What We Learned: Blues remain top of the league; Schurrle strikes a Hat trick!
Chelsea triumphed over our west London rivals Fulham to remain and extend our lead at the top of the table by 4 points over Arsenal. The gunners lose away at Stoke massively boosts Mourinho’s team credentials for the title race even though ‘favorites’ Man City have still two games to play with 6 points behind. Andre Schurrle erased doubts of the overall bad performance of the team in the attacking department in the first half by firing in a hat trick within 18 minutes in the 2nd half.
With this victory wrapped up, let’s take a look at the main defining take-aways from the game or the things we learned from the match.
Andre Schurrle finally repays faith of his manager on the pitch:
The German recorded his first hat trick for Chelsea to earn the Blues a well deserved win. Fulham looked dangerous on the counter and solid at the back in the first half as Mourinho and the fans feared for a draw that would be a set back in the tight race for the premier league trophy. Fernando Torres had only one shot on target and that was the closest the Blues have gotten in the disappointing performance from the attacking department at Fulham. But, Schurrle’s 2nd half performance where he looked sharper than the starting striker eased all our fears and insured a sweet victory away while our title rivals were losing in another difficult away fixture at Stoke. Well done Schurrle!
Fernando Torres’ performance may well see him depart Stamford Bridge this summer:
This is a case that we hope doesn’t happen if the Spaniard rediscovers his sharpness in front of goals and the movement and link up play we saw under Mourinho against Manchester City in 2013. Torres’ form has been up and down for the better part of the season despite occasion goals here and there like the one at Hull and the crucial away goal at Galatasaray. Despite the goals showing up, Fernando Torres is still a mere shadow of the monster we knew at Liverpool terrorizing Premier league defenses for 3 seasons. His touches and passes are something to avoid looking at specially how he takes too long to think and decide where to put the ball in behind the keeper.
In this game, the opportunity after howler by the keeper should have gone in the back of the net either by Oscar or Torres, but didn’t for some reason that Jose will hope to be fixed this summer by a new top striker signing. Despite his assist in the third goal for Schurrle, Torres’ future still remain in the air like last summer because of his performances.
Silent treatment worked well from Jose:
Most surprising thing we got from Mourinho after the game today was the fact that he didn’t say a single word to his players at half time. We all assumed it was a tactical genius and master piece that inspired such a dramatic change of tales in the game after the half time but, the post-match comments from the special one prove otherwise,
‘I didn’t say a word at half-time,’ he revealed.
‘The first half was really bad for us, I didn’t know if Fulham controlled us or we didn’t start. I was really disappointed because before the match we said they cannot have more motivation than us because although they have big motivation because they need points to stay in the Premier League, they cannot have more desire than us because we also have our objectives.’
‘In the second half the team was able to change the intensity and started winning individual contests. Our line was coming up and we were attacking spaces behind their defensive line; the second half was really good.’
That is certainly what is special about Jose Mourinho and that reaction sparked an immediate shock in their minds that they need to make their manager proud by achieving the mission set out before the game and it worked fantastically well as almost every special tactics of Jose Mourinho.
The league table looks in our favor now and the Blues don’t need to relinquish this at all:
Jose Mourinho’s men are 4 points clear at the top for the time being even with only Manchester City yet to play two games in a week’s time to make time lost for a cup competition this weekend. By the end of that, it will remain to be seen if they can close the gap and catch on Chelsea. When it comes to the gunners, their projected fall in spring every passing season is set to repeat by causing them to miss out on silver ware for the 9th year running unless Arsene Wenger inspires an FA Cup success that seems unlikely with favorites City still in contention.
But, Mourinho knows, his team are only in a real chance of winning the coveted league title over the seemingly unlikely to be won this season, Champions league. The players should not mind Jose’s talks of his team being not favorites and gallop all the way to the end like the ‘little horse’ Mourinho talked about out earlier last month.
Thanks for reading and congrats on the big victory at Fulham. Let us know what you think through comments and KTBFFH!