Chelsea defeated Porto 2-0 at Stamford Bridge Wednesday night to qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stage as group winners. We look at four things that were obvious in the game.
1. Luck is vital in football
The Blues were a little bit fortunate with their first goal against Porto, no one can rule out the influence of luck on football. The manager has complained about referee decisions not going his way for most of the season, but he was quick to acknowledge the influence of luck in his post match conference yesterday. The Portuguese will be relieved that decisions went his way last night.
2. Mourinho was right to drop Fabregas
The Spaniard was replaced by Ramires in the starting xi and his absence on the pitch improved the Blues, Ramires had a wonderful game and used his energy to win midfield battles, something Fabregas wouldn’t have done.
3. Costa remains a concern
The striker is still a major cause of concern despite having a better game compared to his last few games. He wasted so many chances which he should have buried and the Blues could have won the game by a greater margin. Also, his clash with Iker Casillas also shows that the striker hasn’t dropped his attitude of winding up opponents, the striker needs to improve his play and attitude if he wants to start firing for the Blues again.
4. The Blues produced a complete performance
The Blues produced a complete performance, they defended well and counter attacked Porto well, Mourinho must be pleased with what he saw from his players and will be hoping they replicate it when they visit Leicester City on Monday.