1. Kepa needs to improve
“It was always going to take Kepa Arrizabalaga some time to adjust to the pace and physicality of the new league, but the price tag with which he arrived at Chelsea from Athletic Bilbao hasn’t helped in that process. The world’s costliest goalkeeper hasn’t made any huge blunders in England, but it is safe to say that he hasn’t been all that convincing in the Chelsea goal.”
“His decision-making while coming out for crosses and handling of the aerial threat leaves a lot to be desired and that is to be expected considering he is still adapting to the new league.”
2. No Hazard, no problem.
“One name that was missing from the Chelsea starting 11 was that of Eden Hazard — perhaps the first name on Maurizio Sarri’s line up on a normal day. After missing midweek’s Europa League engagement against BATE, the Belgian once again was missing from action with a back injury. But it was not as if Chelsea were weakened by his absence!”
3. Morata gaining in confidence
“Prefered to Olivier Giroud by Sarri for this encounter, the Spanish forward began the match producing a good save out of Hart and then went on to score the Chelsea opener with a fine finish after being fed by Barkley. It was his third goal in four matches for the Blues and it looks like, Morata is finally building up some confidence after all!”
4. Barkley the new Lampard?
“Has Chelsea finally found a new Frank Lampard? That was the question on many a Chelsea fans’ lips after Barkley got their hopes up once again! After scoring the all-important equaliser against Manchester United last weekend, the English midfielder this time scored Chelsea’s second netting one from distance and drawing comparisons of club legend Frank Lampard.”
5. Chelsea make a statement of intent
Chelsea have pretty much flown under the radar compared to Manchester City and Liverpool this season, but it will be difficult to dismiss them as genuine title contenders after another dominant win in the Premier League this week.
“They have now gone 10 matches unbeaten in the Premier League and are yet to taste a defeat under the former Napoli manager. It looks like the Sarriball is kicking in at Stamford Bridge and impressive performances from even squad players prove the spirits are high in the Chelsea camp.”