What a game! What a result! I am floating on cloud nine right now and I do not think I will be coming back down to earth anytime soon! We have broken Chelsea’s 86 home win record and how sweet it was. I think what makes it feel even better is that we totally out played them in their own back yard which no one has been able to do for almost 4 years now. I know we should not be getting too carried away at this stage but I feel we have the makings of going on to win the title this season.
When I saw the starting lineups before the game, I was very happy with what Rafa had setup. He opted to go with Reina, Arbeloa, Aurelio, Agger, Carragher, Riera, Mascherano, Alonso, Gerrard, Kuyt and Keane. I felt very confident especially seeing the power we had coming off the bench as opposed to Chelsea’s bench which virtually had nothing on it.
The early deflected goal from Alonso was priceless. Taking the lead was always going to be important but I felt taking it so early in the game (after 10 minutes) was going to mean Chelsea were going to attack us for the remaining 80 minutes and with the way we have been conceding goals of late, I felt that we could have just let one in. But there is just something about us this season! It was the never say die attitude in the games which we have come back to win, but today it was something more than that. We went out to win as opposed to seasons gone by where Rafa would have been a bit more defensive. We had the better attacking opportunities through out the game and could easily have made it 2-0 and sealed the game. We looked good going forward and were compact when defending.
Stevie G stood out for me head and shoulders above everyone else as he put in the best display I have seen from him this season. Stevie just loves playing in that role behind the front man. He was sharper, hungrier and more determined today as compared to midweek against Atletico. All the other players did a solid job and praise goes to all the guys who made this win. Just look at how Sami came on with minutes to go but made some towering clearances. There is just a hunger in the guys this time round that we have not seen before. There is no clear answer to why this is but if you ask me, I think having Sami Lee in the dugout has helped the team a great deal.
Now that we are sitting on top of the league we have to make sure we continue with it. There will be no point if we now go and drop points against Portsmouth on Wednesday. We have to continue getting wins. We have sent out a message to all the doubters that we mean business this season. It maybe a bit too early to say we will be Champions but we are on the right path.