What was all the drama about? Chelsea scored a goal, Chelsea won a game, Marc Cucurella played at right-back and it all happened whilst Robert Sanchez looked like he fancied helping out his former side. Chelsea scored a goal and won a game.
Outside of that an just a few of the questions being hurled Mauricio Pochettino's way are begining to be answered. Can they do it without Enzo Fernandez? Well, just about. Will Levi Colwill ever be a centre-back again? Maybe. Is Nicolas Jackson actually any good? Probably.
And then there's the enigma on the left. Not the Ben Chilwell one for once, that's been answered (sort of) in another way, but what happens in front of him.On display at Stamford Bridge was the good, the bad and the future of Mykhailo Mudryk. He was exasperatingly brilliant and jaw-droppingly frustrating at the same time.
His bright start saw a neat touch when receiving the ball squarely against Tariq Tamptey, a genuine foot-race for the ages making others like they're moving in slow-motion. The sharp twist inside had him running, galloping, head-spinning faster than his brain can think, feet going at the pace of a cartoon animal revving up to dart of. He unleashed a powerful shot straight at Bart Verbruggen.
Mudryk looks like a player that starts every game at 100% confidence but loses 5% per minute he doesn't touch the ball until it's too late and he's a shadow, soul sucked up by the Dementor's kiss. It's reasons like this that his positioning can be off, his radar going wayward and his body acting like it's been deprived or it's power source, struggling to find the key to that next step, the final dribble.
So this was an entirely positive start, he ran at Lamptey, took on one of the form defenders in the league andRead on football.london