Consecutive league home defeats to two bitter rivals has seen Chelsea’s ghosts of winters past return in a depressingly familiar fashion, November-December 2010 saw us win two in ten. This season, counting Everton as a draw after 90 minutes, Chelsea have only managed one win in their last seven and even that was a frustratingly nervy 1-0 over this year’s stuffed turkeys (Or chicken in their case), Blackburn.
After looking at this, Wolves are probably the perfect side to be visiting the Bridge this Saturday. A poor start and only 3 wins against Blackburn, Wigan and Fulham has seen them languishing above the relegation places in 17th. Although, both clubs were in a similar position last season and Wolves were one of the sides that deepened the winter blues with a 1-0 win at Mollineux, after Chelsea had won 2-0 at the Bridge in October. This year’s Bridge fixture sees Wolves without Richard Stearman due to injury but a reserve side fielded Vs Arsenal on Tuesday included Zubar, Craddock and Elokobi and McCarthy has stated all three will be in contention for the Chelsea tie. The influential Jamie O’Hara and Stephen *unt are also unavailable due to suspension but Hammill and Guedioura will be available after turning out on Tuesday. *unt must feel aggrieved he won’t be playing; he won’t get a chance to have a crack at Cech’s new head protection. Or Head.
After the mostly shambolic display against Liverpool and the lacklustre Leverkusen performance, changes have surely got to be made ahead of this weekend’s tie. Malouda, Luiz and Mikel have looked way off of their best and the latter two have arguably been seen as a hindrance. Alex, Meireles and Sturridge would all be welcome additions to the starting XI. We need stability. Only keeping two clean sheets this season is a worry, AVB must have found an extreme frailty in Alex that no one else has seen, forget the marauding runs and flair of Luiz, we need a solid centre back for once. The lethargic attitude shown on Sunday and Wednesday needs to be banished and forgotten, it’s an icy slope downhill if it gets inside the players’ heads. A good, sharp and fluent performance is needed to get us back on track and make up for lost points.
On paper we should stick three or four past Wolves but the bus will be well and truly parked and it won’t be easy to play football in their half. A solid performance with a 2-0 win would suffice; we just need to go back to basics.