March 15th, 2012

Midweek Results Pt II: Misery Loves Company

Images: AP Photo/Paul White.

With a little help from the bench, the Blues overturned the 3-1 aggregate lead Napoli built in the first leg and won the game 4-1 after an extra time goal from Branislav Ivanovic. We missed the thrilling end because we were too busy stumbling up the pub stairs.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid cemented their place in the last eight after beating CSKA Moscow 4-1 (5-2 agg). We can’t help but feel that Alan Dzagoev’s uncanny resemblance to Leo Messi in this photo (left) did not help his team’s cause any.

Anyone else praying for this week to come to a quick end?

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89 Responses to “Midweek Results Pt II: Misery Loves Company”

  1. Agnes Wonka says:

    RM match was great!

  2. DebS says:

    Yay for Madrid! Very proud of these guys. Sad that Xabi won't play the next game but that gives the other guys a chance to play. Big shoes to fill though. O_o

    The Chelsea win was bittersweet for me. Happy for the new guys but pissed at "the old guard". They played very well but it's a damn shame they couldn't show up before this game. Well, except Drogba because he always seemed to give 100% when he was on the pitch. Had they played this way all season, AVB would still have a job and Chelsea would be in a much better position in the league. Unfortunately, their disdain for AVB and egos were more important to them than the club. Shame on them!

  3. RMad :) says:

    YEAH REAL MADRID <3

  4. littlegreenpea says:

    I volunteef myself to fix this 'problem.' AND shave off his pedostache.

    • Jayy says:

      Well lets just hope he needs a groin massage ;)
      I cant believe he grew a pedostache – it needs to go! Lets just hope this is a one off and it doesnt appear again or we'll have to have words with him.

      • Jayy says:

        ^What the actual F? How is that a thumbs down comment?! ITS LLORENTE'S GROIN PEOPLE.

      • littlegreenpea says:

        the two of us against him and I think we'd still lose… he's so tall and muscular.

        • Jayy says:

          The only thing Im good at is putting people in a headlock (thanks to my beast of a brother). But I think Id need a leg up to even get my arms around his glorious neck.

          • littlegreenpea says:

            no problem. At 5'8'' my height has to be good for something :) not that good at headlocks though lol All I got was a bossy younger sister :)

            • Jayy says:

              Lol imagine taking a picture with him – Id need a collapsable step ladder just so I dont look like dwarf. Im actually worrying about that pedostache now. WHAT IF ITS PERMANENT?! *cries*

              • littlegreenpea says:

                OMG I CANNOT CONSIDER THAT POSSIBILITY!! someone must talk some sense into him!! doctor girlfriend, you must act on our behalf AND SHAVE IT WHILST HE SLEEPS!!

                • Jayy says:

                  Or make up some sort of fake illness that may occur if he carries on growing that tache! Omg…I just had a sudden pang of realisation. What is shes making him grow it? :O

                  • littlegreenpea says:

                    If she is making him grow it, then she is oblivious to the fact that he looks like a pedophile. If he tries to grow a beard then we will rally the hispanic kickette subdivision to stalk him with scissors until he shaves it off. Because it is simply unacceptable.

                    • littlegreenpea says:

                      my actual thought process in the dying minutes of the city game…
                      BALOTELLI STOP TRYING TO SCORE, WILL YOU?! oh god here comes another fight… time-wasting tactics= always effective. almost over now… WHAT?! 5 MINUTES?! ARGH!! hmm… city still hasn't scored… KICK IT OUT YOU JABRONIE!! how much more of this can I endure… another corner?! You've got to be kidding me. Come on Lisbon… WAIT IS THAT JOE HART IN THE BOX?! DID HE JUST SCORE??! oh thank jesus navas that didn't go in…IT'S OVER!! HOW DO YOU FEEEL, MAN CITY?! YESSS!! (It is about now that I proceed to run around the room and perform various embarassing acts of excitement.)
                      *I think I should note the fact that my energy can be blamed on the pint of ice cream I ate earlier. I promise you I'm usually calm while watching soccer games. :) *

