The match ended 2-1 in favor of Chelsea, and with the win they remained in third place in the table while Liverpool slipped to fifth. Here’s a look at three things that we learned from this game.
1. Mourinho still unbeaten at Stamford Bridge
The Special One’s unbeaten run at The Bridge continued with yet another victory, extending his unbelievable record. Mourinho set up his team to break up Liverpool’s passing game in the middle of the park, and the constant pressing meant that Liverpool failed to get going in the first half.
In the second half, following Frank Lampard’s exit due to a thigh injury allowed Liverpool a foothold in the game, but a disciplined performance, typical of a Mourinho side, saw them through to the final whistle. The decision to play David Luiz nullified the effect of Suarez by denying him the space in which he generally drops in to create the chances for himself and his teammates. Further, his decision to start Samuel Eto’o ahead of Fernando Torres was vindicated by the Cameroonian getting on the score sheet.