MATCH DAY BLOG: F.A CUP 5th ROUND, CHELSEA V MANCHESTER UNITED

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When draw was made for the F.A Cup 5th it was pretty obvious what the stand out game was. The draw brought Chelsea and Manchester United together again for another pulsating F.A Cup tie which was obviously a repeat of last season’s final. The game was set as the last match of the round live on bbc one on the Monday night.

Picture via express.co.uk (Eden Hazard scores the only goal of last season’s F.A Cup Final from the penalty spot).

The build up to the game was very intense and there was added excitement knowing the game had to be decided on the night and the Quarter Final draw to be made at the end of the match.

Match Day Programme

When the teams were announced one hour before the game I knew what I hoped for but I think we all knew what Sarri was going to do. Disappointing not to see Emerson start at left back and Callum Hudson-Odoi again not getting an opportunity. I often feel the opposition rarely now have to do any homework on our team as we are so predictable.

Picture via chelseafc.com

The game started as we thought and Man United looked extremely organised as a team. It took until the 31st minute for Ander Herrera to open the scoring after poor positional play from Marcos Alonso. Just before half time Paul Pogba made it 2-0 with another simple header getting in between two of our defenders.

Photo via chelseafc.com

Discussing with friends at half time how slow we were in our build play and also how disappointing we are without the ball. The second half was poor in all honesty. When Willian came on for Pedro in the 58th minute it was then apparent Hudson-Odoi again wouldn’t get an opportunity. Is it any wonder he wants to leave?

‘Sarriball’ is crying out for fast attacking young players who chase the ball down and Sarri continues to keep him on the bench. Baffling.

Photo via chelseafc.com

It took until the 71st minute for Sarri to make his most predictable substitution with Ross Barkley coming on for Matteo Kovacic. Why? I have absolutely no idea!

The final substitution was Davide Zappacosta coming on for Cesar Azpilicueta. Why? I have absolutely no idea! Searching for a goal to get back in the game and we never looked like doing it! Many fans were leaving the stadium around 80 minutes, I stayed until the end but I certainly didn’t blame them. The game finished 2-0 and it was an overall very poor performance again. Gonzalo Higuain was completely isolated all game and Jorginho just looked completely lost.

Not changing anything tactically at half time when 2-0 down was baffling for all to see and shows naivety not only from Sarri but from the board who it appears have hired a manager that can play only one way.

Photo via chelseafc.com

I appreciate new systems and style of play can take time but I honestly don’t think Sarri is helping himself. Tactically very poor and predictable and substitutions that are baffling for all to see.

Historically as we well know manager’s come and go quite quickly at Chelsea and I can’t see this time being any different. The Matthew Harding Lower stand made their feelings perfectly clear on what they thought of ‘Sarriball’.

Stubborn Sarri is on borrowed time.

Photo via metro.co.uk

Written By Chris Wright

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