Juan Mata celebrating goal against Arsenal (Photo Credit: bleacherreport.com)
Jose Mourinho and Chelsea FC have begun the 2013-2014 campaign in fine form. Another week has gone by and the Blues have seen victory twice more. Chelsea has now won six in a row and are performing well in all competitions.
Fernando Torres overcame some early misses against Manchester City to finish with the match winner right at the end of time. A 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge ensures the Blues remain second in the tables, trailing only Arsenal.
Chelsea saw off their North London rivals 2-0 in Capital One Cup action on Tuesday. Mourinho, outraged that the Blues were forced into action only 48 hours after their weekend fixture, originally threatened to field Chelsea’s Under-21 squad. The manager changed his mind and fielded senior players, but the squad was drastically different from the one that defeated Manchester City.
The biggest talking point in the Arsenal clash was the inclusion of the recently ignored Juan Mata. The diminutive Spaniard has been the heart and sole of Chelsea for the past two seasons, but he has continually been left on the bench by Mourinho. Mata certainly took advantage of his rare start and scored a fantastic right footed strike into the corner of the goal. His fantastic play will surely have the manager thinking about giving him more playing time.
The rest of the Chelsea squad was comprised of veteran squad players and youngsters hoping to make a name for themselves. Veteran keeper Mark Schwarzer filled in admirably for the rested Petr Cech and kept a clean sheet against an Arsenal team with dangerous attacking players.
Mesuit Ozil, Arsenal’s big summer signing, featured halfway through the second half, but could not orchestrate a comeback. This was certainly a confidence boost for Chelsea, as Arsenal fielded a strong team itself. Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, and Nicklas Bendtner were all among the starting eleven.
One can only think that the two Premier League clashes between these two London rivals will have serious title implications down the road. The two rivals are both sitting at the top of the league right now and both have impressive wins early in the season.
Chelsea were expected to compete for the title due to the return of Mourinho, but no one expected them to get off to such a great start. There were certainly concerns that the dynamic personalities among the locker room and coaching staff could cause problems. It seems like the team has gelled very well thus far and are aware of how important the next few months of the season are.
Players such as Frank Lampard, John Terry and Ashley Cole are all aware that their careers are coming to an end and certainly want to finish this season with major silverware. So far so good, but those leaders will be sure to keep the team focused as the winter months approach. The past few seasons have seen Chelsea slump during this time, but this team is different.
This team is comprised of the perfect amount of youth and experience and should be expected to continue their fine form.