Chelsea kicked off their season in sensational fashion, beating Huddersfield 3-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium, and next up they have a heavyweight match against Arsenal on the horizon.
This week we speak to Luke Sheavyn – the youngest Sheavyn – about Maurizio Sarri’s first win and the prospect of playing a Wenger-less Arsenal.
On the Huddersfield win:
“The opening day of the season is always one of the highlights of the sporting calendar and Saturday was a great way to kick off things for Chelsea.
“I didn’t quite know how to feel about the game vs Huddersfield. On one hand, I was confident due to the fact that we were brilliant away to Huddersfield last season and I was also excited to see how our new signings would do.
“On the other hand, our pre-season was rushed and Sarri had a matter of weeks to stamp his authority on an unsettled squad.
“Luckily however for Chelsea fans, the performance and result were as good and positive as we could have hoped for.
“Barring a nervy first few minutes, we were brilliant and it was lovely to see a Chelsea team be so settled and confident on the ball.
“We attacked with pace and purpose and our midfield dominated the game from the get go.
“I think in Jorginho we have a genuine world class talent who is a gem of a find. He is the perfect holding midfield quarter back and he was great to watch.”
On the upcoming Arsenal game:
“I am a big fan of a 5:30pm kick off time, especially in the summer and there is no better home game than Arsenal.
“We have a great record against them at home and I’m hoping this continues.
“I watched their game against Man City and it is clear to see that it will take time for Emery to get Arsenal playing the way he wants.
“I still think that they are a short of a couple of top-draw defenders and I’m uncertain what Sokratis will do to improve them.
“They do have firepower going forward and it will be a good matchup between Rudiger and Aubameyang.
“It is also always great to see Petr Cech, and he will always get a superb reception from us.
“I remember John Terry saying that if Big Pete was happy then Chelsea won and he was such a good player for us. It will be interesting to see if he keeps his place in the Arsenal team though.
“One thing that always let Cech down was his footwork and this was evident against City, so surely it can’t be long before Leno replaces him.
“Let’s hope for 6/6 points for Chelsea this Saturday.”
On the season ahead:
“Positives looking forward to the season:
- This system looks perfect for Hazard and Willian to flourish
- Jorginho and Kante look like a superb pairing
- Ross Barkley is showing glimpses of the ability we know he has
- A keeper in Kepa who looks ready to hit the ground running with bags of ability
“Concerns for the season:
- A lack of a 30-goal-a-season centre forward
- Worries about our centre half pairings
- A lack of pace in the full back area
- Lack of game time for returning World Cup youngsters including Loftus-Cheek and Christensen”