Toni Rudiger and Ross Barkley, our two goalscorers yesterday, were left with mixed emotions but ultimately agreed the point we earned against Manchester United was a good one.
We led for much of the game thanks to Rudiger’s bullet header midway through the first half, but two Antony Martial goals after the break looked like they would consign us to a maiden loss of the campaign.
Thankfully Barkley popped up in the sixth minute of stoppage time to earn us a share of the spoils at the end of a dramatic afternoon at Stamford Bridge.
‘Our target was three points so it’s disappointing, but to stick in and get the draw at the end shows our attitude is good,’ the midfielder said.
‘We’ve got a brilliant bunch of lads, we’re fighters with quality. Sometimes things can be a bit low in terms of intensity because of international breaks and things like that, but we went until the end and got a draw. It’s brilliant for our confidence to remain unbeaten.’
Rudiger first analysed his own telling contribution in the opposition box, and he then assessed the 90 minutes as a whole, explaining why our standards dropped when the visitors netted twice.
‘David Luiz did a good job, blocked him [Paul Pogba] first, so Lindelof stayed with David and I was free,’ the German noted. ‘In pre-season against Arsenal I scored the same like that.
‘We can be happy with this point because we nearly lost and we are still undefeated. In the second half we dropped more, we let them have more possession and we did some silly mistakes so they got some counter-attacks. They are a strong team, physically very strong.
‘We need to learn to kill matches, but scoring late so often shows our mentality. We don’t give up, and also at the moment we have luck.’
After David Luiz hit the inside of the post and then Rudiger was incredibly denied by David De Gea, it looked like fortune had evaded us until substitute Barkley popped up to ram the ball home from just a few yards out. It was his first Stamford Bridge goal, and followed hot on the heels of his first Chelsea goal at St Mary’s in our previous outing.
‘It’s always good when you come off the bench to make an impact and luckily enough I did. My confidence is growing. I was unfortunate not to get a couple of goals earlier in the season, but I was confident that the goals would come.
‘I am building momentum game by game. I am focused on improving and working hard in training, and the performances are coming on gameday. I am happy with scoring again.’