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Enjoyed the day! I, along with others that predicted it in the pre-match, nailed the 3-0 win :D

The team started out average in the first 10 minutes but then slowly built confidence and absolutely controlled midfield in the second half as well as controlled the match. Mikel was MoTM! Not sure he can maintain such a performance throughout the year, but so far in his appearances after Jose departure, he has really looked solid.

The players looked like they were enjoying the second half more and more as the match wore on. You could see chemistry building and the shackles of non-attacking football going away. Is Willian not the heart and soul of the forward attack!? So happy he got in there to put us ahead 2-0. That was a huge goal. Thought Pedro showed a lot of hustle, even though he missed on a couple of key passes. Fabregas even showed some signs of the old Cesc we knew from early last year.

The biggest thing that jumped off my TV screen was the hustle and aggressiveness by EVERYONE, especially in the second half, by coming up and intercepting midfield passes or dispossessing players right after they gained possession. They were all flying around. 

Can't forget Courtois and the backline. Courtois had a key save just 60 seconds before Willian put us up 2-0. Zouma showed some quickness getting back on a couple of occasions to snuff out opportunities for Palace. Glad to see Azpilicueta okay after the early kick in the head.

I want to spend more time to comment on Diego. Best all around game he has had in many, many months. He played defense. He dispossessed the opposition, he disrupted the Palace attack, he was selfless with a beautiful assist, he found the net AND he did not throw a tantrum. He may be the most improved player so far (and Mikel) post Jose. He has shown some emotions here and there BUT nothing like under Jose. He was the main player I wanted to see how he would respond after the manager change. I was curious if all of the ridiculous diving, pounding the ground, trouncing opposing players, picking fights, etc was his true disposition or was he taking on the persona as directed by Jose? So far, we have seen the "skilled" and "team player" Diego after the change. I hope this is not just a short term switch and is the real Diego. He can be such a difference maker with play like today and the prior 2 or 3 games. Really missed "this" Diego vs United. Time will tell, but this Diego is winning me back. The theatrics from the past 12 months were way over the top and embarrassing. This Diego looks like a leader.

Hope Hazard can get fit as well. A healthy Eden could bolster this attack just that much more. I like the rotation we have in attacking midfield of Hazard, Pedro, Oscar and that man Willian is beginning to show signs of something special.

And those loud fans at Selhurst Park today, great job by you all!

Come on you Chelsea!! :blue scalf::blue scalf:

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5 minutes ago, DYC. said:

I'll always remember Ballack for this.

Old Chelsea would surround refs all the time.

Tbf, I'll never forgive Michael for not knocking him out...

Surrounding is annoying but everyone does it. Waving imaginary cards on the other hand.....not pretty.

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My post after the Watford game below, Guus will trust the 3 players he worked in his first stint, with the trust and love Iva, Mikel, Terry would standup/react positively and would rally the new boys. This would create competition for Matic, Mikel, Ramires and the team would be the better for it, Falcoa to be released in January for Bramford to get into the squad would be great:  

 

Chelsea 2-2 Watford

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Was at the game has all Home games this season and observe thus:

 

Guus H lineup: He is getting to know the team that is in a mess mentally at the busiest time of the season and would get some decisions wrong like any other manager but with some luck we won't get punished before he knows his best 10 outfield. At the moment he has only worked with Terry, Iva and Mikel from his last stint, he would rely on them to rally the troops get ready to see these trio unless they one of them really mess up the opportunity.

 

Although I would have preferred Oscar subbed rather than Pedro, seeing Cesc subbed was deserved and refreshingly we probably would have conceded more with Fabregas on the pitch in the 2nd half.

 

The 2 goals we conceded were avoidable but I can't fault Matic for purpose and commitment today, lets move on.

 

The Penalty: we lack an effective taker since Lampard and Drogba, Hazard and Oscar wait for the keeper to move and ones the keeper doesn't commit they become jolted: Hazard and Oscar are poor penalty takers.

 

This was a much better performance and the Sub affected the game positively for us, Hazard for Pedro and Mikel for Cesc offered more, won a penalty, balanced the play and put us in the front footing.

 

Another observation is that Watford came respecting us hence the 1st 15 minutes of good possession we had in the 1st half, we had lost that respect from Away teams before now.

 

Costa finally got back to scoring but got booked unnecessarily and would miss the Man U match, I wonder how Watford would have coped if Remy had come in to pair Costa when we were chasing the game.

 

Ivanovic: we are riding our luck with him, he lacks pace defending and got caught out a couple of times; Attacking he offers little crossing and made the wrong decision in the box twice when Willian laid it on.

3 would have been better but we wouldn't have achieved 1 point in this match last month. 

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Yesss! Finally! As I said before the game, we cannot afford to "settle for a draw" against anyone anymore. We have to win. I hope that this is just the beggining. 

Mind you, though, I think that we were pretty sloppy before the first goal. Sometimes, our players look old and disconnected. I don't know why we lack speed so much, considering the fact that Oscar, Pedro, Hazard, Costa and Willian are all capable of making good runs. 

Anyway, I am very happy for John Obi Mikel. I always liked the guy and I consider him very important for us. He was here when we lost that final, he was here when we won the last 3 leagues, I think, he was here when we won that other final. He and JT are the only ones connecting us to those performances. The guy deserves more respect than he's given. 

We must win the next three games, the one in the cup and the others in the league. It's time to get a good run and bounce back to the decent side of the table. Come on, Chelsea! 

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14 minutes ago, Laylabelle said:

Which is bad though when we've won a game a month not as...woops!hopefully start of something and not wishful thinking 

 

 

I know that's bad. 

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Since Mourinho got the sack, we have scored 8 goals in 4 league matches, which is 1 goal less than the total amount we netted in 10 league games before that.

(could have been 9-9 if Oscar hadn't missed his penalty!)

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1 hour ago, Jason said:

Since Mourinho got the sack, we have scored 8 goals in 4 league matches, which is 1 goal less than the total amount we netted in 10 league games before that.

(could have been 9-9 if Oscar hadn't missed his penalty!)

I mentioned before how it was the same in the first time he left. 

Take a look at how we played before he got sack and after. 

Liverpool games was even more telling in the cl. Look at how we played after the new managers came in. Mourinho tends to keep a shackle on the players, and then they are release once he is gone. 

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Nice win but let's not start with the circle jerk quite yet.

Agree. We have to string some BPL wins together now before celebrating our reincarnation.

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Great 3 points ... (Honestly, wasnt expecting this) 

The positive thing for me other than the 3 points is how physical we were in the game, didnt matter who ... big guy or the small one ... we hit them and HIT THEM HARD not only on the score board but also on the field. We didnt let them bully us which is like the first I feel I have seen this season. Not sure what would be the outcome from the coming games but there are few things we can do no matter what the outcome and playing the way we did today (keeping it simple) will take us a long way ahead ... 

 

 

On a side note, had we turned up like this from the start ... United fans wouldnt have chatted "Jose Mourinho!!!" in the last couple of games ... :ph34r:

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