Brazil are good to watch, Real Madrid are very efficient, Barcelona’s tiki taka is superb, but for pure entertainment, Chelsea are untouchable! Yes we concede and yes we will undoubtedly be beaten again this season but Roman Abramovich has finally got a team of flamboyant entertainers.
Fourteen goals have been scored in the last two matches at Stamford Bridge, we must surely have the best ‘goal per £’ ratio in English, if not European, football. Halloween night in West London is a scary place to be and Manchester United’s rookie defenders produced a real horror show, to the delight of the partisan locals. Fair play to United, they came to play football and fielded a strong line up including Anderson, Fletcher, Giggs, Wellbeck, Hernandez, Nani and Rafael.
Di Matteo made six changes from Sunday’s travesty with Moses, Piazon, Romeu, Bertrand, Azpilicueta and Sturridge replacing Cole, Ivanovic, Ramires, Oscar, Hazard and Torres. The match was played at a hectic pace with both teams looking to get on the front foot. It was the away side who broke the deadlock when Romeu’s error led to, veteran, Giggs easily beating Cech from 12 yards. Chelsea pushed forward looking for the equaliser with Moses, in particular, looking more dangerous with every foray forward. Chelsea grabbed the, inevitable, equaliser from the penalty spot after Moses was chopped down. The game continued to ebb and flow and it was United who led at half time after Hernandez scored.
Chelsea came out in the second half with all guns blazing. Cahill scored, yet again and the home side pushed for the winner. However, United were dangerous on the break and Nani chipped Cech to score after intricate set up play between Anderson and Hernandez. Chelsea had the stronger bench and the introduction of Ramires, Hazard and Oscar had a major impact on the game. Chelsea continued to push forward and were rewarded in injury time when Ramires was clearly fouled in the area. Up stepped Hazard to coolly side foot home.
Chelsea were simply sensational in extra time. Attack after attack led to chance after chance as the home crowd sensed blood. Sturridge , on a better day, could have scored a couple and had three assists. Mata, Hazard and Oscar were in their element. United had to buckle and they did. Sturridge slotted home and Ramires scored after sensational set up play from Hazard. By this time United were in total disarray and Lindegaard’s goal was peppered with shot after shot. United did break away and score from the spot to make it 5-4. Too little too late as the dishevelled red shirts were run ragged.
Simply sensational stuff. What a night!