The roller coaster season continues at the Bridge on Sunday with the visit of Leicester City in the FA Cup. The Championship side lie 11th in the League, 6 points of a play off position. Last time out they beat promotion rivals Birmingham 3-1 which came on the back of two successive defeats. Cup fever, at the Bridge, will be reaching pandemic levels after our miracles against Napoli.
RDM has truly galvanised this Chelsea squad. The celebrations, on the pitch, after Wednesday night’s victory was reminiscent of Mourinho against Barcelona. It was interesting to hear RDM say that he has gone ‘back to basics’ in making the team hard to score against, whilst complementing this with a quality front line.
Word on the street is that the Chelsea players called the previous manager ‘DVD’ as every morning, after a match, the players sat down to watch multiple DVD’s of their performance and the next opposition’s performance. Let’s face it, football players like to be on the training pitch, with a football at their feet, not in the classroom!
The introduction of a second holding midfielder seems to have made us more solid. It has allowed the defenders to attack more which is emphasised by the fact that Terry and Ivanovic scored against Napoli whilst Ivanovic, Terry and Cahill all had great opportunities against Stoke. I expect Chelsea to begin with the 4-2-1-2 formation again against Leicester; however I also expect squad rotation with the visit to Man City on Wednesday, followed by Tottenham three days later.
My line up for the Leicester match would be Cech, behind Bosingwa, Luiz, Cahill and Bertrand, with Mikel and Miereles holding and Lampard supporting Torres and Kalou. That means that JT, Ivanovic, Essien, Drogba, Mata, Cole and Ramires will all be fresh for the City trip.
We have a great opportunity to win the FA Cup this year with City, Man Utd and Arsenal already out. How fitting it would be to see RDM back at the scene of his, and probably Chelsea’s, greatest cup final goal.