While everybody loves a good spending spree, there’s something different about the money being splashed around Chelsea this transfer window. While right-back Cesar Azpilicueta has been brought in to provide defensive cover, the remainder of the purchases CFC have made a very attacking; in some cases alarmingly so.
Nine points. Eight goals. Three games. One new hero.
To say Eden Hazard has taken the Premier League by storm may be an understatement. He has set up six goals and scored one in the first three games, and now, Chelsea fans have a three week break to take some deep breaths, and calm themselves down.
Ok, both Wigan and Reading would’ve been expected wins for the Blues, and a win at home to Newcastle, albeit a complete contrast of the scoreline in May, is hardly extraordinary.
As we face the black and white stripes of Newcastle United today, we again spoke to our resident opposition fan, to get his views on the season ahead, as well as todays game.
One of both of these teams will have to surrenders their 100% record today, and with us finishing in 5th and 6th place last season, it is sure to be a close game.
The Toon will want to build on their 2-0 victory at the Bridge in May, whilst Chelsea look to win this fixture after failing to do so in the last four.
After a slight scare in midweek against Reading, we showed our star quality on the last few months, that “never say die” attitude.
Fair enough, The Royals are no Barcelona or Bayern Munich, but they put up a great fight against us on Wednesday, and we again needed a bit of luck to scoop the three points, but that will be need if we want to scoop a first Premier League crown since 09/10.
Reading are the first visitors to the Bridge this season, in a repeat of the game that caused Petr Cech’s horrendous head injury.
The Royals are enjoying Premier League football for the first time since 2007/08, where they were relegated, just one season after finishing eighth in their debut season in the top flight.
Chelsea have no fresh problems ahead of tonights game, with new midfielder Marko Marin still struggling with a hamstring injury, although Ramires may come back into the frame after falling ill for the Wigan game.
Today we face Wigan Athletic, The Latics, under the stewardship of Roberto Martinez, who was being sniffed at by the likes of Liverpool during the off season.
Wigan have always been known as a side to start slowly, but always seem to pull an escape out of the bag, no less than last season, as relegation loomed, they won 7 of their last 9 games to ensure survival, including 4 home games on the trot.
Its here, the 2012/13 Premier League campaign.
Local boys Spurs were beaten by Newcastle, QPR were destroyed by Swansea, and Arsenal finishing goalless with Sunderland, in what was a very exciting opening day.
The Prediction League is finally here!! This afternoon I will post a status on https://www.facebook.com/TheChelseaFansPage where you will be able to predict the results of 5 picked games from this week, and the scoring will be as followed!
Fernando Torres has been much criticised since his £50m move from Liverpool, but the double European and World Cup winning striker has shown flashes of pure brilliance, even if they have been tainted by some poor performances.
The 2012/13 campaign gets underway on Sunday, as the Community Shield is contested between Chelsea and Man City, in what should be a great way to kick off the new season.