Chelsea gained a point away to Norwich today in a scoreless draw. I have but a few things to say.
First, we kept a clean sheet. Great.
Second, we lacked creativity offensively, but there were a few notable standouts. Bosingwa. His early crosses remain terrible, but when he goes bi-line, he creates problems for the opponents. More please. Malouda. His substitution on for Lampard proved valuable, because he was stellar in the second half. He wasn’t selfish; he worked hard and worked well to create chances. Unfortunately, his goal scoring prowess is minimal at best, so when it came time to take some strikes on goal, he was mostly unthreatening. Still, it was good to see his influence. Lukaku. Monstrous. Subbing on for Torres, who had a decent game but who’s toe-pokes proved incapable of getting into the back of the net, Lukaku used his energy and muscle to run down the sideline and get into the box, beating one defender magnificently. Promising, right?
Finally, and back to Torres, it is in this instance that we greatly miss the Mighty Drogba. But Drogba doesn’t seem like he wants to stay. If he does leave, then we have to settle for Torres. We will have to build our offense around him if we are optimally to extract whatever skill out of him. I almost want to say our current offensive strategy is a cookie-cutter approach, which has not made the most of Torres. He had over 60 goals in 100 games at Liverpool. I don’t see why it can’t happen similarly while he wears Chelsea blue, but it will demand that we cater to his needs on the pitch.
Hats off to Norwich for defensively creating a wall that we simply could not penetrate soundly. We all saw this coming though, right? With Drogba gone, with Sturridge returning from injury, and with Lampard’s inconsistency and Torres’ failure to find goals consistently, we knew we would be lacking offensively. Defensively, we were solid. This draw was seemingly inevitable. Time to move on.