[Player Ratings] Chelsea 1-2 FC Basel: Swiss Fight Back To Stun Mou’s Men

By on September 18, 2013

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Jose Mourinho suffered a nightmare on his return to European football with Chelsea as FC Basel came from a goal behind to snatch victory at Stamford Bridge.

Oscar had put the Blues in front on the stroke of half time – despite a patchy first half performance – taking Frank Lampard’s through ball and finishing superbly. Chelsea should have wrapped the game up in the second half, with Oscar thumping the crossbar and both Branislav Ivanovic and Eden Hazard going close.

But Basel kept themselves in the game with a curling equaliser from Mohamed Salah on 71 minutes, and not content with just a point the Swiss outfit had turned the game on it’s head when Marco Streller headed in with eight minutes to go.

It was no less than the Swiss deserved for their attitude and application at a ground in which away wins are hard to come by. But combined with an under-performing home side, Basel shocked the footballing world with an excellent performance.

As for Chelsea, Mourinho will be furious that his side allowed their opponents to come from behind when the game should have been wrapped up. For the second time in five days, the ‘Special One’ will be lamenting several missed chances by his strike-force that has cost the Blues dearly.

Chelsea

Cech- 6– as is often the case in European home games, Cech was mostly a spectator but made some decent saves when called upon.

Cole- 6- an un-remarkable performance from England’s number one left-back. Had a steady game.

Luiz- 6- looked perfectly at ease bringing the ball out of defence and helping start attacks.

Cahill- 5- did not look quite as assured as he was in his last outing for England. There are questions over whether Luiz-Cahill are a good match and on this evidence, I’d have to say they are not.

Ivanovic- 7- Chelsea’s stand out defender again tonight. Never shirked from his responsibilities and led by example in the absence of Terry. Is it time we saw more of Ivanovic at centre half?

Lampard- 6- not the worst performance, but by Lampard’s own standards it was far from his best. We expected to see the England veteran take this game by the scruff of the neck, but the midfielder seemed reluctant to try too much.

van Ginkel-  6- a rare outing for the Dutchman. The 20 year-old was not over-awed by the occasion, showing some lovely passing ability. But he did appear to wane somewhat in the second half before being replaced.

Oscar- 8- a brilliant performance from the Brazilian in what appeared to be a deeper midfield position he was operating in. Scored his fifth goal in four games at home in European competition- and what a goal it was!

Hazard- 6- far more dangerous than he was on Saturday. Showed some neat play and looked a threat throughout.

Willian- 5- the debutant didn’t quite look up to speed on this occasion, but he is undoubtedly a talent. May not see the best of him till later in the season.

Eto’o- 5- again, demomstrated some nice touches and was involved in decent passages of play but lacked that killer instinct in the box.

Man of the Match- Oscar- capped a superb performance with a sumptuous finish to make it 1-0.

Subs

 Mata- 6- positive when he came on but failed to deliver the killer ball.

Mikel- 5- replaced van Ginkel with 15 minutes to go; didn’t contribute much in attack or defence

Ba- 5- was thrown on for Lampard with 14 minutes left but contributed little in that time.

You can watch video highlights from the game including all the goals here

What went wrong at the Bridge last night? Just a bad day at the office? Or should Mourinho’s selection be scrutinised? The Blues seem to lack a lethal finisher at the moment…whose the answer up front? Eto’o? Ba? Torres? Please leave your comments below…

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12 Comments

  1. saba.

    September 18, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    jose morh. should do some b4 it wil be 2 late let him go back to drawing boad as mikel said ,let him make best 11 player now he stil confuse

  2. Adex

    September 18, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Jose mourinho need to search for his best eleven,he can’t just pick players dat has no match fitness and xpecting to deliver.moreso there is no team work,dis is just an individual performance.

  3. joseph

    September 19, 2013 at 4:45 am

    Jose mourning should pick up now that it is not yet late for him,I don’t even now why he played those amateur in that game and left people like mikel obi on bench when he was desperately needed, Frank lampard is weak,I don’t now why he is still been played full time.

  4. liam

    September 19, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Willian 5?
    Hazard 6?
    Completly bias ratings, hazard was terrible that much gave the ball away consistantly, can’t say anything positive about his game last night.Also,I thought willian did pretty well last night considering i t was his first game.
    Personally, I thought we lost not because of players but our tactics were completly wrong.

