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Chelsea Prepare For ‘Game Of The Season’

It’s not about 2007, 2009, or any other year. It’s about the now. Chelsea must be inch perfect to beat Barcelona over two legs to advance to the Champions League final and climb a further mountain, in Madrid or worse Munich at home. Considering Munich’s late 2-1 victory today, it’s slightly swaying to the harder latter scenario.

Drogba has plenty of supporters

Who Will Start?

Who will start? This Chief has his own idea. What about you? Chelsea have confirmed that David Luiz has been ruled out for the two legs and although he is serving a three match league ban, Ivanovic is permitted to line up against the Spaniards.

Who will start for Roberto?

Right Back At Ya

Di Matteo has preferred Ivo to Bosingwa at right back, thankfully, and he might even start Kalou up front again as he seems to prefer the more experienced Ivorian to the raw pace and talent of Daniel Sturridge. In my opinion, we need Sturridge tonight. Barcelona feared Walcott in their matches last season and Sturridge can offer a similar if not more lethal threat.

White man can jump. Cech mucks around over Jamal Blackman

Drogba or Torres. Or Both?

Up front? Drogba or Torres? How tired is Drogba? How much would he love to face the Spaniards and push for that one elusive Champions League medal? What about Torres. He would love to face his country men and prove he is still the real deal. Not only for this fixture, but his Euro 2012 fortunes may rest on the next two legs. What better way to show the nation that you’re still a force to be reckoned with?

Has he been told the bad news?

Lampard has to start in midfield

Frank Lampard played the match against Spurs and although he doesn’t have age on his side, surely must line up against the Spaniards. He can score, he can create goals, he has experience and he has done it all before over Barcelona. There’s no two ways about it, Frank will play, and hopefully nick a penalty.

No laughing matter, Frank will start

In Defence of Chelsea…

Terry and Cahill, Cole and Ivo. The end. Cole says he can stop Messi. The match ups against Cole and Ronaldo were always a highlight in the Premier League, so I can’t wait to see this one again. Remember Del Horno vs. Messi and the red card? Del Horno, surely a candidate for our WATN! {where are you now}

The Engine Room

Who will support Frank? Is Essien fit? Although he hasn’t been the same player since his knee injury, does he still have the engine to track Xavi and Iniesta? The jury is still out, so let’s allow Ramires to play in the middle. He’ll run all day, and let Mikel help the back four keep them quiet.

Pipe down Messi


So our team is an attacking 4-3-3. You gotta go after these guys, especially at home:

GK Cech

RB Ivo

CB Terry, Cahill

LB Cole

DM Mikel

CM Lampard, Ramires

FW Mata, Sturridge, Drogba

Bench Turnbull, Bertrand, Essien, Romeu, Kalou, Malouda, Torres

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Chief Al

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4 thoughts on “Chelsea Prepare For ‘Game Of The Season’

  1. Your formation is wrong. Your thoughts not bad though. It will be a 4-2-3-1, it has big a big part in why we have been much better lately. Back 4 the same, with Mikel and Lampard deep. Probably Kalou left Ramires right, Mata down the middle behind Drogba if not too tired, if so Torres.

    Posted by IrishBlue | April 18, 2012, 6:20 pm
    • Absolutely agree on the formation. It’s worked VERY well for them as of late. My only disagreement is Essien for Mikel. I do not trust Mikel to be able to do the job. Drogba should start up top and perhaps sit at half for Torres to run the second half. Mata needs his spot back on the wing, I don’t think he’s been seeing the field the same from the middle behind the top striker. My thoughts

      Posted by farcyde21 | April 18, 2012, 11:44 pm
      • I agree Mikel has a mistake in him but at the minute he is playing well (hope i haven’t just jinxed him) and Essien has seem to have become a weight lifter and runs like it. Sturridge seems to lose the ability to us his pace when tracking back so can’t play and frustrating Kalou must. Lamps to slow on the ball to play that position his feet just aren’t quick enough and needs a little more time and space. Ramires although he may not be the greatest on the ball his incredible speed makes him our best option on the right wing.

        Just my thoughts ha

        Posted by IrishBlue | April 19, 2012, 12:18 am
  2. *been a big part….

    Posted by IrishBlue | April 18, 2012, 6:21 pm

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