Former Chelsea star and manager Ruud Gullit gave his assessment on Chelsea's solid start to the new premier league season. While speaking to the club's official website, Gullit expressed satisfaction at the manner in which his friend, Roberto Di Matteo had built on the successes last season. He praised the way Di Matteo stuck with fundamentals when he took charge at Chelsea half-way last season and steadied the ship. he remarked "He started with the fundamentals, the defence, and he won a lot with that. He's now starting to build something offensively, but we haven't seen the best of Chelsea yet, that still has to come, but I'm very pleased with the way the team has progressed."
He seems content with the progress Chelsea have made from being a solid defensive side to a unit that plays 'sexy football', a term he coined in Euro Cup 1996 for free-flowing attacking football. He had earlier commented on the inability of Fernando Torres to match up to his team mates. He had even lamented that Chelsea seem to play with ten men when Torres is in the side. There was no mention of Torres this time though.
Bigger tests await Chelsea this season, starting with a visit to White Hart Lane, where former Blues manager Andre Villas Boas lies in wait. Chelsea is club where his life came a full circle, from being Jose Mourinho's ears to returning as a treble winning European manager of high pedigree. Unfortunately, his short reign at Chelsea came to an abrupt end. This sub-plot alone is enough to elevate the Spurs-Chelsea match to another level. Whether the game itself matches to the pre-match hype remains to be seen. One thing is for sure, if Spurs manage to beat Chelsea, Villas Boas would launch into one of his trademark celebration moves, something the Chelsea fans would not like to see.793264