Nothing better than an early goal in the second-half to double the lead and settle any nerves, especially when it’s scored by N’Golo Kanté against his old team, who would’ve least expected him to take aim from 30 yards. With the second goal in the bag, even the silly penalty conceded by Azpi & Courtois didn’t end up mattering in the end (even as Chelsea wasted several great opportunities for a third).
Third win in a row for Chelsea, after the opening day defeat.
- Chelsea win a SEPTEMBER away game in the Premier League for the first time in five years.
- 3-5-2 from Chelsea, just as away to Spurs, but a flat 2 with Cesc ahead rather than a flat two with David Luiz anchoring behind. Switched to more standard 3-4-3 for final 12-15 minutes.
- Welcome back, Eden Hazard
- Zappacosta makes his debut as a like-for-like sub for Victor Moses. Gave the ball away with his first involvement, but otherwise solid.
- The Kanté-Bakayoko wall is getting built brick-by-brick.
- Three goals in four games for Morata, all headers.
- Expect better from NBC Gold for $50.
- It’s amazing that there were no bookings in this game until the 84th minute. Before that, James got away with a “Cahill-tackle”, Fuchs got away with at least two shirt pulls, and Vardy got away with at least two late challenges on our players (“hustle”). A clear and blatant handball in the box by Maguire also went uncalled late.
- Next up: Qarabag at home on Tuesday as Champions League returns to Stamford Bridge