Defensively you can’t really fault a clean sheet. There were a few precarious moments, namely Essien clearing off the line, but this is to be expected. How can you find problems with a defence that hasn’t conceded a home league goal since March of this year?
The return of Bosingwa is great to see. But in my opinion it would be a shame to see Ivanovic or Alex miss out because of his return.
With Bosingwa in the team we are a different prospect, stronger in attack but slightly weaker in defence – which defeats the object of a right back in my opinion.
Jose is of course an excellent player and I am in no way criticising his inclusion, but realistically he is weaker at the back than Ivanovic – whereas Branislav isn’t as good in an attacking sense.
Ancelotti’s Italian heritage would hint to me that he will play it safe and stick with Ivanovic at the right and Alex, when he returns from injury, standing steady in the centre.
The press are lauding our defence at the moment, but the team as a whole should be congratulated on how it has handled itself in the face of the injuries we have had.
Without Drogba we lacked an extra dimension against Aston Villa, but that was always a tricky match and even with Drogba I have a feeling we would’ve had a tough time against such a resolute and old-fashioned English style team.
Plus we lost there last season, so at least we are another point up from the equivalent matches last year.
Drogba was not his usual buoyant self against Wolves and was quite clumsy in front of goal, but the man can be forgiven a bad game or two after all he has done for Chelsea over the years.
It is also worthwhile remembering that we have been missing Frank Lampard, in what is his longest stint out of the game in his time at Chelsea. Again, like Drogba, he brings an added dimension to the team.
Once he is back in the side I’m sure it will be even more noticeable what an influence he is in the middle of the pitch, and also how many chances he creates – plus it will be nice to see him regain his corner-taking duties from Drogba!
These next two games are massive. Blackburn and Liverpool away are extremely difficult.
Blackburn are tough because of their physicality. They are a similar style team to Villa and Man City but lacking in the cutting edge the aforementioned sides possess.
Liverpool meanwhile are a wounded animal at the moment and are in search of a pick-me-up in their campaign. What better way to do it than to beat their old foe at Anfield. This is definitely something we will need to be wary of in just under two weeks’ time.
Whilst the Scousers are in need of a pick-me-up I’m sure Chelsea would equally like to be an extra nail in the coffin of what has been a far from inspiring start to the season.
Once again as a testament to what a great league we get to follow week-in week-out, every game has some sort of magnitude related to it and every game means something. There are almost 38 cup finals in one season.
Apart from Saturday. That was very much like a Community Shield match.
Keep The Blue Flag Flying High