Burnley visit Stamford Bridge on Sunday with new boss Thomas Tuchel hoping that his side will take advantage of the fact that Sean Dyche’s team have not recently been finding form of late.
With many still reeling from the dismissal of Frank Lampard, it is a good sign that his German replacement has been somewhat impressive in the way he has spoken in the briefings he has given to the press.
However, as a member of Chelsea’s staff pointed out to me last week when we were discussing Frank’s exit, “We’ve seen ‘em come and we’ve seen ‘em go…”
As Chelsea supporters, we know there is nobody bigger than the club itself, whether that be a player, manager or even an owner although, as I keep reiterating, in my opinion at least, Mr Abramovich is the best in football by far.
Those of us who know the meaning of the word will always give our full support to Chelsea Football Club whatever the result or even whatever division they play in.
Although the midweek result against Wolves wasn’t the win Tuchel had been looking for, most observers agree that allowance was rightly granted for the limited time he had to work with his new charges prior to the fixture.
Last season, Chelsea recorded a 3-0 victory when Burnley came to SW6, the goals coming courtesy of Jorginho, Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount.
The reverse fixture at Turf Moor was notable for the fact that Christian Pulisic recorded his first hattrick in Chelsea colours.
Despite racing into a 4-0 lead after Willian grabbed a fourth, Burnley had the Chelsea supporters biting their nails as they scored two goals in the last four minutes of normal time as they took control of the game.
Fortunately for the visitors, despite a seemingly inordinate amount of extra-time added on, Chelsea resisted the intense pressure and ended the game-winning 4-2.
Although he didn’t make an appearance on Wednesday, I’m again putting my money on Timo Werner to break his recent barren spell and score – this time though, I’ll be placing a bet on him being an any-time scorer, the odds being 2.20 with our good friends at FansBet.
About the Author
Londoner 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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