Football is quite magical to say the least. It’s awing how managers find strategies to bamboozle an opposition team with the same number of players just to put the ball at the back of the net. More so, the game has moments of theatrics which usually amuses lovers of the sport like me who are left puzzled as to why 22 players would chase a ball around the field just to score a goal. But when something it’s at stake then it’s all or nothing at that point. Most times, the game of football is decided by what I call ‘magic moments’.
Here are my top 5 magic moments:
THIBAUT COURTOIS SAVE AGAINST SUNDERLAND:
Who would expect a goalkeeper in my magic moment list? But certainly he deserves a mention for his heroics in our game against Sunderland. We usually expect ingenuity from the attacking players, but our goalie pulled off what I call one of saves of the season. With Chelsea leading by a solitary goal and on a run of consecutive wins, the prediction was a win for us against the league strugglers. Then few minutes from the end of the game, Sunderland win a free-kick in a dangerous position and the ball was blocked. In a flash, Patrick VanAanholt sent a pile driver destined for the top corner from the knockdown which could have salvaged a point for his team, but only for Courtois to make a magical diving save to deny them and secure us all three points.
PEDRO KILLS SPURS WILL:
Chelsea sloppy start to the game meant we began on the backfoot as Tottenham controlled proceedings and were even a goal to the good thanks to Christian Eriksen’s long range strike. This was the first time Chelsea’s defense was breached in a long run of clean sheets. Magically, just before halftime, a forward play by Chelsea got the ball to Pedro just few metres from the Spurs box. With a swift turn and quick body movement, he powered a curling shot beyond the Spurs defence and goalkeeper for Chelsea equalizer. A goal that must have flattered Eriksen and killed Tottenham’s spurs as Chelsea went on to win.
HAZARD UNPLAYABLE AGAINST EVERTON:
A player criticised so much for his poor showing only gave us a reminder of his qualities with a rampant display against Everton. A mazy run and nicely cushioned shot led to his and Chelsea’s first goal. But his magical moment came when his neat, slick and deft exchange of passes with Pedro gave the chance to dribble into the Everton defence and drill a low shot into the bottom corner for his second goal and Chelsea’s fourth in the match.
COSTA BREAKS THE BAGGIES GATE:
Chelsea faced Tony Pulis highflying Baggies team at home, but couldn’t muster a clear-cut goalscoring chance and were only restricted to fearless long-range efforts. Frustratingly, West Brom defended in number in two blocks of four players. Their ‘defensive parking the bus’ approach was winning them appraisal and bringing Chelsea to a standstill. Then Costa showed up as he chased down West Brom defender, Gareth McCauley to a loose ball down the channel. In a show of strength, he maneuvered the defender and from a tight angle powered a shot into the top corner to secure three points for Chelsea.
HAZARD GUNS DOWN ARSENAL:
Last weekend’s first and early kickoff game was a headliner because of Chelsea’s giant step towards winning the league trophy. But the main talking point was Chelsea’s second goal scored by their mercurial playmaker, Eden Hazard. In the second period of the game, the Belgian produced a magic moment as he collected the ball from his own half and went on a mazy run shrugging off several challengers with his body movement and then dribbling the Arsenal defenders to score a beauty of a goal that brought loud cheers around the stadium.
You can also comment on your own magical moments so far in our fantastic season. Let’s keep the Blue flag flying high. Cheers!