RADIO CLIVE'S FIVE: STOKE V CHELSEA
Throughout the season former player Clive Walker provides radio and TV commentary on Chelsea's games. Here he selects five aspects from Saturday's defeat at Stoke that caught his eye…
We heard Jose Mourinho's comments after the game and I couldn't agree more that one goal was not enough to show for the first-half superiority. Having got level just before half-time, Stoke came flying out the blocks second-half and when they took the lead it looked bad for Chelsea, but having drawn level straight away, our quality and maturity would often see us through.
There are always going to be odd individual mistakes when defending set-pieces but we seem to be lacking a little calmness at the moment which is unlike us. When it got to 2-2, we left ourselves open in midfield chasing the winner and that meant the counter-attack on. We lost the ball upfield when we were pushing forward and got caught out.
This is a transition period for Stoke and they are playing differently in some aspects but they still play a similar fashion when they are in trouble. Of course they haven't got Rory Delap's throw-ins now and the full-backs look to get forward a lot more, getting crosses in the box towards the likes of Peter Crouch.
Chelsea did most things well in the first half. We pressurised, we asked questions of Stoke, challenging them in every area of the pitch and trying to get forward, including our full-backs. Unfortunately Fernando Torres couldn't get involved in the way he has been recently when he has been terrific, and that meant the team performance on Saturday didn't flow completely.
It was unfortunately to lose Andre Schurrle to injury before the end because he was terrific. He has had a quiet few weeks but he scored two great goals, especially the second because the timing was superb. His work rate was phenomenal too and the display was one of someone who wants to play week in, week out. He is giving the manager a headache over his team selection and that is what you want.