Things We Learnt From Chelsea’s Win Over Sunderland
As the Blues lifted their Premier League trophy at Stamford Bridge after an enthralling performance against Sunderland in the last match of the season, let us take a look at what we could take from the game.
Drogba is God to both, Chelsea fans and players
As Drogba announced on his Twitter account that it was going to be his last match as a Chelsea player, fans all over the world prepared themselves for an emotional farewell. But as “11” flashed on the display by the fourth official on 28th minute, the most majestic substitution of the Premier League era was witnessed. Drogba was carried off the field on the shoulders of his team mates, knowing that this was the last time the legend was going to be coming off in a blue shirt.
Not only were the fans teary-eyed, most of the players, including those who are new in this club, were eager to give Drogba a perfect farewell. This shows that not only is he King Didier to the fans, he is idolized by the players too.
Loic Remy shows his class, whenever he wants
Remy may not have been the first choice striker for Mourinho for most of the season, but he has almost always found the back of the net when given an opportunity. Against Sunderland, Remy was introduced just before half-time when Cuadrado picked up a knock. And right from the start of the second half Remy started creating chances.
As he found the net in the 70th minute with a low drive from the edge of the box, one could see his ability from range. The next goal on 81 minutes was more of a poacher’s goal, as he finished off a close range from Matic’s cross. With a double from just over a half in a game, Remy reminded Mourinho, that he is worth more than just a second choice striker.
Cech showed one last time that he still is one of the best in the world
Unlike Drogba, Cech made no announcement of his impending departure from the club. However, it has been widely known that the legendary Cech, who is still just 32, would not be playing second fiddle to Courtois for another season. Mourinho had consequently handed Cech a start.
Although Big Pete couldn’t get a clean sheet in what could be his last match for Chelsea, he still made some crucial saves that kept Chelsea ahead of Sunderland. Most notably, just before the halftime whistle, Cech made an important stop from a low Defoe shot, keeping the score 1-1. Cech reminded everyone that he is still as deserving of the number 1 shirt as Courtois.
John Terry is Captain, Leader, Legend and a Superhuman
Just 2 seasons ago, Terry was benched on a regular basis by interim manager Rafael Benitez, even during key matches. Fast forward to 2015, and John Terry narrowly missed the PFA Player of the Year and the FWA Player of the Year awards behind Hazard and Kane, having played every minute of every match in the Premier League.
Not only did he gave a display of immense fitness, he led the team from the “back”, with the fine performances he put in every week. His ability to read the game and organize the back line has never been in doubt, but to do what he did at 34 is tremendously special.
Retaining the title next season is must
Jose Mourinho, the champion that he his, was very shrewd with his man management and transfers last season. Declaring Chelsea as the “little horse” Mourinho made tough decisions, selling out fan favourites in David Luiz, Ashley Cole and Juan Mata and letting club legend Frank Lampard go. And now as Chelsea are champions, we know the value of those controversial decisions, which have been difficult even for him.
And this time it will be no different, because Jose Mourinho knows quite well, that rivals are not going to “accept this victory”, and will do their part to throw Chelsea off the throne, bringing in talented players from all round the globe. And if this season’s victory is to usher Chelsea to a new era of domination, retaining the title next year will be the key.
Chelsea will understandably be busy in the transfer market, and as Mourinho himself said, the players, the squad, and he himself will have to improve if they were to retain the title.
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Edited By: Harshal
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