Black Stars midfielder Michael Essien was outstanding yesterday as English champions Chelsea beat German side Werder Bremen 2-0 in their European Champions League opener last night.
Essien, who seems to have found his true form after the signings of Michael Ballack, John Obi Mikel and Andrei Shevchenko, covered every blade of grass; tackling, winning balls, passing, shooting in short, he was everywhere. He it was who latched unto a loose ball and calmly slotted home the opening goal in the 24th minute.
After a rather difficult debut season last year, Essien is now beginning to show why Chelsea shelled out £24.4 million for him. He was also involved in the second goal, his cross resulting in Didier Drogba being fouled for a penalty. Ballack scored.
Essien has been Chelsea's best player in every match this season and last night was no exception. He was voted man-of-the-match by Skysports.com and has indeed become a permanent fixture in Jose Mourinho's starting eleven.
Ghana midfielder Eric Addo did not play as his side PSV Eindhoven were held to a 0-0 draw by Liverpool in a Champions league match. Elsewhere, Ghana striker Patrick Agyemang scored the winner as Preston beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 in the English championship.
It was the striker's second goal in three games.