Chelsea are deserving champions this season because not only have they outscored every other club but also they have been miserly in letting in goals. In what has been an almost complete season for Chelsea, here is an analysis on how the team fared in all departments on the pitch.
Keeper Thibaut Courtois played his first full season at the club after a highly-successful loan spell at Atletico Madrid. He displaced long-term No.1 and one of Premier League’s best goalkeepers Petr Cech from his position. He had big shoes to fill in, but Courtois was at ease right from day one. He was, however, very well protected by the back four.
The back 5 (4 defenders+keeper) were solid as a rock throughout the season. If the first half of the season showcased their attacking prowess, it is the business end of the season where their defence proved their worth. The game against Arsenal at the Emirates was a highlight of their defensive discipline. The ecstatic celebrations by Terry and Ivanovic at the final whistle just showed how much efforts they had put into silence Arsenal in their backyard. Ivanovic provided great assistance while going forward as well. John Terry nodded home some crucial goals for his side. Kurt Zouma was a revelation and put in some great performances when asked to play. He put in a superb effort in the midfield as well which showed glimpses of his bright future at the Bridge. Filipe Luis, though under utilised, was terrific whenever put into play. His forward runs and were fantastic, and he was a great attacking threat being rock solid in the defence at the same time.
Is there anyone who has forgotten Cesc Fabregas’ brilliant pass to Andre Schurrle on the first Monday of the new season? Impossible to forget. Right from that day to the last, when Hazard & Co. set up three goals for the strikers, Chelsea’s midfield has been a class above others. Eden Hazard ran away with all the plaudits but the likes of Willian, Oscar and Matic were equally vital in the team’s title charge.
The rout against Swansea was probably the best performance put together by Chelsea’s midfield maestros. Brilliant passing, great work ethic, proper tackling and clinical scoring, they did it all.
Matches are not won if goals aren’t scored, but Chelsea scored plenty of goals leading them to many wins. The central figure among the majority of those was Mourinho’s big summer signing, Diego Costa. Costa announced his arrival on the first day of the season along with another new arrival, Fabregas. But, it was the game at Goodison Park, where Costa truly showed his class when he scored a brace in a 6-3 goal fest. Soon after, he scored a hat-trick, this time at home against Swansea. He is a striker who is a real nuisance for the centre backs not only with his movement but sometimes even with his antics. But over everything else, he is a striker who knows where the goal is. Loic Remy scored whenever he was asked to and silenced his critics when Mourinho said that Remy deserved more playing time. Didier Drogba was a one man army when Remy and Costa were injured and the 37-year-old had to play two matches in three days. As expected, he didn’t let us down by scoring very vital goals, which gave us important points.
All in all, Chelsea outperformed their rivals in every department over the course of the season. They played beautiful football when they could, and they showed resilience when it mattered.
Successful, resilient & complete, that sums up Chelsea’s season.
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Edited By: Siddharth Dutta
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