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Saturday January 11, 2014 MYT 12:06:00 AM
Saturday January 11, 2014 MYT 1:33:10 AM
by kng zheng guan
Chelsea's Willian celebrate after scoring against Southampton in their Premiership match on New Year's day. Chelsea resume league action against Hull in the early kick-off on Saturday after a week of Cup action. - AFP
THE Blues are in good shape after the halfway mark.
Third at the start of the New Year, just two points behind league leaders Arsenal and with good wins over Liverpool and Manchester City.
What more can we ask for?
Some may say Chelsea aren’t doing so well, but it’s Jose Mourinho’s first season back in charge and the league has definitely become a lot more exciting and competitive.
Right now, we have Eden Hazard firing on all cylinders and fast becoming a game-changer for Chelsea.
His combination with Brazilians Oscar and Willian is also coming along nicely, with the trio developing a near-telepathic understanding on the pitch.
And it is no secret that Chelsea have always played their best football when these three are on the same pitch.
Just ask the Liverpool fans!
Unfortunately, this means Juan Mata hasn’t been able to get as much time as he would have liked to strut his stuff in the big matches.
Don’t get me wrong, Mata is still very much a crucial part of this Chelsea squad.
In terms of minutes on the pitch, Mata is right up there with likes of Hazard and Oscar.
It’s just that he hasn’t been able to adapt to Mourinho’s tactics and the manager is right not to use him in the big matches.
But Mata has been given a fair shot at trying to make the first team, so it’s unfair to say that Mourinho is ruining his career.
If anyone should be complaining about not getting enough game time, then it will be Kevin De Bruyne.
But the Belgian is leaving for Germany on a temporary deal, most probably. So, it’s all good.
Anyway, if Chelsea are to overhaul Arsenal in the title race, they will definitely need Hazard, Oscar and Willian – and one John Obi Mikel – to be in top form.
And their task begins today, with an early game against Hull.
A win could see the Blues sitting pretty at the top of the standings for a day, at least. Leaders Arsenal are in action on Monday against Aston Villa while second-placed Manchester City travel to Newcastle tomorrow.
So, let’s get that win because, honestly, Hull should not be giving a title-chasing team like the Blues too much hassle.
Keep The Blue Flag Flying High.
Kng Zheng Guan expects Mata to stay at the club in the immediate future. Unfortunately, it looks like time is almost out for another Chelsea favourite – Michael Essien.
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