Premier League: Chelsea Show Signs of Champions In First Game
Chelsea successfully came back from a one-goal deficit to win 3-1 against Burnley thanks to Diego Costa, who opened his Premier League account, Andre Schurrle, who finished off a beautiful passing sequence with Cesc Fabregas setting him up, and Branislav Ivanovic, who put the icing on the cake in the first half.
Jose Mourinho had his boys playing a 4-2-3-1 and allowed them to convert into a 4-3-3 going forward, and this allowed creative players such as Oscar and Eden Hazard to freely move around the field. The ability of these guys, along with others in the midfield and up top, went well as they backed each other up when having to move out of position. Being versatile just made things easier.
Thibaut Courtios was beaten and Filipe Luis did not take part in this match.
Courtois rightfully started over Petr Cech, as he is younger, has quicker reflexes, and won La Liga last season in addition to playing for his club in their Champions League run. The Belgian international was beaten by a shot from a player who was left all by himself with the defense slightly blocking his view of the beautiful volley that beat him. Overall, he had a good game, as he caught the ball in midst of a pool of players during corner kicks and other plays.
Luis was left on the bench in favor of Cesar Azpilicueta, who has already proven himself to coach Mourinho. This does not mean that Luis will not get his chance as early as next week in front of their home fans when Leicester City comes to town. He is strong, fast and always joins the attack during counters and build-ups. He could also eventually become the permanent starter, as his performances for Atletico Madrid in the past couple of seasons were outstanding.
Chelsea is definitely a favorite to win the Premier League title this season if they can continue to play as calmly and seriously as they did today. With a genius in Mourinho as their coach, and the new additions giving them a boost, they can coast through this league against weaker opponents and win nail-biting battles against the better ones.