Chelsea News: Playing Like a Champion

Much has been written about Chelsea's newfound fluid attack and the flair players that a reiteration of the same should invoke a fair sense of ennui amongst the watchers of the beautiful game. But even to the trained neutral observer of the game, Juan Mata must evoke a sense of joy, an elation that emanates from watching a master at work. The essence of brilliant men has always been to make things look easy. They accomplish the biggest of things in the grandest of ways but leave enough room for the rest of us to believe that if we tried, we could do the same. They mask their toil, their dark passengers better than most of us. The reward for such masters is the love and unerring loyalty they receive from adoring fans. Juan Mata is no stranger to such reception at Stamford Bridge, having won Chelsea's player of the year in a Champions League winning season. On evidence of the team's bright start to the season, it is time for others to bask in the praise too.

Chelsea travelled to Nordsjaelland, who chose to play in the National stadium, instead of their own stadium, given its relatively smaller size. The Danish club share their age with the celebrated Chelsea signing in Oscar and Hazard. Di Matteo, for his part, made an effort to motivate his troops by showering the usual platitudes about the game. Nordsjaelland had their own idea. Their players belied any nerves they may have had before the match when they matched the European champions in passing and Petr Cech made a save so reminiscent of his magnificent goalkeeping efforts from last season. If the Danes had scored then, the scored would have been 1-1 and the Chelsea would certainly have been pushed much harder. Juan Mata for his part, kept the magic going and finished a beautiful move started by Torres and helped on by Lampard. David Luiz often seen scaring other Chelsea free-kick hopefuls, only to smash the ball way over the bar, stayed true to his talents this time. He unleased a Ronaldo-esque belter that cannoned off the cross bar, past the hapless goalkeeper. Chelsea were on their way and before the match ended they had two more goals in the bank, one more for Mata and the other that Torres and Oscar cradled for Ramires to finish into an open net from a couple of yards. Overall, a safe away game for Di Matteo's men, who must be exerted from the hard work put in, thanks to an excellent Nordsjaelland performance. 

Chelsea lead their group with four points and looks odd on favorite to qualify for the knockout stages. But the observers of Chelsea's new found swagger seem to present one test after another. Shakthar Donestk await, so we are told, with their quick pass and move routine, ready to rest the resolve of the European champions. Arsenal were supposed to do the same and Chelsea came away with a win, deservedly so. But the beauty of football is that challenges like these keep coming your way, some genuine claims and some even crafted by media and fans alike. But overcoming these challenges is what masters like to do. Juan Mata would attest to that.

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