It Is Make or Break Time for Chelsea As City Loss Compounds the Troubles

Ramkumar SCorrespondent IFebruary 27, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27:  Michael Ballack of Chelsea is shown the red card by referee Mike Dean during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on February 27, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Do you fans and viewers remember the Chelsea versus Arsenal game? Arsenal played well but were caught out in counter attack. Drogba scored two smashing shots to humble the Arsenal defense. City Versus Chelsea was similar; only it Was City who were winning in the counter attack. But that was not all... 

Like the Inter Milan game the first half had Chelsea dominating the possession and the shot on goals with little to show for. Lampard may have stuck first for Chelsea but it was City that got the better of the home team. They scored two successive goals in counter attack. The first by Tevez before halftime and the next by Bellamy after halftime. Both times the Chelsea defenders and the goal keepers were caught out of position.

It was a shocking sight to see the Chelsea defense so slow and unresponsive. Is this supposed to be the team that was considered to have the best defense. These errors did not seem like the sort that can be committed by teams in the Premiership! Not once, but twice was their response pathetic!  

Even City fans will not believe how easily City put two goals past the Chelsea defense. The first shot had the ball crawling in at a medium pace and the whole Chelsea defense was in slow motion. The next City goal was faster but again Chelsea defenders were too slow to react. The next two City goals were a given considering the two red cards that Chelsea received.

It surely will not inspire confidence in the Chelsea fans to see Hillario at goal instead of Cech. He was partially at fault for both the goals. Perhaps he needs more time to settle down; time that Chelsea do not have. So the next time Arsenal fans bad mouth Almunia and Fabiansky, remember, It could be a whole lot worse.

Malouda is not a left back—he never was yet he played left back once again. Ancelotti must have felt that Malouda will need the experience so that he can be ready to face Inter in the second leg.

Oh boy was one bad idea. Substitute Wright Phillips ran circles around him before his pass to Bellamy made it four for the sky blue team.Paulo Ferreira would have been a logical choice.  

Belletti. It rhymes with Penalty and that is what Juliano gifted to the City as he brought down Barry inside the box. A man and two goals down; One would expect Chelsea to show calm and composure but that is not what Ballack did as he tripped Tevez to earn the second yellow and got himself out of the game. Two goals down and two men down. The match was well over even before it had officially ended.

John Terry was snubbed by Bridge (Bridge refused to shake hands with him), badly rubbed by Tevez (the little guy managed to get into the skin of JT and also across him for the goal), humiliated by his haircut (what was that porcupine strip in his head?), but sadly he was not subbed by Ancelotti. What more should JT do wrong to have Alex step in? Terry had better pull his act together before he sinks both England and Chelsea. 

As a Chelsea fan, I'm more frustrated with the manner in which we lost than the fact that we lost. Our defense was in shambles. Our offense was average. Our reserves seem weak and at a time when injuries are plaguing us I'm still waiting for someone to step up and carry the load. Nothing in the way we played says maybe Chelsea should have or could have won. It was a horrible but rightful result. 

We still have a lead over our rivals (a  slim one though), we head into the week with no football action for sometime and hopefully that time will allows us to recover and recoup. The challenges ahead of us have only been mounting. Set piece troubles, mounting injuries, plaguing distractions and a deserting defense and now, red cards.

Our whole season seems to be derailing.  The make or break time for our season has started and now is when we are most being tested. Are we ready?