Chelsea dismantles QPR 6-1
It was so fun to watch a non-stressful Chelsea game today. It’s been some time since Blues fans have been able to kick back and enjoy a Chelsea goal fest. It was a welcome respite after the ultra tense Champions League semifinal matches against Barcelona the past two weeks.
I was expecting a tense match against QPR since they’re fighting to stave off relegation and with Chelsea coming off the emotional high of knocking out Barcelona last Tuesday. But credit to Di Matteo for focusing the squad on the task at hand – a loss today would’ve probably ended Chelsea’s bid for fourth place in the Premier League (and thus a Champions League berth for next season).
Daniel Sturridge began the scoring onslaught just 45 seconds into the match. John Terry added a header goal off a corner kick a few minutes later, then Fernando Torres added two more – all before the 25th minute! Torres scored another goal in the second half to complete his first hat trick as a Chelsea player (Malouda scored the team’s sixth goal).
Torres’ finishing was so much sharper against QPR, I wonder if his climactic goal at Barcelona last week finally got him over the mental hurdle that has hampered him since joining Chelsea. He certainly looked a lot more relaxed and confident today. If he can finish the season looking this strong, I’ll have to recant my post from a few weeks back listing him among those players Chelsea should consider transferring this summer!
Chelsea’s possession and attack hasn’t looked this good in a very long time. The team’s amazing transformation under Di Matteo is apparently for real. With Chelsea’s emphatic win over QPR and Newcastle’s surprising loss to Wigan, the Blues are now only one point out of fourth place (behind Tottenham and Newcastle who are tied with 62 points). Newcastle visits Chelsea on Wednesday in what will be another must-win clash for the Blues in their bid to keep Champions League hopes alive for next season. No rest for the weary!
What do you think – has Torres fully recovered his old form?