Earlier this week I stressed the need to let the football do the talking and the result on Sunday created a welcome return to the topic of football.
For the first time in aeons (in real time a week) we won’t be hearing about a footballers’ private exploits, however hard the sports journalists are finding it not to mention the JT episodes – or as one famous red top has touted as Terrygate.
Thankfully, now we will be hearing about a resolute defensive display accompanied by a deadly double by Didier Drogba. Rather than give the team all the credit though, more than a bit should come Carlo Ancelotti’s way.
He showed that he can adapt the team, something many argued Scolari couldn’t, to any situation and the fact that we now have a 12 out of 12 point total from this season’s “big four” encounters is a massive testament to that.
It wasn’t quite the attacking Tour de Force we witnessed against Birmingham and, more so, Sunderland but nonetheless the two goals scored were a sign of the kind of attacking prowess needed to grind out results and to eventually, hopefully, regain the title.
Once again we showed Arsenal how to do it. In recent years they have really struggled against our more physical approach and Sunday showed further signs of that.
There’s no denying that we were on the rack for periods of the game, but we had the class and the brute force to deal with it. Branislav Ivanovic showing why he should be first choice right back with Cole, Terry and Carvalho equally impressive in their roles.
Throughout the match we picked holes in their midfield and defence (they don’t possess an striker – although they possess an impressive goal haul considering this).
I couldn’t imagine Chelsea giving a player an opportunity such as Lampard had to run half the pitch to lay on the second.
So often before we have heard of man against boy, Sunday showed beauty against beast but all in all I think we showed that sometimes a combination of beauty and the beast is best.