Chelsea v Aston Villa: Blues must show courage of their contemporaries

Lampard's players need to show the spirit and fight that he and his contemporaries did when they were bringing League titles and European honours back to Stamford Bridge - says David Johnstone.

David Johnstone

John Terry will return to Stamford Bridge as part of the Aston Villa coaching staff with his side on good form and up against his former club who are having something of a wobble.

The Midlands side have had the result of the season so far when they smashed Liverpool 7-2 at home.

But Chelsea supporters will be hoping their side pulls off a similar result to last season when goals from Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount ensured a 2-1 victory against the Villans.

However, a defeat to Everton – followed by a victory against West Ham – then saw Frank Lampard’s men suffer a morale-sapping loss to an Arsenal side who are hovering just above the relegation places.

The manager, who is no doubt under pressure to get results, expressed his frustration following the Emirates defeat but his players need to show the spirit and fight that Lampard and his contemporaries did when they were playing for Chelsea and bringing League Titles and European honours back to Stamford Bridge.


There is tension in the air between the Board and the manager with Chelsea reticent to spend the money that West Ham are asking for Declan Rice, especially if Lampard’s head is on the block.

It’s a case of ‘suck it and see’ as far as I can make out but I agree with those who believe that Chelsea’s greatest goalscorer deserves time in order for his ethos to fully be taken on board by the players.

According to many, it was Callum Hudson-Odoi who was the only one who looked up for the fight against the Goons but the plain fact is that Lampard and the Chelsea supporters want to see all their players give 100% in every game they play.

Hopefully and using a phrase that was once associated with Antonio Conte and with his latest appearance fresh in the mind, CHO might have reminded a few of his teammates what the verb ‘to fight’ means.

Nonetheless, I’ll put my faith in the hope that the Chelsea squad have had the ‘Riot Act’ read to them and they come out of the blocks firing on all cylinders.

So I’ll be staking my cash on a Chelsea win with Timo Werner to shut a few bedwetters up by hitting the back of the Villa net at least twice, with a Blues 2-0 win and Werner to score anytime available at 19.00 with our god friends at FansBet.

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About the Author

David JohnstoneLondoner David Johnstone is a home, away and European away Chelsea supporter and has missed just six matches since 2001 (although he’s quick to state there are plenty of other supporters with better attendance records than him).

He has been involved with the fanzine scene at Chelsea since around 1991 and started the ‘cfcuk’ fanzine in 1999 which was, until Mr Abramovich bought the club in 2003, named ‘Matthew Harding’s Blue And White Army’.

David was also responsible for forming both the Chelsea Supporters’ Group and the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust which are the main two bodies that represent the followers of Chelsea FC and take their concerns to those running the club.

A founder of the highly regarded Chelsea FanCast weekly podcast (but is no longer involved) and responsible for the crowd surfing banners and supporter displays that are seen in the Matthew Harding Stand at Stamford Bridge on matchday.

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