Oliver Kay posted something on Twitter today that got me thinking… he wrote, “@OliverKayTimes: Only caught final half-hour of Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0. Best I’ve seen #nufc look for a long time. Familiar November performance from #CFC.”
Immediately, I was reminded of a very specific match from a few years back. During the Holiday season, I was able to sneak out of work a little early, pour a stiff drink and watch Chelsea v. Arsenal. I had high hopes for the match as Chelsea was battling to retain their EPL title and had recently slipped out of the top spot after losing 2 and drawing 3 in their last 5. This was going to be a chance for Ancelotti to rally the troops and make a charge to the top of the table.Then, this happened: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/eng_prem/9309539.stm The Blues were dominated in every way, shape and form. It was an awful performance and it ruined my best laid plans.
This morning, again on the road, Chelsea put forth an effort that was eerily reminiscent of that match at the Emirates a few years back. I couldn’t shake that initial feeling that the Blues played quite poorly and I’d seen this before. As much as we all love him, Lampard was far from top form today. It felt like his first touch was off, he wasn’t controlling the the play, and wasn’t good on the few set pieces he controlled. Mata and Oscar never seemed to be on the same page and more often than not, seemed to be getting in each others way. David Luiz seemed to have the right passing ideas, but almost always sent a pass that was FAR too heavy for anyone to handle. It was a lousy performance all around… but was/is Oliver Kay right? Is this the start of another November to forget?
I say no and not just because I want to believe that.