The Baka/Kante axis
Chelsea fans got a real glimpse of what a Kante and Bakayoko partnership could be for the Blues this season, especially when Cesc Fabregas left the field.
The Spaniard played in a more attacking role, however when it was just the two Frenchman there was real domination from the pair.
We know what Kante is all about, tremendous work ethic and battling for the ball, often winning it and then getting the play going again and on the attack.
Bakayoko has all the same qualities, while obviously with a bit more aerial ability than his partner. It is an exciting partnership that will no doubt be given the chance to develop even more as the season progresses.
The only question would be who provides the more attacking edge? You can’t always leave it to Hazard/Pedro/Willian/Morata, and if Cesc is not there then someone needs to take on that mantle.
Well today Kante showed that he needs to back himself more in attacking positions and just shoot. Not every one is going to fly into the back of the net, but he’s shown today, and against Man U last season in the FA Cup, that he can do it.
So much has been spoken about the players that snubbed Chelsea and the ones that the club couldn’t bring in.
But now is the time to be focused on the ones that did actually join the club and in Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata the Blues have some serious class.
The former Monaco man looked to be back to the fitness that Antonio Conte would hope to see, while Morata has hit the ground running wih three goals in four games.
The jury is still out on Antonio Rudiger, however he certainly improved in the second half and will battle Gary Cahill all the way for the centre-back role.
Now it will be up to Conte to rotate his central midfielders and use them in the best possible way, starting with Qarabag on Tuesday.
Don’t take foot of the gas
Tuesday will be Qarabag’s first Champions League main draw appearance and so the Azerbaijanis can be seen as minnows of the competition.
But now is not the time to think that the job is already done, that it will be a walk in the park and the Blues have to get their Champions League campaign off to the best possible start.
Expect some changes, Cahill to come in and Eden Hazard to start, while Willian could well get the nod once again over Pedro.
Meanwhile, Danny Drinkwater could get his first Chelsea appearance midweek and Blues fans will get to see what they have bought from Leicester.
Morata has room for improvement, but he’s banished Torres links
Bringing in a Spanish striker like Morata, there were certainly people that were already calling him the next Fernando Torres before he’d even kicked a ball.
Three goals in four games have certainly put a stop to that chat and there is great excitement to what he could achieve at the Blues.
There are still areas to his game that need adapting to the Premier League, however, with his physicality being tested against Harry Maguire, especially early in the game.
A few moments came and went that if Morata picked the right ball then the Blues would have been away. But that really is nitpicking about a player that is obviously settling in well to life in England.
The return of Hazard
It’s the news that all Chelsea fans would have been wanting to hear, even if the Belgian only got 12 minutes to get himself back on the pitch.
But that was the key, he is back and it’s great to see. Not only the injury, but all the speculation over his future and Real Madrid’s want to take him to La Liga.
The window is closed, Hazard is fit and now it’s just time for him to build up the minutes and focus on getting Chelsea pushing for another Premier League title.