This weekend’s match against Arsenal has been thought of as the biggest test for Chelsea this season. If that is the case, then Roberto di Matteo’s men have passed with flying colours. Of course, it is not the perfect match by any opinion, but the hunger and the tactical discipline shown by the players was really impressive.
Questions have been asked of Fernando Torres prior to the match, and it sure will continue even after this match. He may have scored the first goal of the match following a free kick from Mata, but he could have done well in a number of other positions. Yet, he already has five goals this season and things can only get better.
Gervinho scoring just before the first half break was not ideal, but a superb free kick from Juan Mata was enough to restore the advantage in the second half.
Cech made a few important saves to keep Arsenal out. There were chances for Arsenal, but it was expected from a side that had made a good start to the season.
Di Matteo’s reaction:
“I thought we played very well today and deserved to win the game.
“I think it’s very difficult when you come to the Emirates and they’re a good side but I thought we were excellent today.
“Our pressing was very good. We showed it last week against Stoke as well.
“It’s one game and it’s three points, that’s all it is.”
“Today was the first big test. It’s a very difficult stadium against a great team. It’s very good for us.
“I’m scoring more. The team still have a big way to improve. Not just me – everyone.”
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz (Cahill 80), Terry, Cole, Mikel, Ramires, Mata (Bertrand 84), Oscar (Moses 72), Hazard, Torres.
Scorers: Torres 19, Mata 52.
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Mannone, Jenkinson, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Diaby (Oxlade-Chamberlain 19), Ramsey (Walcott 66), Cazorla, Podolski (Giroud 66), Gervinho.
Scorers: Gervinho 42