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Essien's performance for Chelsea shows the midfielder can return to his best form

Posted On Monday, 16th December 2013
Ghana midfielder Michael Essien produced a fruitful performance for his English club Chelsea over the weekend that proves that he still has plenty left in the tank and ready for the 2014 World Cup.

Essien was in good form for Chelsea over the weekend

Ghana midfielder Michael Essien produced a fruitful performance for his English club Chelsea over the weekend that proves that he still has plenty left in the tank and ready for the 2014 World Cup.

Some pundits had condemned the midfield powerhouse as a washed up footballer as he has not replicated the form he showed before his injury layoff.

His showing the the recent match against Southampton gave ammunition to his critics but over the weekend he silenced them even though Chelsea were made to sweat for their win against relegation candidates Crystal Palace.

Goals from scrutinised striker Fernando Torres and Brazilian work-horse Ramires was enough to see off Marouane Chamakh’s first half strike in a 2-1 win.

Although the result looks unconvincing, the statistics paint the picture that the West London side were the most dominant Premier League side on the day. Mourinho’s men retained 70% possession, notched up 638 passes and had 16 shots on goal, whilst Palace could manage 279 passes and 10 opportunities.

Essien produced a brilliantly energetic performance, and amazingly had 109 touches of the ball.

To put that into perspective, the two Palace players to make the most touches through-out the game were Joel Ward and Jason Puncheon, both with 55.

So unbelievably, Essien managed to be as busy on the ball as the two highest Palace players put together. A great credit, to a great player.

He showed that even in his old-age he still uses the ball well, and passed everyone else off the park with a total of 87, again in perspective Palace highest recorded player notched 32, so he nearly tripled it and had a pass accuracy of 93%.

He attempted 10 long-balls, with nine finding their target and also managed five successful dribbles, the most out of any player, which is remarkable for a player in the same team as Willian, Hazard and Mata.

It’s no secret that Mourinho still has a lot of faith in the 31-year-old that masterminded a lot of Chelsea’s success that won them Premier League titles and even had him on loan at Madrid last season, when his career all but looked over at Chelsea.

It will be good to see more of Essien, as this will be good news for Ghana ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

What did you make of Michael Essien’s performance against Palace?

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. Ogya says:

    I did not watch the match

  2. He-goat says:

    Ogya if you did not watch the match you keep quite instead of occupying valuable space up there.

    Splendid performance, but he should reserve some for Ghana next year oo.

  3. pala says:

    encouraging performance
    chamakh gave him a very forceful bone shaking tackle which attracted the referee’s yellow card.
    why is that african players plying their trade in the english league apply brute force when tackling essien? i saw papa boba diop did that in a ghana senegal friendly. i saw mikel did that in a ghana nigeria friendly. i saw drogba did that in angola 2010 which took essien out. i saw yahaya toure did that in a match between barcelona vrs chelsea in spain

  4. Abdulrahman.sulley says:

    Essien was fantastic this weekend

  5. Abdulrahman.sulley says:

    Am a chelsea fun but for much playing time he must leave chelsea to get much play

  6. iantwii says:

    Besides Mourinho is from Portugal. He might not play Essien often or truly help him get in form for the world cup. Why would he help Essien get in form for him to do Portugal in? Is just a word for thought.





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