Chelsea entertain a Manchester City side who, last season, couldn’t repeat the stunning form they showed in the previous campaign as they became the first English team to complete the domestic treble of League, FA and League Cup.
Like Chelsea, The Citizens were beneficiaries of a massive cash injection, the Manchester side being owned by Sheikh Mansour, a member of the Abu Dhabi Royal Family.
Managed by former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach Pepe Guardiola since 2016, the current era of success they are enjoying began under the popular Italian manager Roberto Mancini who steered them to their first league Title since 1967 in 2012.
Last season’s corresponding encounter between the two sides ended with Goals scored by Christian Pulisic and Willian (a penalty) giving Chelsea a 2-1 victory whilst the reverse fixture saw N’Golo Kanté put Chelsea into a 1-0 lead The Blues ended the day on the wrong side of a 2-1 result.
With news of the current health pandemic never far away, and the fact that several of Guardiola’s players have been afflicted with what is thought to be COVID-19, some of their key men may well be missing from the Manchester City side which may help Chelsea’s cause.
Whilst the recent results haven’t gone Chelsea’s way, all who know their football realise that the reason for this lapse in form is a part of the game that is inescapable, and all teams suffer from good and bad spells.
At the end of the day, those of us who know how to support our side will never give up on them and will cheer them to the last with our heads held high whatever the result.
As for the rest – especially some of the clowns on Twitter – nobody who is ‘proper Chels’, anybody of any consequence, the players or the manager gives a flying for any of them…
Win or lose, Up The Blues!
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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