Chelsea Badly Miss Nemanja Matic When He’s Not There
John Obi Mikel has become part of the furniture at Chelsea as he’s been there that long, but if Nemanja Matic is a state of the art armchair with massage features and a drinks holder, the Nigerian is a tired old chair that you bring out when you’ve got loads of people over.
He’s not as good as the Serbian, is what we’re trying to say, and that was proven again here as Mikel didn’t provide enough of a screen for the Chelsea defence in the manner that Matic does so excellently.
As a result that defence was vulnerable, and it ultimately cracked.
Papiss Cisse Is A Prime Goal Poacher
Papiss Cisse had only been on the field for four minutes when he reacted smartly to turn home Sammy Ameobi’s cross.
It was the latest example of the goal poaching prowess of the forward, who has seen his impact reduced by injury in recent months but is still the biggest goal threat that Newcastle have, as he proved by being in the right place at the right time for his second.
Nurse him through the season and play him at the right times, and the Magpies could soar.
The Jack Colback For England Bandwagon Might Not Be Dead Yet
He may not be, as Roy Hodgson ridiculously described him, the ‘Ginger Pirlo’, but Jack Colback is still a very good player and one who can help solve England’s troublesome central midfield problem.
The former Sunderland man was excellent here, and made the most of Matic’s absence to dominate the central midfield area – none more so than in the build-up to Cisse’s second.
Diego Costa May Need Some Help
He was never going to keep up his stellar form going all season, but Diego Costa suddenly looks a little jaded and perhaps in need of a hand up top.
Perhaps Jose Mourinho could opt to partner him with Didier Drogba – such a presence when he came on – or Loic Remy in the coming weeks, thereby lessening the burden on a player who has had a hectic year.
The Unbeaten Run Is Over, Now The Title Race Can Start
Mourinho didn’t like to dwell on the possibility of going unbeaten throughout the season, and in his defence actually stated that his Chelsea side would lose eventually.
Now they have, then, the focus can shift to a title race which is starting to take shape as Manchester City and Sergio Aguero seemingly improve week on week.
This isn’t the one-horse race many claimed.