Chelsea – Are they for real?

They stunned Europe last season by winning the Champions League in a series of hard-fought defensive displays. This season however, they’ve taken the English Premier League by storm, having added some real attacking flair within their ranks. Juan Mata & Eden Hazard have combined exceptionally well, whereas Oscar has shown some real flashes of brilliance. Amy Lawrence from the Guardian takes note of the new-look Chelsea and says:

This was nothing like the stereotype that has underpinned the club’s success during much of the Roman Abramovich era. This was not a robust Chelsea, an efficient Chelsea, an uber-powerful Chelsea, a grinder-out of results Chelsea. This was stylish, captivating and beautiful to watch. It may not be a popular idea outside of SW6, but it is time to take some old preconceptions and toss them into the bin. The team who performed with such verve here are deserving of a wider ovation.

A year after Villas-Boas’s attempt to make sense of the Stamford Bridge project, Chelsea’s team of the future is here. Evidently, the part of his remit that was so difficult to handle was the concept that Chelsea had to begin to move on from the era defined by Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba. It resonated to see such a positive performance with no Terry or Drogba, and Lampard figuring only with the lightest of cameos.

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