It’s been a crazy couple of weeks in Football. In the past few days, we’ve said goodbye to El Nino after 3 and a half seasons at our club and welcomed 27 year old Loic Remy. Torres’ Chelsea career had its ups and downs, but it left us with many unforgettable memories. I will never forget that goal he scored at Camp Nou. It’s my third most celebrated goal ever (of course after Didier’s goal and Penalty in Munich), and I think that won’t change anytime soon. I wish him all the best at AC Milan. He deserves it.
Now that the transfer window has closed, I can’t help but express how happy I am with the business our club has done. We’ve managed to sell Luiz, Lukaku, and Ba and sign Fabregas, Costa, Luis, Remy, and Drogba making a net spend of only £8.6million. Also, legend Petr Cech is still at the club. Thank you Mr. Roman Abramovich, Michael Emenalo, and Jose Mourinho for such a successful transfer window.
Premier League season 2014/15 started three weeks ago and so many things have happened since. Chelsea have already established themselves as one of the favorites to win the title this season due to our convincing performances against Burnley, Leicester City and Everton. Our performances in these three games provided a glimpse of what the team can achieve this season. Many may argue that our three wins against them don’t prove anything. However, it’s important to note that Arsenal and United have already dropped points against Everton and Burnley respectively.
Our first game of the season came on a Monday night against newly-promoted Burnley. The Special One handed debuts to Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa while Filipe Luis sat on the bench. Meanwhile, Thibaut Courtois started as number one ahead of legend Petr Cech. Burnley started quickly, with Arfield firing a magnificent shot into Courtois’ net in the 14th minute. To be fair to Thibaut, the shot was unstoppable. All the Belgian could do was watch the ball go in. Chelsea supporters looked worried because, based on our performances against small teams last season, they expected the team to find it difficult to get back into the game. But not this season. Our response was immediate and it felt as if we didn’t concede. We scored twice in less than 10 minutes after Arfield’s goal, keeping a 78% possession. Diego Costa scored the first, his first competitive goal for Chelsea. The second goal was something else. It was a thing of beauty. One of the best goals I’ve seen in a very long time. It all started with Eden Hazard. The Belgian managed to dribble past several Burnley players and then gave the ball to Ivanovic who provided a clever pass to Fabregas. At first, the Spaniard was shaping to shoot but then he gave a killer volley pass to Schurrle who made a perfectly timed run followed by an exquisite one touch finish. GOAL!
I’ve watched this goal a million times and three weeks later, I’m still not over it. I’m sure that Fabregas pass alone made Arsene Wenger regret not using his first option on him this summer. Ivanovic later added the third Goal minutes before half time. Even though we had a quiet and goalless 2nd half we looked calm, in control, and we were enjoying our possession. What made things even better was Didier Drogba’s 2nd debut for Chelsea and Cesc’s MOTM award.
Less than a week later, Chelsea took on another newly-promoted team. This time it was Leicester City at Stamford Bridge. Jose Mourinho maintained the same starting lineup he used against Burnley. In the first half we looked like we were lacking tempo. Even though the players seemed lazy and slow, we were organized. Leicester only attempted two shots. One was blocked and the other shot forced Courtois to pull off a great save. Mourinho looked displeased when he went back to the changing rooms at half time, but his team talk changed the game as it usually does. We looked like a different team in the 2nd half. Costa broke the deadlock at the 63th minute, scoring on his home debut. Hazard scored the 2nd goal, and Courtois pulled off several brilliant saves that earned him his first clean sheet at the club. Minutes before full time, Drogba came on from the bench and received a hero’s welcome from the home fans after being away for two seasons. Even Roman Abramovich was clapping his hands for Didier in joy. Rarely do we see that look on the Russian’s face.
Then came our first test of the season. Everton away. Goodison Park has always been a tough stadium to visit and the stats prove that. Chelsea had already lost four of their last five PL games against Everton in Goodison Park, so we didn’t expect it to be an easy game. This time, Mourinho made two changes to his starting lineup bringing in Willian and Ramires for injured Schurrle and Oscar.
Two early goals from Costa and Ivanovic fired Chelsea to a breathtaking 3-6 victory. It’s one of the most exciting league game we’ve seen in a while. Fans where still taking their seats when Chelsea scored their 2nd goal in the 3rd minute. Minutes before half time, Everton managed to score through Mirallas. Game on!
The second half was unbelievable. In the 67th minute, Coleman scored an own goal from Eden Hazard’s cross. After that, the two sides scored a combination of five goals in 10 minutes. Yes… FIVE! Eto’o managed to score past his former team but every time the home fans thought a comeback could be on, Chelsea were quick to disappoint them with a goal. Fair play to Everton who kept trying to get back into the game. Nevertheless, we have to admit our shaky defense helped them.
Only three games have been played so far this season, but it’s already safe to say Mourinho has found the missing links in Costa and Fabregas. From the first game it was evident they would take our game to a whole new level. In the past few seasons, Chelsea always found it hard to score. We were always criticized of being boring. These last three games have shown how much our summer signings have improved our attack. Diego Costa has made a wonderful start to his Chelsea career, tormenting the opposition’s defense with his skills. He’s clinical, aggressive, and always seems hungry for a goal. Every time he touches the ball in the opposition’s penalty area, you can sense he’s going to score. How long have we been waiting for a striker like him? Some fans were worried about signing him due to his performances in the World Cup. However, now that he’s scored 4 goals in three games, they should have nothing to worry about. He’s just what we need.
Meanwhile, Cesc Fabregas has been proving each game what a bargain it was for signing him for only £26 million. Many doubted Chelsea fans will love him because of his past with Arsenal. However, if he keeps performing like that, it will be an easy task. His smooth passing has provided us with the ability to break down defenses, something we lacked last season. Cesc is top class, proven, and has the ability to alter the game all by himself. Him along with Costa could be just what we’ve needed to boost the club to our first Premier League title since 2010. Mourinho knew exactly what he was getting when he signed them. Also, when it comes to Branislav Ivanovic, I have to say I’m so happy with the excellent performances he’s having lately. His reaction to the Luis signing is perfect. He’s doing everything he can to stay in the starting lineup, leaving Mourinho no choice but to bench new Chelsea left back Filipe Luis. If he keeps playing like that, we can’t expect Luis to have his Chelsea start anytime soon.
I’m sure Jose Mourinho is not happy with the way the team defended against Everton. Our defense looked vulnerable. Mourinho will certainly fix this issue and will find just the right balance between our attack and defense. We will see that in our upcoming games. Until then, I’ll leave you to enjoy the International break. Fingers crossed none of the Chelsea players on international duty will return to the club injured. Thank you for reading this article. Bring on Swansea!
Tribute to President Lord Richard Attenborough
His passing has affected everyone. Sleep well Lord A, and thanks for everything you’ve done for Chelsea Football Club. We dedicate our win against Everton to you.