Thursday, September 29, 2011

Valencia CF 1-1 Chelsea FC - Match Report

Valencia CF 1-1 Chelsea FC
Possession: 56%-44%
Goals: Lampard, Soldado
Assists: Malouda
Attempts on target: 8-8

Valencia CF and Chelsea FC shared the spoils in last night's match what was an interesting and competitive game that should have both sided pleased, although Chelsea do have more to rue about, since they've had several shots saved in time of 3-4 minutes.

Technical Details:
Valencia CF (1): Diego Alves; Miguel, Rami, Víctor Ruiz, Jordi Alba; Albelda, Éver (Jonas, min. 73); Pablo (Feghouli, min.73), Canales, Mathieu (Piatti, min. 59); Soldado.

Chelsea FC (1): Čech; Bosingwa, David Luiz, Terry, A. Cole; Ramires (Meireles, min. 66), Obi Mikel, Lampard (Kalou, min. 83); Malouda, Torres (Anelka, min. 72), Mata.

Goals: 0-1 Lampard (min. 56), 1-1 Soldado (p) (min. 87)

Anyways Unai Emery started the match with the standard 4-2-3-1 formation:
Miguel Rami Ruiz Mathieu
Albelda Banega
Pablo Canales Mathieu

The start of the match was a handful for Valencia as the players were really nervous and pretty much half the team made stupid, silly mistakes. For example Albelda had a back pass that gifted Torres the ball and if Rami wasn't as good and Torres as bad it would have resulted in a goal for Chelsea. Rami himself also had few lapses, as did Banega who also lost the ball in dangerous positions.
Sufficive to say the first 10 minutes or so were all filled with mistakes on both sides, but mostly on the Valencia side.

After the storm calmed down and the players settled we started having more possession and a bit of a breathing room and maneuvering place. Both teams were pressing hard when they lost the ball, but quickly fall back to their own half to form a double line defense and basically put positional pressure.

So the game turned into changing turns who was in attack and defense. Valencia will start attacking and Chelsea will pull back and defend and vice versa. The first half was played without too much chances and the battle was fought in the middle where Valencia was a little bit better with 54% of the control of the ball in the first half. Apart from few sporadic forward runs from both sides and dew crosses nothing major happened.

Second half started a bit more intensely and this is when things got much more interesting. Valencia CF started strong with control of the ball and threatening in attack, but about 5-6 minutes in the second half for some reason Valencia almost felt apart and in a total of 5 minutes Chelsea managed to create 4 huge scoring opportunities that if it wasn't for the superb Diego Alves would have probably went in. So Diego saved Valencia, but he can only do so much as in an incoming attack Malouda would beat Alba and cross to the lone Lampard who's shot easily found the net. 

Valencia will go on a strong attack after the recieved goal and Chelsea started setting up for defending their small lead, as the game was physical and hard and Villas-Boas knew chances would be rare so he closed up his team and they started defending. Emery brought Piatti for Mathieu to provide a more attacking threat and Piatti instantly made an impact after founding himself alone in front of goal with only Cech, but failed to score. Emery noticed that Chelsea were comitted to defense and won't move out, so he took out Banega as he wasn't needed too much at that point and put in Jonas. This was a double substitution so he also took off Pablo who was quite ineffective and brought Feghuoli on. The changes had immidiate effect and Jonas and Feghuoli really started probing and opening up Chelsea. 

With Valencia now more dangerous Piatti and Soldado found themselves with more chances, but couldn't quite score and as attacking as Valencia was, Chelsea seemed like it was going to go away with the 3 points from Mestalla, until Kalou decided for some reason to play with his hand in his own penalty and it was pretty stupid as there was absolutely no need for it and there was no absolutely no threat towards Cech goal. Anyways the referee gave a penalty and Soldado took the penalty superbly, sending off Cech in the wrong direction and scoring the goal.

Match statistics

1Goals scored1
8Attempts on target8
7Attempts off target1
9Fouls committed10
2Yellow cards4
0Red cards0