Saturday’s SW6 derby saw Chelsea return to winning ways at long last with Mason Mount upsetting the hordes of social media detractors by scoring the only goal of the game while also taking the plaudits for quite rightly being lauded as the best player in the game.
It was a welcome three points for Chelsea supporters as well as manager Frank Lampard – another who has had to suffer the taunts of the internet trolls – who is seemingly under constant pressure regarding his future at Stamford Bridge.
As a well-known supporter of Lampard, I am one of many who feel the club really needs to give Chelsea’s leading goal-scorer and one of the greatest players in the club’s history the time he needs to show how good a manager he can be.
Last season, a 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium helped earn Chelsea another point towards their target of finishing in the top four in order to guarantee a place in this term’s Champions League as well as ensuring that Sp*rs would finish in fifth and thus only qualify for the Thursday night competition that is the Europa League.
Somewhat unusually, it was a defender in the shape of Antonio Rüdiger who scored both goals for Frank Lampard’s side. In 2016 when Leicester beat the odds and confounded the world of football by winning the league, it was the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge between Chelsea and Sp*rs that confirmed that The Foxes would be Champions for the first time in their history.
Of the seven matches Chelsea have played away at Leicester since the East Midland side returned to the top-flight, The Londoners have won four, drawn two and lost once.
In their meeting at Stamford Bridge last season, the points were shared after a goal recorded by Mason Mount gave Chelsea a 7th minute lead but the visitors equalised with 23 minutes remaining, the game ending 1-1.
The sides also met in the FA Cup 6th Round and, in the tie played at the King Power, Ross Barkley scored the only goal of the game to give Chelsea a place in the semi-final.
The trip to the King Power will not be easy for Chelsea with former youth and reserve manager Brendan Rodgers doing a good job at the Leicester City helm, his side’s 2-0 win on Saturday against Southampton giving his side the points that saw them maintain their bid for a place in next season’s Champions League.
With two former Fox Ben Chilwell likely to feature for Chelsea, I’ll be placing a bet on the defender to score any time, the odds being 8.00 with our 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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