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Monday, 04 July 2016 21:44

Torino Fall - Chelsea Begin To Rise?

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Torino manager Cloughy has had a whirlwind 8 months on ProEvoNetwork topped off by the last minute smash and grab of the Division 2 Season 8 title. Buoyed by this success Torino looked upon Season 9 as the time to move forward and make a push for the elite, holy grail of the PS4 Premiership. Pre season started well with victories over several PS4 Prem luminaries and Torino started to consider themselves as an outside favourite for the play offs. What. A. Blunder.
 
After 3 goals in the opening 6 games, 5 defeats and 1 victory over fellow new boys Sampdoria, Torino were rooted in the bottom 4 and taking on an entirely new challenge. The direct, quick passing of Division 1 caught out the Italian team who were used to patient build ups and attacks from outside the box, not slick forward passing with players rushing into the box and placing home, leaving Viviano in goals frustrated at his new team mates.
 
 
 
The Torino board had become exasperated with the lack of results in the opening 10 games, losing against new and old teams and only managing draws against weak weak opposition like Rambovanhardnut. The dreaded vote of confidence came and after a 3-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano on match day 11 Cloughys time as manager of Torino came to an unceremonious end, fired, and placed on the scrapheap.
 
This wasn’t the end though, and the saying goes as one door closes another one opens. Roman Abramovich approached the jilted manager with a large suitcase full of Russian mafia PENce and offered him a short term contract to turn his failing Chelsea around. Several of the Torino squad joined Chelsea in the start of the spending and then Cloughy managed to persuade 3 key players to join the rent boys to push them up the league to revered mid table mediocrity.
 
 
Chelsea legend John Terry returned to the club, with midfield rock Javi Martinez and flying Belgian Dries Mertens. These 3 players were set to be the corner stones of the new age at Chelsea, with the first game lined up against new manager Goggz. Chelsea lost 5-1 and then crumbled to a record defeat against Earnolds Atalanta 10-0. The result sent shockwaves through the league with several managers questioning Chelsea’s tactics and calling the result laughable.
 
The stats didn’t look good for Cloughy and there was a possible second sacking season of the season on the cards -
 
Games Played - 14 (3w 2d 9l)
Goals Conceded - 40
Goals Scored - 15
 
With the fixture list giving Chelsea the immediate opportunity to correct the result, Atalanta visited Stamford Bridge set on beating their previous record scoreline. The match started quickly and Santa Cruz was brought back into the starting line up after a 2 game hiatus and proved his worth immediately by scoring after 3 minutes. This galvanised the previously weak Chelsea team who knew pride was at stake. They took full control against Atalanta who couldn’t believe this was the same team they played, despite Chelsea having the lions share it was Atalanta who struck next with a heavily deflected shot sending the keeper the wrong way to make the scores 1-1 at half time. Chelsea started to believe they could correct the previous result and performed well in the second half, earning a 3-2 win with a last gasp goal from Dries Mertens.
 
This match proved to be a turning point for Chelsea who recorded 6-0, 4-2 and 5-1 wins in their next 3 games as the team started to click. New boy Nathan Redmond scoring 2 valuable (wonder) goals, and Denis and the superb Lord Bendtner both scoring 5 goals in the last 3 games has added a real threat to a previously stagnant team.
 
Last 4 games -
 
4 wins
Goals Conceded - 5
Goals Scored - 18
 
Is this the rise of Chelsea? And with nearly two thirds of the season played can they sneak a place in the play offs? If current form is to go by then anything is possible with the new Chelsea tactics!
 
 
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