Plenty of positives

In her latest blog for the Chelsea website, season ticket holder Hannah Kurzawski reflects on the impressive start the Blues have made to the season...

When yet another Chelsea shot was dinked over the bar by Everton keeper Jordan Pickford late on in Sunday’s game, you just knew it was going to be one of those days. One of those frustrating matches where the ball seems to be going everywhere but the back of the net, and when it finally does, it’s ruled offside. Fortunately for us, it’s not a regular occurrence, with Chelsea’s league encounter against Everton being only the second time this season the Blues have failed to appear on the scoresheet.

Perhaps it was a case of being unlucky or just not our day, but despite controlling the majority of the game and several attempts from the likes of Alonso, Hazard, Morata and Willian, Chelsea just couldn’t break the deadlock.

After the game David Luiz praised Everton’s defensive abilities, saying the Blues were allowed little space in the middle to play the ball. Whatever the reason, having been in such fine form this season so far, Sunday felt somewhat like two points dropped as opposed to a point gained as we all filed out of Stamford Bridge.

But looking at Twitter on the train home, I was reminded of just how many positives we have to focus on. The Blues are now the only team in Europe to remain unbeaten this season across all competitions. I’m sure if someone had told us in the summer that we would be nearing the international break in November, a tricky month for us in previous seasons, having not lost a game, we would have found it hard to believe.

This is only the second time in our history that we have avoided defeat in our opening 12 league fixtures. The last time this happened was the 2014-2015 season where we went on to win the title. Not only that, Maurizio Sarri set a new record on Sunday, becoming the first manager in Premier League history to remain unbeaten in his first 12 games in charge.

The Blues have scored the second highest number of goals, have the second highest number of clean sheets and have created the most passes in the league this season so far. We qualified for the knock-out stages of the Europa League on Thursday, and comfortably so, having gained maximum points in our first four fixtures.

We go into the international break third in the league, just behind City and Liverpool. The break gives the Blues a chance to regroup and catch their breath before the visit to Wembley to face Tottenham on November 24th. With Spurs having got the better of us at Stamford Bridge back in April, the Blues have a point to make.

Come on Chelsea!

By Hannah Kurzawski, Guest fan blogger