Football is an intriguing game of two halves that causes mood swing. In a flash, a team could be in seventh heaven, high-flying and swashbuckling, and the next minute it could just be brought down to earth crashing like a pack of cards. Its subplots are quite deceptive, but awe-inspiring to the casual observers. That’s the beauty of this sport.
The twin forces of football’s deceptive pranks were evident in Chelsea’s home game against a resurgent Swansea side managed by one of the club’s former assistant manager, Paul Clement. Chelsea’s dominant proceedings were evident in the game and should have been out of sight by the interval. A solitary goal thanks to Cesc Fabregas instinctive strike which was all to show for after 45 minutes of breathtaking football on display was a sign of things to come. Frustrating enough, time and again Chelsea made attacking forays with no dividends. Then came the sucker punch as Sigurdsson’s free kick was strongly headed in by Fernando Llorente, a rumoured winter transfer target for Chelsea.
Now the die was cast and a strong response was needed to salvage the quagmire. Chelsea needed to show the thrust champions are made of. Memories of the killer draw against Burnley came to the minds of the home fans as they were kept on the edge of their seats. As the match approached its last quarter, though Chelsea pressed, harried, surged forward and created chances to win the game, but Swansea were quite excellent in defending. Finally, came Chelsea’s ‘Macheda moment’ as Pedro deliciously curled a thumping stunner into the net. Remarkably, Chelsea’s wealth of experience and superior quality had edged them past the Swans.
It was a tale of Chelsea’s well-drilled team of serial winners refusing to slump to the mental pressure that comes as part & parcel of the title race. The test was passed with distinction and much more of our experience and quality will be needed if we are to clinch the title at the expense of our title rivals.
Let’s keep our dream alive! Cheers.