Still Early Days: Why We shouldn't get Complacent
|Still Early Days: Why We shouldn’t get Complacent|
We started our season as most of us expected, with wins against Wigan and Reading. With 6 goals scored and 2 conceded, and a notable change in style of play, it became clear to us that Roberto Di Matteo means business in changing the playing style of the team. While we should all be happy with our start, it is only early days yet.
Let’s face it, both Reading and Wigan were teams that we were expected to beat. The main challenges are still ahead. We will know how our season pans out when we play the likes of both Manchester City and United, Liverpool, Arsenal etc. We will know if our season will be a success if we win those matches. Our performance against big teams defines our season.
On to another point. Although we did win, our performances were not great. Against Wigan, after we scored those two goals early on, we were under tremendous amounts of pressure, and they came close to scoring numerous times. Our defense was incredibly sloppy and we gave them way more chances than they should have had.
Against Reading, we went a goal up, and then Reading took the lead with goals that on Petr Cech and both John Terry and Gary Cahill’s best days, we would have never conceded. Again, we were giving Reading way more chances than they deserved. The sloppiness of our defense almost made the game beyond reach. We did, however, manage to win the game with incredible team spirit, but if we are struggling to give a balanced, powerful display against relegation candidate Reading and a bottom half team, Wigan. How will we perform against the top teams?
There were many positives from this. The flair and skill of Chelsea new boy Eden Hazard gave us a sign of good things to come. Fernando Torres getting back to his scoring habits with 2 goals in 3 games, and the noticeable and dramatic switch of our playing style to a more attacking flow instead of our usual conservative style. The chemistry between Hazard and Mata on the pitch was tremendous, a sign of mutual understanding that will be sure to grant us goals and wins throughout the season.
|CFC 4-2 Reading|
This is by no means me slagging off Chelsea as tittle contenders, nor is it me saying we aren’t good enough. On the contrary, I believe we will be tittle contenders and possibly more. What I am pointing out is that we need to improve our overall display on the pitch regardless of the score, because if we continue our performance from those two games throughout the season, unfortunately, we will pay the price.
Chelsea play Newcastle at home on Saturday, and that match will show us just how prepared we are to deliver trophies to Stamford Bridge.