    ——————–Eto—————–
    —–Hazard——-Oscar——–Mata—–
    ————————————————Willian/Lamp/Essien/etc———
    ———————————————————–Luiz————————————————————-Cole—-Terry—-Cahill—-Ivancovic
    ———————————————————-Cech——————

    Eto should never come back to midfield, he is purely upfront, he should help at the wings when neccisary, but he should mianly stay in the box and wait for the ball to be played.

  5. 4lan

    September 19, 2013 at 7:02 am

    I tink Morinho can’t b doin dis 2 @ a tym, it wunt work @ all. Au wil he b keepin mata on bench nd stl b usin dix 451 4mtn. We wr al glamourin 4 lak of strikers last season bt yet we stl score d gls cux d creativity of Mata is dr. I tink dat is wat we ar lackin nw. Jose shld try nd b integratin his nw signings 2 d team gradually nd nt surdenly. My best lineup 4 nw wil stl include d spanish trio……..Cech; Axpilicueta,Ivanovic,Luis/Terry,Cole; Ramires/Mikel,Oscar; De-Bruyn,Mata,Hazard; Torres/Eto’o. I tink we shld either use dis or revert 2 a 433 4mtn wich shld accomadate Oscar,Mikel,Ramires in d Midle nd Harzard,Mata on d flank wit torres d 4cal point.

  6. Solocom

    September 19, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Mikel always takes blame whenever some stupid ratings are done on ds site…why must Lampard be playing 90min all de time, he offers little and he’s rated so high…cant undastand de logic behind Mourinho’s selection, keeping a creative mid fielder of Mata’s status on de bench 4 over 75mins and u xpect miracle 4rm him wen he comes on 4 just less dan 20mins…Mourinho wake up 4rm ur slumber, Honey moon is over….BLUES ALL D WAY…

  7. Mufutauk

    September 19, 2013 at 8:29 am

    The problem is team selection i now imaging wot we lack i nw com to conclusion dat we lack cretivity in middle d question is why is lampard start and mata is been bench ?mikel should alway start as defensive midfield our best line up to me is
    Cech
    Azzci Invano Cahil Cole
    Mikel Ramirez
    Mata oscar Hazzard
    Eto’o
    Sub list
    Torres
    Willams
    Lampard
    KDB
    Shurle
    Ba
    Essien

  8. JAMENC

    September 19, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Oscar was the lord of d game last night. Hazard was just loosing possession and the ball.. Mikel and Mata are to start match… Mou please look or create a strong 11 and I don’t see the reason for droping Torres and starting with Eto’o

  9. Solocom

    September 19, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Maybe i should thinking dat Mourinho is nw a racist or wot…Non of de trio of spanish players are in de manager’s starting eleven, this is nt fair Mr Mourinho.

  10. Solocom

    September 19, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Maybe i should start thinking dat Mourinho is nw a racist or wot…Non of de trio of spanish players are in de manager’s starting eleven, this is nt fair Mr Mourinho.

  11. Eljay

    September 19, 2013 at 10:52 am

    4-3-3 4matn z d solution 2 chelc’s problem…chek awt dis….cech
    ivanovic,luiz,terry,cole…….
    oscar,mikel,ramires……..
    Mata,torres,hazard…..wit dis 4matn chelc cn build a solid tim we cn rely upon aniday,anitym,dis wld hlp our strika 2 remen upfront always while oscar n ramires cn move 2 d flanks supporting both dfence n attack wit mikel providin a cova 4 d bk 4 n cole n ivanovic cn m0ve up wen nided wit JT organising d bk 4,mst esp we nid mata 4 his kila pass

  12. 9aiz

    September 19, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Lampard is jst a ghost player, he does nthn der bt stil plays 90mins while a creative player lyk Mata rots on d bench. Mou thinks today’s football is all about stiff-compact kinda midfield play. Todays game is all about flair, speed and possession. He shd adapt to dis and discard his own pattern of play. Dos players are not immature as Mou calls Dem….Rafa used Dem and played scintilating football. Mou’s tactics are not just working

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