Today’s performance was entertaining. Chelsea had vigor that they have not displayed in a while. They had energy, and they had passion. Though not without mistakes, they played well. And they were victorious.
Torres still has yet to score, although his goal this game was ruled out, so he is on the verge of scoring.
Rooney’s goal was expedient. He took full advantage of the space alotted and punished the defensive line with a solid strike, managing to keep it no more than one foot off of the ground and placing it into the left pocket of the net. Splendid strike. He earned it.
But the Blues earned their win no doubt. David Luiz scored his first goal for the club. And Lampard capitalized on a penalty kick, earning Chelsea 3 points rather than 1, and allowing the top of the table to have a greater opportunity to take advantage of ManU’s vulnerability. Vidic walked away with a red card, so the Red Devils are likely to suffer at the hand of Liverpool this weekend.
What I want to mention is that Torres, though he has not yet scored, has not yet returned to full form. It is apparent. Surgery stunted his World Cup performance. It is stunted his 2010-2011 EPL performance. On top of that, he is now in a new city on a new team, and he is still trying to find his place in a club that already has 3 or 4 good forwards. But, as one of the commentators pointed out, for £50,000,000, Ancelotti should be building his front line around Torres and not making him to fit in to an already existing formation. It was, however, nice to see that Torres was given more than 50-60 minutes. He needs time to play to find his form again. He needs opportunities to figure out his place. He needs to shoot. He needs to adjust. He must play.
Way to go, Blues. Whether or not we win the title this season, it’s good knowing that we took down the current league leaders.