It’s midway into the new season and already the gulf between the title contenders and pretenders is enlarging. More so, the battle for survival is gradually becoming a do-or-die affair and the teams jostling for mid-table positions are also not left out in the fierce battle for supremacy. As part of my mid-season report, this week I’ll laud my top five Chelsea goals n the first phase of the new season. Here my top five goals so far:
5. PEDRO’S SUMPTUOUS LEVELLER AGAINST SPURS:
For much of his Chelsea career, Pedro has been largely anonymous and totally less impressive in games. His performances has been far and between until the enforced absence of Willian exposed his glittering diamond in the jewellery box. His predatory finish against Manchester United was accompanied by a sumptuous goal against Spurs that brought Chelsea on level terms which we eventually won. Priceless Pedro!.
4. DIEGO COSTA’S CURLER AGAINST SOUTHAMPTON:
This is a player reborn both in attitude and performance. His curler against Southampton is a no-brainer for the goal of the season award. The sulking, bruising and enigmatic once pantomime villain has drastically improved since the start of the new season. He’s a striker bristling with confidence and scoring all kinds of goals at the moment. He seems fitter and turbo-charged as he leads Chelsea charge to league glory compared to last season’s season out of form, out of shape, forlorn and often derided character with an insatiable desire for a fight to no end. His leading of the goal scoring chart with 13 goals tell more of his transformational story from being the troublesome one to the reliable and vastly improved striker he has become. He’s a menace to play against (you can ask WestBrom defender Gareth McAuley) and his overall contribution has been telling in his team effort to be the best of the rest. Dominant Diego!
3. WILLIAN’S SCREAMER AGAINST HULL CITY:
Conte’s introduction of the 3-4-3 formation was the talking point of this game. The first half was a cagey affair but after the break, Chelsea winger Willian darted into space and then released a perfectly angled curler into the top corner beyond the reach of the home keeper to give Chelsea the lead. Wise Willian.
2. N’GOLO KANTE’S SURPRISE PACKAGE AGAINST MANCHESTER UNITED:
This game had both the toxic and tonic for an exciting and entertaining clash. Jose’s return was the highlight of the game. In Jose’s eyes, the club was wrong to sack him or so he thought, and for the Chelsea players, it was a case of repelling strong claims of betrayal by their former boss. The die was cast and the battle began but Jose’s visit was a disaster as he suffered his heaviest defeat in English football. Kante’s deft touch, nutmegging of United’s defence and a calm finish was the icing on the cake on a memorable Matthew Harding’s day. Hail King Kate!
1. HAZARD’S DELIGHT AGAINST EVERTON:
Another acidic test for Conte’s men came in form of Everton, Chelsea’s bogey team in past seasons. The match was even in the opening minutes of the game until Hazard turned on style. His second goal and Chelsea’s fourth was a 23 pass-move with a delicious back-heel flick pass from Pedro and a mazy run which crowned the team performance. Hazardous Hazard.
That’s my best of Chelsea’s first half of the season; you can put yours by commenting on this article. Cheers!