If there were any iota of doubt over our recovery from the stuttering start we had to this season, it would have been silenced after Sunday’s performance against Everton.
Our first game of the season ended in disaster: 2 red cards, 3 goals conceded – it wasn’t the ideal start for the champions of England. Coupled with lingering transfer issues, it looked like two seasons ago all over again, but our lads had other plans.
Tottenham were meant to ‘dismantle’ us, but our lads proved a point on the occasion. They soaked up the pressure, and attacked with intent. We beat Tottenham, and the story changed. Even after the Tottenham game, there were still a few that doubted the spirit of our team. To them, winning Tottenham was a fluke and Everton was going to ‘confirm’ that, but they were rolled over in stunning fashion. In fact, our performance against Everton is our best so far this season. It was a performance of champions, and one fans and observers were used to seeing from a complete Chelsea side. The irony is we’re still not complete.
Eden Hazard is still recuperating, and Gary Cahill is still serving his ban after picking up a red against Burnley. Tiemoue Bakayoko is not fully fit, and we need a few more signings to have a great balance in the team. Of course, we need the new additions because of our Champions League involvement; it’s always difficult to survive a season of this magnitude with insufficient players. All things being equal, new additions should be made this final week of the window.
With that our team would be better positioned to compete on all fronts, and give fans the sort of outcomes they desire. The international break is here, meaning there’s a few days off from league football. Within this period, Chelsea should be able to get the right balance to the team.
With the stuff we’ve already seen from two of our high-profile games, I have no doubt that we’re going to have yet another fruitful season. It’s only a matter of time for our rivals to start crumbling, while we soar like a champion team.