A defeat has been coming for a while. We have been playing better than we were in the first half of the season, but that isn’t really a difficult task. There have been a few occasions in recent weeks where we’ve been able to play at exhibition pace and still win, and we tried to do that against Swansea, who simply didn’t allow us to do that.
It’s good to finally see Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kenedy both get an extended run in the team as they are both exceptionally talented players, and probably should have been used much earlier on in the season when we were playing so badly. I would like to think Antonio Conte will come in and give some of our young players a chance because we won’t be able to get that many good players in because we aren’t in the Champions League, and our younger players are just as good, if not better, than some of the players we’ve been linked with in recent weeks.
There were a couple of stories last week about possibly selling Thibaut Courtois and making Asmir Begovic our number one, but that would be a ridiculous decision. I know Courtois hasn’t had the best season, but he’s spent a long period of time on the treatment table, and even when he has played, he’s had a very unstable defence in front of him. There are very few better goalkeepers in the world than the Belgian at this moment in time, and there is no way that we could sign any of them.
There is very little I can say about the game itself because it was pretty slow and a bit dull at times. In all fairness to Swansea, they were excellent on the day and fully deserved the three points. The goal was a pretty poor one to concede. The ball should really have been cleared in the first place, and after that, Gylfi Sigurdsson hasn’t caught the volley well at all, and with three players there, one of them should really throw their body in the way. I imagine one of the few players in the current squad to do so would have been John Terry, but some football genius has decided that we should let him go. What a ridiculous decision.
I think I should address the performances of Branislav Ivanovic this season. Hopeless. That is my review. Absolutely hopeless. Ok, he’s had one or two good games, but he shouldn’t be at the club next season, but we gave him a new contract. Graeme Souness has just put him in his team of the season. He wouldn’t be in my Chelsea team of the season, let alone the Premier League team of the season. That show’s how much he knows about the football. The man who signed, and played, Ali Dia. Enough said.
I didn’t see any point in bringing Radamel Falcao on late on in the game, because there is no chance he will be at the club next season, and it would have been much better to see Guus Hiddink bring on either Kasey Palmer or Charlie Colkett, who were both on the bench for the first time.
We play Manchester City on Saturday, in a game I actually care about because it would make the Premier League interesting for the rest of the season if we win, but I would still like to see Hiddink bring in a couple of young players.