In the last couple of days I have seen a couple of Chelsea fans on social media claiming that the 3-3 draw against Everton feels like a win. It doesn’t. Just because we scored a last minute equaliser doesn’t mean we can be happy with the result, or the performance. We’re a much better team that the performance we put in and we should really be beating teams like Everton at home.
Two weeks ago I wrote about how the 3-0 win at Crystal Palace showed that we could be hitting top form again. I was wrong. For all that has been said about performance level, we haven’t really improved since Jose Mourinho was sacked and the results have shown that.
One thing I’ve been sure of since day one is that Guus Hiddink is not the man to take this club forward. When we were at our best last season, we were playing fast, attacking football. On Saturday, Hiddink started with John Obi Mikel and Nemanja Matic as our centre midfield partnership. I get annoyed enough when we start with two defensive midfielders against a top team, but against Everton? A team sitting 12th in the Premier League? Neither of those players offer a great deal of attacking input, and in Mikel’s case, none at all. All day long they sat back, and didn’t even do a lot of good defensively.
For the second game in a row, we have conceded really poor goals. The John Terry own goal is unfortunate. There isn’t really a lot I can say, because 99 times out of 100 he clears that ball away. The second goal is one I can say a lot more about. It is an excellent finish by Kevin Mirallas, there’s no taking that away from him, but he should never get the ball. It is has rolled all the way across the penalty area, and not one man has stepped up and cleared it. We just needed someone to show some responsibility and get it out.
Without trying to sound too much like Brendan Rodgers, we showed excellent character to get back into the game. Diego Costa did well for the first goal, even if it is an error defensively. He showed good tenacity to chase the ball down, and he earned his goal. If his shin injury does turn out to be serious, we need to go out and buy a top striker, because Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao simply aren’t good enough. The resurgence of Cesc Fabregas continues, and not just because of his goal. He kept the ball well, and is having a much more positive influence on the game.
The last few minutes were when the “controversial” moments took place. Ramiro Funes Mori’s goal was a shocker defensively. Firstly, Gerard Deulofeu had way too much time to put the ball in, and when he did, someone must be challenging Funes Mori at the back post. With the last kick of the game, Chelsea nicked an equaliser with John Terry’s backheel (yes-you read that right!). There is no point in me arguing it wasn’t offside, because it clearly was. I can however argue with Roberto Martinez’ claim that time was up. The celebration for Funes Mori’s goal took up at least a minute and a half, so the referee was right to add time on.
Obviously a point is better than none, but we should really have been looking to win all three. I am not for one moment saying that we should sack Hiddink, we don’t need any more turmoil at the club. I’m simply saying that he shouldn’t have been employed in the first place and he certainly shouldn’t get the job permanently. If there’s any game that can get Chelsea going again, it’s Arsenal, and hopefully we can do that next week.