Chelsea travel to the Hawthorns on Saturday with three, absolutely vital, points the only option acceptable to the Champions. Ancelotti has the arduous task of raising spirits after our midweek exit from the Champions League.

This is not an easy game. West Brom are unbeaten in seven and are resurgent since Liverpool reject, Roy Hodgson, replaced  former Chelsea heroes Roberto Di Matteo and Eddie Newton, at the helm .Oh for the halcyon days of early August, when the, newly crowned, champions smashed the baggies for six, on the opening day. The rollercoaster ups and downs, of being a Chelsea fan, have gone a full loop the loop since then.

Chelsea travel without Alex and Ramires who both picked up muscle injuries in midweek. Ancelotti is likely to rotate, his forlorn squad, with crucial home games coming up against Birmingham and West ham. I expect Mikel, Bosingwa, Benyaoun, Drogba and, the excellent, David Luiz to return to the starting eleven.

With Man City playing their red neighbours, in the FA Cup, we can open up a gap on them and look to secure our place in the ‘obsession cup’ for next season. Arsenal have a tricky four days ahead with games against Liverpool and ‘Thursday night football’ bound Tottenham. Chelsea can push on and secure second place to end the season in a euphoric low.

Much has been said, and written, about who should be director of football, who should be in the hot seat and who should be tea lady for next season, but perhaps that is a debate for another day. Suffice to say come back ‘special one’ we miss you!

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