Chelsea Football Club have a massive 180 minutes of football to play in the coming 5 days. Best case scenario is we beat Villa on Saturday and JT and super Frank jointly lift the Europa Cup on Wednesday. Worse case, well I don’t want to go there!
I cannot wait for the smug, self opinionated, CV analyst called Rafa Benitez to pack his bags, clear off and ruin some other unfortunate club.
Surely he must see that his negative, counter attacking, try to hold on to a lead, style does not work. How many points have we thrown away in the last 10 minutes, Swansea, Reading, Southampton, Tottenham to name but a few, whilst our rivals regularly score in the last 10 minutes! If he rests key players away to Villa, for the early morning kick off, we will come unstuck. The claret and blues are playing well and have picked up recently, with the only reversal coming against newly crowned champions, Manchester United, in the last five. This will be no pushover and three points is the only option.
Benitez will definitely rotate again. I expect Lampard, Terry, Moses and Ba all to make starts, but who will he rest? Listen to me Rafa, Hazard and Mata MUST play, I understand you need to rotate to keep players fresh but these three points are MORE important than a victory on Wednesday!!! As for Villa, the impressive Lowton faces a late fitness test, whilst El Ahmadi and Clark are definitely out. Chelsea need to beware of the goal scoring treat from Benteke, Agbonlahor and Weimann. The home side are practically safe and will surely want to avenge their 8 -0 demolition earlier in the season.
Chelsea’s match number 67 of this extraordinary 69 game season is probably the most important. It will define who our next manager will be, who we can attract to the club for next season and where we will be travelling to, for our European beanos! Get the tactics right Rafa. Attack, keep possession, press high up the field, pick the right team and do not defend a one goal lead and qualification to the top table of European football is ours.