In her latest blog for the official Chelsea website, season ticket holder Hannah Kurzawski explains why she was delighted to see the Blues prove the doubters wrong...
If I’m truly honest, I was nervous going to Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening. Following a disappointing result against Wolves in midweek, the prospect of facing the league leaders and a side yet to suffer defeat in the Premier League so far this term didn’t exactly fill me with huge optimism.
The situation at the top of the table is incredibly tight at the moment, and with games coming up thick and fast over the Christmas period, it’s important to get a good momentum going and keep up with those around you. Having recovered from the Tottenham game with victory over Fulham, the loss away to Wolves was difficult to digest.
But if there’s one thing I’ve learnt from supporting Chelsea over the years, it’s that every season the Blues never fail to surprise me, in one way or another. A moment of brilliance between Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante put us ahead just before the break, following a first half which City arguably shaded.
Kante had a brilliant game and his performance was later described as ‘typically tireless’, which I thought summed him up perfectly. It was Hazard’s eighth assist of the season – the current highest tally in the whole league.
Going into the second half, you could see the Blues were invigorated by the lead, and were certainly playing with more confidence than in the first 45 minutes. Kante’s goal had sparked something into the side and you got the impression that City were a little sucker-punched by it. You could sense this gain of momentum in the stands and the Chelsea support grew louder as a result.
When David Luiz scored Chelsea’s second, the whole of Stamford Bridge erupted. Piling out after the final whistle, the atmosphere was a lot more relaxed and jovial than it was on the way in.
In his post-match interview, Maurizio Sarri said the Blues played with ‘a very good level of application, determination and the right level of aggression.’
It was exactly the result the Blues needed and will have no doubt boosted the confidence in the Chelsea dressing room just at the right time. Our next league opponents leading up to and over the Christmas break are Brighton, Leicester, Watford, Crystal Palace and Southampton, and before the knock-out stages of the Europa League begin, as well as the latter rounds of the FA Cup and League Cup, it’s a great opportunity to hopefully build up a good run of points and decent results.
Here’s hoping the Blues can finish the year in the same way they started the season – come on Chelsea!
By Hannah Kurzawski, Guest Fan Blogger