As the curtains fell on the season curtain raiser, it was the FA Cup winners Arsenal who came up tops in this capital encounter, beating the Premier League Champions Chelsea 1-0. It was an intense encounter with both teams taking this match seriously and not a friendly as it was supposed to be. So let’s see the main talking points we learned from this game.
Wenger finally defeated Mourinho
Perhaps the biggest newsmaker in this fixture was that Arsene Wenger finally managed to beat Jose Mourinho, in his 14th attempt. The two have a fiery history, which keeps on extending like a never ending drama show. Even today the mutual hate was extended, with both managers snubbing the chance to shake each other’s hands in the first whistle and the last whistle.
Chelsea needed a longer pre-season
Jose Mourinho surprisingly played a couple of post-season friendlies in Asia before going off for the summer. This meant that Chelsea would start pre-season late. This in turn also meant that Chelsea would play just three games before the Community Shield. The fact that Chelsea were under-fit was evident from the first whistle itself when Matic lost the ball inside 2 seconds. Maybe it would have been a better idea to scrap the post-season tour and start the season perhaps a week earlier.
Hazard is up there, almost
After the Barcelona game everyone was quick to say that Hazard is as good as Messi and Ronaldo; today it showed the minute difference between the Belgian and the other two superstars plying their trade in Spain. Had Hazard not skied the Fabregas pass in the second half, the scoreline certainly would have been different. Needless to say, maybe both of Messi or Ronaldo would have buried such a chance 9 times out of 10.
Diego Costa makes a big difference
Diego Costa was rested ahead of the season opener next week. In his place, both Remy and Falcao were given the chance to prove themselves in the first half and second half respectively. Remy perhaps tried too hard, because he was caught offside at least 3 times in the first half. Furthermore, he not being a target man hurt Chelsea a lot, as the team looked short of options. Falcao was slightly better but tried to do too much on his own.
A Left-back is needed
In the second half, Jose brought on Zouma as a replacement to Azpilicueta, who had a rare bad day in the office. Zouma was okay in the short phase when he played Left back, but he can’t play there regularly because that’s not his position. Chelsea are looking to get the services of Baba Rahman from Augsburg and are also looking at a couple other options, just in case!
Cech was given the respect he deserved
The main difference between Chelsea and Arsenal fans at Wembley was that Arsenal fans booed their ex-captain, while Chelsea fans didn’t. This certainly shows that Chelsea fans are more respectful towards their ex-players. Even last season, despite Lampard scoring against the Blues, he was still cheered. On the other hand, Arsenal fans have a history of booing ex-players, like the likes of Robin Van Persie and Ashley Cole, among others. Do remember to pointedly aim this jab at an Arsenal fan near you!
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Edited By: Karan Dubey
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