We waited almost two weeks for Chelsea football to be back, and it was painful and slow and boring, but the first 45 minutes have made up for all our anguish already. When it was still 11-v-11, it's been some of the best football we've seen Chelsea play all season.
The scoreline only reads 2-0, but it could easily be twice if not three times that. John Terry missed a sitter. Diego Costa missed a sitter. Oscar got too fancy and went for the backheel instead of the simple layoff to a wide open Willian. Branislav Ivanovic helped make a mess of a two-on-none after Fabregas's pass slayed all nine men behind the ball. And that's before we consider that Ben Foster in the Albion goal has been playing really well.
But all that is water on the bridge, because Diego Costa and Eden Hazard have scored one each, and even before the sending off of Cladio Yacob for a bafflingly stupid challenge, there only looked to be one team in it. With the man advantage, Chelsea should see this one out without much fuss.
UP THE BLUES!