Jose’s men are done and dusted with West Ham! The Hammers have been outstanding this season. But not surprisingly, Chelsea were just too good for them on Boxing Day.
An away trip to Southampton is up next on Sunday but before facing the Saints, let us look at the five things we learned from our 2-0 beating of the Hammers.
Warning to opposition: Don’t give a corner to John Terry
Corner kicks just can’t stay away from Chelsea’s captain at the moment. It was Terry who scored Chelsea’s first goal in the 3-0 win over Stoke, heading the ball inside through a corner. The captain again stood up to give his team a 1-0 lead yesterday against West Ham, when in the 31st minute he had a touch to a deflected header from Costa through a Fabregas corner to put the ball into the net. And these were not the first occasions when his heading brilliance was showcased. There have been many other times as well when the ‘captiano’ got high up and scored through a corner. His presence is enough to scare and frustrate defenders inside the box, because no matter how hard they try, JT refuses to go down!
Costa can soon be an ideal forward
It may sound unfair to many if it is said that Costa is not a complete forward. But the Spaniard has been close enough to that, for the Blues so far. The striker is adding more to his amazing goalscoring form, and it couldn’t be long hidden when he scored the second goal of the evening for his team. Brilliantly rounding the ball off three defenders before putting it past the goalkeeper. If this inside-the-box brilliance by the striker continues, Aguero may not see himself as the best striker in the BPL anymore.
It was Eden Hazard’s one of the best performances
The Belgian was by far the best man on the pitch yesterday. The Man of the Match didn’t let the West Ham’s defense breathe and completely owned Hammers’ right-back Carl Jenkinson. Linking up well with other men at attack, he was a constant threat and created many chances for his teammates. One chance that outstood them all, was when he brilliantly combined with Fabregas and Oscar, but saw his shot on goal being finally blocked. However, without any doubt it was enough to bring the whole Stamford Bridge crowd to its feet and display the genius skills of a world class dribbler.
Less amount of resting period doesn’t seem to affect us
The month of December has been so cruel on us as far as the busy schedule is concerned. After facing Stoke on Monday night and drubbing them 2-0, Chelsea went on to win the home game against West Ham by the same scoreline yesterday, after a gap of merely 3 days. The Blues seem to be very much prepared when they pay a visit to Southampton on Sunday. Jose Mourinho’s side have played five games in a span of last 15 days, but have been victorious on all occasions. And the kind of energy level they have displayed in each of them is just phenomenal. Hats off to our players!
Chelsea are a complete team
Needless to say, the Blues have the best players at every section of the pitch among all the teams in Premier League. And like many other rich clubs, we do have a highly rated squad; but unlike many of them, we also have a squad that can play as a ’team’. Individual brilliance and team effort are both Chelsea’s styles of play. This was evident against West Ham as well, when on one occasion, Fabregas, Oscar and Hazard combined and interchanged some intricate passes, but Hazard’s final touch was blocked by one their defenders, thus missing what would have been one of the best goals of the season. Beautiful and elegant as it looked, it reminded of a similar team effort we put up against Crystal Palace to score our second goal in the 2-1 win. Carrol and Valencia seemed clueless for the Hammers after Nemanja Matic, along with our back four, got hold of their midfielders who seemed equally lost after being unable to find their two frontmen. Thibaut Courtois was involved in making a crucial one-on-one save, moments after Costa’s goal. It is safe to say that the West Londoners look untouchable!
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Edited By: Vikram Vadiganeni