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Saturday October 5, 2013 MYT 7:30:00 AM
Saturday October 5, 2013 MYT 10:08:32 AM
by kng zheng guan
Keep calm ... I'm back! Juan Mata is now back in favour at Stamford Bridge. - OLLY GREENWOOD/ AFP
A SOLID draw with Tottenham and a 4-0 drubbing of Steaua Bucharest marks a solid week for Chelsea.
The only problem is ... our strikers fired blanks once more.
Elsewhere, Romelu Lukaku whom Chelsea loaned out to Everton continues to impress with two goals against Newcastle and a superb assist.
But while we are still only fifth in the Premier League, all is not lost yet.
To get a point from White Hart Lane is no mean feat given that Spurs are no longer a laughing stock, with their recent influx of talent.
What’s more important is that our Champions League campaign is back on track.
And the boys in Blue couldn’t have done it any better.
With Jose Mourinho actively rotating the squad, it took a while before Andre Schurrle finally showed us why he’s worth £18mil (RM92mil).
It was worth the wait though as the German was superb down the left in the Steaua match, causing trouble every time he charged forward and having a hand in three goals.
He’s a typical “Mourinho player” with good football sense and now he just needs to transfer that sort of play to domestic football.
What made my day was Juan Mata finally getting game time!
All that talk about Mourinho disliking Spanish players, Mata in particular, is pure hogwash in my opinion.
Mata just needed time to adapt to Mourinho’s system and now that he’s done so, rather impressively, without so much of a complaint, it will be incredibly hard for him not to start against Norwich City this weekend.
In fact, the British press pretty much figured that out themselves and have now turned their attention, in a rather unflattering manner, to Kevin de Bruyne, who was left out of the Champions League squad.
All I can say is that True Blues will always keep the faith in Mourinho with little regard to the rumours.
And I’m pretty excited at the prospect of watching Mata, Schurrle and Oscar or Eden Hazard link up behind Samuel Eto’o ... or Demba Ba.
That said, Norwich are no pushovers either.
Chris Hughton is a good manager despite a slow start and they have good firepower upfront with the likes of Gary Hooper and Ricky van Wolfswinkel willing to test our rather suspect defence.
Furthermore, in the form of Anthony Pilkington, Robert Snodgrass and Javier Garrido, they have good width down the wings where they may punish Chelsea on the counter.
But Chelsea’s pool of talent will prove too great for the Canaries to overcome.
Keep The Blue Flag Flying High.
Kng Zheng Guan is adamant Mourinho had every right not to answer dodgy questions on his team’s selection against Steaua. Jose knows best!
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Kng Zheng Guan, Chelsea, Norwich, Jose Mourinho, Chris Houghton, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Peter Snodgrass, Romelu Lukaku, Oscar, Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, football
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