Hazard is the best player in the Premier League!
What a game! It was one that had its ups and downs and showed several different phases of Chelsea’s play, though in the end a moment of pure magic from Hazard was the deciding factor. The lineups saw 8 changes on both sides as Milner and Mané were the only two players to remain from Liverpool’s starting XI at the weekend. The players that remained for Chelsea were Kovacic and Azpilicueta while players like Emerson and Cahill, and Caballero got their first starts this season.
Chelsea were the better side in the opening 20 minutes of the first half as we created a few chances and had shots on target. As the game went by Liverpool began to get into their flow and created a couple of their own chances which required Caballero to make some good saves. The second half started with Liverpool dominating the play as they finally began to press the ball and panic Chelsea players into giving away possession. A similar loss in possession saw Mané shoot on goal and the rebound was acrobatically scored by Sturridge in the 58th minute. Hazard and been brought on a couple of minutes earlier for Willian, Kanté came on for Kovacic, and Luiz came on for Christensen who seemed to have strained a muscle in a challenge. Emerson got the equalising goal in the 79th minute after a Hazard free kick was headed onto goal by Barkley who’s deflection was tapped in by Emerson. The goal was referred to VAR but the decision remained. The 85th minute saw the moment of brilliance as Hazard on the right dribbled past Keita and then nutmegged Moreno to blast his shot past Mignolet, the Liverpool fans finally witnessed a proper Puskas worthy goal. Chelsea saw out the remaining minutes to progress to the fourth round of the League Cup and end Liverpool’s winning start to the season.
Player wise Caballero was great making several saves to keep Chelsea in the game. Azpilicueta was uncharacteristically shaky at times, Christensen had a decent game but was prone to a momentary lapse in concentration, Cahill was solid and if this was one of his last games for the club it was memorable one, Emerson got the goal and was decent going forward but faced problems in defence although it was his first game of the season. Fabregas was brilliant in the first half fitting in perfectly in the Regista role and proving to people that he can be an able deputy for Jorginho. Kovacic was decent but lacked fitness while Barkley played well in the first half but could not deal with the Liverpool press in the second half. Willian was decent but started to play poorly as the game progressed, Moses was good all game, and Morata was poor once more as this confidence thing really seems to be a problem for him. Hazard was amazing when he came on, Kante provided energy in the midfield, while Luiz was solid for the minutes that he played.
A good win for Chelsea going into the weekend game against Liverpool once again although this time it’s at the Bridge. Liverpool will be a different beast altogether for that game while Chelsea will also have a different set of players on the pitch. Hopefully it is a similar result and we can get three points. C’mon CHELSEA!!!