Champions of England! That’s what we are folks!
Chelsea – (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Fabregas, Matic; Cuadrado (Mikel h-t), Willian (Zouma 85), Hazard (Filipe Luis 90+2); Drogba.
Scorer – Hazard 44.
Crystal Palace – (4-2-3-1): Speroni; Mariappa (Kelly 60), Dann, Delaney (C), Ward; Ledley, McArthur; Puncheon (Sanogo 70), Mutch (Murray 60), Zaha; Bolasie.
Referee – Kevin Friend
Crowd – 41,566
To be fair, the feeling still hasn’t sunk in. The unbearable wait of 5 years ended at Stamford Bridge tonight as we defeated Crystal Palace by a margin of 1-0. With all the celebrations aside, and tactically speaking, this was a pretty interesting game as we saw some interesting substitutions and lots of positional switchings.
But overall Chelsea dominated the game in every sense; they had 65% of ball possession and 13 shots at the goal. Here’s the brief analysis of this game.
Chelsea’s started the half in a 4-2-3-1 formation as Willian slotted in the CAM role with Hazard and Cuadrado on the either flanks. Although, the starting few minutes were clumsy, but as time passed by Chelsea started to get a good grip on the ball.
The Blues did create some threatening chances in the first half but, unfortunately, lacked the final touch and could not find a good finish. With Crystal Palace taking a physical approach, our players were also fouled quite a lot of times.
Chelsea finally got the better of Palace; all thanks to Eden Hazard, who combined with Willian and was tangled in between two Palace defenders and fouled inside the box to earn a penalty.
The Belgian, however, missed the penalty but scored the header from the rebound to put us 1-0 up and bring us closer to the title.
The Blues had a good first half with John Terry, Eden Hazard, and especially Willian among the best performers before the break.
John Obi Mikel replaced the ineffective Juan Cuadrado at the start second half. We continued with the same formation as Fabregas was shifted to the number ten position and Willian moved on the right flank.
With the arrival of Mikel, we controlled most of the game in the middle of the park. The duo of Mikel and Matic were too good in the central area as they intercepted countless passes and won important physical battles in order to dispossess the opponent.
Although, Chelsea were good defensively, the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Bolasie did cause us some trouble on the wings. Ivanovic seemed to struggle with the pace of Crystal Palace’s Wingers for the most part of the game.
Offensively, we were decent but with Palace playing a low block; we failed to create many clear-cut chances. Cesc Fabregas and Hazard did well up top, but it was Willian who gave a brilliant performance for the second game in a row and helped us win the game.
So, there you have it! We are the champions of England. We don’t care if you label us boring, but the truth is, we are 16 points clear at the top of the table and having a good laugh. Thank you! Jose Mourinho and all the players for bringing the trophy back to Stamford Bridge and cheers to all the fans around the globe!
Party hard! KTBFFH!
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Edited By: Karan