For most Blues fans, Chelsea’s limp and thoroughly deserved 2-0 defeat at Manchester City on Sunday will be filed under "best forgotten." It’s a game, too, that the majority of the Chelsea players who took part in it will not look back on with any fondness.
Ramires, in particular, had a shocker, displaying the touch of a drunken rhinoceros on numerous occasions. The match stats reveal that, incredibly, the Brazilian lost possession of the ball on no fewer than 24 occasions—a figure that, presumably, would have been even higher if the pre-match kickabout had been taken into account.
Given his woeful performance, it might be an idea if the midfielder spent the rest of this week doing keepy-uppy (it’s a great way to improve ball control, Rami!). He needn’t do it standing in the corner at Cobham wearing a dunce’s cap, but if he plays like he did at the Etihad again, that might be considered an appropriate punishment in the future.
Meanwhile, read on for a few more random thoughts about Sunday’s match…