At last! After spending weeks waiting for this day, it has finally arrived!
Chelsea finally kick-start their Premier League campaign at Stamford Bridge against Gary Monk’s Swansea City!
Diego Costa, who was a doubt before this game, was fit enough to start up top for the Blues while, the trio of Oscar, Willian and Hazard started behind him.
Unfortunately, Thibaut Courtois suffered an injury just before the kickoff but he was fit enough to start the proceedings!
Let’s get on with the initial reaction to find out how the game panned out for us:
– The atmosphere, as expected, was electric at Stamford Bridge. Brilliant time to kick off our title defense!
Blues started the game as expected, dominating the play with high pressing and some good link up play. Having Diego Costa up front certainly helped as the Spaniard would drop deep and help the team in the pressing game.
– Against the run of play, Bafetimbi Gomis made an excellent run inside our penalty area and rounded off Terry to have a clear shot on goal but, fortunately, Terry intercepted the shot just in time to evade the danger.
– A penalty appeal by Costa was denied as we broke away in the 16th minute, but the referee denied the claim. On the replay, though, it was a clear penalty and Blues should have possibly been 1-0 up! Same shit different season!
– Oscar, who had been brilliant with his free kicks till now, had an opportunity in the 23rd minute from the edge of the penalty area and the Brazilian was up to the task! A brilliant free kick saw the ball evading everybody into the far post as the goalkeeper had no chance to stop that! 1-0 Chelsea!
– Ayew, who was on his debut for Swansea made it 1-1 for the Welsh side in the 29th minute.
It all started with a cross from the right and Courtois had to make an excellent save to deny Gomis’ header. Although, Ayew was there to jump on the rebound which was again kept out by a diving Cahill and Terry. The rebound fell to Ayew the second time who made no mistake to bury it behind Courtois! A mess of a defending from the Blues! 1-1 Swansea!
– Just a minute later Willian regained our one goal lead by a stroke of luck.
The Brazilian tried to shoot from inside the penalty area, but his shot was deflected towards the far side of the goal and Fabianski had no chance keeping it out of the net. Just like that, 2-1 to the good guys!
– It’s fair to say that Montero on the left wing absolutely burnt Ivanovic with pace more often than not! The Serbian continued his merry attacking runs down the right side which gave an opportunity to Montero to attack our right side.
Most of the major Swansea attacks came from both our wings as both of our fullbacks struggled against the visitors pace.
– The first half ended with Chelsea leading the game 2-1. It should be said, though, Swansea didn’t come to defend as the visitors went toe to toe with the Blues and create several chances for themselves.
It was an exciting and very open first half as both the teams were brilliant on the attack, challenges flew around, there were few bookings and most importantly; Goals! Couldn’t have asked for a better start! Let’s find out how it all panned out in the second half:
– There were no substitutions after the break as the game started where it left off with similar intensity and high pressing from both the teams.
Thibaut Courtois was sent off in the 53rd minute after a foul on Gomis as the visitors were awarded a penalty!
Oscar made way for Asmir Begovic as the Blues were down to 10 men, but the new signing was unable to stop Gomis’ spot kick as the Swans equalized! What a moment in the game! A Big blunder from Courtois!
– Having a man advantage meant Swansea dominated the majority of the play with Montero’s pace turning out to be an obvious problem for the Blues! Fair to say, a goal here by Swansea would have surely ended the game for us!
– Ivanovic should have given us the lead in the 66th minute from a Fabregas set piece. The Serbian had acres of space to bury his header past the goalkeeper, but he could only head the ball away from goal. A good chance missed!
– Chelsea looked to catch Swansea on the break as we searched for a goal. Kurt Zouma was introduced in place of Fabregas in the 75th minute as the Frenchman interestingly slotted in alongside Matic in midfield.
– Finally came the moment that we all have been waiting for; the Costa-Falcao combo!
With just 7 minutes left on the clock, Falcao was introduced in place of Willian to make his Premier League debut with Chelsea.
– There were lots of instances where Chelsea were hard done by some of the decisions by Michael Oliver. Diego Costa and John Terry, in general, were very much unhappy with few decisions.
In the end, though, it didn’t matter as Chelsea failed to collect 3 very important points at the Bridge. Oh well!
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