Fireworks at the Bridge!
Guest fan blog Tue 7 Nov 2017
If there is one thing you can guarantee from a Chelsea vs Manchester United fixture, it's fireworks. Our aptly-timed Bonfire Night game against the Red Devils this weekend undoubtedly delivered just that.
We needed an immediate response following our 3-0 loss against AS Roma in the Champions League midweek - and it would be no easy task considering our opposition. Everyone inside Stamford Bridge knew the significance of this game – the players, both managers, and the fans – and the atmosphere was electric from the very start.
Chelsea started extremely well and I thought we were very unfortunate to have Phil Jones’ sixth-minute own goal disallowed. Those of us sat in the north end of the West Lower certainly felt we should have been ahead. It was a lucky escape for the United defence who struggled to handle the likes of Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata for the majority of the game. The return of N’Golo Kanté from injury was a much-welcomed sight, and he provided his usual indispensable solid performance in midfield. His presence freed Cesc Fabregas to position himself further forward and set-up and control our attacking play.
A precise and powerful header from Alvaro Morata in the 55th minute deservedly put us in the lead. It was the Spaniard’s seventh Premier League goal this season, and the fifth time he has been assisted by his compatriot, Cesar Azpilicueta.
Our defence looked solid, boosted by yet another calm and composed display from Andreas Christensen. The Dane’s significant contribution alongside Azpilicueta and Gary Cahill meant United had only two shots on target for the entire match and prevented Romelu Lukaku from having a single touch inside the Chelsea box. Thibaut Courtois, while largely untested, made some vital saves, including a scrambled shot from Marouane Fellaini in stoppage time to ensure that we finished with all three points.
It was a brilliant team performance from the Blues and Antonio Conte said in his post-match press conference that we played with passion, commitment and enthusiasm. The same could be said of himself as his celebrated with Chelsea fans on all four sides of Stamford Bridge after the final whistle, with ‘One Step Beyond’ booming in the background.
It was most definitely a fifth of November to remember for the Blues. We go into the international break with regained confidence and just one point off second place in the League. Manchester City look strong this season, but as yesterday’s performance proved, we will certainly put up a fight to keep the Premier League title at Stamford Bridge.
By Hannah Kurzawski