Mere days after an emotional win against former teammate Didier Drogba, Chelsea FC blew six goals past fellow title contender Arsenal. Jose Mourinho was very happy with his team’s 6-0 drubbing of the Gunners, but he is still wary of Manchester City.
The Blues may be league leaders right now, seven points ahead of Arsenal, but Manchester City lurks dangerously behind them. City has played three fewer matches and are only six points behind Chelsea. Mourinho is quick to remind everyone that the Blues do not control their own destinies at this point. If City earned maximum points from all of their remaining matches they would be champions at the end of the season.
Blues fans won’t be thinking about that right now after Saturday’s dominance over their London rivals. Scoring began early and happened often.
Samuel Eto’0, who scored a goal in the first ten minutes last match, opened up the scoring in the fifth minute this go around. Eto’o was in the right place at the right time yet again, and he curled a left footed shot from the right channel into the goal. Andre Schurrle provided the final pass, and provider turned into goal scorer mere minutes later as the Blues were up 2-0 with seven minutes gone.
Eto’o went from being on top of the world to the bench in a manner of five minutes as he was forced to end his day after nine minutes with a muscle injury. Fernando Torres was his early replacement.
Eden Hazard, in the middle of an incredible season for the Blues, scored on a penalty kick to give the Blues a three goal lead 17 minutes in. Oscar added a goal on either side of the half and substitute Mohamed Salah rounded out the scoring with the sixth. Salah’s goal, his first for Chelsea, was celebrated enthusiastically by his teammates.
Manchester City, sitting in second, thundered in five goals against Fulham in a 5-0 rout. Yaya Toure scored a hat trick and kept Manchester City’s pursuit of Chelsea relentless.
Fourth placed Liverpool poured on the goals as well as Cardiff City was defeated 6-3. Luis Suarez scored three as Liverpool stayed alive in the title race.
The next month will be very important for the Blues as they try to keep up the huge momentum from the past week. A tough tie against Paris St. Germain in the last eight of the Champions League is on the horizon. Mourinho has to be smart with his squad because the Blues cannot afford to drop any points in the league, and they must be ready for PSG.
It will be an eventful next month for the Blues, but if all the cards are played correctly it could be one in which they become that much closer to winning both the Premier League and Champions League.