Chelsea lost 1-0 to Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge tonight, after Rafa Benitez tinkered with his starting line-up, leaving four of Chelsea’s regular stars on the bench.
Benitez opted to start the game against bottom-of-the-table QPR without Ashley Cole, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Ramires.
Chelsea had won 7 of their previous 8 games before playing tonight’s West London derby, and had been hoping to move within 11 points of Premier League leaders Manchester United, with a game in hand.
Chelsea dominated much of the game, creating 26 shooting chances, but only managed to get 2 shots on target.
Rafa failed to make any changes until the hour mark passed (as usual), when he brought Eden Hazard on for the disappointing Marko Marin.
Fernando Torres again failed to make an impact, against two ageing centre-backs, with Oscar being kept under close guard.
This was a disappointing loss for Chelsea, with the extra kick in the teeth being an Ex-Chelsea player scoring the winning goal. Shaun Wright-Phillips scored with a drilled shot from 20 yards, after Chelsea tried to clear the in-swinging corner.
Chelsea fans will no doubt be unhappy with losing, after dominating much of the game, limiting QPR to only 1 shot from inside the box.
I cant help but blame Rafa for deciding to leave so many stars on the bench for this game. With a squad rotation your supposed to leave one player out here, and one there, but Benitez decided to drop them all at once.
Well done Rafa, knew it wouldn’t take me long for the hatred to come back. Fat Spanish waiter…