                    • Jayy says:

                      You should see my household during a Liverpool match. Our neighbours complained about us 'for celebrating too much'!
                      My nerves were in shreds during the Everton game, i was so worried after our poor run of form so no amount of Arctic roll made me feel relaxed!
                      I couldnt watch the City match even though I was so tempted to engage in a bit of Aguero admiring – I had to force myself to do some case reading for Law, but 3-3 aggregate? So close yet so far :P
                      Trust me, nothing is as embarassing as my impersonation of the Stevie G slide. The only difference is I get severe carpet burns :)

                    • littlegreenpea says:

                      ah carpet burns… I risk it anyway. The Stevie G slide is worth it :)
                      A law student, eh? I was considering that, but I decided to double major in sports medicine and physical therapy instead. 8 LONG years of college. My ice cream fix gets me through the day :)

                    • Jayy says:

                      And my fist pumping celebration – Its so embarrassing, even my dad cringes xD
                      OMFG – YOU COULD BE A PHYSIO. Look out Eva, we got a new PT in our ranks ;) 8 YEARS?!?! Thats like…2920 days. :O you have some dedication littlegreenpea. How far along are you in your degree? :)

                    • littlegreenpea says:

                      first year and a loong way to go… the fact that I could be in Eva Carniero's place one day is a great motivation… and of the course the fact that I could be 'easing the pain' of famous footballers around the world one day. :D

                    • Jayy says:

                      Exactlyyy! Think of Eva as an example ;) Ooo wow one of our very own kickettes could be administering groin massages on famous hotties! *swells with pride*

                    • littlegreenpea says:

                      I doubt I'll get that far lol … but if it makes you happy, I'll tell you it'll happen anyway :)

                    • Jayy says:

                      oh dont be silly, course you will! Think big littlegreenpea ;)
                      Im thinking of being a sports laywer but its such a narrow division, it would be much safer specialising in family law or criminal law! :(

  5. littlegreenpea says:

    WHY IS LLORENTE BEING SUBBED RIGHT NOW. He just scored, didn't you see it?! THE OUTRAGE.

    • Mrs. Q.Borri says:

      Llorente is coming to my little island in August!!! dying of excitement!!! ^——-^^——^

      Im going to be a good kikcette soldier and stalk him during his stay!! Lol. You know only for research ;)

      • littlegreenpea says:

        lol you go, girl. For science and the needs of kickettes everywhere :)

        • Mrs. Q.Borri says:

          The need of those kickettes, like us!! lol The ones who get inspired in human anatomy just by looking at him. Lol!!! ;)

          • littlegreenpea says:

            you have learned well. :) take lots of pictures, and be prepared for massive scream attacks!!

            • Mrs. Q.Borri says:

              I'm already imagining that moment !!! Of him coming down the bus with his gorgeous blue eyes being all tall and handsome, smiling…. Seriously I think I'm going to dye if he at least says Hi!! #epicmoment

              • littlegreenpea says:

                Stay strong!! For all of us who don't live in Puerto Rico! Do you know if they're coming anywhere else?

                • Mrs. Q.Borri says:

                  I have to in behave of all of his hotness and my mental health!! LOL!

