Give it to Roman Abramovich and his board, Chelsea is playing the most attractive footie as far as England is concerned; Gone are the days when Chelsea is all about unforgiving strength, energy and brute efficiency. A system designed to bully, grind out result and that never gives up but can definitely make the most awoken man fall asleep as many football lovers as attested too. No complains actually, as this system won them trophies and made them almost invincible.
Rumours persist about how much the owner wanted attractive football where players could thrill the spectators with their dribblings, passes, ball control and a football coupled with goals. Most people thought this was just wishful thinking by some rich owner bearing in mind the towering amounts of experienced coaches that have been sacrificed for the cause of attractive football. But this season, it’s crystal clear even to Stevie Wonder that the most breath taking talents and attacking football in England exist nowhere but in Stamford Bridge. You don’t believe me, look no further than this classic encounter against Aston Villa. It was breath taking attacking football at its best. If you need another example, then go check out both of their encounters with Manchester United in the League and Capital One Cup. After shedding away and had renovated part of the shaking Stamford bridge with a cost of over 60m pounds to bring in fresh reinforced concrete members in Hazard, Oscar and Victor Moses to join Juan Mata, the bridge has now found a renewed vigor coupled with tremendous gusto which it was previously lacking and credit should go to the Owner and his board for this accomplishment and money well spent.
Torres scores his 7th goal in 6games under Raphael Benitez; For me its not the 7 goals in 6games that’s worth mentioning because as far as Torres’ form is concerned, it’s more of a once beaten twice shy syndrome. What’s worth mentioning is the fact that these stats has coincided with his reunion with his former boss and the manner at which he headed in the so-called 7th goal beyond Aston Villa’s Guzan (who by the way still kept the scoreline respectable atleast from reaching double figures) was very impressive. Though no thanks to the Villa defenders that left him unchallenged for the header. Either way not to take anything from Torres, in this match he oozes confidence and actually eased the pressure on his teammates with that early goal more of what has been expected of him. Has Torres hit his true form? Well, I will wait and see.
David luiz excelling in Midfield; Luiz in midfield is one of the tactical changes Benitez is excelling with in Chelsea at this early stage. Luiz has been fantastic in contesting for every ball, hassling opponents, playing the forward one time passes, winning headers and driving the ball forward. What more can you demand from a make-shift defensive midfielder? His presence together with lampard’s in midfield against Aston Villa allowed little penetration for the opponent which eased the pressure on our defense and gave us a clean sheet in over 4games. His freekick was just spectacular, a great asset to the team no doubt and am sure Ramires and Jon Obi Mikel have just got their work cut out for them.
Frank Lampard 500games and still going strong; Well what more could be said about this man. Benitez has been talking about the need for a leader in the team and at what better time could Frank Lampard return into the squad after his injury. This match was his 500th premier league start and what a way to mark it with that beautiful low drive technique from twenty-two yards out. A goal that didn’t just mark the occasion but made Frank eclipse Bobby Tambling’s 129goals in the top division with an impressive 130goals and the way the Stamford Bridge faithfuls turned in a thunderous applause says all about how loved and appreciated he is to the fans.
Benitez proving he can do a good job; For the improvement in Fernando Torres’ form, how he rallied the team after the disappointment and long journey to Japan, the goal rush, the team’s confidence and how quickly it looks like Chelsea once again has a squad depth that was questionable under Di matteo all has to be attributed to Rahael Benitez the unwanted gaffer by the fans. It was surprising with Chelsea doing the rout on Villa that players like Ramires and Oscar were still on the bench waiting to come on and continue the rout not forgetting the suspended Mikel and injured Romeu. For now Rafa is doing a good job and it deserves to be said bearing in mind the hostilities he got from fans when he came but it remains to be seen if he can keep the momentum going.
Written By Kola Oye