Jose Mourinho‘s horses are now at full gallop. Chelsea FC registered a 2-0 victory over Leicester City today at Stamford Bridge. The Foxes were on the trot at the Bridge, looking for an upset. They gave a good account of themselves but were unable to run with the blue stallions.
Chelsea has kept their momentum going and claimed full points from their first two games. Succeeding a sub-par first-half performance, the Blues rushed out of the blocks after the break. Chelsea huffed and puffed, they turned on the style and they were able to get the business done to come up with the win.
Striker Diego Costa, who made his Stamford Bridge debut, again got himself on the score sheet. The Brazilian was not up to his usual best, but he was able to score from close range after bringing a Branislav Ivanovic pass down with his chest. Costa has been a revelation at Chelsea — he has displayed the necessary efficiency that the Blues so lacked up front last season.
Costa has shown his willingness to work hard for the team; he runs in behind defenders and he is always well positioned in the box, providing an easy target for teammates. He has now scored in each of his appearances for Chelsea, and the ghost of Fernando Torres lurks no longer. The Spaniard did not even make the bench today, and deservedly so. Many fans would love it if he left the team before this transfer window closes.
Eden Hazard was at his brilliant best in the second half. The Belgian got off to a slow start but came to life after the halftime team talk. He was untenable on the flanks and terrorized the Leicester fullbacks at every opportunity.
Hazard was the Blues’ brightest spark, his pace and neat touch constantly leaving defenders on the back foot. He has the uncanny ability to make the opposition seem like they’re playing in slow motion. The Belgian would slow a defender down with a quick stop or hesitation, and then he would surprisingly burst forward into space. He made several opportunities for his mates today, and put the icing on the cake for Chelsea by scoring a brilliant goal with his right foot after cutting in from the left flank.
Last season’s Premier League Young Player of The Year has started his season off in spectacular fashion; the team has not gelled completely, but they are well on their way. Chelsea boast a formidable squad; Oscar Emboaba and Cesc Fabregas are forming a wonderful partnership with Hazard, and with Costa at the head, the Blues could go on to win it all this season.
Mourinho’s horse was well fed over the summer; it can run and jump now. If all goes according to plan, Chelsea — more likely than not — will lay claim to the Premier League title come May.