The return of John Terry amid an FA disciplinary for the ongoing racism saga involving Anton Ferdinand highlighted a joyful entrance to domestic cup football for Di Matteo’s side this season, with Fernando Torres also on the score sheet during a busy night at Stamford Bridge.
The win was Chelsea’s biggest win for almost two years, and if ever Chelsea intended at some point to stamp their interest in League Cup success it was done in dramatic fashion last night. Alongside topping the Premier League table after five games, and a somewhat unlucky 2-2 draw against Juventus after going two goals up, Chelsea will hoping to finish this year as they did the last.
Their Champions League victory in Munich last May signed their 2011/12 campaign off in style, and Chelsea will be looking to repeat this success with even more silverware. With a strong Premier League start and Capital One Cup dominance on Tuesday, they are going strong in all competitions they’ve competed in this year after disappointing Super Cup and Community Shield defeats, and are taking no prisoners in their quest for another trophy.
Whilst youngsters Cesar Azpilicueta and Lucas Piazon were handed debuts for Chelsea on Tuesday, experienced heads Terry and Gary Cahill controlled their defence whilst Torres led the line upfront.
Mata’s presence in attack did not go unnoticed, getting himself on the score sheet in the process and Ryan Bertrand’s full-back play proved once again why he will be a key England star in the future. Even Eden Hazard made an appearance with the Londoners already cruising at 6-0. The only thing missing to cap the memorably performance off was another wonder goal by Oscar, but an assist for the sixth goal after his second-half cameo will definitely do.
After a visit to Arsenal this weekend, Chelsea will be looking to pick up their first Champions League win this season with an away trip to FC Nordsjaelland. Their fourth round clash in the Capital One Cup will take place the week commencing 29th October, and if their team selection is half as strong as that playing against Wolves, they will be a force to be reckoned with.
No doubt the FA Cup will be a key target for Chelsea also, and Di Matteo’s men will be looking for relative success in that. Alongside a Premier League campaign very much going to plan, and participation in the Champions League as they attempt to defend their crown, this year could very easily belong to Chelsea.
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