A View from the Bridge: What Chelsea fans are saying this week
And so the Maurizio Sarri revolution continues.
A 4-1 victory over Cardiff City on Saturday means Chelsea have won their first five games of the season.
This made Sarri just the fourth manager to win his opening five league games, after Carlo Ancelotti, Pep Guardiola and Craig Shakespeare.
With a Europa League tie at PAOK and a London derby with West Ham on the horizon, I spoke to Andrew Sheavyn to gauge the fans perspective on proceedings.
On the Cardiff game:
“I think overall the performance was very positive, although there will clearly be bigger tests this season. Cardiff came with a game plan that will always cause the opposition some issues because it’s so direct.
“In the first 20 minutes or so we struggled slightly to deal with the clipped ball into the channels and set pieces in particular and they fairly went ahead. The defending for the goal was poor. You’ve got to track and stay goal-side of your man from the 1st to the 2nd phase of a set piece.
“Sarri has raised his concerns around our defending and at times you can see why! Once they took the lead, we really grew into the game and started to dictate.
“Some of the one touch football we were playing was a delight to watch and we could have had two or three before we finally got the breakthrough.
“Stating the obvious here, but Hazard was just a delight to watch. He’s got so much freedom and the intricate football we’re playing is perfect for him.
“One of the key things for me is how much he looks like he’s enjoying himself and how passionate he’s becoming with his celebrations – he looks like a man who is hungrier than ever before and I feel privileged to be able to watch him this season!”
On the Europa League:
“Not exactly the group of death! It will be interesting to see how Sarri approaches the competition though. We should be able to navigate this group with ease and I’d therefore like to see some of the fringe players get a game.
“It will be a great experience for them playing in a completely different environment and will give them much needed game time. I personally feel that Sarri would like to get the group wrapped up early and although he may field be a weaker side than what we saw on Saturday, I don’t think there will be the amount of changes that most people are expecting.”
On the upcoming West Ham game:
“Well this should be interesting. Even without their win over Everton, I would have been slightly concerned about this fixture. We’ve traditionally been quite a good team to play if you want to break a winless run!
“They always up their game when they play us so it’s going to be tricky, although on that big pitch at the Olympic Stadium it will be interesting to see how they deal with our midfield. (Mark) Noble can’t run, Rice isn’t a midfield player and they’ll be up against arguably the most complete midfield three in the league if Kovacic is fit.”