Another manager comes in, this time it's the man who made a bitter rivalry against Chelsea, during his time at Liverpool FC. But now here he is, hopefully for the best of the Blues. His first game ended a scoreless draw, but to be honest it wasn't that bad considering we are in a bad period of time, and against Manchester City, earning a draw, and especially a clean sheet as well, is not bad at all. However, he will need to do more to prove his worth to the fans, and to the owner as well.
As with RDM, the line-up was pretty much typical, only seeing Ivanovic pair Luiz as Cahill was ill previously, which means Azpilicueta started again (he has been performing well so far), while the remaining starters pretty much pick themselves, for now.
There's not much to say about the game really, especially in terms of football. The goalless draw pretty much says it all, both teams had chances, but both defenses were pretty resilient, and the strikers from both sides aren't producing much either. Most of the battle are in the midfield area.
However, there is this one thing I would like to address. The fans there seemed to be in the same frame of mind as me and perhaps all other Chelsea fan's around the world. Roberto Di Matteo just mean so much to us, I noticed the applause by the fans on the 16th minute (16 was Robbie's jersey number as a Chelsea player), which I found very touching really. Not to mention the fans brought posters and banners stating, "There is only one Di Matteo", etc, which really shows how much he means to the club and the fans, and as he stated he was honored to manage this club he has always loved, JT was even more privileged to have worked under the club legend, and the fans will be the most gratified to have him during his short spell. If he watched the game, and the fans, then he will know he walked out of the club with his pride in the highest, and he will always earn the respect, honor, and privilege by the club and players, and especially the fans. That part of him can never be taken away.
But then there's this other thing to address, and it concerns our new manager. Beside banners of Di Matteo, I noticed even more banners saying, "Rafa Out" and all sorts of that. And I understand why the Chelsea fans did that, and I do not blame them. But I believe that this is not the right way to move on. I think we should all support our manager (whoever he is), for the best of the club. Even by bringing those banners and shouting and booing the manager, it won't change a thing, and it may even unsettle the situation. So, for the best of the club, I think it's best to just put the past behind, and give full support to the manager, and who knows, he might just bring us the victories we long for. Petr Cech himself have also wished for the fans to give the new manager a chance, and I agree with out interim-captain, to give more support for the whole club and the manager, for the best to come.
With that said, we now sit fourth and the BPL table, but not that far away. We didn't look menacing in the game against City, but we looked solid defensively. Hopefully we can bring that positive to the game against Fulham, and hopefully have some extra cutting edge in our offensive efforts, and maybe we can win the next game! #CFC