JT’s FIRST-HALF PERFORMANCE

For 45 glorious minutes, we all had a chance to forget about the transfer rumours and just enjoy what our captain does best:

Play.

Commanding, strong and enthusiastic as ever, Terry cast aside any of the ridiculous criticisms he may have received over this summer and played as he always does.

You didn’t really think he was leaving did you?

DECO

Again, it was only for 45 minutes but it was almost enough to make us forget all about last season.

Playing in a deep-lying free role, the grumpy Portuguese dinked, jinked, and sprayed the ball around like nobody’s business.

Acting as a playmaker is what Deco does best, and despite being marginalised under Guus Hiddink at the tail-end of last season, he could just have found a way back into the first-team reckoning with an eye-catching first-half display.

Unless he leaves for Inter that is, but at least we’ll always have Seattle eh?

THE CROWD

Over 65,000 fans packed the Qwest Field and the subsequent atmosphere generated was a pleasant surprise. There are still plenty of naysayers who point out that ‘soccer’ is still a minority sport in America, but who cares when the minority is as passionate as this?

There are also those who criticise the club for jetting off on money-spinning tours and still hanker for the days of a pre-season friendly with Kingstonian, but the sea of Green which greeted the club in Seattle was proof of Chelsea’s growing status in world football.

I hate to say it, but maybe Peter Kenyon was right after all.

Maybe.

FREDDIE LJUNGBERG DIDN’T SCORE

Ok, so it’s only a friendly, and even if everybody’s favourite Swedish pants model did manage to find the net it wouldn’t mean anything in the long run, nobody really wants to be reminded of 2002 do they?

Thankfully he was kept at bay, with particular thanks going to Petr Cech for a first-half save from a Ljungberg free-kick.

Now back into the repressed memories he goes, along with Ray Parlour.

WE STILL HAVE ONE HECK OF A SQUAD

Although we have been quiet in the transfer market this summer – resisting the urge to buy for the sake of buying, unlike some who continue to pursue every half-rate striker under the sun, tap up top quality centre-backs, and seemingly will stop at nothing until they have been embarrassingly rejected by top clubs, leaving them to do business with just Blackburn Rovers, MSI (?) and of course, Arsenal (…I’m talking about Manchester City…Can you tell?) – our strength in numbers is still impressive enough.

We seem to have what we need, with the ability to bring international captains off the bench while leaving players of the calibre of Michael Essien and Didier Drogba on the sidelines and Yuri Zhirkov at home filling in VISA forms.

With Joe Cole’s return from injury we will get even stronger, and it seems as if we have the squad to do the business. Of course, this is based on our first friendly and I’m possibly writing this under the influence of first-game euphoria, but hey, we know one thing for certain:

We’re back and raring to go!

PS. I wish I had extended this list to seven things, just so I could include the appearance of Drew Carey in the crowd, and of course, Andriy Shevchenko’s blonde ‘beachbabe’ look.

It could be the last time this season we see either of them at a Chelsea game after all.