Back from a 2-1 loss to Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semi-final, we cruised to a 3-0 win against Newcastle United. The game didn’t start with us showing our usual fluidity, but we did ease into it before the half hour mark. As always, Eden Hazard was the plug. He practically ran the show, and showed again why he probably deserves to be the highest-paid footballer in England. He is a gem, and I can only imagine Chelsea without him. He created the first goal of the match, and pretty much had a leg in the second. And it wasn’t a surprise he left the pitch to a standing ovation.
But Eden Hazard wasn’t the only great player on Sunday afternoon, every player turned up. Micht Batshuayi got two crucial goals, and probably should have gotten a hat-trick had luck been on his side. A good showing especially with doubts surrounding his future at Chelsea, and the World Cup months away.
Credit also has to go to the guys at the back. Gary Cahill was excellent at leading; Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger were good partners too. Pedro, Kante, Drinkwater, and new addition, Ross Barkley were all good too. In fact, had Batshuayi been luckier, the England international would have had an assist to his name in only his second game as a Chelsea player, after months of injury.
Overall, I think the boys deserve some appreciation for their fine showing, and easing us into the next round of the FA Cup. If we criticise them when they perform poorly, we should also show some appreciation when they do well. We only hope the spirit continues, and we dismantle Bournemouth with the same zest and eagerness.