In what has been a truly awful season for Chelsea, it's hard to get too upset by a 1-1 draw with Manchester United. That said, it would have been awfully nice to be the last nail in the coffin of Louis van Gaal, even if it sped up the seemingly inevitable appointment of Jose Mourinho, which will have me in tears.
This match started off terribly for the Blues, but in the end, it wasn't too bad, as Chelsea showed some signs of life against a quality opponent, and managed a very late equalizer. It really wouldn't be too hard to imagine this performance resulting in three points for the defending champions, but that just seems to be the way this season is going.
Unfortunately, the result won't be the big takeaway from Super Bowl Sunday, as one of Chelsea's brightest young stars looks to have suffered a major injury. We'll have to wait to hear how serious Kurt Zouma's injury actually is, but my gut tells me that this contest was the last we'll see of the Frenchman this season, following an absolutely gruesome looking knee injury.
Here are a few quick thoughts following our latest draw:
- As poor as he's been this season, there's no excuse to start a rested and healthy Eden Hazard on the bench. Stop doing it, Guus.
- The initial 25 minutes of this match were absolutely terrible. This Chelsea group looked completely unable to deal with United's press, which fortunately, was unsustainable.
- Get well soon, Kurt. That looked awful, and sounded even worse.
- I hope the groundskeepers can get the corners ready for the next home match. Those four spots on the pitch took an awful lot of abuse on Sunday.
- It's a lost season anyway, so please stop playing Pedro ahead of guys like Kenedy and Bertrand Traore unless we fall into the relegation mess, OK?
- Speaking of youngsters and playing time, Zouma's unfortunate injury could open the door for Matt Miazga between now and the end of the season.
- Both David de Gea and Thibaut Courtois are very, very good goalkeepers. It will be a real shame (and a real relief) if Real Madrid lure United's number one away this summer.