While most of us were concerned only with West London, Manchester, and the French Cold War derbies, football did in fact end up being played in plenty of other places, too. One of those places was Arnhem, in the Netherlands, where local side Chelsea B administered a 3-0 spanking to visiting Zwolle who were top of the table. (They are no longer top of the table.)
Despite their name, so far in the young season, Chelsea B have only fielded two Chelsea loanees regularly: left back Patrick van Aanholt and left winger Lucas Piazón, the latter of whom has helped the Dutch side forget about the early-season disappointment of failing to qualify for the Europa League proper. Since becoming a starter for Peter Bosz, Piazon has yet to taste defeat: two wins, two draws, plus two goals - his first two senior goals since moving across the ocean from Brazil.
While his goals were set up by a couple lucky bounces, his finishing was nonetheless critical:
Unsurprisingly, Piazón is enjoying the life in the land of tulips and wooden clogs.
"I’m enjoying myself and I’ve settled in well. I get on well with the South Americans and some of the players I know from Chelsea."
"It's a good league. Every team tries to play football, build up play and pass the ball. There’s no kick and rush. They don’t hit the ball long all the time like they do in England."
-Lucas Piazón; source: FIFA
And after the tremendous victory on Sunday, he thinks the sky is the limit.
"We can play football. I expect to be at the top of the Eredivisie."
-Lucas Piazón; source: Omroep Gelderland via Inside Futbol
You know, that would not be un-fun at all. Having played one match less than anyone ahead of them, Vitesse are only four points off of PSV's early pace. COME ON YOU CHELSEA B!