Super Frankie Lampard’s showtime blues were enjoying being unbeaten, before that trip to Goodison only Jurgen Klopp had got the better of Lampard in 90 minutes.
It lead to many, myself included, asking whether this team could potentially go on and win the league this season.
The Premier League is more open than ever, and defending Champions Liverpool had been knocked down a peg or two and Manchester City were performing like they did before the takeover.
So if anyone was going to win it, why not us? (Hat tip to Dan Dormer).
Back to back defeats for Chelsea has left us going from potentially topping the table to our current position of 8th (maybe 9th if Wolves beat Burnley) ahead of our game tonight with West Ham.
Lose a third game and even the Hammers will over take us and we could be looking at 10th position.
Palpable discord feels right?
Well not exactly. Win the game and we go back above Spurs into 5th. That’s how crazy this league is, the difference between winning and losing is 5 places.
I can’t remember a time the Premier League has been like that.
Even if we do lose it’s not the end of the world, life goes on (depending on what tier you live in), and we would still only be 3 points off Spurs who’ve dropped from 1st to 5th quicker than London moved from Tier 2 to Tier 4.
And even if we did lose we can still laugh at Arsenal right?
I know I’m one of the worst losers, I hate it, I need to know why, I need someone to blame, I struggle accepting the opposition played better because in my eyes we’re the best team the world has ever seen.
But the harsh reality is that we’re not right now, there are teams better than us, we’ve still got young players developing, new players still settling and a manager who’s still learning new things every day.
We were never meant to be in contention this year despite what the media will gaslight you into believing.
This is a 3 year plan to be challenging again and there’s still new signings to be made to try and complete this squad.
It’s easy to get caught up in it all, I’m guilty of that, but in the cold light of day, it’s just football.
Football’s an escape from what has been a really tough year for some people. My heart was warmed by Chelsea asking supporters to support someone else this Christmas.
To check in on friends and family who don’t seem themselves or you haven’t heard from.
Social media can be a cruel place but you can also find some absolute gems on there and I feel fortunate that the majority of people I interact with are great people.
That’s what it’s all about, that’s what going to the football is all about. The result is often irrelevant to how your day out goes because you’ve got your mates with you to have a laugh with.
Not going to the football obviously makes that more difficult and a bad result can ruin your night, your day or even your week.
But sometimes it’s good to take a step back, look at the bigger picture and just take the L.
Win or lose up the Blues.
Merry Christmas everyone. I hope you’re able to celebrate in some way and you don’t feel alone, because there’s a big Chelsea family out there, don’t be afraid to reach out.