CFCnet could hardly contain its yawns early on Saturday morning. Whether it was the after effects of a blistering UB40 gig at London’s Troxy the night before we don’t know, but it was more likely to be the acres of newsprint given over to the fulsome praise of Spurs.
The latest darlings of the UK sports media, the back pages of Saturday’s papers were given over to how wheeler dealer ‘Arry’s side were about to end their away day hoodoo against the Top Four and beat Man Utd later in the day. We weren’t so sure. In fact, after 67 consecutive away defeats against Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea, only an idiot could possibly imagine that Spurs would win at Old Trafford. And so it proved, as Spurs conceded two easy goals. Still, CFCnet mused that at least it’s an improvement on their Champions League form of conceding 3 goals per away game.
With Arsenal also winning at home, it was vital that we beat Blackburn and came back with all three points. That’s not as easy as it sounds as the Lancashire side knocked us out of last year’s Carling Cup and then nearly ruined our Championship run-in last March. With Sam Allardyce stamping his physical tactics on the team, and following our tepid win against Wolves, we visited Ewood Park with some trepidation.
As it turned out CFCnet needn’t have worried as another fine Ivanovic header saved the day, yet as late as the 86th minute our hearts were in our mouth. Indeed, when Jason Roberts turned Ashley Cole and beared down on Cech we thought it was game over. How he missed the target no one knows but it was similar to Reo-Coker’s late miss for Villa a few weeks back.
The month of October has seen us ride our luck somewhat, especially when you consider that Wolves also had two clear chances to score against us recently. This slight dip in form, not huge but still noticeable, has come hand in hand with Frank Lampard’ absence from the team. We need him back before our luck finally runs out.
Still, we don’t want to sound too negative. After all, we’re five points clear, City are imploding, and we’ve only dropped 5 points all season. We’re still the team to beat.
Finally, we have to say thanks to Didier Drogba for phoning Romelu Lukaku, the Belgian teenage international for whom Anderlecht have already turned down an offer of £17.5 million from Spurs. Hailed as the ‘new Drogba’, a whole host of Clubs are after the 6ft 3in wonderkid including Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho. With Chelsea apparently unwilling to enter an auction for the 17 year-old youngster, especially now that City are paying silly money for anyone in a pair of leather boots, Chelsea’s hopes of signing the striker from Anderlecht appear to rest with Drogba whom Lukaku idolises.
We were therefore relieved to learn that Drogba gave the young player a friendly phone call by way of encouragement. With Lukaku also visiting Stamford Bridge and wearing a Chelsea shirt on a recent school tour, CFCnet was delighted to read that the boy said, “If ever one day I will cry, it will be when I sign for Chelsea.” That’s the spirit.
It’s not often that the hottest young striking prospect in Europe talks up your team as well as idolising your incumbent striker, and we hope these facts are not lost in Chelsea’s boardroom. We hope Drogba offers more words of kind inspiration to the young Belgian and perhaps take a cheeky private jet to visit the young lad this side of Christmas. That should seal the deal.