The back of the net ripples and Stamford Bridge rises as one. The goal scorer turns away and makes a familiar run down the touchline as thousands sing his name: Diego.
Back in the starting line-up after his “injury” the Spaniard celebrated his goal by making a talking gesture with his hands. It was all just talk; don’t listen to the papers he says.
Had a rule in China prohibiting clubs from playing more than three foreign players not just passed he may have been more believable. At the end of the day though who cares??
Right now, Diego Costa is the man of the moment. Top of the charts and counting. So long as he wears a blue jersey let’s just enjoy it.
So, the game in which our star man opened the scoring. First off, a tip of the hat to Marco Silva.
The Portuguese has been in charge at the KC for a little under a month and has made a telling difference. Hull fans will be pleased by what they saw at the Bridge this time out.
An organized defence kept Chelsea at bay for most of the second half and had a shout for a penalty been correctly given early into the second half who knows what would have happened?
Alas it was not to be and in the end a 2-0 victory neither flattered to deceive nor was it particularly harsh.
After a thumping Cahill header to put the Blues two up a host of chances could and perhaps should have been buried by the Blues.
That being said Courtois had little use for his deck chair this time round. The Belgian stopper made a number of impressive saves throughout the game to deny the Tigers.
Antonio’s men can look back on a hard fought, and given the weekend’s other results, very valuable victory.
What a weekend it was. The Premier League threw up one of those weekends only the English Top Flight can. Liverpool losing to Swansea, City and United and Spurs all drawing and just the Arsenal to win and that was by the skin of their teeth.
The gap below now stretches to the Gunners with an eight-point swing. I like that. I like it a lot. And here’s why.
Our next two fixtures are the biggest we will have all season. Liverpool and Arsenal are the only teams left in the division who can take six points from their games against us.
They are also the two teams, along with Spurs, best equipped to derail our title bid. Should they both best us over the next two sets of fixtures and everyone else take maximum points the title will go down to the last day.
No doubt in my mind about that. However, should we manage just a pair of draws then we can all start believing that the ribbons will be blue on the final day of the season.
The gap to second would be a massive six points and with the mass brawl that is currently taking place below us for the top four positions one can guarantee that points will be dropped.
Liverpool away are up first and going on the last few performances, Klopp’s side look a bit short of ideas. Without Coutinho on full throttle and Mane off on international duty I would fancy knicking all three points even if I’d settle for one.
Arsenal travel to the Bridge a few days later and should they slip up against a tenacious Watford side then it’s all on them. Adding to the mix is the likely ban Wenger should receive for pushing an official.
All in all, come February, we will have a much better idea of where the title is destined.
Next is an FA Cup weekend! Game against Championship outfit Brentford kicks off at 15:00. Expect to see plenty of fringe players and one or two future stars!