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Chelsea played their last game before the international break, and got a resounding 4-1 victory over Sheffield United.
There were so many positives to take from that game, chief of which was the fact that Frank Lampard’s side came from a goal down to win the game 4-1.
Chelsea ended last season with 66 points, and a major reason why the Blues didn’t get a better point tally, was the unnecessary dropping of points. From last season’s opening 4-0 defeat to Manchester United, Chelsea had a familiar story of playing well and never getting the win.
However, a lot has changed about Chelsea this season. Resilience, grit, determination, desire, composure are some key words that have been associated with Frank Lampard’s team in recent weeks.
The Blues had gone five games without conceding a goal, a record no one would have thought would come under Lampard’s leaky team. Besides the fact that Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva have brought steel to the defence, Lampard has also found a steady back line, for the first time since becoming Chelsea manager.
When David McGoldrick scored just after nine minutes against Chelsea, there was still a calm and certainty around the team which eventually resulted in a 4-1 win. One thing is certain, Chelsea would have most likely lost this game last season. Coincidentally, Chelsea never won against Sheffield United last season.
Lampard himself admitted in his press conference ahead of the Newcastle match, that he took a stock of last season’s games and discovered that too many dropped points were the woes of his team.
We saw a new look Chelsea before the international break, and we hope that the same form would continue now that games have resumed.