Early Doors

Overreaction Theatre: ‘There’s no way Chelsea aren’t winning the title’

Early Doors

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Jose Mourinho

It's a time-honoured tradition. A big-name team with eyecatching summer signings, a relatively-recently installed manager and a huge fan base cut loose against lower-table opposition on day one, and are instantly hailed as nailed-on favourites to claim the Premier League title.

Yes, that's what happened to David Moyes last season - and this year, it's Jose Mourinho's Chelsea who have instantly been hailed as the Premier League champions-elect.

Apart from Chelsea's fluent and impressive start, the biggest talking point ahead of the match was Jose Mourinho’s decision to start with Thibaut Courtois ahead of Petr Cech. Beforehand Mourinho claimed he now had two of the world’s top three goalkeepers, and that his decision would be difficult. Cech has played nearly 500 matches for Chelsea; Courtois been on loan at Atletico Madrid for each season since joining the club in 2011. The 32-year-old Cech is the experienced club stalwart; Courtois, 10 years his junior, starred for Belgium at the World Cup, and for Atletico Madrid as they won La Liga. Understandably, opinion was divided… PRO-CECH:

PRO-COURTOIS:

Adding insult to injury, the dozy official who drew up the teamsheet at Turf Moor managed to spell Cech’s name wrong. And Filipe Luis’. Ooops….

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