That’s two games, two contrasting performances but most importantly… two wins and six points to maintain the perfect start to our league season.
A quick recap on last week’s victory against newly-promoted Leicester City saw us grind out the type of result that eluded us last season. The visitors set themselves up well and look like they will give a real account of themselves this season. Jose Mourinho will no doubt be happy with three points in a game in which last year would have resulted in dropped points. Diego Costa scored again despite not having the best of games, indicating that Mourinho was right to wait in January.
Now a look to this weekend’s match with Everton at Goodison Park, a fixture in which despite our dominance saw us come away with nothing last September. Our opponents have picked up two draws so far (those being against Arsenal and Leicester) and in both games have conceded late equalisers. However, they will be far from an easy test as under Roberto Martinez Everton have added free-flowing football to their consistent and solid performances under former boss David Moyes and were unlucky in their quest to secure Champions League football last year.
We look at some of the central factors of the fixture below:
Can the same XI be expected or will Mourinho tweak?
In the first two fixtures Jose Mourinho has opted for the same XI. A decision was made to make young Thibaut Courtios our number one who is currently protected with the back four that served us so well for the majority of last season. Ahead of them is the mountain that is Nemanja Matic, accompanied by his new partner and the ‘brain’ of the team – Cesc Fabregas. So far Mourinho seems very happy with the above seven and on form Diego Costa picks himself. Therefore it is the attacking midfield trio that could be tweaked. Much has been made of Andre Schurlle’s summer excursions causing fatigue earlier than most so if there is a place to tweak it may be that the forever running Willian comes in to close down and retrieve the ball from an Everton team that are happy to keep hold of the ball.
Eto’o and Lukaku
Earlier this summer we sold young Belgian international Romelu Lukaku to this weekend’s opponents and just a few days ago ‘middle-aged’ Samuel Eto’o joined the Merseyside club on a free. Both will have something to prove for different reasons – Eto’o because of Mourinho’s comments about his age and Lukaku to show that he can be the main man to lead an attack. Can we expect both on the pitch at some point? One thing is for sure; our back four will have their handfuls and will have to be on the top of their game.
At the time of writing Fernando Torres looks like he will be an AC Milan player in the coming days and as a result looks increasingly unlikely that he will be part of the squad travelling to Everton. Torres has won the Champions League, FA Cup and Europa League during his time at the club despite his less than impressive goal-scoring record. Nonetheless, the author would like to take this opportunity to thank Torres for his time at the club and in particular the 24th of April 2012 for THAT goal against Barcelona.
- Jose Mourinho has a fairly good record against Everton. Winning five times, drawing twice whilst losing only once. That being for the first time last season
- Chelsea have one just once in their last five trips to Goodison Park
- Didier Drogba has scored a total of eight times against Everton
- Since Mourinho’s first spell, this fixture has seen SEVEN red cards
This weekend looks to be a real test for Chelsea but hopefully Mourinho and the players can provide another top performance but more importantly, three points!
UP THE CHELS!