As Fabian Delph’s outrageous back flick went in, Villa Park erupted in what could be a hugely significant moment in this year’s Premier League campaign. A fine performance from Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa side ensured Chelsea returned to Stamford Bridge empty handed and hurl Jose Mourinho’s men their first league defeat in 2014. Willian and Ramires were rightly sent off by referee Chris Foy while Mourinho was also sent to the stands for incessant protesting on the sidelines.
With all of Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal securing victories of their own, the League title may well be decided at the death as all the four teams have the capability to go all the way. Mourinho however must contemplate what went wrong with his players and take due action. To help the Portuguese, we here at Soccersouls decided to give Chelsea a reality check and provide the right balance to the squad by dropping three of the following players.
1. Fernando Torres:
The Spaniard cut a sorry figure against the Clarets and Blue, having an absolute shocker on the pitch. His first touch let him down time and again and hardly looked effective in front of goal. Chelsea’s plan was simple, they would break down Villa by providing Torres with balls to run at, taking advantage of the space left unmarked by the right back, who was constantly barging forward. El Nino however, looked a shadow of his former self as both Baker and Ron Vlaar made sure the former Liverpool man was second best to everything on the pitch. Hardly did the Spaniard press the Villa defense and his directionless running rarely caused any sort of worries for the back four of the home side. Chelsea fans would express a strong feeling of disapproval but Torres should be relegated to bench in upcoming games.