                  Well from now I don't know if they are coming anywhere else. Because in the media they haven't say anything. But maybe they will go to the US, I don't know! Since we are so close :)

      • Jayy says:

        Please be a doll and give us regular updates ;) where is he going? :)

        • Mrs. Q.Borri says:

          I'm on a serious mission to do the stalking so I can provide to all of the kickettes around the world!! He is coming in August to PUERTO RICO!! (I know still a lot of time of waiting but I think is so worth it) with LA ROJA to play a Friendly with our national team. Is going to be the first match after La Euro for them. Along the ride is also coming San Iker, Xavi, and I can't remember the rest since I got so excited about Llorente. LOL! :)

          • Laurean says:

            Really… REALLY!!! They are going to Puerto Rico but they can't stop off in Antigua? :( ugh I would hop on a flight just to stalk Sergio!! Hopefully Fernando is there so we could catch some Sernando action!! ;)

            • Mrs. Q.Borri says:

              I know they are coming!!!!!!! Hop on and come to see them!!! ;)

              • Laurean says:

                I'm sooooooo freaking jealous. This will be the second year I keep missing Sergio. One day, ONE DAY our paths shall cross!! lol

          • Jayy says:

            Eekkk!! Try and get a hug off Llorente! He's so nice, he wont say no. :P
            I remember my one baller sighting – Nando driving past me and my bf in his Lamborghini when he used to play for LFC. Epiic moment :P

  6. IrishBlue says:

    Last night was amazing! It's been so long since Chelsea made me feel like that! They were together, united, played for each other, determined and deserving.

    Wonder if AVB was watching?

  7. peeyuh says:

    oh my goodness i absolutely felt gutted after napoli was beaten… whatta crazy heartbreaking game this is… oooh but I guess I can find solace in gokhan inler's tongue when he scored ; P

  8. Sarah, Madrid says:

    Animo Abi, stay strong! I honestly can't think of anything more important! My thoughts is with his family

    • Kat22 says:

      The liver transplant?

    • Gladys says:

      I know! I was coming off of being overjoyed for Mata and Co. after the craziness of the last several months, and then saw this news. How absolutely terrible for him. I thought it was a benign tumor that just needed removing last year. Now it sounds like something much worse. It's really hard to think of anything else. I feel so terrible for him and his family, but, he is young and strong, so hopefully he will have the transplant and be fine.

      • Gladys says:

        P.S. Sorry. I realize that my last comment sounds rather glib but it's amazing what kind of drugs they have these days for transplants. I guess I'm glad that he has that option rather than only chemo.

      • Sarah, Madrid says:

        I know!! I thought it wasn't that serious either, it looks like he was playing with it, no? He needs all the support! I really understand how his family feel! :( , Animo all I can do is pray for him

    • Mrs. Q.Borri says:

      Esperemos que todo le vaya bien!!! although I know everything is going to, we the fans no matter from what club, are with him during this critical period of time!!! Que te recuperes pronto!!! :)

    • DebS says:

      Aw man! I hadn't heard about that yet. I just assumed that it was just a growth and not malignant since he wasn't going through chemo or radiation.

      Hopefully the liver transplant will be the end of it and it doesn't spread. :(

      Best wishes for a perfect match and a speedy recovery, Abidal!

  9. Loninha - Brasil says:

    Napoli was stolen in the field, a shame not to have an outrageous penalty! I hope Chelsea get out the next phase did not deserve the rating!
    That's a fact!
    Napoili was stolen in the field! Shame shame shame!

    • Dols says:

      Well, in case you missed it, Napoli Drogba's t in the penalty box and got away with it.

    • Mumtaz says:

      c'mon… is it that difficult to admit that Chelsea was just awesome last night?

    • April says:

      Uhh.. I like Napoli and Chelsea, and I thought Napoli would win hands down. They surprised me because they didn't. Chelsea won that game and got through with the hard work that their fans have been wanting to see from the players for many matches now. Don't rain on the parade.

  10. Jayy says:

    Branislav 'buns of steel' Ivanovic. Nuff said.

  11. Dols says:

    About John giving orders…. yes tension between AVB and John was true and I see why.
    When I saw him giving orders to David and telling Roberto what to do….I didn't know how I feel about it.
    I know he has been playing for the Blues longer than any of our recent-past managers lasted, and he does have Blue blood. Trust me, I'm in fond of him and his abilities.

