What’s more pleasing than seeing your team keep its lead at the top intact. Chelsea unscathed February schedule is good music to the ears of everyone connected to the club. The cherry on the cake for us has been our dominance over teams and our brutish business-as-usual approach to games which delivered quite the desired results. In February, we recorded two 3-1 wins over Arsenal and Swansea, while settling for a draw against Burnley. More so, progression into the FA Cup quarterfinals at the expense of Wolves, had us drawn against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United which caps an eventful month for us. However, with magical moments aplenty in February, here are my top 3 moments of the moment:
EDEN HAZARD’S INGENUITY:
What makes a player great? The answer is not far-fetched, it’s simple, when a player can influence a game so well in favour of his team. When a player holds a game by the scruff of its neck and singlehandedly wins it for his team. When a player serves a standout performance that converts draws and defeats into wins for his team. These are exactly the hallmarks of great players. Chelsea’s mercurial playmaker, Eden Hazard is a genius in this regard. In our game against Arsenal, he turned up & on-style with a brilliant goal. Collecting the ball in his own half, the playmaker went on a mazy run holding off challenges from four Arsenal players before slaloming the Gunners defence and stabbed a shot into the net to score the second and winning goal of the game. The goal is a goal of the season contender and one that illuminates ingenuity, art, precision and superb execution. The Belgian is surely back to his brilliant best.
PEDRO’S LIGHT SHINES BRIGHT:
What more can you ask for especially when a player influences virtually every game he plays? That has been the story of Chelsea’s Spanish forward, Pedro Rodriguez. Unarguably, he is Chelsea’s best player in the month of February and is enjoying a resurgence after a dip last season. We are surely seeing the Pedro of Barcelona in Chelsea’s blue shirt. His goal scoring rate has been phenomenal. Against Swansea, he stepped up a notch with a classic curling shot that bungled into the net for the winner in a tense encounter that looked like ending in a stalemate. His shining light is leading Chelsea to greater heights, and surely he’s a difference maker.
It’s quite disheartening to drop from being a regular starter to a fringe player in a flash. For whatever reason, Cesc Fabregas is expected to jostle with Nemanja Matic for a place in the team. For a better part of the season, the Serbian has been preferred over the Spaniard. It’s a preference of pragmatism over artistry. However, in our game against Swansea, the Spanish midfield magician gave us a reminder of his abilities on the ball with his forward-thinking style resulting in a goal and an assist. His all-round display was absolutely impressive.
It’s still Chelsea’s title to lose and let’s keep our dream alive. You can still share your best moments. Cheers!