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Chelsea vs. Manchester United Match Review

Chelsea vs. Manchester United Match Review

Chelsea vs. Manchester United Match Review

Stamford Bridge, October 23rd 2016

My ex got herself a new boyfriend and they seem to be in love. I don’t mind. I always expected her to move on. My ex had reconstructive surgery and I don’t recognize her anymore! She looks so different! It’s like the girl I dated doesn’t exist anymore. I mean, I always knew she’d move on but wow I didn’t expect this. Who is this Alonso guy? And why in the world is Moses playing?! It’s not even preseason! 

Today was closure for Mourinho and the answer to the question all ex’s want to know: How are you without me? Fine. A resounding “fine.

© Premier League 2016

© Premier League 2016

First Half

Chelsea themselves barely escaped being splashed from the floodgates that they opened just 30 seconds into the match as Alonso’s ball over the top was met by Pedro’s searching run. The Spaniard set us off and running with a well-taken finish. United, who had set up to be more solid defensively on the day, burst into enterprise seeking to undo the early damage but Chelsea re-mained resilient. The Blues were thrilled to get the second goal in the 21st minute through a cor-ner kick as the ball fortuitously landed in EBGC’s path and the captain on the day smashed home with conviction. Pedro looked offside in the build up to Chelsea’s second goal, but got away with it. Our luck would continue as David Luiz was perhaps fortunate not to see a red card for a mistimed tackle on Marouane Fellaini which was a turn of events that would have definitely changed the game. Man United intensified their pressure, but Chelsea’s giant TBO was equal to the task and the Blues went into the dressing room at half time leading 2-0.

© Premier League 2016

© Premier League 2016

Second Half

Manchester United came out in the second half looking to attack. Marouane Fellaini came off for former Blue, Juan Mata, in a move that looked to pay off early on in the half as Man United out-possessed Chelsea 79% to 21%. New look Chelsea is confident and new look Chelsea didn’t mind. Courtois came to dance and he owned every tune aimed at him, David Luiz was flying, Azpilicueta was breaking up play, and Matic and Kante were shielding. It was resilient all round at the back and Chelsea was deadly in transition and in the 62nd minute it was Hazard’s turn to join the party. Matic played a beautiful return ball to Hazard who had drifted into space inside the 18 yard box and with a little cut inside to his right, he put the ball past De Gea for his 4th of the season and Chelsea’s 3rd of the match. The match was well and truly over at this point and Chelsea controlled possession and limited any Man United chances. In the 70th minute, in a move that displayed both righteous redemption and the herald of new beginnings, Matic (again) assisted Kante who skipped joyously around Chris Smalling and put the ball past De Gea for Chelsea’s 4th goal of the game and N’golo’s 1st for Chelsea. It was academic for the rest of the game. Batshuayi and Willian came on for Costa and Hazard respectively, Courtois made a cou-ple more fantastic saves – one long range Rojo effort and one short range Zlatan volley – to de-ny the visitors any consolation. And so it finished Chelsea 4 Man United 0. Matthew Harding would be proud. 

© Chelsea F.C.

© Chelsea F.C.

Final thoughts

I knew the look on my face would give her a kick, but I couldn’t help it. The romance was well and truly over… she had moved on - strident, unabashed and unapologetic. It hurt a bit to see her laugh like she used to, to dance without a care in the world for another man as he cheered her on. José had a taste of what it used to be like, leading from the front, controlling the game and conducting the fans in glorious cheer except it wasn’t him this time. It was the new man, Antonio Conte, from Italy with love. For Chelsea, it’s a new look, a new love, and cheekier than ever!

About the Author

Barnabas Gwaza, @BarnabasTGS

Barnabas displays brave commitment to the Blue side by fighting rival fans valiantly on Facebook. He is most known for winning the London Is Blue Jersey give away and by those standards he has achieved success in life. He now enjoys retirement creating content for his favourite Podcast while in school.

Chelsea hand José his worst loss & Conte loved it

Chelsea hand José his worst loss & Conte loved it

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