A View from the Bridge: What Chelsea fans are saying this week
Could this season have started any better for Chelsea?
A 2-1 victory at Newcastle United has meant Maurizio Sarri keeps his 100% record in tact and that Chelsea are tied at the top of the Premier League.
This week I spoke to Andrew Sheavyn about the Newcastle game, the feeling around the club and the upcoming visit from in-form Bournemouth.
On the Newcastle result:
“Initially I’d like to say that I was heading into the game with a few nerves. Newcastle tend to play like a relegation threatened team for 37 games of the season, with the 38th game being against us at St James’ where they look like a side able to compete for a Champions League place!
“From the outset though we looked positive and completely controlled the game. Newcastle obviously had a game plan which allowed us to dominate.
“But on that note, I don’t think as Chelsea fans we can argue against that game plan. We’ve played that way in the past and it’s brought us success in some very high profile games.
“The result is a big deal. Three from three – which includes two potentially tricky games – is a good start.
“Alonso – although not on the scoresheet Sunday – again showed how effective he is in the oppositions final third. He was involved in both goals and always seems to be the man who steps up when most unexpected!”
“Hazard was so classy from start to finish and was a delight to watch. We are so lucky to be able to watch him every week and he must be such a joy to play with.
“You could see that as soon as Jorginho got the ball, he was trying to find Hazard to get him on the ball as soon as possible, get him in those pockets between the oppositions midfield and defence and let him create.
“Sarri appears to want to give him the freedom that he got under Conte’s first season and, although we are going to be more vulnerable defending, we are always going to be dangerous.”
On the feeling around the Club:
“We’re going under the radar slightly, typically the press are only talking about Liverpool as contenders to Manchester City, but we do have title winners in our squad who have the ability and proven mentality to challenge.
“It’s a big ask to get close to City, but I’m relatively happy with how things progressing.”
On the Bournemouth game:
“Bournemouth have had a good start and are a threat away from home because they will always try and get goals (they’ve hurt us in the past!).
“They’re an interesting side because they’ll rarely do a complete squad overhaul like what West Ham have done this year. They’ll only add one or two players that they really like and then continue as they left off from last year, playing the same way. That makes them dangerous early in the season!
“I’d like to see Christiansen given a game on Saturday. I love Luiz and he offers a lot in the Sarri team but a bit of rotation to keep the squad happy and healthy may benefit us long term.”