Chelsea managed to retain their 100% start to this season with a stunning display of attacking menace after trailing to a 11th minute goal from this spirited Swansea side.
The Welsh team’s hope of hanging on and inflicting an early season home defeat on The Blues were short-lived . Our new No.19 to the rescue, as Diego Costa decided that today was the day to show what all the fuss is about.
Costa not only looks like the “missing link” , but he is also proving to be so in the literal sense.
The Braziliard scored his first Chelsea hat-trick by displaying the type of awareness in the 6 yard box that was sorely lacking in the previous campaign. The Fernando Torres era as it will be known is now firmly in club’s past.
The Blues were very slow off the mark as Swansea took control of the early exchanges. They were the first side this season that were poaching 50/50 balls from the Chelsea midfield. Matic and Fabregas were both made to look average as Ki Sung-Yeung, Routledge, Sigurdssun and Shelvey continually harassed our midfield. The opening goal was no more than Swansea deserved after looking more like the home side for the first quarter of the game. Routeledge relieving Matic of the ball in a dangerous area led to a low cross in the box, and John Terry being left with egg on his face after his trailing leg hammered the ball into his own net. Whoops.
The good news was this was only the 11th minute and with Chelsea’s ability to put the ball away this season there was no reason to hit the panic button. Our self belief was soon apparent. The Blues raised their energy level, and started to give Swansea some of their own medicine. Suddenly it was the away side that felt penned in.
Mourinho could be seen checking the Stamford Bridge clock as he hoped for an equalizer before the break. His prayers were answered in the last minute of the first half. From a corner, Costa found some room in a crowded 6 yard area by crouching behind Ivanovich’s brick wall frame and then playing jack ” in the box” to head home. Phew, as the home crowd exhaled in relief. We all knew, Mourinho’s charges would now have a different state of mind for second 45.
Jose decided he did not want to risk Swansea getting back into the battle for midfield, so Ramires was called upon to replace a slightly ineffective Schurlle. All change. Swansea never had a look- in during the second half. Fabregas, Oscar, Hazard and Costa were mesmerizing. Eden Hazard in particular showed the type of form that earned him the young player of the year last season. His poor World Cup showing now looks to be behind him.
Roman Abramovich could be seen from the stands with a smile as wide as the Kings Road as his newly assembled attacking force destroyed the away side with the type of one touch footy he has craved for a couple of years. His palms will be bruised tomorrow due to his constant applauding.
Diego Costa’s two second half goals on 55 and 65 minutes put paid to the pretender’s challenge and left the Blues with time for some showboating. Jose Mourinho took this opportunity to hand Thierry Henri lookalike Loic Remy his debut as a Blue. The former QPR man scored with a few minutes of his arrival. Jose was visibly relieved and excited to now have his forward arsenal firing on all cylinders.
We also saw a brief 2015 season introduction for Mohamad Salah. I had almost forgotten about the Egyptian winger as the conversation has been occupied by talk of our new signings. He showed a few glimpses of his twinkle toed skills and makes us realize how deep the current squad is. On that note, I feel for one of my favorites, Willian, who is struggling for a look-in at the moment in our star-studded line-up.
We are in good shape to begin our Champions League Campaign on Wednesday against Schalke. I wonder if Petr Cech will be handed a season debut, or will his games this season be limited to the 2 domestic Cup competitions. If it’s the latter, he will be bored by the time January comes around and he may shatter the glass in his hurry to get thru the transfer window.
Maximum points from our first 4 games, while playing the type of football our supporters demand is really whetting our appetites. Early days but Jose seems intent on delivering on his promises.
Man City away next weekend is certainly our first real test. A point from The Ethiad would be enough methinks.