In an unusual turn of events, Chelsea played a Premier League away match on Sunday, and didn't lose in hilarious fashion. They didn't win, either, but any points ar probably progress at this point in the season.
Jose Mourinho surprised everyone with his team selection today, going without a traditional center forward, a tactic which hasn't generally gone very well in the past. It probably wasn't too surprising, then, when the Blues struggled to create too many chances, though in fairness, they did create several good ones, and Eden Hazard probably would have bagged a beauty, had it not been for Hugo Lloris.
Regardless of the scoreline, this wasn't the typical 0-0 draw that pundits love to criticize. They probably will anyway, though. Here are a few thoughts following the draw:
- As this one wound down, both teams looked relatively happy to settle for a single point. I can understand that from Spurs' perspective, but Chelsea really needed a better result today, and really shouldn't be too pleased with the result.
- That looked better than most of Chelsea's recent attempts to play without a traditional number nine, but I'd still prefer to see Diego Costa in the lineup for big matches going forward.
- Cesc Fabregas really needs to start playing well again. His passing was all over the place today, and he wasn't playing any less aggressively with the ball in the Chelsea half, which can be extremely problematic.
- Remember that time Danny Rose was linked to Chelsea? Lol.
- Lloris is very, very good.
- Chelsea's center backs did a very nice job with Harry Kane today, who did basically nothing inside of the 18-yard box.