One magical moment was all it took Chelsea to overcome an in-form Manchester United side and come a giant step closer to the Premier League crown.
In a game that went exactly according to Chelsea’s plans, United largely dominated in all aspects of the game. But what United could not do was to stop Oscar and Eden Hazard from combining to produce a beautiful move that resulted in the only goal of the game. Oscar received a good pass from Fabregas and pulled off a wonderful backheel which released Hazard from the left, and he went on to score right through the legs of United’s star goalkeeper David De Gea.
So let us now look at the things we learned from the massive win:
UNITED PLAYED RIGHT INTO CHELSEA’S HANDS
It was clear from the first minute that Chelsea had no intention of going for the kill. It was United who were working their socks off for that first goal. Chelsea happily sat back and absorbed as much pressure as they could and produced a brilliant counter-attack in the ending stages of the first half that won them the game, a typical Mourinho style victory.
ZOUMA IS A BEAST
Kurt Zouma’s role in midfield was one thing that surely influenced the outcome of the game. He was the one who completely neutralized Fellaini’s influence in the centre of the park. This caused Fellaini to try and drift wide to the left side that he couldn’t quite pull off. Apart from that, Zouma also managed to snatch the ball well and put the United midfield under pressure. The plan by Mourinho to play him in the holding midfield role was a masterstroke and was well executed.
UNITED’S LEFT SIDE WELL CONTAINED
Ashley Young has been in fine form lately and was combining well with Luke Shaw and created some good chances in the first half. Ivanovic along with Oscar were struggling to control them initially but when Ramires came on for Oscar, the Brazilian along with Ivanovic managed to contain the threat. It was not over as Di Maria came on, but he too was stopped from creating any clear cut chances.
JUAN MATA – GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
It was a special game for Juan Mata as he returned to the club where he was twice the player of the year, and his return was indeed special. He came to take a corner at the end where there were Chelsea supporters and was treated to a standing ovation by them. Such is the love and respect the Chelsea faithful have for this player. It was indeed a treat to watch, as in these modern days, we see former players treated the way they shouldn’t be.
ALMOST THERE, ALMOST!
Yes, 9 points is all it is going to take now for us to be crowned champions after this massive win. Either that or wins in the next two games can also seal the title for the Blues. Yesterday was the first of the 2 toughest fixtures of the season, and we came out with just the right result. With 6 games to go, and just 3 wins required, this team has got what it takes to do just that and win the league title for the first time in 5 years!
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Edited By: Vikram