Iberian influence helps restore home pride
news Mon 28 Aug 2017
With the sun shining down on the Stamford Bridge pitch on Sunday and the match played in sweltering temperatures, it was perhaps appropriate there was such a Spanish flavour to the win over Everton.
Half our outfielders who started the game were players from Spain and all made a strong contribution to the 2-0 win, including the scoring of both goals which were from the boot of Cesc Fabregas, who combined with Alvaro Morata before an accomplished finish which resembled a typical Fabregas pass only this time into the net, and then from the head of Morata himself who hit the target for the second home game running.
“Morata scored a really good goal and I am pleased for him, because when you arrive at a new club and you are a striker, to score is important for your confidence - and he is improving.”
– Antonio Conte
In addition to Conte speaking after the game, Fabregas did too and he echoed his manager’s belief that the team could have done with adding a third goal in the second half to make the win truly comfortable.
‘We had the chances and that is the positive about it; the negative is we did not take them but still it was overall a good performance,’ said the midfielder. ‘We were solid and at the end we should have done better in some set-pieces or some crosses but the team is working very well and deserved to win.
‘We had a bad start against Burnley and we had to react which we did against Spurs in a very difficult game. The team showed character there and today once again it was very important to get two straight wins for the confidence of the team.’
There are statistics on Fabregas’s continuing influence and Morata’s aerial prowess in this video below.
On the subject of confidence, Marcos Alonso looks a player full of belief at the moment and continuing on from his match-winning performance against Spurs, we saw his quality defensively against Everton. No one made more tackles or won more aerial contests.
And as well making his contribution to the first clean sheet of the season, it was Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross from which Morata headed the second – so a Spanish assist for both goals. Reasons to celebrate all round for Cesar, whose 28th birthday it is today (Monday).
To mark his special day, we have a competition to win a signed Azpilicueta shirt.
Spaniard no.5 was the masked Pedro who was fit enough to start his first league game of the season.
As reported in our Data Day article, he took the attack to the Toffees. Including his early overhead kick, his four attempts at goal were the most by any player on the day. Viva Chelsea!