Official club website report
Official Chelsea FC Website: “Chelsea suffered a second successive friendly defeat on Sunday, after a late penalty gave our German hosts a narrow victory. On the balance of play it was perhaps a fair result, though it should be noted that Eintracht Frankfurt are a week ahead of the Blues in their preparations, with the Bundesliga kicking off next weekend. It was individual slips that cost us, first Hilario made a hash of his clearance and then a shirt pull by Branislav Ivanovic handed our hosts a penalty, either side of substitute Frank Lampard’s equaliser.”
Habs’ match summary
Fuck me, that was the worst goalkeeping performance I’ve ever seen in my life. If we thought City at home was bad, then Hilario just trumped it with a display of sheer incompetence that it became laughable by the end. All we can say is that our second choice keeper is a footballer who doesn’t know how to kick a football. We all know his judgement, agility and shot stopping is abysmal but it is his kicking which has worried us all for years now and for a 34 year old not to know how to kick a ball off the ground and into their half is frankly shocking.
But another worry is our general inability to create chances. Yes it’s only pre-season and yes we’re all unfit but Anelka was anonymous today and without Essien and Lamps, our midfield was again dominated by the opposition. Patrick Van Aanholt, Mancienne and Josh were the best of the youngsters although Borini doesn’t look good enough to succeed at this level, and Bruma also looked pretty comfortable at the back which was a bonus. But overall, we did look one-dimensional and rather boring.
If there’s a couple of positives to take from yet another sloppy and slow pre-season defeat, it’s that Carlo must be able to demand some new signings from Roman. Our team lacks creativity and crucially pace up front, as well as a good or even average second choice keeper, and with Utd only a week away, things are not looking good for us after three pre-season games. The squad looks tired, not just from the World Cup, but also from a lack of new arrivals in my opinion. Sometimes a squad just needs a boost from a couple of quality signings and sadly the youngsters won’t be able to do it all on their own on this evidence.