Those are my thoughts too John. Say what you like about our performances since losing to RM, but watching Citeh playing last night I can't see how they will be able to match what we've achieved in our first campaign.
Citeh were clearly playing for at least a draw. Dzeko played like Pavy except in a light blue shirt, and apart from David Silva - who is another Modric IMO - and Johnson/Milner on the wings I thought they were pretty boring.
To see possession stats consistently and massively in our favour and watching us run rings around them it just goes to show that had our strikers been on target all season the match would have been an irrelevance in terms of CL qualification and we'd be up there challenging the Goons (and perhaps Chelski) for 2nd place.
Rose was again very good and yes comfortable at LB and Lennon for once looked like the player he was last season constantly getting the better of Zabaleta (until he broke his nose!). But you're right about vdV playing way too deep though he did also get into some great positions. Conversely Sandro seemed to spend a lot of time in the oppo territory so perhaps they evened it up a little (and I didn't see 'Arry having a go at him about that either!).
I recorded the match and I've yet to watch it - sadly our seats were pretty much at ground level so I didn't get the view I normally do at WHL but it was clear from the off that Mike Dean was going to overlook dubious fouls by Citeh while penalising us.
Overall, despite the lack of goals and losing the game I'm pleased with the general performance because it was so much better than it has been of late.