Chelsea 6-1 Queens Park Rangers

 

 

Terry (left) and Torres (right) scored four of Chelsea's six goals between them as they ran riot against a poorly defensive QPR side

 

 

By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor from Stamford Bridge 

 

Fernando Torres took the match ball home as his first Chelsea hat-trick helped the Blues hammer a woeful QPR side to leave them teetering on the brink of relegation from the Premier League.

Daniel Sturridge scored after just 46 seconds to give Chelsea the lead before John Terry headed home a second with Torres striking twice as the Blues raced into a deserved four-goal assault after twenty-five minutes. Torres sealed his hat-trick after the break, with Florent Malouda making it 6-0 before Djibril Cisse's consolation goal in the final ten minutes. It moves Chelsea up to fifth place with Spurs yet to have their say when they face Blackburn later in the day, with Queens Park Rangers above the drop zone only on goal difference after Aston Villa, Bolton and Wigan all picked up points yesterday.

Chelsea made several changes from the team that held out courageously with ten men to record one of the greatest ever Champions League results at the Nou Camp against Barcelona on Tuesday night. Roberto Di Matteo, mindful of the FA Cup final awaiting his side next weekend against Liverpool, brought in Essien, Torres, Kalou, Sturridge and Ferreira with Jose Bosingwa having to play as a makeshift centre-back alongside their only fit central defender John Terry- who met Anton Ferdinand once more for the second time since the QPR player accused him of racially abusing him during the corresponding league fixture which the Hoops won 1-0 at Loftus Road in October.

QPR made two changes to the team that claimed a vital three points in a 1-0 victory over struggling Tottenham last weekend at home with ex-Spurs player Adel Taarabt suspended after being sent off against his old club. Djibril Cisse returned despite being doubtful with a knee problem although in a more unorthodox wide left-midfield role with Bobby Zamora upfront on his own. Samba Diakite missed out as he hasn't trained all week.

Chelsea began the match the brighter of the two teams and Sturridge managed to put the hosts ahead with just 46 seconds on the clock. After receiving a cut back from Ashley Cole down the left, the winger's initial pass inside was deflected back to him off Anton Ferdinand on the edge of the area, and with the angle slightly against him, he let fly with a superb strike on his weaker right foot that beat Paddy Kenny high at his near post. From this point onwards, it was obvious that there was only going to be one winner.

 

? DID YOU KNOW ?

QPR now have the worst Premier League away record this season with just 11 points picked up on their travels while they last won away from Loftus Road back in November.  

 

Despite taking the lead, Chelsea continued to press early on and had a decent penalty appeal turned down by referee Howard Webb after Jose Bosingwa, starting in an unfamilar role at centre-back, strode forward with his attempted shot blocked by the arm of QPR defender Clint Hill.

Chelsea went close to making it two after eleven minutes when Juan Mata's outswinging cross was headed goalwards by Essien only to be headed off the line before a scissor-kicked effort from Terry was collected by Kenny. Moments later, a sublime chipped effort by Frank Lampard forced the keeper to tip over the bar. With the hosts threatening from every set-piece, they made it two for the afternoon in the 13th minute from Mata's resulting corner after skipper John Terry stole a march on his marker before nodding home from just inside the six-yard box. He regularly makes the headlines and was in the news when the two sides met earlier in the season while he still awaits the court trial to decide his fate.

The Hoops were looking totally unable to contain Chelsea and Fernando Torres was soon in on the act making it three when latching on to Kalou's sublime through ball before rounding Kenny and slotting home into an empty goal for his second goal this week after netting the clincher at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night.

The afternoon went from bad to worse for Rangers shortly before the half hour mark when Nedum Onouha attempted to nod back to his keeper from point-blank range although he and goalkeeper Kenny made an almighty hash of things leaving Torres the simple task of firing, left-footed, into the net.
Chelsea went close to making it five moments later with the Spanish striker and Mata combining exquisitely inside the area to put Lampard one-on-one, but the England international just failed to get to the ball before the onrushing Kenny. The hosts played out the first half with ease and simplicity with Torres going close to hitting a hat-trick goal just before the break and a shell-shocked Hoops side failing to test Petr Cech in the Chelsea goal.

