Chelsea took the pitch on Saturday afternoon following the latest international break....and won. Not only did they win, but they looked relatively comfortable in doing so, though the 1-0 scoreline wasn't nearly as impressive as the showing against Norwich City.
As has been the case fairly often this season, Chelsea were the far better side for the opening 45 minutes. Also, as has happened before, the Blues didn't manage to make anything of that dominant play, and the score at the break was 0-0.
Fortunately, Chelsea's attack continued to look good after the break, something that hasn't often been the case this season. It took almost 20 minutes for Diego Costa to find the back of the net following a heads-up play free kick, but the Blues got their goal, and then moved on to seeing the match out.
It's indicative just how poorly this season has gone, that I was surprised when Chelsea actually managed to hold on to the clean sheet, instead of conceding an equalizer in hilarious fashion to drop points. They did, though, and we can all spend the rest of our Saturday in a good mood, as a result.
- The Fabregas/Hazard/Pedro/Willian foursome really looked to be clicking today, far more than in many recent performances. Cesc in particular looked much better on Saturday.
- Kenedy at left back had me a bit nervous before the match, but keeping possession for as much of the game as we did was a great way to assure that the decision didn't hurt us. I'm still not sure I'd do that again, however, especially as Baba Rahman provides some attacking threat down that side, and has actually played the position in the past.
- It's still missing an end product, but today was an excellent showing from Eden Hazard. If he plays like this more often, top four might not be out of reach.
- It was nice to see Kurt Zouma have an excellent match on Saturday, in light of current events in France. It's a shame that the crossbar kept him from finding the back of the net, though, as that would have been a heartwarming moment at Stamford Bridge.
- Now that the annoying losing streak is over, it would be nice to string a few wins together. With a good run of form, Jose Mourinho's side could realistically start thinking about a top four finish this season.