Bridge Banter: Chelsea fans remain hopeful but midfield was purposeless against United (From Surrey Comet)
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Bridge Banter: Chelsea fans remain hopeful but midfield was purposeless against Mancheter United
Jose Mourinho may have failed to make it three wins in three games, but he’s quietly satisfied with the point that keeps the Blues at the top of the Premier League.
The frantic last-minute panicky blitz of swaps, switches and purchases as the transfer window creaks shut means the leading contenders for the title are still in a state of uncertainty.
It makes match predictions more of a lottery, but for fans it’s also a lot of fun.
There are always odd results at the start of any season, as new team-mates get used to playing together.
But Cardiff’s win over many people’s favourites for the title, Manchester City, has really stirred things up.
The fact that Chelsea and Manchester United played to a 0-0 stalemate at Old Trafford on the bank holiday was disappointing.
Mourinho’s tactic – flooding the pitch with midfielders to shut down United’s attacks – may have worked, but it wasn’t pretty.
It means that David Moyes has still not overcome The Special One in seven Premier League encounters.
With Fernando Torres, Romelu Lukaku and Demba Ba all left out of the starting line-up, Chelsea looked a bit purposeless in midfield. Privately all three must have been seething that no striker was deemed worthy of the occasion.
Arsenal have recovered from a poor start and looked good against Fulham at a sodden Craven Cottage, and Spurs and Liverpool can both take encouragement from results.
But it’s at Stamford Bridge where fans still nurse the big hopes. The manager’s cocky self-belief is infectious, and last season’s fractured, stressful in-fighting has been replaced by a sense of relief that everyone seems to be pulling in the same direction.
After the Super Cup clash with Bayern Munich in Prague, there’s a bit of a lull until the Blues travel to Moyes’s old team, Everton, on September 14.
Time to work on accentuating the positive and eliminating the negative.
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