Corinthians send-off from the airport - imagine the welcome home.
The only sensible reaction to Chelsea’s sacking of Roberto Di Matteo today is - utterly ridiculous.
Utterly ridiculous, because he guided the Blues to Champions League triumph just six months ago and winning Europe’s premier club competition had been the Holy Grail for Roman Abramovich since the Russian billionaire took over as Chelsea owner in 2003.
Utterly ridiculous, because in less than ten months in charge, he also led Chelsea to only their seventh ever FA Cup Final success.
Utterly ridiculous, because Di Matteo was in charge for just 23 Premier League games for Chelsea. Only David Webb and Guus Hiddink managed fewer (13 each).
Utterly ridiculous, because under the Abramovich regime, even before today’s dismissal, Chelsea
Updated 22nd November 2012 at 10:46 AM by 11v11
Our goal of the week goes to Didier Drogba for Chelsea against Stoke City
- Following the recent controversial departure of manager Andre Villas-Boas, the long-serving striker handed Chelsea a much needed victory with an expertly taken goal.
- The Stamford Bridge stalwart collected Juan Mata's through-ball 12 yards out and kept his cool to round City keeper Asmir Begovic and stroke then ball into the empty net.
- On the day before his 34th birthday, Didier became the 22nd player to score a total of 100 goals in the Premier League.
- This was Didier’s 220th Premier League appearance so making him the ninth quickest player to reach the three figures. Alan Shearer is top of the list having struck his 100th goal
After fingers were critically pointed in the direction of the Brazilian’s defensive qualities in the potentially crucial midweek Champions League defeat in Napoli, David Luiz displayed his finest attacking skills to give Chelsea the lead against their determined visitors.
One of the scapegoats for the Blues' stuttering season, he began the attack himself, intercepting Nigel Reo-Coker’s slack pass before driving towards the Bolton area and passed the ball out to Didier Drogba on the left. Although the striker’s cross was not cleanly struck, Wanderers’ defender David Wheater could not clear the danger. Luiz collected, checked inside the Bolton back and coolly curled his shot into the net.
The splendid goal gave the £26 million signing from Benfica the
With a one-game ban after picking up five yellow cards, Jamie O'Hara misses his first Premier League game for Wolverhampton Wanderers this season.
Fellow midfielder Stephen Hunt is also suspended for the tough trip to Chelsea.
Here's this week's full list of current suspensions.
Three Match Ban (12/11,19/11,26/11)
- From keeper Petr Cech rolling the ball out to John Terry, ten seconds later after a move of flowing, incisive passing, Chelsea were two-up after 36 minutes. - Fernando Torres took three Swans out of play with a terrific return ball to Ashley Cole who advanced with purpose before finding Ramires in acres of space. The Brazilian’s went through the legs of Swans keeper Vorm into the bottom corner.
- The two-goal advantage became significant as Chelsea were reduced to ten-men three minutes later when Torres was sent-off.
Our Premier League Goal of the Week was Daniel Sturridge’s winner for Chelsea at Sunderland.
- He had missed first three games due to suspension (sent-off for Bolton v Man City on last day of last season).
- Week after 22nd birthday, selected by new manager ABV ahead of record signing Fernando Torres (so pressure was on).
- Scored with cheeky and confident back-heel after fine through ball from new signing Raul Meireles.