An outstanding performance by the Blues saw us thrashing Swansea City 5-0 at their home. Yup, that’s right! 5-0 it was on the scoreboard when the final whistle was blown and Chelsea supporters behind the goal were standing and chanting for them.
I wish there was a single word to define such an outstanding individual and team performance, in which almost every player looked to be playing at his best form. As we prepare to face Manchester City on 31st of this month, with some FA Cup action in between, let us have a look at the five learning points from this game.
Oscar is back in style
The Brazilian had been looking out of his form for quite a while now but today’s game marked the comeback of the midfield maestro. And he couldn’t have done it in a better way than opening the scoring for his team in the very first minute of the game. A sloppy play from Sigurdson, resulted in the ball falling to Oscar who made no mistake in going one-on-one with Swansea defender and hitting it past the goalkeeper from outside the box. His second and Chelsea’s fourth was a result of well-timed first touch shot, after Costa did well to find him from the left wing. Although some of his passes went wrong, he was everywhere on the ground and made contributions in creating many other chances. Give this man an ‘Oscar’!
Good play on the right flank
Our right winger Willian and right back Ivanovic, both were a constant threat and produced some good link up play from the right side. Willian was unlucky on a couple of occasions when two of his shots hit the posts to deny the Brazilian with two amazing goals. His runs down the flanks and one touch passes with his teammates were other good parts of his game. Ivanovic, on the other hand, got an assist to his name which led to Chelsea’s fifth goal. Apart from that, he was always there to prevent any major threat to Chelsea’s goal from his area. After a period of some unnoticeable performances, the two finally had some of their own moments in a match.
Diego Costa, or better call him a ‘Goal Machine’
With 2 goals and one assist in today’s match, what more we could have asked from our No.19? He was at the receiving end of a brilliant passing and combined play by our midfielders, and made no mistake to fire the ball in. His second came as an absent-minded Federico Fernandez tried to pass the ball back to his keeper, not knowing that a beast already had his eyes set on that ball. Without a delay, he pounced on the ball to hit it in the lower left corner of the goal. He did well to lay a ball, for Oscar to fire into the net, while another of his one such pass saw Willian unfortunately hitting the post. While it is important to note that Costa is now also getting his teammates involved in the game, another thing, to be glad about, is that the Spaniard has stretched his hands on the Premier League Golden Boot. In just 19 games now he has scored 17 goals, 3 ahead of second-placed Sergio Aguero with 14.
A clean sheet for Petr Cech
With Courtois nursing a broken thumb, Cech got the chance to start the game for Chelsea. Although the Czech international didn’t really got a major part to play in the match, he stood tall throughout. The 32-year-old has now kept 4 clean sheets in the Premier League this season, and 6 in all competitions. And being a Chelsea keeper this season, you can’t really expect much for yourself but to just stand under the bar and see your teammates score goals. The coming of Courtois into the squad has gradually resulted in Cech becoming a second choice keeper, but he has never disappointed when given the chance. We are proud to have you at Chelsea, Petr Cech!
Chelsea FC is becoming the home of beautiful football
Or maybe it already is! And nobody will disagree to that after today’s performance. Not only we have high profile players, but also the players that can actually play like a team. Our second goal of the evening was a result of one such combined effort, when eight of our players were involved in the exchange of passes and made it look like a cakewalk, only before Fabregas fed it to Costa who finished the move with brilliance. There were many more moments in the game of such beautiful passing and had it not been for the missed chances, it won’t be wrong to say that we would have entered double figures. Brace yourselves! There are still many games coming in the season to witness and enjoy this mesmerizing football by the Blues.
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Edited By: Ankur Bhatt