Chelsea 4-1 Norwich

It looked dyer from the outset, but the Blues quickly turned it around and dominated the end result, beating Norwich 4-1 courtesy of Torres, Lampard, Hazard, and Ivanovich, respectively. Mata proved crucial in distribution.

Go Blues!

Chelsea Formation and Starting Lineup

Chelsea couldn’t win away to QPR today. Here’s the starting lineup employed:

Cech
Ivanovic, David Luiz, Terry, Cole
Mikel, Lampard
Ramires, Hazard, Bertrand
Torres

We no longer have Essien, so I’m just not keen on a double pivot here. I would rather see this lineup:

Cech
Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole
Mikel
Ramires, Mata, Hazard, Moses
Torres

I would sub on Oscar for Ramires, Lampard for Mata, and Sturridge for Moses. Keep Torres on. He has the golden boot–let him play and maintain confidence. Keep Hazard on, since he is, well, hazardous.

Having a single holding midfielder with complete trust in our back four, I feel that with our midfield ingenuity we can create more offensive chances and still keep the opposition at bay.

Depending on what happens in January, I might change my opinion, but for now, I would opt for a 4-1-4-1 formation.

Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle

Chelsea FC Match Report | WAGNH Match Opinion Thread

Well, Hazard continues to prove hazardous by slotting away the first goal through a nicely earned Torres PK. He returned the favor before the half and set up Torres to struck it home powerfully with the outside of his right boot. Wam, bam, thank you, ma’am! Newcastle had one opportunity from Ba in which he whiffed his first attempt and his second was stopped by Cech low on the floor. Other than that, the Blues earned 3 points quite comfortably.

It’s nice to see Torres getting his confidence back. He even did one of those around-the-back kicks–what’s the name of that move? He nearly saw it through to Hazard for a possible third goal, but it was in fact intercepted. Still, he is clearly getting his confidence back. Two goals in two games surely helps, but clearly Hazard is having a greater impact than we could have ever imagined.