BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo looks on ahead of the FA Community Shield match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Villa Park on August 12, 2012 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
The first game of the season is over, and Chelsea fans can smile for the most part. We got off to a quick start in this one, and then it looked like we took our collective feet off the gas pedals a bit. Here are my initial thoughts after watching this one, and after the jump you can find the community player ratings for this one.
- Chelsea looked great coming out of the gate, but after 2 goals in 6 minutes they certainly backed off and defended a bit. With 2 more Premier League matches to be played by this time next week, I really don't have a problem with that. 3 points are 3 points.
- The David Luiz yellow card was just ridiculous. It wasn't a dangerous challenge, didn't break up a counter, and was his first tackle of the game. After the ref had allowed several challenges from James McCarthy which had both been more dangerous and stopped a potential counter without reaching for his pocket, pulling the Yellow for sideshow was ridiculous. It had no impact on the game at all, but that's 1 yellow he shouldn't have on his card count for the year.