Chelsea Showing Signs of Life
The international weekend gives clubs a chance to look back on the first segment of their season, and Chelsea's gonna find they've got to raise their game.
13 points in seven matches -- 4-1-2 -- won't get them into Europe next season.
However, the Blues saw rays of sunshine last Saturday, reacting to defeats at the hands of Liverpool and Arsenal by changing formation at Hull City. It worked to the tune of a 0-2 victory.
Manager Antonio Conte shifted from the common 4-1-4-1 shape to 3-4-3 and allowing the wing back to help in defense when the need arose while also moving forward to help the attacking players. This ensured a second clean sheet on the season.
The two wing backs -- Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses -- made their first league starts of the season, David Luiz played in the center of a back three that featured César Azpilicueta and Gary Cahill flanking him.
The offensive players were good on the ball, and Diego Costa's performance showy he'ed whs the Premiership's top scorer.
The win rejuvenated the Blues after picking up just one point of a possible nine from their last three games. This should instill a positive spirit around Stamford Bridge as their players leave for international duty over the next two weeks.
Manchester United's on the docket after that, and they've got their own issues. This could be Chelsea's time to make a move.