With fans returning to Emirates Stadium after a long-awaited 18 months, they returned to watch a dominant display of football from the reigning European Champions and ‘new’ signing Romelu Lukaku.
The Blues were ever so impressive against Arsenal, controlling the game throughout, with a clear difference of ability between the two sides with Tuchel’s game management out playing a very poor Arsenal squad.
The game became easy to control incredibly early with Lukaku’s movement to drag out the Arsenal defensive line in the 14th minute, creating space for Reece James, enabling him to play a neat ball across the box to a powerful Lukaku to score his first goal for the club in over 10 years.
With Chelsea, 1-0 up seemed that it was going to be challenging for Arsenal to get back into the game. And with a brace from alone Reece James in the box, it became abundantly clear that they were marching towards back to back wins.
The comfortable win took Tuchel’s side top of the table after the opening two games only being separated by alphabetical order with Liverpool. But in this current form, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if the West London club were able to hold onto the top spot for the rest of the season and potentially go on to win their first Premier League title since 2016/17.
Tuchel’s Turnaround –
Since the replacement of Frank Lampard for Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea has seen an excellent transition into a dominant team that look to utilise their young talents to win trophies and even look to threaten the Premier League title once again.
Tuchel’s success can be linked to his win rate of 63.6% and his ability to tighten up the West London side defensively, almost mirroring the success of the Jose Mourinho Chelsea teams from 2004-07.
When Tuchel took over in January, it was evident that Chelsea was in trouble under the leadership of Frank Lampard, with the side playing 17 times, having a record of 9W, 5D, 6L with 28 goals scored and 23 conceded.
With a quick change, the German manager quickly shifted the side to go on to play 33 games with such an impressive record of 21W, 7D, and 5L, scoring 44 and conceding 17, winning both a Champions League and Super Cup in that time, only missing out on the FA Cup with a defeat to Leicester. It has been one hell of a turnaround for one manager, deserving all the credit for what he has achieved in his first eight months at the club.
And with Tuchel already winning the biggest competition in Europe, the Premier League will be the main focus walking into the 2021/22 season, coming into the campaign with confidence, very similar to the 2019/20 Premier League winners Liverpool, who in the season previous won the Champions League.
And with Chelsea challenging reigning champions Manchester City, they will also be walking into the new season with the mental advantage, as Guardiola’s City side have been unable to beat Tuchel yet, which will prove to be a great battle as the season continues.
Lukaku – The £97.5 million Solution –
The signing of Romelu Lukaku may prove how serious Chelsea have become to once again posing a threat to the league title. With the Belgian joining the club for £97.5 million, he became the second most valuable player in Premier League history, behind Man City’s Jack Grealish.
And I am sure at such a price that Lukaku will most definitely be worth his weight in gold, with the former Inter Milan striker returning to Stamford Bridge, looking to continue the magnificent form that he found in the Serie A.
Lukaku displayed how dominant he can be scoring 24 goals in the 36 games he played for Inter, you’d be sure he is set to be in the definite replacement of an unfortunate Timo Werner, who was only able to net six times in the league for Chelsea last season.
And after an impressive debut what a signing Lukaku looks to be with an impressive opening debut match, getting the opening goal using his explosive power to bully Mari off the ball, to barge his way into the box, it seems that there isn’t a single defender capable of withstanding him.
He proved his dominance throughout the game with his powerful darting header towards goal almost resulting in him getting the double on his debut if it weren’t for Leno’s incredible save onto the crossbar.
And as well as his impressive hold-up play to allow the wingers in behind proved how vital he is going to be in the season ahead, he was even able to display his aerial threat contesting for 14 headers throughout the game.
From his returning 90 minutes in a Chelsea shirt, he proved that he is going to be very important to the squad in their fight for the league title, from his previous experience in the Premier League getting 114 goals in 253 games, there should be no doubt that he won’t set the last impression this campaign.
Who’s next –
In the next fixture for Chelsea, they’ll have to travel up to Merseyside to play Liverpool, which could be one of the biggest games of their season with Liverpool and Chelsea sitting at the top of the table with mirrored results.
If Chelsea were to go to Anfield and walk away with the victory, it could leave a lasting impression on this Premier League with Tuchel being able to push aside another title rival in good form out of the way.
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