Despite later re-inforcing Chelsea’s attack line with Fernando Torres in the second half, manager Jose Mourinho did not get the expected results when he selected Samuel Eto’o Fils to lead his attack line against Everton in Liverpool yesterday September 14 2013.
Known for his goal scoring skills, the Cameroonian attacker missed at least five chances to score when Chelsea, premier league title contenders clashed with Everton at their Goodison home ground.
Jose has mastered the craft of sound bites that journalists know they will get the best even when his team loses and following Chelsea’s 1—0 defeat yesterday, he did not dissapoint;
“We had chances and chances and people with experience in football know this happens week after week in football stadiums. If you don’t score, what you create means nothing, and if you don’t create but you score a goal you can win three points. It is a simple story. Artistic football without goals is not good.
‘I don’t think it is a question of sharpness, but perhaps no killer instinct in this game” Jose Mourinho said after the match.
The blues lost following a header by Everton’s Steve Naismith in the dying seconds of the first half. Chelsea began the second half with renewed vigour and dominated the first fifteen minutes but failed to find the net. As the game progressed, Chelsea players aware they were losing became short tempered forcing the referee to give a couple of yellow cards. Mikel narrowly escaped being expelled following a second hard tackle on an Everton player.
Though Eto’o Fils did not score the needed goals, Mourinho believes he did his best and will still be a vital part of his attack line this season, “’I think the players do have a killer instinct and Samuel was a killer all his career…the situations where he was involved in the game makes me happy, it looked to be a good understanding with the team”. He remarked after the match
Eto’o Fils again showed some brilliant play during the second half but was destined to lose his first match in the premier league after he achieved his dream of playing in one of the most competitive football leagues in the world, the English premier league.
His debut for Chelsea yesterday means he has now achieved what very few players ever do in their lifetime; playing for three of the four best leagues on earth viz, La Liga in Spain, Serie A in Italy and the premier league in England. The German Bundesliga is the only top flight league in Europe he has not played for and at 32, might never achieve that even though he signed only a year’s contract with Chelsea and will be available for another free transfer in a year’s time..
Chelsea has now dropped to 6th position on the league table with 7 points.
Chelsea’s next match will be on their home turf (Stamford Bridge) against Swiss team FC Basel on Wednesday September 18th 2013 for their champions league E match.
Match Stats. Players.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, David Luiz, Terry (c), Cole (Torres 68); Ramires, Mikel; Schurrle (Lampard 57), Mata (Oscar 57), Hazard; Eto’o.
Unused substitutes:Schwarzer, Cahill, Essien, De Bruyne.
Booked Ivanovic 64, Hazard 79, David Luiz 82, Mikel 86
Everton (4-2-3-1): Howard; Coleman, Jagielka (c), Distin, Baines; Osman, Barry; Naismith (Stones 88), Barkley, Mirallas (Deulofeu 90+1); Jelavic (McCarthy 66).
Unused substitutes: Robles, Heitinga, Oviedo, Gueye.
Scorer Naismith 45