It was a nervy 3 points for the league leaders at the KC Stadium in a crucial game against relegation battling Hull City. The game looked set after The Blues scored 2 goals in 9 minutes thanks to a wonder strike form Hazard’s left foot in the 2nd minute and Costa’s neat finish in to the top corner in the 9th minute.
Hull City then capitalized on defensive errors from the Chelsea side which looked shaky after the two goal lead and pulled the game back to 2-2 in a gap of 74 seconds between the 2 goals.
The introduction of Loic Remy in the later stages of the 2nd half in the place of injured Costa proved to be the turning point after he grabbed the winner and put the game beyond the reach of the tigers.
Here are the things we learned from the game.
THE TEAM NEEDS TO STEP UP THEIR GAME
Despite picking up 3 points from a tough game,the standards haven’t been up to the mark except for Eden Hazard who hasn’t had a dip in form this season. Clueless defending in the first half and failing to retain the ball certainly cost the team heavy and repetition of such performance in the later games might put the chase for the title in jeopardy.
REMY’S GOAL CALLS FOR SQUAD ROTATION
Loic Remy did what mattered the most in a tight game after coming on from the bench, a crucial goal that put Chelsea in a commanding position in the table. It has been a pretty much set starting XI for Mourinho and signs of fatigue and fading form are starting to show and Remy’s goal just about puts it in to the light. What he did yesterday was significant and with the squad depth we possess and a little rotation wouldn’t hurt the team.
MATIC AND FABREGAS MISSING THEIR CHARM
Fabregas assisted Costa for the team’s second goal but still needs to get his game up and running to remove the general perception that he usually struggles in the 2nd half of the season. It has also been the case with Matic and it seems his recent suspension and the minor ankle injury have derailed his season. If this problem is addressed then the title can be seen at the bridge at the end if the season.
INTERNATIONAL BREAK COULDN’T HAVE COME AT A BETTER TIME
Yes, it might be the most frustrating time for a football fan but it has just come at the right time for the Blues as the recent performances call out for a mentality overhaul and also the players can come back charged up. The manager can also come out with clear plans on how to negotiate the remainder of the season to avoid any sort of deviations from the title race.
TITLE IS NOW CHELSEA’S TO LOSE
6-point gap at the top and a game in hand against bottom side Leicester City away from home at this stage is more than enough for any side chasing the title. It would be a monumental slip up if Chelsea somehow manage not to lift the trophy with the quality of the players in the side and the hunger they have. The only big games standing on our way to glory are United and Liverpool at home and Arsenal away and also the remaining games which shouldn’t be faced in a complacent manner.
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Edited By: Vikram Vadiganeni