We’re in between festive seasons in this part of the world but on Monday morning, it seemed that either Christmas hadn’t quite ended or Chinese New Year had arrived early.
At least that was the general feeling among Chelsea fans (or just about anybody here who is not a Manchester United supporter) after the dominant 3-1 victory posted by the Blues against the Red Devils the night before.
Chelsea shirts were worn in abundance at the malls and on public transit, Facebook was abuzz with photos and videos from the match and there was no lack of comments, memes or jokes directed at abject Man U fans as they faced the reality of seeing their club down in seventh place in the Premier League, 14 points out of top spot.
It’s a stark reminder that even the mightiest of footballing empires can suffer a fall and so we, as Chelsea fans, should either be mindful of showing respect towards our opponents in defeat or victory, or to be prepared for a high degree of opprobrium when the bad times roll around.
But while that’s been my general attitude in the way that I have supported Chelsea over the past 30 years, I couldn’t quite resist aiming a dig or two at my Man U-supporting friends on Monday. And also to opt to wear nothing other than Chelsea shirts for the rest of the week.
And it was all thanks to a player that some of us were beginning to think might never reproduce in a Chelsea shirt the fantastic scoring touch that he had so often tormented us with in the past.
Samuel Eto’o was once the scourge of the Blues, scoring crucial goals at the Bridge for Barcelona in 2006 and Inter Milan in 2010 that effectively sank our Champions League campaigns.
To be fair, Eto’o also did us a bit of favour with his goal against Arsenal in the 2006 Champions League final that ensured it would not be the Gunners who would claim the honour of becoming the first London club to win the competition.
But for all of the effort that he had exerted since his arrival from Anzhi Makhachkala in the summer, as Jose Mourinho warned, the early evidence was that it would take time to get to grips with the challenge of breaking down Premier League defences.
That was until Sunday when the 32-year-old rolled back the years as he terrorised the United defence and poached his first hat-trick as a Chelsea player to keep us in the heat of the battle for the Premier League title while consigning our opponents to their seventh defeat of the season.
Watching Eto’o celebrate each of his goals that night and then hugging John Terry and having his words in French badly translated by the skipper in the post-match interview, you could see just how important it was for him to stamp his mark as a Chelsea player.
For he is a striker who feeds off the passion and energy of the fans and who will burst every sinew in his fight for the cause. He may have taken a while to accustom himself to the rigours of the Premier League but it is obvious that he is still a player for the big game and that our support can only help to drive him to greater heights.
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