Chelsea have started off their campaign with a relatively good flow of results, apart from the obvious loss to Manchester United, which we were unlucky to come away with. This result aside, the recent few fixtures are showing healthy signs that Villas-Boas has a good understanding of the Premier league, and that his blueprints of a 4-4-3 system that he once used at Porto, and is now implementing on the Blues, is starting to work. But there is one key ingredient that Chelsea are still missing, a playmaker.
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It was a hard fought draw for Chelsea, with Frank Lampard and Roberto Soldado being the goal scorers.
Andre Villas-Boas will decide whether Frank Lampard starts tonight after he surprisingly left on the bench against Swansea on Saturday.
After eight matches, six in the Premier League, one Champions League, and one Carling Cup, I have picked my top ten performers so far.
Valencia fans are still smarting from the loss of Juan Mata to us, the draw brings him back after just a month, this time not as a protector but a tormentor. It is going to be a very emotional match, one where I hope Mata shines.
Juan Mata has impressed fans and the media since his arrival at the club and says it is thanks to out of form striker Fernando Torres who got him to join the Blues during the summer.
David Luiz and Juan Mata both scored their first Champions League goals for Chelsea, both came from two great assists by Fernando Torres.
Saturday’s victory over Premier League strugglers Sunderland proved that this season there is going to be a focus on young and exciting players who are ready to take the place of the stars that have been so comfortable for so many years.
It was three wins in a row for Chelsea as John Terry and Daniel Sturridge were on the score sheet in the 2-1 win.
As I look ahead for the game tomorrow, I believe that Andre Villas-Boas will choose a strong attacking line-up
After the inconvenience of the Internationals we can finally get back to club action, it did seem a bad idea to have a break after just three games but that is another story.
A good lot of things have happened since my last blog. A fighting draw at Stoke, then a last gasp winner against West Brom, plus the signing of ‘Mata’ who scored on his debut, and let us not forget about deadline day signing of Raul Meireles.
Andre Villas Boas has done something that previous managers have failed to do, whilst signing quality talent like Juan Mata and Raul Meireles, he has gone out and signed stars for the future that can help rebuild Chelsea and their ageing squad.
Andre Villas-Boas plans to get the new-look Chelsea team to play more attacking football, and wants his team to have more of the ball and to get more shots on goal.
The dust has settled on Saturday's game, it is now time to look back and analyse ...