Manchester United and Chelsea entertained fans and neutrals alike at Stamford Bridge today in a frenetic 2-2 draw. The game had everything: drama, a last minute goal, commotion on the touchline, comebacks from both teams. United will feel they should have won that game, given Mourinho’s tactics neutralized Chelsea’s main threats effectively.
United set piece defending sloppy
Mourinho and his coaching staff will be scratching their heads about how a team playing at this level is defending set pieces so shambolically in a game of this magnitude. Pogba left Rudiger free to head in a corner for Chelsea’s first goal. The second goal also came after a stupid free-kick was conceded and more chaotic defending ensured Chelsea took an arguably undeserved one point from the game.
Title contenders Chelsea maintain unbeaten run
After nine games, Chelsea are still unbeaten in the league and are third, only 2 points behind leaders Manchester City and Liverpool. It looks like an appetizing three-way title challenge is forming up, with ManCity the favorites and Chelsea the underdog by a very slight margin.
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Manchester United have now failed to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge since the 28th October 2012. They came as close as possible to doing it but Ross Barkley sprung on a loose ball in the penalty area in the final 96th minute to beat De Gea, who had in the same action already saved twice from Alonso and Rudiger.
Anthony Martial show what he’s made of
Deployed on his favorite left flank, the frenchman dazzled during the game with his skills and bagged two goals. He is showing the form we saw before Manchester United signed Alexis Sanchez. Mourinho was quick to place Sanchez to the left and move Martial to the right, as soon as the Chilean arrived at Old Trafford. This had a negative impact on Martial’s form. On Saturday, Sanchez watched from the bench and only came on for a late cameo as Martial set the Premier League alight.
United fans will also be happy seeing Marcus Rashford start such an important game and watching Andreas Pereira play a part in the game, in keeping with United’s tradition of playing players from their academy.
Chelsea for their part have more to he happy about than Manchester United with this result. They suffered but managed to draw the game in the end. You need this type of never-say-die attitude and a bit of luck to be champions. So far, it looks like Chelsea are genuine contenders, especially with their talisman Hazard in the team.
Nine games in, all I can say is this Premier League season is proving to be fascinating.
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