It was a glorious day at Stamford Bridge as the Premier League leaders were up against a struggling Queens Park Rangers. The hosts were unbeaten for 14 matches unbeaten this season. Chelsea were back in front of their home fans for the first time in the league since their 2-0 win over Arsenal four weeks ago.
Jose Mourinho finally hat the fit again Diego Costa to fall back to his starting eleven. QPR have been somewhat of a burden on Chelsea in the past few years. They beat the Blues by a shocking 1-0 scoreline at Stamford Bridge the last time these two sides met. The Blues had not scored in three of the last four Premier League games against QPR.
As expected Chelsea dominated with possession from the first minute; the Blues were straight on the attack and won a succession of corners. Diego Costa was his usual self making incisive runs behind the defenders. Chelsea though took a 32nd minute lead with a memorable fusion of timing and technique; Oscar sending the home jubilant.The away side now had to strengthen their defense as the Blues kept knocking on their door throughout the first half.
Oscar 32′: A smart one-two between Fabregas and Costa saw the Spaniard move to the edge of the QPR box, with Oscar on his right. The ball was laid off and Oscar struck a first-time shot with the outside of his right foot, which curled into the far corner. The Brazilian has now scored three goals and set up two more in his last six matches.
The second half saw Chelsea struggle to turn their superiority into goals as QPR became dangerous on the counter. The leaders were punished for luxuriating in their superiority in the 62nd minute as Austin nabbed an equalizer with lovely little back-heel. After leveling the score, the Blues accelerated the game, played with more intensity and the appetite to recover the ball quickly. With just 15 minutes to go, Chelsea was rewarded a penalty from a rash Vargas push, which saw the Blues gain control of the game.
Charlie Austin 62′: Filipe Luis allowed Vargas in down the right as Thibaut Courtois punched away his cross, and though Leroy Fer scuffed his shot, it was diverted in by Charlie Austin’s instinctive back-flick. His third in a week.
Eden Hazard 75′: Hazard scored from the penalty spot after a foolish foul from Chilean Eduardo Vargas. The Belgian confidently stared at the keeper rather than looking at the ball and sent Robert Green the wrong way. The Blues held possession with ease until the final whistle.
Jose Mourinho’s side remains unbeaten after an insubstantial win over a well-organized but limited opposition in a bloodless London derby. Chelsea will be happy with the win after the late drama at Old Trafford and Redknapp’s side can take some consolation from a spirited performance against probably the best team in the league. The Blues now sit four points clear of Southampton, but more importantly have a nine-point lead over Manchester City and Arsenal.
Edited By: Tamojit Chakraborty