Mauricio Pochettino has turned Chelsea into the most exciting team in the Premier League, and I won’t hear a single word against the notion. Watching the Blues has become vintage Barclay’s as the youths like to say, with goals, drama, controversy and last minute heartache featuring across their season already.
Last Monday night, Chelsea and Tottenham played out one of the most highly-entertaining and competitive 4-1 games I believe I have ever seen. Two red cards, four disallowed goals and nine VAR checks in total had me gripped to my plush leather armchair.
By the time I had managed to catch my breath by Sunday afternoon, Pochettino’s swashbuckling side were at it again - this time in a 4-4 draw with reigning champions Manchester City - with Cole Palmer’s composure from 12 yards reminiscent of a young Lord Ping purchasing his first Jaguar E-Type.
Backbone And Resilience
Pundits, critics and fans alike have heaped praise on Ange Postecoglou for the work he has performed 10 miles further west in London - turning turgid Tottenham into a fluid attacking unit. Yet Pochettino has managed to instill a backbone and resilience into his expensively assembled Chelsea squad few could have predicted.
Tottenham becoming ‘Spursy’ was always simply a case of when and not if, with injuries to key men Micky van de Ven and James Maddison admittedly leaving Postecoglou hamstrung (pardon the pun.) Yet Chelsea have started to find their feet and I believe will catch their London rivals.
Too often I find myself disenchanted with Premier League football these days; gegenpressing, inverted fullbacks and false nines are all a load of codswallop. Fans just want to see goals, drama and a manager with a bit of charisma, and Chelsea have that in spades under their Argentine maestro.
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