When an opposing manager admits that your team deserved a victory, you know that you have put on a decent display. This was the case last night as Chelsea ran out 3-1 winners over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Speaking after the game, Steve Bruce said that ‘sometimes you have to hold your hands up and say you got beaten by an excellent team’. Taking his praise for Chelsea even further, he revealed that the performance of the away side was as good as he had witnessed in the Premier League.
Overall, Bruce believes his side were ‘outclassed’ and that his side ‘couldn’t get to grips’ with Chelsea’s system, no matter how hard they tried.
This is all a bit much for a 3-1 victory though isn’t it? Well, to be fair to Bruce, he is completely right when he says that Chelsea were at their best. It was a vast improvement from the opening game of the
season against Hull and hopefully a very accurate indication of Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea.
The way in which the players came out in the second-half after going into the break 1-0 down was very pleasing indeed. Deco, Michael Ballack, Frank Lampard and Michael Essien adjusted their formation in
midfield slightly and Sunderland couldn’t cope with it.
As soon as Ballack cancelled out Darren Bent’s opener, there was only going to be one result. Lampard slotted home a penalty to put the visitors in front and Deco confirmed the three points with an impressive strike twenty minutes from time.
The way in which Chelsea turned on the style in the second-half has to go down as a good sign in terms of what this season can bring. It proves that they have more quality than the majority of Premier League
They have also come from behind in both of the opening games to record three points, so this shows the character of this squad as well. Overall, is has been a good start and one that has made many convinced
that Chelsea will win the league this year.
There is, of course, a very long way to go. However, the early signs are good. Every single players is hungry for success and if Bruce’s analysis of this game and the premiership odds are anything to go by , they aren’t’ going to be left empty handed at the end of the season.