Football can be likened to a soap opera in which elements of suspense, intrigue, conflict and excitement leads to a climax which spices the action. The twin forces of protagonist (hero) and antagonist (villain) can be well displayed by opposition teams in football. Football is romantic in tiki-taka (artistic and proactive) style and brutal in pragmatic, defensive and Machiavellian style. These sub-plots inspire the desire, passion and appeal to its growing spectators and ardent followers.
The good, the bad and the ugly of football as a sport can often occur unannounced and are disrupting visitors to any team chemistry, style and system. However, it also measures up to suit its expectation levels. Chelsea are recipients of this swerving nature of football.
Here are the 3 defining moments of Chelsea’s season so far:
CHELSEA’S FATAL TWIN DEFEATS TO LIVERPOOL AND ARSENAL:
After a scintillating start to the season with our only blemish coming in our 2-2 draw against Swansea, the stage was set with a double-header against two of our title rivals, with Liverpool at home and Arsenal away. The excruciating pain felt from losing those games were tellingly loud. These setbacks spread cheap rumours of dressing room unrest, managerial change and confidence crisis. In the midst of the tsunami that attacked us, the idea of the Conte’s preferred 3-4-3 formation emerged and has so far coasted us to 11 consecutive wins with 33 points secured and also sitting pretty as league leaders.
CHELSEA RULES OVER MANCHESTER DUOPOLY:
The expected managerial contest between two of the world’s best managers, Jose Mourinho and Manchester teams was a major subplot in the commencing of league. The world expected both to do battle for the league title. Though that may still happen, but at the moment it’s Chelsea and Conte in particular who have graced the spotlight. The 4-0 drubbing of Manchester United was a huge turning point in our season and the 3-1 win over Manchester City was the climax of devastating counter-attacking football on display by Chelsea. Both performances proved our mettle as title challengers.
THE SUCCESS OF 3-4-3 IN TERMS OF PLAYERS PERFORMANCES:
An allegation levelled against the Chelsea players last season was betrayal; borne out of lethargy and lack of passion. There was absolutely no iota of team spirit in the dressing room. The disgruntlement, fracas and crisis engulfing the club sapped every drop footballing knowledge out of the players. Under Conte’s managerial watch, they look reborn and firing on all cylinders with all these elements exhibited, thus, making them a greater product of the sum of their parts.
We hope to see more of the same and greater improvement as we continue our quest for league glory. Chelsea will be great again and even greater. Cheers!