MK Dons 1-5 Chelsea - Strong Chelsea side blow the opposition away.
Chelsea named a strong side to take on the MK Dons yesterday and blew them away with a totally dominant performance. Goals from Oscar (...
Chelsea named a strong side to take on the MK Dons yesterday and blew them away with a totally dominant performance. Goals from Oscar (3), Hazard and Traore sealed our progress into the next round with a date at home to Manchester City.
Something has definitely happened at Cobham since Hiddink has arrived. The players are happy, playing with smiles on their faces, enjoying their football and playing with much more freedom. Of ever you wanted an example of that it was this game.
Just a word about our hosts. What a fantastic stadium and approach to the game. Rather than change their style, park the bus and look to frustrate Chelsea, they viewed the game as a free hit more or less with nothing to lose and looked to attack us whenever they could. This led to a really open and entertaining game. They scored a fortunate goal in the first half against the run of play with a massive deflection that looped the ball over Courtois to give the home fans something to cheer. I wish them well in the future and look forward to seeing them in the Premier League at some stage.
Before the game had started I hoped that we would start well and really take the game to the opposition. Chelsea did exactly that and exposed the space the Dons were leaving in midfield. Chelsea attacking player's movement was causing them all sorts of problems with the likes of Oscar, Hazard and Fabregas bossing the game. Time and time again we found space, knocked it about playing quick passes to open them up.
Oscar was the man of the match scoring hat-trick with his third the pick of the bunch. Picking up the ball wide left, he cuts inside, moves with the ball across the edge of the box holding off a challenge and then curls a shot into the far corner giving the Keeper no chance.
It was nice to see Eden Hazard get on the scoresheet from the penalty spot, kiss the badge on his shirt and acknowledge the Chelsea fans. Surely a sign of intent for the future we hope!
An added bonus was our fifth and final goal for Bertrand Traore set up by Hazard. The boss believes he can play as a striker and his finish hard and low into the far corner first time from Hazards pass showed exactly that.
We have to give credit to the MK Dons Keeper despite the scoreline. He made numerous saves including one from point blank range early on from Diego Costa. The big striker had to look twice to confirm he hadn't scored because the save was that good!
As I said Chelsea were dominant here having fifteen attempts on goal in the first half alone. Our play was quick, our passing was sharp and we look like the Champions of last season. This will give us added confidence heading into two important games this week against Watford on Wednesday then Manchester United on Sunday. That's Chelsea unbeaten in nine games now, on a good run of form and would be a good bet at Bet Bind to take all six points this week!
Chelsea under Guus Hiddink have their swagger back just at the right time and teams will want to avoid us at the moment. What a difference Hiddink has made!