Stamford Bridge

Next Game

Chelsea v Stoke

Saturday, 04 April 2015, 17:30

Barclays Prem

The KC Stadium

Last Game

Hull City 2 - 3 Chelsea

Sunday, 22 March 2015, 16:00

Barclays Prem

Chelsea so superior

Ray Wilkins felt Chelsea's dominance in Tuesday night's Capital One Cup clash was "slightly embarrassing" for Arsenal.

Last Updated: 30/10/13 at 11:55 Post Comment

Both sides rang the changes for Tuesday night's game at the Emirates Stadium, with Arsene Wenger making eight changes to the team that won at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

However, they were comfortably beaten by a Chelsea side that featured 10 changes - Gary Cahill was the only survivor from Sunday's win over Manchester City - and yet still featured international stars such as Juan Mata, Samuel Eto'o and Michael Essien.

Sky Sports expert Wilkins says the 2-0 scoreline demonstrated the difference in squad depth between the two clubs and feels that could be of concern to Wenger.

"We've basically seen a Chelsea reserve team come out tonight and wipe the floor with Arsenal," he said.

"Arsenal haven't shown anything whatsoever against this Chelsea team. Chelsea have been so superior to Arsenal tonight that it's almost been slightly embarrassing in the way Chelsea have won this evening.

"Jose hasn't learned too much. He knows he has a fantastic squad of players and that was pretty evident tonight when you see that Chelsea can put this team out and yet there will probably be eight changes at the weekend.

"This is a squad of fantastic footballers like Michael Essien who hadn't taken part this year and all of a sudden he comes in at the Emirates and he's outstanding.

"They have a wonderful squad of players and whichever team they pick, they win."

Genius

Cesar Azpilicueta opened the scoring in the first half and Spain midfielder Mata, who was given the Man of the Match award by the Sky Sports pundits, scored a fine second for Chelsea.

The club's Player of the Year has struggled to hold down a first-team place following the return of Jose Mourinho with the Chelsea boss apparently preferring the work-rate of the Oscar and Ramires.

But Wilkins cannot understand why Mata doesn't start more often and says questions should not be asked of his attitude.

"He's a fantastic footballer, I've got to say," he added.

"Jose has a massive problem in who he selects, but this guy is a genius of a footballer. He's a wonderfully gifted young man.

"I haven't [seen any change this season]. I've always thought the guy was a different class.

"I think he's giving more of that this year and I really think he's always worked extremely hard. I don't honestly understand what Jose was trying to get more out of him.

"I think this young man is something very special. When you hear him speak he speaks with a lot of humility and he's very humble in the way he speaks.

"He's a proper bloke, but he's a wonderfully gifted player and I don't know what more Jose was trying to get out of him."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

G

ive him 10 crosses and he'll head 8 of them over the bar.

tk421
Where Does Giroud Rank In Premier League?

Footer 365

Burnley's Sean Dyche hoping Spain trip will prove positive

Burnley boss Sean Dyche hopes the squad's break in Spain will have the same effect a similar trip did last season.

Sunderland progressing under Dick Advocaat says Steven Fletcher

Steven Fletcher is feeling optimistic for the rest of Sunderland's season because of the impact Dick Advocaat has made.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge suffers hip 'muscle tear'

Daniel Sturridge could be out for a month after Roy Hodgson revealed the Liverpool striker had suffered a ‘slight muscle tear’.

Mail Box

Ripe Robin Still Has A Role To Play...

There is some support for the aging Robin van Perise in a frankly threadbare Mailbox. Also, more debate over homegrown players, with a suggestion of an import tax...

Cry Me A River, Diego Costa...

There's little sympathy for Diego Costa, while one mailboxer has had enough of football by numbers. There's also an invitation to visit Colombia and an ode to Woan...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company