnson 54), Wheater, Riggott, Taylor, Aliadiere, Shawky (Digard 65), O’Neil, A Johnson (Alves 65), Downing, Mido.

CHELSEA – Cudicini, Bosingwa, Terry, Alex, Bridge (Ferreira), Belletti, Lampard (Deco 73), Mikel, Kalou, Anelka (Sinclair 79), Malouda.

Goals: Kalou 14, 53, Belletti 51, Lampard 63, Malouda 67.

 

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