After a month to forget, Chelsea bounced back to see off Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening. While getting the win isn’t such a huge accomplishment, the manner in which it was achieved certainly was, unless of course, you haven’t quite watched us play lately.
On Sunday, Chelsea didn’t just defeat United, we also dealt them a major blow in the title race while improving on our lot. Morata may have snatched the headline, after he scored the only goal, and winner, and he does deserve to be appreciated, but every Chelsea fan will look back at that win knowing that Kanté’s return did the trick. The French international showed why he was crowned the league’s best player last term after he inspired us to the win earlier on Sunday. It was a typical Kantè performance, and it was just perfect.
During his absence, we were very inconsistent; losing and drawing games we could have easily won, due to the inability of Bakayoko and Fabregas to fill his hefty boots. His return allowed for the aforementioned players to play their natural roles, and suppress United. It was a different performance from Tuesday night’s, although we had mostly the same players.
For all the talk of Contè making a mistake in the sale of Matic to United, critics were completely silenced after Matic was subdued on Sunday. United couldn’t even put decent passes together in midfield.
I’m happy for the performance, and only hope the coming games will see something similar.
The league leaders, Manchester City, seem to be untouchable at the moment, but as long as we keep playing well to win games, you never really know, things can change in a week!
Kantè has shown us that he’s not just a great player, but he’s the most important part of Chelsea puzzle. Keeping him fit and protected may be the only way to keep us going.