It finished 4-1 at Stamford Bridge in the league match between Chelsea and Cardiff.
Here are 3 observations from our win over Neil Warnock’s men.
HAZARD IS CHELSEA’S HEARTBEAT:
Watching on as Chelsea’s legendary player and assistant manager Gianfranco Zola bowed to Eden Hazard after he was substituted, told the whole story about the Belgian captain’s mesmerising form since the end of last season through the World Cup and even into the new season. His sensational perfect performance that yielded a hattrick clearly showed why the club is reluctant to let go of him. The truth is that when Hazard is at his hazardous best, Chelsea succeeds, but when not in the grove, we fail. In reality, he is the heartbeat of Chelsea Football Club.
CHELSEA’S RESILIENCE GETTING STRONGER:
One dark cloud during Conte’s final season at Chelsea was a lack of resilience – lack of fighting spirit in the team when the chips were down. Even in games when we were on the strong foot, we failed to capitalise and see them through to the end. But this season, there seems to be a new dynamic to the team’s approach to games. The winning mentality, fighting spirit and putting teams to the sword have become the hallmarks of Sarri’s Chelsea in tandem with the entertaining football on display. Draws turned into wins against Arsenal and Newcastle spring to mind, and the whitewashing of Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Cardiff showed the new mould of the players desire to play and win games. Bravo!
DEFENSIVE FRAILTY IS STILL A BIG CONCERN:
While Chelsea have been good in doing the business in the opposition half by scoring goals that have won games for us, the main issue has been in our defence. Conceding a cheap goal from a routine free-kick against a newly promoted side doesn’t bode well. Overall we need to improve defensively to stand a chance of being in the running in the title race.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!