Chelsea were involved in a fantastic nine-goal thriller at Everton on Saturday, as Jose Mourinho’s side won 6-3 in what could turn out to be one of the games of the Premier League.
The game showed that this Chelsea team is different from any of their predecessors.
Everton had won four out of the last five encounters at Goodison Park, so the score line was even more impressive.
Chelsea fell slightly short of winning the Premier League title last season.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho knew his side only needed a slight adjustment for it to be successful again. The Portuguese boss went out and made some superb summer additions.
The signings of Spanish international pair Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa could turn out to be the best two signings of the summer. Both of the players have already had a big impact on Chelsea’s season.
Fabregas was again influential in the Chelsea midfield, as he collected another assist and produced an all-round superb display on Merseyside. It is like the Spaniard has never been away from the English top-flight.
As we knew before he arrived at Chelsea, Diego Costa is often a fiery character, but he is a natural born goal scorer. At Atletico Madrid he showed his ability in front of goal and helped the club from the Spanish capital claim their first Spanish title in 18 years.
The 25-year-old has all attributes of a great striker. He is big, strong, and quick and will not be bullied out of games. Costa is the striker that Chelsea was so desperately missing last season. If the Spaniard had been at Stamford Bridge last season then they very well could have claimed the title.
Costa put in a typically all-action display at Goodison Park, as he wound-up the Everton defence and scored a brace against the usually solid Toffees. Critics will claim he is prone to ill-discipline. However, that is outweighed by his ability to find the net.
Chelsea has struggled to get results at Goodison Park in recent years. To score six goals at the Toffees is some achievement, as Roberto Martinez’s side had the third best defence in the top-flight last season.
Chelsea made an absolute mockery of that Toffees defence yesterday and it was an incredible display of attacking football. The movement, passing and cutting edge was impressive from the Blues, even if the Everton defence was poor.
Chelsea’s team of this season has what seems like the perfect balance to it. The central midfield partnership of Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic is the key to that balance.
Matic is the sitting midfielder and provides the defence with the protection it needs, while Fabregas is slightly more progressive and creativity, although Matic did open his Chelsea goal scoring account against Everton.
The Blues conceded three goals against Everton, but not many teams will give Mourinho’s team so many worries at the back. They had the best defensive record in the Premier League last season and that solidarity will return in due time.
Chelsea teams under Mourinho had become synonymous with being defensively solid and ‘parking the bus’ to coin a phrase. The Blues certainly did not park the bus at Goodison, they went for the Everton throat very early on. Their early intensity was rewarded with two goals in the first three minutes.
Chelsea started the campaign as favourites to win the Premier League title and Mourinho’s men have gone about justifying that tag with their opening performances this season, especially the victory at Goodison Park which is a hard ground to win at for any team.
The Blues are still favourites for the title at odds of 5/6. On the evidence of yesterday’s game it is hard to argue with the bookies on this one. It is very early in the Premier League campaign, but Chelsea is starting to look like the complete team.
The signs are ominous that Chelsea means business this season and there are no signs of Mourinho parking his bus anytime soon.
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