Stamford Bridge as many say is one of the toughest places to visit in order to win a game of football. Home of Chelsea FC is one of the best places to play football, as fans over here are always upbeat and the support for the home team is unarguably one of the best in Europe. It was Chelsea’s Eden Hazard vs Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah, two top names in lips of every Europe football team fans, though the initial one lived up to his potential of being the icon player, the later had an average game. Much like the game that took place last Saturday between two English giants Liverpool and Chelsea, it was expected that two teams who have been undefeated till now this season will give their fans a memorable evening to enjoy. Both the teams played in top gear and it was a battle of bests between two equally good teams. Klopp and Sarri met for the second time this season with Sarri already having one upper hand with a win at Carabao Cup. It was as many pundits said the best match of the season till now in Premier League. Here are the 5 key talking points we would like to highlight upon.
1. Battle of the Mids :
Chelsea as many say have currently one of the best midfields in Europe with the likes of Jorginho, Kante and Kovacic leading the pack and likes of Fabregas, Barkley waiting for their chance as backups. Though Liverpool lacks the big names but likes of Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum have made quite a mark yesterday as they went toe to toe with Chelsea’s lustrous midfield, matching them pass to pass and ball to ball. Liverpool may not have the midfield to outclass Chelsea’s talent in but an even contest can always be pulled off by any team in football if they play their role properly at their given position without making much mistakes, that’s what Liverpool’s midfield did last Saturday.
2. Sarri 1 Klopp 0 :
Though Saturday’s encounter ended in a draw but Sarri on his Premier League debut has already one upper hand over Liverpool’s Klopp. Klopp is one of the best managers in World football and after managing Liverpool for almost 2 years he has become a manager most of the Premier League managers are afraid of. Getting a win over him on a cup game at their home stadium was one of the biggest boosts for Sarri on his PL debut season as a manager. Though Sarri almost had a double over Klopp but was denied by a World class equalizer from Daniel Sturridge.
3. Hazard the best player in Europe :
Without much of an argument one can simply say that if you can compare one player right now with 2 of the bests in the World (LM10 AND CR7) it has be Eden Hazard from Chelsea. Sarri already has said in one of his press conferences that on current form Eden Hazard is the best player in Europe. He seems to have improved to another level and scoring and assisting for fun match after match. After an outstanding World Cup taking his team to semis, Eden didn’t stop to continue with his excellence as he is keeping on scoring and assisting for blues and making them looking like a team who are serious title contenders. With 6 goals and 2 assists in 7 matches, Eden Hazard has set his new season campaign on fire and look to continue to better his numbers with every passing game.
4. Liverpool’s Defence :
When was the last time Liverpool’s defense was considered among the elite top teams in England. We all might have a tough time to remember just 4 years back this team had a back four of Johnson, Skrtel, Sakho and Flannagan one of the most inconsistent defenses you can think of. But right now Liverpool have a defense that most of the big clubs in Europe would be taking a note of. With Allison, the second highest valued GK in the World on goal they have couple of exciting and talented attacking fullbacks like Trent Alexander Arnold and Andy Robertson. Coming to center back position they have leader and a wall in Virgil Van Dijk who is now considered one of the best in the World paired with Joe Gomez almost performing equally at par with his CB partner, adding to the backups they have well known like Lovren, Matip, Clyne and Alberto Moreno. This might as well be said as the best Liverpool defense in last 10 years.
5. Liverpool’s attack a worry :
Last season with regularity Liverpool’s front 3 were being praised for their consistency on front of goal scoring match after match with ease and comfort. But things are moving in the right direction this season as the front 3 are not linking up as much as they were last season and the performance has come down. Firmino and Mane though have scored some crucial goals this season already but Momo Salah is yet to find his rhythm and has looked nowhere near his image he created last season. Shaqiri’s entry this season was supposed to add more venom in the attacking space but instead it seems Shaqiri needs little more time to adapt to his team’s style of play and score and assist on a more regular basis. The only highlight of Liverpool’s attack came last night in the form of Daniel Sturridge, when a scored a Worldie in front of his previous club home supporters giving Reds a very important point at an away game.