Chelsea’s emphatic 5-1 over Newcastle raised hope at Stamford Bridge after the reigning champions have finally got back into their groove.
A poor start to the season saw Jose Mourinho sacked and their chances of retaining their title or even making the top 4 vanish, but new man Guus Hiddink has the West London club looking competitive again.
They were rampant against Steve McClaren’s side with Diego Costa again on the scoresheet, whilst summer signing Pedro struck a brace adding to goals from star man Willian and youngster Bertrand Traore.
Despite the impressive fashion of the win, Football Fanzone’s Jason Cundy won’t get carried away and feels that McClaren’s approach to the game was totally wrong, aiding Chelsea’s massive win:
It was good to see Chelsea winning so impressively but it has to be said that Steve McClaren got everything wrong in his visit to Stamford Bridge.
It’s been shown on numerous occasions this season how visiting teams should set up against us, going 4-5-1, denying space between the midfield and back four, and he completely ignored that. Mitrovic looked completely alone up top and he didn’t utilise Andros Townsend’s pace or trickery. Newcastle were abject and I’d even go as far as saying they were the worst side I’ve seen at The Bridge this term.
So whilst Chelsea were brilliant and Newcastle were awful, the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle.
I won’t be getting carried away, I don’t think Chelsea will get top 6 instead a 7th or 8th place finish seems more likely. We have not been top half all season, so should be focusing on that, then working our way up from there.
Was great to see Bertrand Traore get his first Premier League goal. There is plenty of excitement surrounding the young attacker, who was a full international at just 15. Chelsea fought tooth and nail to get him due to work permit issues and he has since shown his ability on loan at Vitesse as well as in the youth ranks here.
It was great to see him add to his goal against the MK Dons in the FA Cup with a league goal, and hopefully this will lead to more chances in the first team.
Interestingly he was selected to come on ahead of Loic Remy who has been linked with a move away from the club, so read into that, what you will.