Sunday, 3 October 2010
Ramires shines but Champions still miss Lampard
Chelsea brushed Arsenal aside at Stamford Bridge this afternoon and stretched their lead at the summit of the Premiership to 4 points. Whilst Arsenal controlled the majority of the game they could not transmit their pressure into goals; whilst their nemisis Didier Drogba scored his 13th goal in 13 games against Arsenal. The game was played predominantly in the middle third of the pitch where Essien, Mikel and Ramires dominated their opponents.
The newest member of this trio is Ramires, a summer signing from Benfica who had an impressive game. He looked rather lightweight in their defeat to Man City last week but was snapping at Arsenal's midfield all afternoon today and played a major role in Chelsea's attacking threat. Even with these 3 it is becoming increasingly noticeable that they are missing Frank Lampard.
It is not only Lampard's goals that they miss; they miss his overall presence. They have not had anyone arriving late in the box which not only creates scoring opportunites for Lampard himself but also many of his players. Any midfielder who scores over 20 goals a season would be missed by any side but for Chelsea to get back to their impenetrable best they need a fully fit Lampard; although having said that they are not doing a bad job without him.