In the first big game of the season, it was the shade of lighter blue that came up tops. Manchester City absolutely stunned the champions, winning 3-0 comfortably. The Pensioners, meanwhile, were left completely shell shocked and exposed in the back; and were very lucky to not lose by a bigger margin. Let’s take a look at some talking points in that eye-opening match.
Chelsea looks a shadow of themselves
Little has seemingly changed at Stamford Bridge since Chelsea sprinted to the title last season. It is almost the same group of players and the same style of football, playing under the same management. Maybe that is the problem. Chelsea’s worst start to the Premier League season since 1998 certainly is a big eye-opener, that the team needs to be stronger and better to retain the title.
Fabregas is still in holiday mode
The man with the magic hat, Cesc Fabregas looks like he has lost his magic a little bit. The king of assists last season has looked shockingly poor throughout pre-season, and in the opening two fixtures. After declining slightly since the onset of the year, everyone expected the Spaniard to be back to his best post the summer break. For Chelsea to be back into winning ways he needs to step up his game, big time; otherwise the Blues may be in some trouble.
Ivanovic has lost a few years it seems
Chelsea’s ever-present in the Premier League last season; Vice-Captain two-goal Ivanovic looks like a shadow of himself. After being harassed by Jefferson Montero in the first weekend, Manchester City made sure his lack of pace was completely exposed. Ivanovic was directly at fault for City’s second and third goals, and it seems the opponents have known Chelsea’s biggest weakness in their usually solid defense.
Begovic is a top-quality backup
Many people had questions surrounding why Begovic would leave a spot as a PL regular with Stoke City to be a clear No. 2 behind Courtois. The performances so far have shown that he is seriously going to push Courtois all the way. Even though he will likely be demoted back to the bench next week against West Bromwich Albion, Begovic can start more than he is expected to if he keeps this level of performance up.
An elite signing might be required
Despite the fact that Chelsea galloped home last season, with the rivals all having strengthened, Chelsea may need to have an elite signing by the end of the transfer window. The arrival of Baba Abdul Rahman was announced just after the game, but a real world-class player might be needed, just to freshen the team up, and give the team a few more options.
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Edited By: Karan Dubey
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