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Hate to say it mate but Oscar was Carragher's man, it is still part zonal what we did and he attacked the zone in front of JC except he came out late, you can tell he knows it but by his reaction afterwards, it was woeful and sadly unsurprising.
I know the handball killed us but if you watch the replays I am pretty certain Torres is about to head that in the net, as weird as it sounds I would rather concede the penalty then have him score again against us! Obviously there is no guarantee that 'this Torres' would score against us but it looks as simple a chance as you will see. More importantly, who the hell told Suarez to mark Torres at a corner? Surely that should be a more responsible defenders job!
We played poop in first half but the selection of Coutinho over Sturridge was justified on recent performance efforts. His display when he came on was excellent, it was similar when he played his other club Man City. I know people play up against there old clubs but you do have to wonder why they can't play like that every week, he looks world class when he is having one of those days.
When he did the 180 spin and long range shot of the post I had my hairs standing on end! Great finish for the first equaliser as well.
Luis Suarez played fantastically in the second half, the header and the assist were awesome, he bit Ivanovic, it is what it is, people have blown up way too much. Would you rather wake up on Monday morning with a bite mark on your arm or a broken leg, nose or even a Rooney style gashed quad? The guy is a nut job but a deliberate act of violence is what it is, the level of injury caused by it should be something to do with the punishment. How can anyone explain how a deliberate leg breaker is deemed a lesser crime then a bite?! Chelsea got lucky to stay level, they should quit bemoaning the added time, it is pretty easy to calculate. Petr Cech was amazing, if he isnt in the team of the season then there is something wrong.
I'm not sure about the marking on the corner. At first I also thought it was Carra, but on the replay (from behind the goal) it was clear Agger pointed to Oscar and mouth "I've got him". Now maybe if we were employing a zonal plan of sorts responsibilities changed, but Agger let Oscar run away from him while he stay rooted to the spot not marking anyone. Mind you, if anyone knows how to breakdown and get an advantage over a zonal marking system it has to be Rafa.
On the handball I do agree with you. Who knows if Torres would have got his head on it, but I do think despite Suarez turning his head, it was a deliberate act to prevent Torres getting on the ball. And, like the world cup handball I don't condemn Suarez for conceding a penalty to try and help out his side. However I do think it killed the momentum we had coming out from halftime when we really had a head of steam.
I also agree it was not a bad move to start the Brazilian over Sturridge, but to be honest I think the player who let us down in the first half was Henderson who just did not seem to get a foot on the ball and maintain possession, and I can't remember the number of times he gave the ball away. I've been impressed with Jordan recently, but till Stevie took control of the midfield I think it was Chelsea who dominated much of the play. But I will say despite the fast movement Chelsea enjoyed in the first half, from open play I'm not sure they put Pepe's goal under any significant pressure.
On Suarez I've covered this on other threads but I do tend to agree with you. He's been charged with violent conduct which is appropriate, and as it was a blatant act increasing from the standard 3 match ban may be warranted, however I agree with you the level of violence was mild (although it was weird) compared to other cases of violent conduct we see most weekends, so the final judgement should be measured.