In their first five games of the 2018-19 season and with a new coach in Maurizio Sarri to boot, Chelsea have outdone initial expectations by keeping a perfect record. Defender David Luiz is just as impressed — and happy! — as the fans with how we kicked things off under the new command.
“It’s never easy to win one game in the Premier League, let alone five in a row. It feels good!”
The start of our latest game, a 4-1 win over Cardiff City at the Bridge last Saturday, was not as perfect though. We got behind in the scoreline with a collection of defensive mistakes on a set-piece converted by Sol Bamba in the first half.
But 30 minutes later, we headed into half-time with a 2-1 lead by staying patient, letting Eden Hazard shine and sticking by Sarri's principles. It was a massive show of maturity from the side, whose four goals total got them the leadership in the Premier League with 15 points and a +10 goal difference.
“It was a good game. The team was so mature. When we conceded the goal in the first half, we continued to play our football, our style, our philosophy, and we had patience to score the goals.”
“With a team like Cardiff, they play physically, with a defensive style, a lot of long balls, fighting for free-kicks. It’s not easy to score one goal against them; we scored four. We tried to keep the ball, move quickly to create the gaps and score goals.”
New manager Sarri believes we are still a few miles off the two true contenders for the Premier League title, Manchester City and Liverpool. David meanwhile is a bit more enthusiastic about our chances, although he does not want the team to get ahead of themselves.
“In the Premier League you have to think game by game. Chelsea is a big club which will always fight for titles. It doesn’t matter the name of the competition.”
“This year it’s a great opportunity for us if we continue in this way, but it’s too early. We have to keep our feet on the ground and work every day.”
-David Luiz; Source: Chelsea FC
If there is one lesson that stays from Conte's tenure, that one is to keep ourselves in check. Two weekends from now, when we meet Liverpool at the Bridge for the Premier League, we may assess our true strength. And perhaps allow ourselves to be not as uptight about our chances of taking the PL trophy back home.