Mugged In The Midlands

Our poor away form continued as we lost against Birmingham in the Premiership on Saturday afternoon, or did it?

Despite battering the Birmingham defence we somehow managed to leak a goal with the only real effort on target. It was a classic snatch and grab.

Birmingham keeper Ben Foster earned all three points for Birmingham with a string of good saves to deny Anelka, Drogba, Malouda and others, as Chelsea were at times camped in the Birmingham half.

Despite some often excellent attacking play, Chelsea were defeated by some determined defending, great goalkeeping, and some luck.

Carlo Ancelotti reflected post match, stating; “It is not good, I think that when you deserve to lose you have to lose, as against Sunderland. When you deserve to win you have to win. We didn’t win because I think we were unlucky.”

“I have to say nothing to my team because everyone showed good spirit, good attitude, everyone wants to win, we played good football, had a lot of chances, but we lost,” said the Italian. “It is a difficult moment but we don’t have to lose confidence.”

“I was really disappointed with the performance against Sunderland, but this is different, just with the result. We have to know this is football and it’s important to maintain confidence in our play and our ability. It is difficult to explain this defeat.”

He added; “It is easier to explain a defeat against Arsenal, because we played a poor game, they played better but today was different. Chelsea played a fantastic game and deserved to win.”

Reflecting on the moment we lost the match, Ancelotti said; “We lost the player that ran in the box, Bowyer ran in the box without control and maybe there was a mistake, but just one during the game. Didier had a lot of opportunities but at the moment he is not so lucky.”

“We have to know that in one season it can happen to have this moment but I already said to my players don’t lose confidence, we have to worry when we don’t play good football but when we play good football… as we showed today we don’t have to be worried”

Chelsea(4-3-3): Cech; Ferreira (Bosingwa 64), Alex, Ivanovic, Cole; Ramires (Sturridge 72), Mikel, Malouda; Kalou, Drogba (c), Anelka.

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