Chelsea continued their explosive start to the season, with a fourth convincing win in a row further cementing their position as title challengers. Bolton were torn apart by the London club for the second time in a week as much like the midweek Carling Cup tie, the match became an exercise in damage limitation for the Trotters. Despite the fact that it took Chelsea 45 minutes to break through the Wanderers back line, it had been the Jussi Jaaskelainen show up until this point, with the Finn making several wonderful saves from the rampant Didier Drogba. It was Didier Drogba that caused the match winning moment as Jlloyd Samuel clipped the Ivorian inside the area, resulting in a penalty and a red card for Samuel. Frank Lampard duly obliged from the spot.
Chelsea picked up where they left off in the second half with Bolton struggling further with the loss of Samuel. Frank Lampard looked in search for a second as he thundered a strike against the Bolton crossbar, however the second goal did follow soon after as Deco curled a strike into the corner of the goal. Chelsea were clearly in the mood to avenge their last two Premier League away games, both of which have resulted in losses, and this was shown by their relentless flowing attacks even when the result of the game was a formality. This is a mentality that will be welcomed by many fans, including myself, as it is a mentality that many previous Chelsea teams have lacked and not only is it a positive approach, but it also utilises a team that are clearly near the top of their game. Chelsea then added a third when pressure from Branislav Ivanovic caused the ball the cannon of Zat Knight into his own net. The blues however saved the best till last with an exquisite piece of football as Lampard’s flick from Deco’s chest was volleyed home by Didier Drogba, summing up a ruthless attacking display from Ancelotti’s men. As a Chelsea fan myself, it is particularly satisfying to witness a team goal of this quality after enduring many years of criticism surrounding Chelsea’s attacking tactics.
Chelsea’s next opponents in the Premier League are somewhat more formidable than Gary Megson’s outfit; however Manchester United will not fancy a trip to the Bridge with Chelsea in their current form. The one downside about the start to the season can be found in the evidence that Chelsea’s two losses have come in the middle of rich spells of form. It is important for Ancelotti to iron out these creases ahead of a potentially title deciding game. The recent success of the attacking philosophy suggests that it may be the best tactic to take against the champions. With home advantage I believe a fast paced attacking display could be the key to victory come Sunday.