Chelsea FC raced to a classic victory of ‘3-0’ over Southampton on January 1, 2014. With eight corners, 11 shots on target and 46 percent ball possession, Chelsea displayed a mix of defensive and offensive football. St Mary’s Stadium witnessed an early attack by Chelsea with Fernando Torres acting as principal on the front side. The news of the win will surely keep Arsenal under pressure because Chelsea is only 2 points behind in the latest standings. The Chelsea FC team is quite balanced, but they seem to believe differently. They have completed a deal to sign a Burkina Faso player named Bertrand Traore. Traore is a professional midfielder and was part of 2012 Africa Cup team from Burkina Faso.
Fernando Torres was almost on the verge of completing a beautiful set-up, but Jose Fonte of Southampton deflected the ball over the boundary. Ramires also gave the losing team trouble with his speedy sprints, and he forced goalkeeper Davis to run for the ball off the D-box.
Southampton was not always on the losing end, and often built quite a plan of attack; however, the Chelsea team maintained their calm and basically reconstructed their defense line as needed. A natural mix of attack and then fast recovery were Chelsea FC’s biggest allies.
Throughout the previous year, Jose Mourinho has shown his defensive abilities, although, in this game, there were many opportunities for Chelsea to attack. Wednesday’s match was a superb display of a tactical domination by Chelsea, especially in the second half of the match. The clinical play by the Brazilian duo Oscar and Willian garnered a lot of appreciation among all the football lovers, according to media reports.
Southampton’s Gastón Ramírez, assisted by Adam Lallana, missed a top-left corner shot by an inch. Oscar, Willian, and Torres also lost some opportunities, but the deal breaker came when Torres converted the rebound shot by Oscar. While this constitutes a deadly combination on the front side, Mourinho will now have the luxury to use Traore, which will only strengthen the midfield.
Both the Brazilian musicians were brought out during the early hours of the second half to replace Schurrle and Malta. The Brazilians contributed to all the three goals by Chelsea and helped his team to cruise to the first victory of the year. News of Chelsea FC victory over Southampton spread like fire, becoming a major topic of conversation.
The lead was doubled just 11 minutes after the first goal. Oscar dribbled past some Southampton defenders and then served a magical pass to Willian, who received the pass and found the net with an exquisite shot to beat Davis on the near post. The final goal was made by Oscar after he had a straightforward pass by Hazard.
Some of the outstanding Chelsea FC players were Torres, Willian, Oscar, Hazard and Cole. For Southampton, Ramirez, Lallana, Chambers and Shaw gave respectable performances. The newly signed Chelsea midfielder, Traore, will have to be proactive to match the classical striking resources of his team. This victory over Southampton will instill a great deal of confidence in the Chelsea side, but this news stands to perturb a lot of Arsenal supporters.
Commentary By Sunando Basu