Chelsea’s midweek game against French Ligue 1 side Rennes ended in a 3-0 victory with Frank Lampard’s side not conceding for the fifth game in a row.
A pretty remarkable feat and the first time such a sequence has been witnessed by the Stamford Bridge supporters since back in 2010.
As a result, Edouard Mendy has come to the statisticians’ attention by becoming the first Blues’ goalkeeper not to let in a goal in his first three league matches since his mentor Petr Cech achieved the feat in 2004.
The result was not only a triumph for the manager, the players and all loyal Chelsea supporters, but also for those who ‘do battle’ on social media with the attention-seeking ‘so-called’ Chelsea ‘fans’ whose avatars feature hashtags followed by the manager or their particular hated player and the word “out”.
Those who know how to support their side were extremely pleased to note that the ‘#out’ brigade were yet again silenced on Wednesday evening and many asked the question, “Where are they?”
Sheffield United are the visitors on Saturday with the Fulham Road faithful hoping their team’s good run of form will continue.
Last July, and after the league season resumed after the Covid-19 enforced break, Chelsea travelled to Bramall Lane looking for all three points against hosts Sheffield United that would help them on their quest for a top-four Premier League finish.
However, things didn’t go according to plan when Chris Wilder’s side inflicted a 3-0 defeat upon them, leaving Frank Lampard’s side’s hopes of Champions League qualification hanging by a thread.
Nevertheless, The Blues’ final league placing gave proof to the fact that the manager and his players had done enough to fulfill the goal they set out to reach at the start of the campaign.
When The Blades played their fixture at Stamford Bridge the previous August, Chelsea had a brace scored by Tammy Abraham to thank for a share of the points in a game that ended 2-2.
though I was not successful with my prediction on Wednesday, this weekend I’m again hoping that Hakim Ziyech will be on target at 3.30 and I’ll also be backing Chelsea to win 4-0 at 16.00 with the odds being 25.00 for both to happen using FansBet’s Bet Builder feature.
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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