I did vow to myself that this would be a piece to try and avoid the usual moaning that has been commonplace since Ancelotti's "bad moment" of last season but it is concerning that the result was the only (still most important) thing to be cheery about this weekend.
None of this blame can be placed onto the manager's shoulders, in fact praise should be placed on those same shoulders for showing awareness of our deficiencies. His passion displayed after the second goal was also a great sight, it always means something when it means something to your manager too!
The substitution of Kalou after just 35 fruitless minutes was a gutsy move, it wasn't an essential one because Kalou hadn't been atrocious - but in the same vain, he had also brought nothing to the game - which is his primary job.
A fantastic, yet possibly harsh, analogy I read of Kalou this week was that he is just like the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz. All heart, no brains.
Unfortunately in football, endeavour alone isn't enough.
The addition of Malouda in hindsight can be hailed as a match winning one, if he wasn't there on the 83rd who knows whether we would have been assured of the victory.
Even the 60th minute substitute of Torres was the more tactically astute decision, Anelka had just scored from nowhere and was probably more of a threat to the West Brom defence.
Not that Torres had a bad game, once again his work rate was laudable and he created himself some good space at times, but disturbingly again the supply to him was well below par.
In a footballing world where judgements are formed after just 90 minutes (Aguero currently the world's best, whilst De Gea is already a risk) people need to sit back and shift more blame onto teams themselves.
It is fair enough that Torres is expected to score, he is a striker and that is his currency, however if he was put into positions of opportunity more often and was missing sitters left, right and centre I would be more damning.
My new best friend, and a must purchase for any iPhone users, the Stats Zone app showed me exactly the gulf in supply to Torres for 60 minutes compared to the passes Drogba was on the end of in his 30.
Passes in the box? Drogba 3 - 0 Torres
©Opta Stats Zone App
Drogba meanwhile looked like age could be taking its toll, I don't truly think he will be playing as instrumental a role in our team this season, but if he hangs around will more than likely prove a defining one. Our depth in squad is increasing by the signing, so much so that we could do with offloading some dead wood (no names named, no preferences).
Aside from substitutions, AVB has also showed he is willing to spend to change the way that we play. Juan Mata is a signing that will hopefully change this supply issue, it isn't just pace that we require - it is inventiveness too. Plus it helps to lower the average age of an end-of-an-era squad.
It would be nice to think that Mata will be able to take on some players a bit better than the current offering, the picture below shows that Malouda's two successful take ons were in positions he shouldn't be in, whilst his unsuccessful ones were in positions he should be getting himself in to.
Which one is the Left Back?!?
©Opta Stats Zone App
Away from Chelsea though, West Brom deserve some credit. They have had the most difficult of starts to their season and put on great showings in both. Long and Tchoyi were a far more dangerous proposition than our own attack, and their work rate was exceptional. Neither deserved to be on the losing side.
Defensively we were poor, the same back four as against Stoke looked like they had been replaced by impostors. A far less physical and imposing side than Stoke, West Brom caused them issues. Alex was on the wrong end of one of these issues and can be held responsible for conceding a poor goal.
Ashley Cole put in a rare indifferent performance and Terry didn't look as assured. Bosingwa though was again looking like a completely different player to previous years, his pass to Malouda for the second was sensational. If there was a pass of the month award, that was the winner.
Mikel, again should be applauded for having the mental strength to play, and for the second game in the row played the most passes - and for once not all short and to players around him, there were a couple of instances where he played some great long balls.
Last and almost solely deserving of some plaudits would have to be Hilario, he was great at the weekend and we can thank him that we didn't leave without the win. Nothing he could have done about the goal either, I don't think even De Gea would've been getting stick for conceding that one.
In the end though it all comes down to points, if we won the league by underperforming and scraping a 2-1 win in every match that would all be forgotten about. The history would always show Champions, not Champions* with the * indicating an underperforming season!
My one concern at this time is that if we were to face better opposition we may well be caught out, but our tie against Man United is not until the middle of September, and by then we will have Mata, possibly Sturridge starting and hopefully a firing Torres.
Time is certainly on our side, and I have a feeling that AVB will be dipping his toes in the murky seas of the transfer market once more. Modric appears to be suffering from a severe case of Transferitis, as previously seen in the cases of Fabregas and Tevez. Spurs seem to be worried that an injury could cost them dearly in a season which has already seen them lose their Champions' League windfall.
New regimes and new players all need time. If we manage to steal all the points along the way we should be satisfied enough.
Keep The Blue Flag Flying High.
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