Three good, three bad: Chelsea

Chelsea maintained their strong start under Andre Villas-Boas with a 4-1 defeat of Swansea City.
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Chelsea continued their strong start to life under Andre Villas-Boas with a 4-1 win over newly-promoted Swansea City, a result which means they have now taken maximum points from his first three games at Stamford Bridge.

Football Burp looks at three Blues who impressed this weekend and three Blues who need to up their game…

Three Good:

Ramires – Two good goals and another high-energy showing, the Brazilian midfielder looks to be improving with each passing game and, at 24, he has time to work on his not-always-immaculate technique. Still, his switch to a more attacking role has brought about a significant improvement in terms of productivity and he could well end up keeping Michael Essien out of the side on merit.

Fernando Torres – The Spanish striker confirmed suspicions that his form is directly related to his hair with another fine performance cushioned by long, blond locks. Got himself stupidly sent off for a two-footed lunge on Mark Gower but showed enough even in half an hour to suggest that he is very much ‘back’ and ready to justify that oft-quoted price tag. However, whether he walks straight back into the side after his three-match suspension remains to be seen.

John Obi Mikel – Another understated yet solid outing from the Nigerian, who was as usual excellent defensively but also helped to dictate Chelsea’s play with the type of unhurried approach that can be mistaken for ponderousness. Played a crucial role in keeping things ticking over despite his side’s numerical disadvantage.

Three Bad:

Jose Bosingwa – Spurned some good opportunities to get crosses in from dangerous areas and generally fuelled opinion that Branislav Ivanovic would be a better option at right-back. Struggled against Nathan Dyer, whom, with all respect, is not the highest quality winger he’s likely to come up against this season.

John Terry – Chelsea continue to look vulnerable at set-pieces, something which their captain and defensive lynchpin/organiser will be charged with if it doesn’t improve. Terry didn’t exactly have a howler but, as an organiser, it does not reflect well that Bosingwa was left marking three men for Swansea’s goal.

Nicolas Anelka – Once again unimpressive at right-midfield but showed up far better as a lone striker after Torres’ dismissal. A mixed bag, then, but his continued presence in the side will surely be under threat with a more fully-fit squad.

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