While the shades of red have been making all the news in the media world, a look at the table indicates a blue blip in the second position. Chelsea is back in their usual unspectacular but efficient best. The return of Essien and the presence of Hiddink have revitalized the squad, which was struggling to retain its champion’s league spot.
When the league started Chelsea was the team to beat, until Liverpool exposed the flaw in the system. From then on it has been one painful downhill slide. The then manager was unable to adapt to the situations, the defense was shaky and our style of play was monotonous. A fallout with some players and injuries threatened not only to derail the blues title aspirations, but their champions league spot as well.
Fortunately, the owner stepped in and made the first right firing decision in his life and now we thankfully have Hiddink. Hiddink did not have much time to acclimatize himself but he has molded the defense back into its original shape and has made the best use of the attack with the players available. Set pieces are not a big problem anymore, Drogba is playing with more energy, and we look more like a team with direction rather than confusion.
Hiddink was bought here to steady the ship and he seems to be doing that, so while we may still end up being empty handed, let us not forget that it could have been worse. We are still in the reckoning for FA cup, Champions League, and are still in an impractical but mathematically possible title race. As a blues fan I must say the sour grapes are looking sweeter now…