Blues have hit a purple patch

Blues have hit a purple patch

RED-HOT BLUES: Chelsea celebrate

Don't write Chelsea off as a title contender... not just yet.

You must all remember one of football’s most famous pieces of commentary.

During the 1966 World Cup final, Kenneth
Wolstenholme of the BBC said: “They think it’s all over it is now” when Geoff Hurst stuck in England for a 4-2 win over West Germany.

It’s been played millions of times, probably to remind people that, like Leicester, there was a moment in history when the impossible was made possible.

Anyway, I’m just relating it to all the punditry around the globe over the last few weeks, as journos have
completely written off the likes of Chelsea as a title contender and given the League to Manchester City after just seven or eight games.

But then what happens?

City take a single point out of a possible six and Chelsea suddenly start performing like Barcelona, leaving the gap between first and fifth at just three points.

I took so much heart out of Saturday’s 3-0 win over the champion Foxes.

Yes, it could be argued that Leicester’s away form is k** and they didn’t give much on the day, but the Blues were magnificent under Antonio Conte’s preferred set-up, with three at the back.

Amazingly, Gary Cahill and David Luiz looked formidable, with Cesar Azpilicueta adding pace to the trio, and Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses running the wings.

The biggest plus resulting out of the formation was playing Eden Hazard at 10 instead of the often-neglected role on the left.

He had a terrible season last year, but looks back to his very best given the freedom to roam around the narrower areas.

At last the Belgian is free again to inflict the kind of damage a player of his quality is supposed to be doing week-in- week-out.

There’s no doubt he’s one of the world’s best and that showed again as he tricked and turned Leicester players for 90 minutes.

Before you all jump down my neck, let’s not forget that since his debut for Chelsea in 2012, he’s scored more goals than any midfielder in the Premier League.

What a joy to watch…

Under the new system and such a small amount of time, even Moses looks like the star man he was at Wigan.

What a contrast to the pathetic Chelsea we saw at Arsenal a couple of weeks ago.

Remember, Oscar, Willian, John Terry and Kurt Zouma were all out, plus we saw three youth players on the pitch.

January will see further strengthening write us off at your peril!

This Sunday will be interesting, big test as José Mourinho returns to West London.

I’ll guarantee you two things: One, most Chelsea fans will give him a huge welcome and, two, he’ll be very lucky to leave with a point!

As always, a frustration for me on fixture dates like yesterday.

This page will have been submitted ahead of last night’s gigantic Cape Town Derby, Liverpool v United.

However, I have a history of predicting the results. So here goes. Well done to y’all on a point a piece!

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