Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea played host to their West London neighbours, Queens Park Rangers, at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in the 10th round of Premier League fixtures.
After a 90-minute long battle between the two, the League leaders managed a hard fought victory over newly promoted QPR. With this derby win, Chelsea reached 26 points from 10 matches which include 8 wins and 2 draws, maintaining a comfortable 4 points lead over the second-placed Southampton.
From Oscar’s stunning strike to Costa’s poor finishing, like other games, there were many positives and negatives in this one as well. So here’s a look at the things we learned from last night’s game:
Oscar deserves an ‘OSCAR’
The Brazilian was once again in the spotlight after he scored one of his best goals ever. It was a stunning first-time outer from his right foot, after receiving a nicely threaded pass from Cesc Fabregas, in the 32nd minute. Probably the best man on the field, Oscar proved to be a nightmare to QPR’s defence. Short passes, getting past defenders, inch perfect crosses, all looked too easy for the 23-year-old. He also came close to scoring another goal, when he used his left foot to fire a first time shot on goal, but the ball went easily into the hands of the QPR goalkeeper because there was no power in the shot.
Chelsea failed to take advantage of set pieces
QPR’s biggest weakness is in defending set pieces. But the Rs managed it very well against the Blues as Jose’s men failed to convert any of their corners, although John Terry came very close to scoring from one in the 83rd minute. Man of the Match, Oscar, came close to scoring his second goal of the night from a free-kick but couldn’t score as Rob Green dived to deny him, after a foul on Eden Hazard.
Eden Hazard is the new Frank Lampard
Although the Belgian doesn’t like to be compared with anyone, yet with no disrespect to him or Super Frank, we can’t help but say that he is the successor of Lampard in terms of scoring through penalties. Fouling is probably the only way to stop Hazard in the penalty box, and the 23-year-old has never failed to convert any of the resulting penalties in the Premier League. Hazard has not missed any of the 8 penalties that he has taken in the League since joining the Blues, including the one which confirmed 3 points for Chelsea against QPR last night.
Costa’s performance was affected by injury
Although the Spain international won Chelsea their first corner in just 40 seconds after starting whistle, he failed to find the net owing to his poor finishing. Costa did create problems for the QPR defenders but was unable to get past Rob Green. However, he was involved in exchange of passes, and one-two with Fabregas, which led to Oscar’s goal. He now needs more playing time, to get back to his form and blast the ball into the goal!
Jose should give a thought to playing 4-4-2
When Drogba came on in place of Willian, Chelsea switched to a 4-4-2 formation with both Drogba and Costa upfront, in search of a winning goal. And it came in the 75th minute, although through a penalty. The team looked as good as earlier on attacking fronts. So what is the main advantage of 4-4-2?
Playing in a 4-4-2 formation with two strikers has become a style of many teams in Premier League. Drogba and Costa can indeed be a good striking partnership, and the confusion about whom to play can also be solved. Both will get enough playing time, which is something they require the most, with Costa coming back after an injury and Drogba trying to adjust to the Premier League level once again. Loic Remy, once he recovers from his injury, will be available as a substitute. It will help us to give our strikers a justified amount of time on the pitch and show their skills, instead of two of them warming the bench and seeing the third one playing for most of the time. And who knows, one of them might end up becoming another Juan Mata. However, we should just leave this up to Jose, for the Special One knows the best.
John Terry looks good in his new haircut
While the whole team was busy stealing the three points, John Terry’s hairstyle got him a lot of attention along with his attempt on goal in the 83rd minute corner. Terry, who has always kept it simple and sober with short hair, has now got his hair cut in a latest style. The Englishman, who has proved many times that age is just a number with his performances has now proved it with his haircut as well. Looks like our captain has now started working on his fashion sense!
Edited By: Vikram Vadiganeni