It was another stroll for the champions as Chelsea maintained their 100% start to the season by thrashing Blackpool.
Ian Holloway was determined to see his side try and match The Blues and play their passing game, however that plan went out the window after just a minute when Salomon Kalou turned home Didier Drogba’s corner.
It set the tone for the opening half as Chelsea created chance after chance, as well as Malouda slotting home Drogba’s cross in the 12th minute before the big Ivorian got on the score sheet himself on the half hour.
When Malouda made it 4 before the break it looked a real possibility that the score could end up in double figures, but to the Tangerines credit they fought back in the second period to maintain some pride.
This was the latest emphatic statement from Carlo Ancelotti’s side, who were missing both John Terry and Frank Lampard, whilst midweek hero Nicolas Anelka was an unused substitute.
The depth and strength of the champion’s squad was there for all to see as they carved Blackpool open at will.
Ashley Cole caused havoc down the left flank as the visitors constantly allowed him space, whilst Essien also had chances to add to the Blues current goal glut,
It went past 100 goals for the calendar year, and its only September.
Blackpool did create opportunities of their own, Alex Baptiste forced a brilliant full stretch save out of Petr Cech in the first half, whilst Gary Taylor-Fletcher and DJ Campbell went close after the break.
The argument that Chelsea are yet to be tested this season doesn’t stack up based on this performance, as Chelsea would’ve brushed aside most teams on this form.
The visitors will be delighted to have escaped with just 4 in the goals against column, Florent Malouda had two great chances late on to complete his first Chelsea hat-trick, and Drogba lashed over a late chance.
All this and there was still time for two penalty appeals and a great chance for Ashley Cole to open his account for the season, but delayed and saw his shot blocked.
Ian Holloway said after the game that The Blues were ‘light-years ahead’, and given that Chelsea now have a four point lead at the top, the gap is starting to materialise on paper.
Carlo Ancelotti said at the beginning of the season that ideally he’d like to go into the game at Eastlands on maximum points, I doubt even the clever Italian would’ve predicted Chelsea would get their in such a dominating fashion. Five games played, 21 goals scored and just 1 conceded makes very impressive reading whichever way you look at it, and whilst Chelsea will be tested by the Arab billionaires next week, The champions have all the momentum to make it 6 out of 6 in Manchester.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cole, Ferreira, Alex (Bruma 71), Essien, Ramires (Zhirkov 74), Mikel (Benayoun 77), Malouda, Drogba, Kalou.
Blackpool: Gilks, Crainey, Eardley(Taylor-Fletchet 46), Evatt, Baptiste, Keinan, Vaughan, Grandin (Harewood 61), Adam, Varney (Ormerod 61), Campbell
Booked: Eardley, Vaughan.
Man of the Match: Florent Malouda