The first half was mostly garbage, but the second half was a different story. Diego Costa was in the right place at the right time for the opener, and shortly after we saw Eden Hazard put the game to bed.
While it wasn't the prettiest performance, three points is three points in the end. We also got to see Didier Drogba make his Stamford Bridge return as a Chelsea player, which was a treat for everyone in attendance. Here are a few thoughts in the immediate aftermath:
- I know a lot of people were somewhat surprised by the unchanged eleven today, but I'm not sure why anyone would have expected a single change. With games well spaced at this point and a dominating performance in the opener, it would have been very unlike Mourinho to switch things up.
- Thibaut Courtois is ridiculously good. That's one clean sheet in Chelsea blue, and it certainly won't be the last.
- This is two weeks in a row when Chelsea can feel a bit robbed by the referees, as they had a very strong penalty shout early in the second half. Hopefully all of these no-calls are balanced out by soft calls against Arsenal, Liverpool, and City.
- It's two games, and I'm already forgetting what it feels like to play without a center forward. Welcome to the Bridge, Diego.
- I really love the fact that Didier Drogba is back.
- If Ramires had any sort of consistent touch and shooting ability, he'd be absolutely fantastic.
- This is going to be a very, very fun season.