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Chelsea 1 - Everton 0: Initial reaction and community rating form

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For almost 90 minutes, it looked like it was going to be a dominant display without any sort of end product, and then Willian struck gold and secured three massive points for the Blues. With Manchester City winning in convincing fashion, that keeps the lead at the top at seven with just thirteen to go. What a huge result, and one that will surely help keep confidence high with PSG looming next.

Thoughts:

  • I'm getting pretty tired of seeing clear penalties ignored this season. Chelsea should have been a goal to the good just five minutes into the game, with Naismith on a yellow card early on for an obvious intentional handball.
  • Kurt Zouma really looks like a long-term answer at center back, doesn't he? It's hard to find too much to complain about with the way he's been playing of late.
  • Considering that he's only been with Chelsea for a week, I thought Juan Cuadrado looked like he had a pretty good understanding with his attacking teammates. This group should be awfully fun to watch.
  • Loic Remy was very poor today. There was no lack of effort, but he just never seemed to be on the same page as his teammates with his runs. I was also a little disappointed with Willian's movement, as he never looked like he was itching to get into good positions to score. Well, good positions in the box, at least.
  • Branislav Ivanovic was probably offside for the disallowed goal, but it's hard to feel like that should have been called given the obvious handball mistake early on. Jose Mourinho should be happy, shouldn't he?
  • Phew...