The second half began much in the same way that the first had finished with the home side bossing proceedings and untroubled by the rare forward forays of Mark Hughes' beleaguered, relegation-threatened outfit. The first chance of note in the second period came in the 50th minute when Mata was put through on goal by an excellent slide through pass by Lampard but the diminutive midfielder scuffed his left-footed effort straight at Kenny.

 

? DID YOU KNOW ?

Chelsea haven't conceded a first half goal in the Premier League since a 2-0 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park on 11th February.

 

The visitors best chance of the game came in the 54th minute with Jamie Mackie, a lively outlet on the right, forcing Cech into a fantastic save, tipping wide the Scot's vicious effort from twenty-five yards out and Kenny beating away Torres' effort from the edge of the area.

Torres looked to be getting closer to his first hat-trick since scoring three for Liverpool in a 6-1 victory over Hull City in 2009 when his powerful shot from the edge of the area was beaten away by Kenny. A tempestuous derby in the league meeting on 23rd October saw Didier Drogba and Jose Bosingwa both sent off for the Blues but it was the visitors- who had the most sendings off in the Premier League this season with eight- ill-discipline which almost cost them again. Their captain Joey Barton, who had already been warned about future conduct on a couple of occasions, was cautioned after committing a foul on Essien and then refused to go to the referee. And the moment finally came for Torres who didn't have to wait long to seal his treble in the 64th minute. The former Liverpool and Atletico Madrid striker was put through on goal by yet another inch-perfect Juan Mata through ball, before cutting back onto his right foot and finishing clincally into the far corner of Kenny's goal by opening up his foot.Chelsea, who confirmed the signing of German international Marko Marin from Werder Bremen yesterday, made it six in the 79th minute when substitute Florent Malouda tapped home from just outside the six-yard box, after the QPR backline were pulled apart by a driving Ramires run and deflected cut-back from the Brazilian. With the game nearing its conclusion, the Chelsea defence made a hash of trying to play the ball out from the back which let in Onuoha down the right to dink a cross into the path of Djibril Cisse, who powered home a drive past the diving Cech into the bottom corner for a consolation strike for the visitors.

The result means Chelsea remain in sixth placed a point behind Newcastle United in fifth who were heavily beaten yesterday while Spurs climbed upto fourth later in the day with a 2-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers at White Hart Lane. For QPR, the six goals conceded severely harmed their goal difference which could be a significant factor on the final day of the season between survival and relegation. They now only sit outside the bottom three because Bolton's goal difference is worse while they could find themselves in 18th place before facing a monumental home match with Stoke City next Sunday when Owen Coyle's men play their game in hand on Wednesday against Tottenham.

 

ANALYSIS
Adam Higgins
The Football Site- Chief Football Editor

"Chelsea were all over QPR from the first minute literally and after that it was one way traffic towards Paddy Kenny's goal. It is extremely worrying for QPR whose heads dropped after the second goal and they were falling to pieces defensively. They have Stoke City at home which is equivalent to a cup final for them next weekend lose that and they go to Manchester City away on the last day needing points preferably a win- and the chances of that happening are very slim. As for Chelsea, they steamrolled their way through this one with Torres at last looking back to his old self and in good form infront of goal. They are looking back to their sparkling best and they are churning results out which is brilliant and well done to Di Matteo once more."

