Newcastle United have tempered the hype surrounding Chelsea this week.
After beating Manchester City, and then knocking Arsenal out of the Capital One Cup, it looked as though the Chelsea juggernaut could be stuttering into gear.
Jose Mourinho’s squad therefore travelled to St James Park in today’s early kick-off with something of a swagger, a skip in their step, swivelling a cane and whistling a tune.
But with wind whistling around St James Park, a master-class from Yohan Cabaye shocked Chelsea as the home team kept the three pints behind lock and key - to lift the mood for the Toon Army after defeat to their Wearside neighbours a week ago.
The gloves went on today for most of the players for a brisk and rasping day up north, and eight years ago it was the same - when the Toon brought Chelsea back to earth with a bump.
Back then Jose Mourinho had eyes on the quadruple, after leading Chelsea to an incredible start in his debut season.
And it was February 2005 when a goal from Patrick Kluivert ended that fanciful dream - Mourinho having to settle for a double with League and League Cup success.
That day Chelsea didn’t take their rivals seriously enough, and on a snow covered Tyneside Mourinho made a massive mistake - bringing on three substitutions at half-time.
It back-fired miserably when Carlo Cudicini got sent off, Wayne Bridge got stretchered off and Damien Duff limped around the pitch lamely for much of the second half - it was a day to forget.
On this occasion, Mourinho did not make any glaringly obvious mistakes, although Lampard and Ramires in the heart of midfield was not a functioning dynamic and the decision not to play Andre Schurrle raised some eyebrows considering his good form.
Chelsea bounced back from that defeat, and went on to have a successful season - and that is likely to be the same rhetoric come the end of this season.
But Mourinho certainly needs to start taking Newcastle United a little more seriously.
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