Chelsea celebrate another goal
An Easy Start?
Five games in to the season, and Chelsea have played five, won five, scored 21, and conceded just two. Fine form, I'm sure you'll agree.
Unless of course, you're a non-Chelsea fan. Its just because Chelsea have been given easy games and any team could do what we have done.
Lets examine the first part of that statement—easy games. I don't subscribe to the idea there are easy games. I believe a game only becomes easy because one side makes it so.
Yes, Chelsea are expected to beat these sides but they have no divine right to. Its not a case of just turning up, you have to play as well.
Consider when Manchester United visited Burnley last season. The champions of the last three years against a newly promoted side running on a fraction of the money available to their more illustrious opponents. A no-brainer who would win that, surely (In case you don't know, Burnley won).
Now lets take the second part of that claim—any team could have won all their games had they had Chelsea's fixture list. Really?
Of those four, Tottenham Hotspurs, who I am reliably informed are a good team, have played West Brom, Wigan, and Stoke. They drew with West Brom, lost to Wigan, and narrowly defeated Stoke.
So, in three games in which Chelsea have amassed nine points, Tottenham have amassed four. But for some controversial refereeing against Stoke, that might even have been just two points for Spurs.
So clearly, not anyone could have done it.
Chelsea Blooding the Youth
One of the big criticisms of Chelsea in recent years, from fans and non alike, has been that Chelsea don't do anything for young players.
So how refreshing it has been to see some of the younger players get their chances this season.
Gael Kakuta played 20 minutes against West Ham and came on for the last 25 minutes against MSK Zilina.
Seventeen-year-old Josh McEachran and Patrick Van Aanholt made their first team debuts coming off the bench in the Champions League. McEachran actually made himself some history, becoming the first player to play in the Champions League who was born after the competition started in its current form.
And though not a Chelsea academy product, it was good to see Daniel Sturridge taking his opportunity in the first team to score his first (hopefully of many) Champions League goal.
The whole youth setup at Chelsea has undoubtedly improved drastically in the last few years.
When all talk of the money Roman Abramovich has spent is flying, very little is said of the money he has put into building and developing the youth academy at Cobham, described by UEFA as one of the "finest in Europe."
Chelsea fans have had to be patient, but it would seem it is now bearing some fruit.
Next up for Chelsea is the visit of newly promoted Blackpool.
On paper, Chelsea should win comfortably. Football matches however are not played on paper and it would be foolish to underestimate your opposition.
Though it is certainly true Blackpool were given a hiding by Arsenal (not many teams aren't), the Tangerines have coupled this with good wins away at Wigan and Newcastle.
It's been a long time since Chelsea and Blackpool last played each other in a league fixture (26 years, I believe), but it should provide an interesting game.
And hopefully another easy Chelsea win.