    But somehow it looks disrespectful to me. :-(
    It's good that Roberto took it well and it worked out just great in the end.

    • Dols says:

      JT can do tons of directing on the field and that is what he should do as a skipper. But on the sideline… well I will leave at that.

    • IrishBlue says:

      Im not sure how I feel about that situation. I must admit when I seen it last night it struck me as something that should not happen. I know he's the captain but the manager must be the guy who calls the shots at the end of the day.

    • FloraJane says:

      Well if nights like this one are what happens when JT 'directs', then he should do it more often! He said in the presser before the match that this could turn out to be one of the best nights in Chelsea's history and I think it will be remembered that way. It was amazing.

  12. Kat22 says:

    Oh, and yes – I am most definitely praying for the weekend! Especially as the weather is really nice here today. :-)

  13. Kat22 says:

    Wow…Chelsea v Napoli – what a game! Who'd have thought the Blues were going to turn this around?? But credit where credit is due, they were the better team last night and deserved to win. (Although I think Drogba's diving was a bit embarrassing to watch, but I'll leave it at that).

    When Di Matteo jumped on Nando after the game it was so funny – I think he got a bit of a fright.
    Having said that, he didn't seem all that happy last night, considering they just made it into the quarter finals. He cut a bit of a lonely figure walking across the pitch, shaking the refs hand. :-(

    • AnnMi says:

      was a great match…atmosphere was amazing…!!

      RDM nearly took poor Nando's head off when he jumped on him!!!

    • Dols says:

      It as an amazing game! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time!
      I found Drogba's diving a bit funny. I couldn't help myself but laugh when he lifted his eyes to make sure he got what he wanted….

      Nando didn't seem too happy. And I totally understand that. Poor Nando. :'(
      As you said, he seemed lonely, even during the game.
      I don't know what can make him feel better. Regardless of lack of scoring, he plays really well and he is such a team player. I really admire him and I would do ANYTHING to pull him out of the misery and gain his confidence back.

      • April says:

        I think if he had scored, that would probably help him feel better. ;)

        That open goal one is getting a little more flak than it probably deserves, but at the same time, it isn't nearly as bad as other misses, because now it seems people expect it of him. :( I just felt that he should have played that a little differently- for instance, controlling and trying to move toward goal and if he chipped it over and got it in or could follow it up, great… or he might be able to get a tackle that could result in another penalty. Deep down, I am just happy he kept shooting despite the miss. If he keeps that up, he should be able to get his instinct for goal back, and they'll just start going in looking effortless.

        I think his friends were his guests last night- probably would have liked to score while they were there. I definitely gathered that his 3 attempts without a goal were what left him walking off the pitch a bit down.

        • Kat22 says:

          Of course I realise that not scoring a goal made him feel down; but he's not scored in the past and still seemed to celebrate his team's wins (when they did), whereas last night he didn't seem to at all. (And let's face it – going through to the quarter finals, especially when nobody expected them to, is a fairly big deal).

          I wonder if it's because he knows he's running out of time as far as the Euro is concerned, or if he already knows his time at Chelsea is coming to an end?

          • April says:

            I am sure that he has some sort of expectation or something to meet in order to go to Euros and maybe even to get something at Chelsea- and I bet it has something to do with some number of goals. I also think the CL games mean more to him. That is the one area I think he felt smitten with Chelsea- in the trophy races. The owner wants the CL trophy as much as he seems to. For him to not score on several chances in a CL match (where he had been performing decently up to this point) probably hit a little harder.

      • Kat22 says:

        <<I couldn't help myself but laugh when he lifted his eyes to make sure he got what he wanted…. >>

        The commentator on ITV actually said "Smile, you're on camera" or something similar. I still thought it was a bit cringe-worthy, but I don't like players diving in general. I think it spoils the game.

        As far as Fernando is concerned – I think by now if the most die-hard Liverpool supporters and most football fans on the planet must be feeling sorry for him. :-(