Chelsea finally won a Premier League match on Saturday, and despite the fact that Sunderland were their typical, woeful selves, it's hard not to feel a bit better about things after the performance from the Blues at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea scored early, actually added some insurance goals, and were probably a bit unlucky to score as few as they actually did.
The press will probably use this match as evidence that the players quit on Mourinho, though in truth, this sort of thing is pretty common whenever managerial changes are made. It will be interesting to watch whether or not the Blues can maintain this level of play going forward, or whether the sacking of the manager was just a quick wake-up call that's quickly forgotten by the squad.
Here are a few initial thoughts following a rare Premier League victory:
- Chelsea's attack hasn't looked this good in a very, very long time. I think they've gone over a calendar year since they clicked as a unit in the way they did today, and despite the awful situation that the club currently find themselves in, it was fun to watch, for a change.
- Willian probably doesn't get the penalty call two weeks ago, when every decision seemed to go against Chelsea. Where were the referees when we were shit?
- Oscar was awfully good today, wasn't he? With any luck, he'll be one of the Chelsea players that finds himself a regular run of matches under Guus Hiddink.
- I wasn't a big fan of booing Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa when they came off the pitch today. Yes, the pair have been terrible this season. So has everyone else involved with the club, from players, to management, to Mourinho himself. Jose is gone, move on.
- Speaking of Costa, you have to wonder if he'll push for a move back to Spain this summer, as now that Chelsea fans aren't showering him with support anymore, England must seem like a pretty terrible place to be. I really hope he starts banging in goals for fun again soon, and that the fans at the stadium lay off of him because of that.
- With a Watford side that lacks substantial talent coming up next, you'd have to think that the Blues have a very good chance of making it two wins in a row. Here's hoping that they do.