With Sunday’s game against Manchester United rapidly approaching, Di Matteo has just completed a fresh news conference, confirming that everyone is fit, apart from Frank Lampard, who limped off in mid week during the early stages of our disappointing defeat against Shakhtar Donestk.
It has been confirmed that Lampard will be missing for up to 3 weeks with a calf injury. With the starting eleven looking very exhausted in the week and after a flight home, this is not the best news. However, we do have our young exciting German back to full fitness, Di Matteo confirmed that Marko Marin is back and will be in the squad on Sunday.
Marin is a unique talent and offers more pace and a different flair style to what Oscar, Mata and Hazard give, so this will be a good trump card for us on Sunday. Let’s hope Marin stays fit for as long as possible, being the injury prone player he is.
There would have been the problems of mid-week to address in training since Wednesday and we certainly need to be tougher, faster, and more dominant in midfield if we want to carry on our unbeaten record in the league so far this season. We would have worked on stamina and how to become stronger when in possession and when attempting to retain possession. Everyone including the attacking four, need to work harder at getting the ball back and pressing the play.
Meanwhile, on the transfer front, the on going Radamel Falcao saga looks ever nearer to completion as I’m sure you are aware already. There have been a number of top sources confirming that Chelsea WILL be meeting Falcao’s £48 million release clause and are working on getting the deal completed already, so that everything runs fast and smoothly come January, when the transfer window re-opens.
There have even been some sources suggesting that we are already in talks with Falcao, this is nonsense I’m afraid, but having said that, the ground work for this deal is very much underway.
The difference between this deal and the failed signing of Hulk? Chelsea are prepared to match Falcao’s release clause, which is considerably lower than Hulk’s was, thus putting them off signing Hulk altogether.
It looks almost certain that we will be seeing Falcao turning out at Stamford Bridge come the new year, and this personally excites me. He is certainly up there with the best as one of the greatest all round centre forwards around at the moment. He offers a prolific goal scoring ability and has immense finesse in the air and on the ground.
What does it mean for Torres? Well, it means that he simply has to improve in all parts of his game and his attitude if he wants to save his Chelsea career. I wouldn’t say it was over by no means, but he needs to step up and find his confidence again, he simply does not have the finesse we need at the moment.
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Simon Phillips – News Editor