And so, another new chapter begins with Thomas Tuchel taking charge of Chelsea for the first time after the outrageous sacking of the supporters’ favourite Frank Lampard.
Whilst it’s not the German’s fault that the Englishman was dismissed, there is a certain reticence in a large swathe of the Chelsea support that the club’s leading all-time goal scorer’s contract was terminated without the club giving him the chance to complete the job he’d set out to do.
However, as Chelsea supporters – and as Frank himself will appreciate – there is nobody bigger than the club itself, not even the current owner Mr Abramovich.
The former midfield maestro will know that, despite the heartache that has been caused by his unnecessary and untimely departure, the Chelsea supporters must and will continue to follow their side.
Last season, Fikayo Tomori scored a ‘worldy’ in the game at Molineux to open the scoring in a game Chelsea won 5-2 with Tammy Abraham notching a hattrick and Mason Mount being the other scorers.
Just days prior to his own departure, Lampard repeated that he saw a future at Stamford Bridge for Tomori, the defender joined AC Milan on-loan until the end of the season with the San Siro side having an option to make the move permanent.
In last season’s corresponding fixture at Stamford Bridge, Lampard’s men won 2-0 on the final Premier League match of the season.
Goals from Mount and Olivier Giroud giving Chelsea the much-needed win required to qualify for this season’s Champions League.
Meanwhile, earlier this season and at Molineux, Chelsea went down 2-1 with Olivier Giroud scoring Chelsea’s consolation.
As far as my bet for this game is concerned, I will be backing Timo Werner to score the first goal and break his barren spell, something he was unable to do under Lampard when given the chance from the penalty spot in Sunday’s 3-1 FA Cup 4th Round victory against Luton Town.
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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