Chelsea came through what appeared to be a tricky affair against newly promoted Burnley, with some ease despite going 1-0 down. Jose Mourinho’s men cruised to a 3-1 lead before half-time and should have had more in the second half.
A starting line up that looked strong in every position, Chelsea must be taken seriously this campaign as their squad is frightening. Thibaut Courtois got the nod ahead of Petr Cech and duly made his Chelsea Premier League debut. Fabregas was utilised in the middle of the midfield with freedom to roam; whilst Andre Schurrle was finally selected after his fine World Cup form. Meanwhile Diego Costa led the line for the Blues.
In spite of going 1-0 down, Chelsea looked so at ease and comfortably came back with a flurry of goals. Diego Costa got his Premier League campaign off the mark with a goal, whilst Cesc Fabregas produced one of the best assists ever seen as he guided a delicious pass to Schurrle who pounced to make it 2-1. Another goal, another Fabregas assist, this time from a corner which Branislav Ivanovic needed no second invitation to capitalise on.
However, the depth of Chelsea’s squad is what will make them title chasers, when you can have players like Cech, Luis, Torres, Drogba, Mikel and Willian on your bench; you know you won’t go too far wrong.
A poll on BBC Sport was taken regarding who the football pundits thought would be taking the Premier League title home this season, and the general consensus was a resounding – “Chelsea”.
A side that looked to play slick, attractive and fluid football; are we finally seeing Mourinho’s style in full flow? With that win, Chelsea claim top spot after just the solitary game, but many will be wondering if they can maintain that position until the end of May.
By Oliver Baines | August 19th, 2014