A View from the Bridge: What Chelsea fans are saying this week
Maurizio Sarri must be wondering what all the Premier League fuss is about.
His side have a 100% win record going into the international break after beating Bournemouth 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.
So, to see what Chelsea fans are thinking at the moment, we spoke to Luke Sheavyn about the Bournemouth game, the international break and their Europa League draw.
On Chelsea’s hot start:
“Four wins from four is a brilliant start to the Sarri reign and I think there is belief amongst a lot of Chelsea fans that this season might be better than we had all expected.
“I still think that we are quite some way off from Manchester City but I do believe that this could be a season that takes fans and pundits by surprise (most of them have given the title to Liverpool already).”
On the win against Bournemouth:
“Saturday’s game against Bournemouth was a solid performance finished off by two great finishes to give us the win.
“It did seem like for over an hour that it was going to be ‘one of those days’ in which we would not get our way, yet we remained positive and I think it was a great win.
“I don’t think that the late victories against Arsenal, Newcastle and Bournemouth are a fluke. Instead, I think they are signs of a squad who are committed to playing in a positive way and not panicking when things do not go their way.
“I also think that Eden Hazard has been key in all three of these late wins. You will find it very hard to keep him quiet for 90 minutes and when defences tire late on, his pace and skill ultimately proves too much.”
On Bournemouth’s success this season:
“I do however like Bournemouth and the way that they play. I was starting to wonder last season whether there would soon be a point where fans and the owners became unsettled at another bottom half finish but I think they will be fine this year.
“In Callum Wilson, they also have a centre forward who will hurt teams. He was sensational at the Bridge last year and I think he is very unlucky to not be in the England squad behind a certain Arsenal striker.”
On the feeling at the club going into the international break:
“On a whole I am feeling confident going into the international break and I have liked what I have seen so far from Sarri and his squad.
“I mentioned it a few weeks ago, but in Jorginho we have a world class player and I can’t wait to see this midfield flourish.”
On Chelsea’s Europa League group stage draw:
“The midweek Europa League draw was not met with the usual excitement of a European draw but it was enough to get Chelsea fans googling MOL Vidi.
“I think the Europa League will play a key role in our season. Not because I think it is our most important decision but instead it gives fringe players and youngsters a chance to play.
“If you look at the pedigree of the names who are not playing at the moment, these midweek games will give them vital game time and fitness.
“The Europa League now holds a Champions League spot for the winners so I believe that it is a competition we should not disregard.”