As Chelsea lost to Stoke City Tuesday night, We look at Four things learnt from the game.
1. Chelsea fans still love Jose
Chelsea fans started chanting the special one’s name barely 50 seconds into the game. Majority of the Blues’ faithful are confident that the Portuguese is the right man for the club and is capable of changing the club’s fortunes on the pitch. Those chants became louder when Remy equalized for the Blues. The Chelsea fans are solidly behind the Portuguese and the special one had time to appreciate the away crowd support by waving the fans.
2. Eden Hazard still has the ability to play at the top level
The blues star man has been poor this season and was even dropped and criticized by the manager last month after the game against Aston Villa. The Belgian showed the right response and was a bright spot in his team. He was involved in most of his team’s attack and worked tirelessly. Although the Belgian missed a penalty in the shoot out but his performance during the game was encouraging, which shows that the players are still behind their manager.
3. Diego Costa’s injury is a source of worry to Jose
The striker suffered a rib injury and Mourinho said after the game that the striker was hospitalized. The Fans are no longer confident that their club can rely solely on the former Atletico Madrid striker. Without him Chelsea lack that attacking threat which only exposes how weak Chelsea is upfront in terms of depth.
4. Mourinho is no master of penalty shoot-out
Jose Mourinho has not won a penalty shootout with Chelsea in his two spells at Stamford Bridge, the Portuguese didn’t also win a penalty shoot out at madrid and the 52 year old stated after last night game that he is unlucky when it comes to penalties, he said: “the semi-final with Chelsea was Arjen
Robben, a fantastic penalty taker” and “with Real it was Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka, and now it is our best penalty taker [Hazard] but the last thing I do is to blame”.