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.
— Man United News (@ManUnited_News) August 19, 2013
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.
Who cares if it's only Burnley, be honest. There is no way Chelsea aren't winning the league this season. — Paddy (@PaddyAFC_) August 18, 2014
Can't believe it, only us could lose the title in August. Worse defending Champions ever. Congratulations Chelsea, always next season City.
— Danny (@DanMagic_) August 18, 2014
Chelsea 2014/15 Champions, can see it already.. — Man United's Agent (@The_MUFC_Agent) August 18, 2014
Even some people who should know better than to trumpet such nonsense this early in the season couldn't help but get stuck in.
Just seen *that* Fabregas pass. That's why Chelsea will win the title this season. Best signing of the summer, no doubt.
— Graham Ruthven (@grahamruthven) August 18, 2014
And hey, it's easy to get carried away when you're watching a great team at work...
— Eurosport.com (@EurosportCom_EN) August 19, 2014
But a brave few people, as ever, do the tough work of moving on from one stand-out match, and instead delve into the deeper meanings of any given result. Take this astute tactical genius, who pointed out the elements of Chelsea's set-up that other clubs could do worse than emulate.
Chelsea look better now they’ve signed better players, more teams should do that. — Ally Moncrieff (@AllorNothingMag) August 18, 2014
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:
Cech would've caught that one-handed and launched a counter-attack from which Chelsea would've scored three goals. — Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) August 18, 2014
Petr Cech to no one in particular: "You know, I actually try to stop shots on goal..."
— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) August 18, 2014
Cech would have saved it. — John Cross (@johncrossmirror) August 18, 2014
Cech looking at Mourinho like pic.twitter.com/GXb9QGrWnR
— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) August 18, 2014
And no, Cech wouldn't have saved Burnley's goal. — Rashad (@Mourinholic) August 18, 2014
Courtois is good but I woud choose Cech over him.
— Ryan (@RyanBlackwell98) August 18, 2014
The risk on Courtois was a good one — #KILLMATICOUTNOW (@officialosi) August 18, 2014
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….
To add insult to injury, Burnley have spelled Petr Cech's name wrong on the official teamsheet (& Felipe Luis pic.twitter.com/jwyPzLAqfF
— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceIndy) August 18, 2014
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