It’s probably a pretty safe bet that the overwhelming number of those who follow the Blues’ fortunes would, whilst there is still a faint hope that Manchester City could still win the title, rather see that than the Premier League trophy heading to Anfield.
However, this leaves the Stamford Bridge faithful in somewhat of a quandary as Chelsea playing host the Pep Guardiola’s men on Thursday evening, they realise with Manchester City needing maximum points, to not only retain their title, but also to maintain the pressure on their rivals from Liverpool.
Chelsea’s win on Sunday at Villa Park against Aston Villa highlighted several issues that seem to be the main talking points of many on social media – questions seem to remain about Chelsea’s goalkeeper, defence and midfield.
Personally, and whilst I might occasionally have my own views on who might be playing well or not – as the case might be – I prefer to let Frank Lampard choose the team that he thinks is best as, unlike the overabundance of ‘know all-no nothings’ who pontificate on their particular social media outlet, the Chelsea manager is the one who, without doubt, knows best.
Nonetheless, what was particularly pleasing to me at least was the long-awaited and extremely welcome return of Ruben Loftus-Cheek after being out with injury for over a year.
Whilst he only played some 55 minutes, his presence can only serve to strengthen the squad and widen the options the manager has at his disposal.
As people who know me will testify, I have every faith in Frank Lampard’s ability and he will do his very best to see to it that Chelsea can reverse the narrow 1-0 defeat that they endured at The Etihad earlier this season.
That said, following their demolition of Sean Dyche’s Burnley on Monday evening, the task facing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge will be huge.
Notwithstanding my hopes that Liverpool will fail in their quest, I would be more than happy to see Chelsea earn a point against Manchester City as a draw, currently available at 4.10* with FansBet, still leaves The Citizens with a chance of catching the current title favourites.
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 matchdays.
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