Chelsea Show Rivals That They Can Rely On Goals, Not Just Defense

By Lou Flavius
Chelsea FC Now Have A Fearsome Striker In Diego Costa
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Clubs Chelsea and Everton produced a nine-goal thriller at Goodison Park today. Jose Mourinho‘s Blues uncharacteristically let three goals in, but put six past the Toffees — also out of character.

The Blues were ruthless; they were up 2-0 by the third minute of the match after striker Diego Costa scored through Tim Howard‘s legs, and defender Branislav Ivanovic caught a Ramires pass to fire a powerful shot into the back of the net. The Everton keeper should have probably been sent off for handling a ball outside of his box later on.

From a neutral point of view; it was a fantastic match, between the 67th and 77th minute, five goals were scored amongst both the teams. It must have been nerve wrecking for Chelsea fans; every time the Blues seemed to get that cushion, Everton came roaring back. Steven Naismith continued his good run and got himself on the score sheet along with debutante Samuel Eto’o.

Chelsea got the better of Everton at Goodison this time around. It has always been a tough ground for Chelsea and I had predicted a tight game with a 2-1 finish. My, was I wrong! This turned out to be the easiest game from an offensive standpoint for the Blues so far.

Chelsea now have a prolific goal scorer in Costa. The Brazilian opened the scoring for his new club before a minute had gone by. He also wrapped things up with a lovely strike in the 90th minute. He has been such a breath of fresh air to the blue faithful; he hit the ground running and has scored four goals in three games for Chelsea. It took Fernando Torres 39 games to reach that tally.

Torres has finally left the club and he will not be missed. Chelsea has already lined up Queens Park RangersLoic Remy as a replacement for the Spaniard. If the deal goes through, the team would definitely have the most fearsome strike force in the Premier League.

Chelsea relied on their defense to win games last season. It almost won them the title, but in the end it wasn’t enough. Their front line was poor and they failed to break weaker teams down. This has all changed. Costa, who was a major injury doubt coming into the game, has been an inspiration. Everyone wants to join in on the fun — even John Obi Mikel pulled off a classy back heeled pass to set the Brazilian forward up for his second goal.

The Blues are showing everyone that it is no longer only about defense. They have scored 11 goals in their first three games of the season. The team plays with a swagger which was only sporadic last term; if things continue in this vein, Chelsea may just run away with the title.

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