EPL: Hilario's Idiocy and Mata's Sensational Debut Defines Chelsea's Home Win
It was a horrific scene for any Blues fan. Their iconic and most-loved star flung in the air, knocked unconscious by a horrific collision. Didier Drogba left the field on a stretcher senseless, after a dangerous collision with the Norwich City goalie. Every Blues fan will be worrying about Drogba's condition rather than being happy about the win against Norwich City.
New boss Andre Villas-Boas might have got all the three points he needed, but there were several reasons to be concerned about the team. Chelsea took advantage of Norwich's unfamiliar new formation in the early part of the second half and went ahead within seven minutes after Bosingwa slotted home a scorcher. Norwich looked uncomfortable in the new method, which forced them to change back to their normal formation with four defenders.
The change in formation settled the Canaries and they looked to give Chelsea a tough time with frequent attacking moves into the Blues box. But Norwich City lacked a proper finisher in their lineup, as several good opportunities were missed. Chelsea, for their part, also lacked the sharpness and Torres seemed still far from what he is capable of.
Then came the horrific scene as Drogba, in his attempt to score a header, clashed with the Norwich goalie and was knocked unconscious. He had to be stretchered off in that condition. Up came Anelka in his place and new-boy Juan Mata made his debut replacing a quiet Malouda. Soon after, a howler from stand-in goalie Hilario led Norwich to equalise through Holt.
Hilario never seemed at ease under the post and with Cech sidelined for a few more weeks Villas-Boas has reason to be concerned about the team's goalkeeping strengths. Promising new-signing Romelu Lukaku, touted the "next Drogba," was subbed in and he impressed on his debut with some powerful display.
Chelsea looked to be in comfortable position after Lampard converted a penalty and Mata signed-off in style by scoring on his debut. However, the match exposed chinks in Chelsea's armour, which should be worrisome.
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