Juan Mata helped Chelsea secure a 4-2 win in a hugely exciting game at White Hart Lane. Mata scored twice and set up a third for the visitors. It was the first time Andre Villas-Boas had faced his ex-club since being dismissed in March after only nine months in charge.
After the fiasco of yesterday’s waterlogged pitch, England’s World Cup Qualifier ended in a draw after an underwhelming performance in Warsaw. Wayne Rooney put the visitors ahead in the first half but Kamil Glik equalised for Poland towards the end of the game.
In a result that will surprise nobody, England put five goals past San Marino is their latest World Cup Qualifier. Wayne Rooney captained the side and scored twice. Danny Welbeck also scored two and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain got the fifth.
Chelsea maintained their unbeaten record in the Premier League this season with a 2-1 win over Arsenal. The visitors went ahead twenty minutes into the game when Fernando Torres scored from close range. Gervinho then levelled for the home side, but Juan Mata scored the winner at the start of the second half.
Two months after being found not guilty by a criminal court for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, John Terry has been handed a four match ban and a £220,000 fine by the FA for the same offence. Is it a fair ruling? And will it do much to prevent racist conduct in English football?
Chelsea failed to maintain their 100% league record this season after a frustrating game against their West London rivals. The game was occasionally ill tempered, a tone set by Anton Ferdinand when he refused to shake John Terry’s hand before the match.
Chelsea found themselves 2-1 down after 45 minutes after spirited display by Reading in the first half. However goals from Gary Cahill, Fernando Torres, and Branislav Ivanovic in the second half dented the visitors hopes of an early season upset.
Goals from Branislav Ivanovic and Frank Lampard in the opening 7 minutes were enough to secure Chelsea’s first win of the season. The home side had chances in the second half but their finishing wasn't clinical.
After finishing last season on an unexpected high, can Chelsea reclaim their position as a dominate force in the Premier League? They have spent lavishly this summer and manager Roberto Di Matteo will have no excuses if he fails. Will he be able to break the club’s short-term manager curse?