The blues, Chelsea Football Club, have been left staggered after the start of the new season.Left with scars after the first match, more scars in Europe, they have been wounded. No one expected such a start to anew season. Maybe it’s a Manchester curse, as they were also bruised by the Citizens last season. No one knows what has happened with Chelsea.

With a transfer ban for the next two transfer windows, they haven’t been able to bring in any new names for themselves. Luckily they had signed Christian Pulisic right before the ban to replace Eden Hazard who left for Real Madrid. He was a certain replacement, or so they thought.

The highlight of the opening match day was the Super Sunday, where red squared off against blue, Manchester vs London, United against Chelsea. The match promised to be an entertaining one to close off the weekend. Chelsea were confident. However, United were out for revenge. They hadn’t forgotten when Chelsea thumped them 4-0 back when Jose Mourinho was manager.

Rashford opened the scoring in the eighteenth minute with a perfectly taken penalty to take the lead. It took a while for them to score another but Martial got his name on the scoresheet after 65 minutes. A brace for Rashford two minutes later, United were on a roll. As if that was not enough, James put the icing on the cake nine minutes to time when he added a fourth. It was an embarrassing start for the blues.

Chelsea hoped to bounce when they were up against Liverpool in midweek. This was all for the right to be called kings of Europe, the UEFA Super Cup final. It was an all English final, no one could predict anything. Chelsea looked more confident with the likes of Giroud and Pedro in the starting line up. Both teams played well and after 120 minutes, it was all square at 2-2. Penalties would be decisive in this case. Liverpool had 5 while Chelsea had 4, when Tammy Abraham stepped up to take Chelsea’s fifth penalty. To his despair, he missed. Liverpool were crowned champions, another disappointing match for Chelsea’s new season.


Maybe it’s the new manager, or maybe it’s the lack of new faces to their squad that’s the problem, only time will tell. What’s for sure is that Chelsea need to do something if they are to improve. Especially now that they are back in the Champion’s League. Will they fall, or will the legend, Frank Lampard, work some magic?


Robert Mathangani