We defended horribly, especially in the early stages, during yesterday’s game and it isn’t the first time we’ve looked shaky there this season as David Luiz is guilty of the sublime as well as the ridiculous and Ashley Cole is either in need of a rest or a kick up the backside as he’s been woeful in the last two or three games.
2. Juan Mata is the league’s form player:
Once again Mata put in a terrific display for Chelsea as his free-kick and varied passing range help Chelsea comeback from a two-goal deficit against United. In my opinion he’s the best performer in the league at the moment and his displays have been a lot better than David Silva and Santi Cazorla, two players he’s often compared to.
As Mata has recently blogged about on the Chelsea website, this team just doesn’t give up and our attacking trio of Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard are proving vital to our chances, whilst we have a world-class keeper and a hard-working midfield duo, all we need to do now is sort of the defence and maybe bring in a consistent forward (easier said than done, I know).
4. Officiating isn’t good enough:
In one weekend we’ve seen incredibly straightforward decisions going the wrong way in the cases of Mikel Arteta’s goal for Arsenal, Javier Hernandez’s against us and Luis Suarez’s effort was incorrectly chalked off by the linesman. Mark Clattenburg also sent off Torres on a hunch and failed to deliver the same fate to Wayne Rooney for an obvious foul which was recognised by the ref but not deemed worthy of a yellow card. In the interests of fairness and the sport itself, this isn’t good enough.
5. It’s okay to antagonise the opposition fans as long (as you don’t take your shirt off):
Is it just me or is it crazy that it is an automatic yellow card for taking your shirt off (apparently this act may cause crowd unrest) or celebrating in amongst your own fans, yet it’s absolutely fine for Javier Hernandez to goad the Chelsea fans by celebrating in front of them whilst Patrice Evra yells ‘bring it on’ towards them? I know there’s many talking points to this but why hasn’t this obvious act of inciting crowd trouble picked up on?
Still feeling shell-shocked after Sunday’s events and I know that nothing is going to change the result, so Roberto Di Matteo’s men will just have to use the sense of injustice to spur them on ahead of a busy winter period. We’re still top of the league, onwards and upwards.