The second month of Premier League action is over and that means it’s time for awards, because why not. Thankfully, after being shut out in August, Chelsea managed to rack up a fair bit of nominations.
Boss Legend Hero Manager Frank Lampard is on the shortlist for Manager of the Month. Chelsea claimed two wins out of three, the only loss being a spirited performance against Liverpool in which Lampard’s men totally overwhelmed the Champions League winners for the last half hour but just couldn’t find the goal to make it count. Thanks to the revelation hat Fikayo Tomori has been, Salah was kept quiet, and in fact the front three of Mané, Firmino and Salah were held to only one shot from open play. Liverpool as a team only had two, one being a long-range shot from Wijnaldum that was well off-target.
The Blues also trounced Wolves 5-2 and grabbed their first clean sheet with the 2-0 over Brighton.
Speaking of Fikayo Tomori and trouncing Wolves, the new boy scored what will surely be on the shortlist of Goal of the Season, but first it’s looking to become Goal of the Month. And what an absolute monster of a hit it was.
Wait for the angles from behind to get the full scope. The curl he gets on the ball is full of absolute wickedness, suddenly the ball decides it wants to take a hard left into the other corner and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.
And speaking of the Liverpool game, a big part of the reason we dominated the Reds in every phase except set-pieces was N’Golo Kanté. He was his normal immense self but please never take it for granted. What he did to their midfield was suffocating and brilliant. They couldn’t build a single attack as they were more interested in moving the ball away from him. Oh and at 2-0 he took matters into his own hands and decided to become Eden Hazard for three seconds by scoring our second nomination for September’s Goal of the Month.
There are so many things to love about this goal, but my favorite is how Van Dijk and Matip display perfect defending by stepping in front, one from the left and the other from the right, but both a split second too late. The slow motion at the end hangs on just long enough to capture both of their reactions to turning around and seeing the ball hit the net. Beautiful.