A convincing win
Guest Fan Blog Mon 28 Aug 2017
After watching us beat Everton 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, many would find it safe to say that the opening day defeat to Burnley was nothing more than an unfortunate blip.
Since that 3-2 loss, our Blues have responded with two spirited performances against two of the Premier League's best teams in Spurs and Everton, clawing our way back up the table and exposing the many flaws in the crisis stories that some would have us all believe.
Cesc Fabregas, who saw two yellows against Burnley, was returned to the starting line-up on Sunday, and got us off the mark against the Toffees with a smart first-half volleyed goal off the outside of his boot, following some clever play between himself, Willian and Alvaro Morata - who ultimately provided the assist for his compatriot.
About 13 minutes later, Morata put himself on the score-sheet, getting on the end of Cesar Azpilicueta's incisive cross to head past Jordan Pickford. The former Real Madrid man, who missed an absolute sitter against Spurs last weekend, made no mistake this time around, taking his tallies to two goals and two assists in three matches for his new side.
Everton looked simply out of ideas as the likes of Pedro and Willian made runs at their defenders at every opportunity. N'Golo Kante was his energetic self in the middle, while Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso were given loads of chances to foray forward and cause problems for the visitors.
All in all, it was a convincing display from the Premier League champions, who go into the international break having earned a brilliant result, as well as their first clean sheet of the new campaign.
Conte will, however, have a tough run of fixtures to navigate through when things are back to normal. The Italian will hope to have a few additions by then, but should have Eden Hazard back in contention for a place, with the winger having played 75 minutes at Aldershot last week.
Next up for us will be former league champions Leicester City, who have yet to regain the form that saw them lift the title two seasons ago .
It will by no means be an easy trip, but given the confidence gained from their last two games and the attitude shown by our gaffer and the squad, we can expect another great effort from the Londoners when action resumes in the Premier League next month.
By Kavan Flavius, Chelsea fan.