Early kickoffs in the Premier League are always known for upsets, shocking results and bizarre scenes.
It’s also a fact that being favorites on paper doesn’t automatically translate into 3 points. You must play well for the win.
How much more when it involves the dramatic Jose Mourinho who took a struggling Manchester United to face his former side Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League?
Going by the pre-match analysis, stats and expert predictions, the Sarriball playing Chelsea were expected to put Mourinho’s struggling Manchester United to the sword with ease.
This was very likely after the Blues’ German defender Antonio Rudiger powered a bullet header into the net to put Chelsea ahead halfway through the first half.
Well, this was not the case, and Maurizio Sarri and his team were staring defeat in the face with just 1 minute to go before England midfielder Ross Barkley came to the rescue.
Anthony Martial was almost the star of the day after he equalized and put Man United ahead against all odds and to the chagrin of Chelsea fans at the stadium and worldwide.
Chelsea yet again failed to put an opponent to the sword, only to see them bounce back and almost snatch all 3 points at Stamford Bridge.
A ground that has not been a fertile hunting ground for years. It would have been painful if Man United had garnered all 3 points from Stamford Bridge.
It would have been their first win away to Chelsea since 2012, and it would have been bad because it happened when the Blues were playing arguably their best football ever.
Sarri’s man apparently approached the game with too much confidence thinking Man United wouldn’t be good enough on the day.
Well, the escaped with a point, and more dramatic were the scenes when Mourinho nearly got involved in fisticuffs with one of the Chelsea officials who celebrated twice in his face.
It was a good game. Chelsea’s unbeaten run continues but the side’s dependence on Eden Hazard was obvious as he had a silent game.
Hopefully, Sarri finds a way around this. The team must also learn to take their chances in games like this and not underrate any opponent.