Following on from the recent article outlining why Gary Cahill doesn’t deserve to be continually battered on social media, there was to be an article to follow defending Willian. In the words of Michael Jackson, this is it. My argument for not giving our Captain clog, is that during his time at the club, he deserves more respect. There`s no need to ‘hate-on’ our own players.
The same goes for Willian, he may be struggling for form at the moment, but two season’s ago during Jose Mourinho’s ‘annus horribilis’ he was the stand out player by far. I was following today’s game on Twitter, my timeline was filled with ‘Willian’ bile. The guy is out of form, like today’s defeat, it happens.
As Chelsea failed to deliver anything against a powerful Manchester City side this evening, Antonio Conte and his Chelsea side have truly been given a reality check. The Blues were comprehensively outplayed in their own backyard. City bought their own ball and wouldn’t give Chelsea a touch. This was probably a case of one game too many for Chelsea.
It’s easy to pile on the criticism, but following a busy schedule of games through September we could probably have done without the last one being against City. For once, the tedious international break has come at a good time. Chelsea’s next game is in two weeks time when a visit to Crystal Palace, is on the cards. It will hopefully see a return to winning ways.
Chelsea got off to a flyer at the Bet365 stadium, despite the absence of Eden Hazard. Chelsea wasted no time in taking the game to their opponents. Good work by Tiemoue Bakayoko breaking up play had the Blues on for a, now famous, counter-attack.
A through ball by, captain for the day, Cesar Azpilicueta, found Alvaro Morata on the left side of the penalty area, where he unleashed a right footed shot across the keeper and into the bottom right-hand corner just two minutes into the game. Morata puts to bed the theory that he can only score with his head. That`s four goals and two assists in six premier league starts for Spaniard.
The good times are returning to Stamford Bridge, unbeaten in all competitions since the first game blip against Burnley, and with wantaway striker Diego Costa finally leaving. Antonio Conte, it could be argued, got his team selection and tactics wrong in the Arsenal game, but in a busy month of football there`s not much time to dwell upon it.
Saturday afternoon, Chelsea travel to the Bet365 stadium to take on Stoke City, who have had a mixed start to the season. An home win against Arsenal and a draw with Manchester United prove it will not be a walkover for Antonio Conte`s side.
Bad news for the Chelsea haters yesterday. Antonio Conte has not lost the dressing room as they would like us to believe. The makeshift team that took to the pitch yesterday afternoon, had listened to the negative media talk during the week, listened to their manager, and booted the anti-Chelsea matter into the heavens.
The full-bloodied ‘backs to wall` performance once again showed that Chelsea know how to win football matches. Antonio Conte`s tactical masterclass, with a team that had never taken to the football field before was pure genius.
Is there really a toxic atmosphere in the Chelsea dressing room as certain sections of the media would love us all to believe? Are the players not performing for their manager as was the case with Jose Mourinho two years ago? Are Chelsea a team in decline?
A typical Chelsea ‘backs to the wall’ performance against Tottenham at Wembley would suggest that there is not much wrong between players and coach. The fight back they started during the second half of last week’s Burnley defeat continued at Tottenham’s new temporary home. The players may change, and managers may come and go but when the chips are down and the world is against them Chelsea FC know how to win.
My Blog regarding the Premier League fixture list for 2017-2018. First published on Vital Chelsea on 12th June 2017
My blog about Chelsea’s potential lineup for next season. First Published on Vital Chelsea on 10th June 2017
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