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Chelsea 0-0 Manchester City: early caution from Benitez results in a dull game

November 26, 2012
Chelsea 0-0 Manchester City: early caution from Benitez results in a dull game

Rafael Benitez started his Chelsea reign with a goalless draw against the champions. Benitez kept Roberto Di Matteo’s front six intact, although played Branislav Ivanovic and David Luiz together at centre-back, a combination his predecessor never selected. Roberto Mancini played four at the back, and continued with Edin Dzeko upfront, rather than Carlos Tevez – maybe...
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Juventus 3-0 Chelsea: Di Matteo uses Hazard upfront, but Chelsea lose the game elsewhere

November 21, 2012
Juventus 3-0 Chelsea: Di Matteo uses Hazard upfront, but Chelsea lose the game elsewhere

Juventus played excellently and comfortably defeated Chelsea. Antonio Conte went with on-form Fabio Quagliarella upfront alongside Mirko Vucinic, and used Stephane Lichtsteiner rather than Mauricio Isla on the right. Roberto Di Matteo dropped Fernando Torres in favour of Eden Hazard as a false nine – because he didn’t want to give Juventus’ three centre-backs a ‘reference...
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West Brom 2-1 Chelsea: Morrison and Long drift wide, then stop Chelsea passing through middle

November 19, 2012
West Brom 2-1 Chelsea: Morrison and Long drift wide, then stop Chelsea passing through middle

West Brom’s mobile duo of Shane Long and James Morrison provided an assist apiece. Ben Foster is injured, so Steve Clarke used Boaz Myhill in goal. Gabriel Tamas replaced Gareth McAuley, and Zoltan Gera started on the left. Roberto Di Matteo shuffled his pack, leaving Oscar, Ramires, Juan Mata, Branislav Ivanovic and Ashley Cole on the...
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Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool: poor quality game with goals from corners

November 12, 2012
Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool: poor quality game with goals from corners

Brendan Rodgers started with three centre-backs, but switched to a back four during the second half. Roberto Di Matteo used his expected front four, but surprisingly used Cesar Azpilicueta at right-back, presumably because he wanted pace and/or attacking drive. Branislav Ivanovic shifted into the centre. Rodgers included Jamie Carragher, with Martin Skrtel unavailable. Suso was only...
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Chelsea 2-3 Manchester United: two goals a dangerous lead, two men a significant advantage

October 29, 2012
Chelsea 2-3 Manchester United: two goals a dangerous lead, two men a significant advantage

Manchester United snatched the three points after Chelsea went down to nine men at 2-2. Roberto Di Matteo was again without John Terry through suspension, while Frank Lampard was injured, so Chelsea’s starting XI was as expected. Sir Alex Ferguson returned to more of a traditional Manchester United system after recent experimentations with a diamond. Ashley...
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