Its a team decimated by injuries that makes its way up to the Riverside and the only good news is that JT is passed fit as well as the return of Deco, albeit on the bench. Chelsea start without Cech, both Coles, Essien, Drogba, Rickey and Ballack so in come Bridge and Alex with Belletti in a midfield role. That said, its Chelsea from the start with loads of good possession. On 13mins a lovely sweeping move funds bridge wide on the left and his cross drops to belleti and after a few bobbles drops to Kalou to open tne scoring. With 23mins on the clock, Malouda skips round the Boro right back and squares across the 6 yard box with Lamps baring down on goal but his flick drifts just wide. Malouda and Mikel are playing really well though on 30min its Malouda who wastes another great opportunity when he screws a cross / shot well wide after latching on to a lovely through ball from Bridge. This is beautiful football from the blues but for all the possession, its still only 1-0 and that's how the half ends.
No changes at half time and Boro start much brighter with Dowing blasting over from the edge of tne box. Within a minute, Malouda is up the other end and slips into the Boro box only for him to push the ball wide when a simple pass to Anelka was the more obvious option. It matters not a jot as Belletti buries a screamer from fully 30yds on 50mins. Its 3-0 within 2mins as Kalou side foots home a brilliant cut back on the volley from Malouda. Surely game over. Its exhibition stuff on 65mins as a wonderful move ends with Kalou delivering a deftly weighted cross on to the diving head of Frank Lampard. The travelling blues fans rotate their chants from "boring boring chelsea" to "are you Tottenham in disguise ?". There's still 22mins left and its 5-0 as Turnbull spills a vicious Anelka shot on to the post only for it to rebound to Malouda to slot home. Anelka nets 2mins later but its offside and just to make things worse for Boro, on comes Deco. I said someone was gonna get a pasting soon and it ends 0 - 5 to the mighty Blues. This could have been much worse for Boro and with 7 recognized first team players missing. Lets hope more are back for Roma on Wednesday.
Come on U Blues