Chelsea Preview

When? Saturday 30th October with a good old fashioned 3pm kick off. 

Where? St James’ Park. 

No legal televised transmission…

On Saturday, we welcome the Chelsea Pensioners to SJP for a traditional 3pm tete a tete. The European Champions are coming to town to face the finance kings of Europe (and the world) The problem is, if we don’t appoint someone to get us out of the clarts pronto, we could well be the richest club in the Championship.

We come into the game on the back of a somewhat jammy 1-1 at Palace last Saturday. I may or may not have streamed the match, but I do know that we were second best across all areas of Selhurst, and had it not been for a worldie by our esteemed #9, and a semi-lucky VAR decision, we’d have left empty handed!

With 4 solitary points on the board from a possible 27, we are in a relegation dogfight; make no bones about it. I’m struggling to see where a win is coming from at the minute, and it frightens the life out of me.

Chelsea land on Barrack Road having absolutely hammered a shambolic Norwich 7-0 in the lunchtime game on Saturday. They have a world class manager in Thomas Tuchel – Look at his pedigree here if you have any doubts – The affable German coach was linked to NUFC a few years ago, but was never going to work under the FCB was he? Not in a million years! Their annihilation of relegation certs was standard for them, but the most worrying part of the game was that they did it without their massive sh!thouse up front, Romelu Lukaku, another in a long list of stars I’d have loved to have seen grace St James’ Park over the years.

They have talent in abundance, from their towering #9 to Mason Mount who nabbed a hat-trick last week, Reece James, Kai Havertz etc etc. The list seems endless. As for Tony Rudiger – He’s exactly the type of centre half and leader we’ve been missing for many a year. The sheer volume of academy players that come through is what I’d love to see here in the next 10 years, when our new owners invest heavily across the club.

Chelsea have dropped 5 points this season, and are looking like real title contenders. They play with a certain King’s Road swagger and will be a bloody tough nut to crack this Saturday.

So, what about the stuttering Mags? Thank God we’ve parted ways with The Corbridge Fraud; although you’d be forgiven for thinking we hounded him out, despite him being a lovely “family man.” (Credit to @charlottehope on the True Faith Podcast last week).  I am dumbfounded at the amount of FOSBs who came out in his defence when his “mutually agreed” termination was announced last Wednesday morning.

It’s fair to say I was a little surprised at our caretaker’s selection at the weekend. Not so much with the 5 at the back, but more at the likes of Emil Krafth getting a game, and our best two defenders, Fabian Schar and (injured) Fede Fernandez not getting a look in. For me, Lacelles is a shadow of his former self. He looks broken as a man and a footballer, whilst his centre back partner, Ciaran Clark is nothing better championship player these days. I’d also like to see Jamal Lewis get a game, as Matt Ritchie’s legs have deserted him now, and his crossing / set-pieces are quite frankly, dogshit!

We are still with the nucleus of a Championship squad, and this needs addressing in January, under a proper head coach / manager with some decent wedge to spunk / I mean spend exceedingly wisely on ace players. Perhaps our new gaffer will also be able to get the best out of Miggy and the likes of Sean Longstaff, who looks like he’s running through treacle at the minute – CFM tells me he looked slow and knackered from the off on Saturday gone.

Until then, we need to batten down the hatches, battle like bastards and pick up as many points as possible to ensure we aren’t cast adrift with The Canaries by the time Santa lands.

Onto the prediction…. As much as I’d love to see us grab something on Saturday, I can’t see past a comfortable win for our visitors. They’re miles ahead of us all over the pitch. I’m plumping for a 3-1 defeat. The atmosphere will be electric again, and I, for one, can’t wait for the days when we can compete once more.

And now for something completely different. The Takeover special fanzine will be on sales at all good newsagents, so get it quick, before it sells out. It’ll be a corker. (Shameless plug done Michael!)

Enjoy your beers on Saturday and let’s hope for a miracle.

@peekeekay – Paul Karter