 

 

Sunday 29th April 2012

Barclays Premier League

Stamford Bridge

 

Chelsea 6-1 Queens Park Rangers                         KO 1:30pm              (HT 4-0)

Sturridge 1               Cisse 84
Terry 13
Torres 19, 25, 64
Malouda 80

 

Chelsea:  1 Cech- 7.5/10, 19 Ferreira- 7.5/10, 26 Terry (C)- 8.5/10, 17 Bosingwa- 6.5/10 (Hutchinson 81- 2.5/10), 3 A Cole- 7.5/10, 8 Lampard- 7/10, 5 Essien- 6.5/10, 10 Mata- 8.5/10 (Malouda 67- 3.5/10), 21 Kalou- 6.5/10 (Ramires 73- 3/10), 23 Sturridge- 8/10, 9 Torres- 9/10.

Subs not used:  22 Turnbull, 6 Romeu, 16 Merieles, 11 Drogba

Booked:      None

QPR:  1 Kenny- 5.5/10, 42 Onuoha- 6/10, 35 Ferdinand- 5.5/10, 3 Hill- 5.5/10, 34 Taiwo- 4.5/10, 12 Mackie- 6/10, 4 Derry- 5.5/10, 14 Buzsaky- 5/10 (Traore 66- 3.5/10), 17 Barton (C)- 5/10, 23 Cisse- 5.5/10, 52 Zamora- 5/10 (Wright-Phillips 78- 2.5/10).

Subs not used:  24 Cerny, 6 Gabbidon, 18 Young, 9 Campbell, 21 Smith 

Booked:      Barton (60)

 

My Man of the Match:     Fernando Torres (Chelsea)- Rating 9/10

My Poorest Performer of the Match:     Taye Taiwo (Queens Park Rangers)- Rating 4.5/10  

 

 

Referee: Howard Webb (South Yorkshire)- 9.5/10
Attendance: 41,675 

 

 

Match Facts

Possession: Chelsea- 62%                  Queens Park Rangers- 38%

Shots: Chelsea- 25                     Queens Park Rangers- 11

Shots on target: Chelsea- 18                   Queens Park Rangers- 7

Shots off target: Chelsea- 7                    Queens Park Rangers- 4

Corners: Chelsea- 8                      Queens Park Rangers- 5

Fouls: Chelsea- 9                    Queens Park Rangers- 8

Offside: Chelsea- 3                     Queens Park Rangers- 3

Assists: Chelsea- Mata (2), Kalou, Ramires                  Queens Park Rangers- Onuoha

 

 


Chelsea interim manager Roberto Di Matteo

"He (Torres) was always working very hard for the team and putting assists in. We are a team and that's what you support, and it doesn't really matter who scores. But I'm pleased for him that he's scored the hat-trick. The confidence comes with the wins and, obviously for a striker, maybe a little bit with the goals as well. The whole team looks full of confidence. We have got two finals now [FA Cup and Champions League] and a massive game against Newcastle in three days. That is the most important game right now and, if we can beat Newcastle, we will be closer to the top four and we can approach the FA Cup final against Liverpool with more motivation. It can be a great week."

Click here for the full thoughts after the match of Blues caretaker boss Roberto Di Matteo

Click here to listen to the views of Chelsea's hat-trick hero Fernando Torres after the game

 

  


Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes

"We've damaged our own goal difference today. At half-time today when we were 4-0 down we talked about that. Maybe the damage isn't critical. We have known the Stoke game at home was going to be important and huge for us for a number of weeks. Chelsea are a good team with a great attack and Robbie (Di Matteo) has done a fantastic job since he has come in. Fernando (Torres) was exceptionally good today and looked good today. We couldn't take any positives whatsoever from the game. We have to pick ourselves up and the fans up. We have to get the job done and make sure we are fundamentally better, but if we replicate what we have done in recent home games we will be fine. Although that is easier said than done. But we have to be markedly improved on our performance today. It was good for Djibril (Cisse) to get 90 minutes under his belt and for him to get a goal as well. He will feel better for it next week and we will need his firepower in attack next week if we are going to get goals and more importantly the three points."

Click here for the full interview with QPR boss Mark Hughes following the derby loss

 

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