Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Rival Lines: Have Chelsea reason to be moody this season?

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Match Preview: Chelsea v Man City
Blogger Interview: Chelsea Daft

We might have been deprived of football for a bit but it is good to see that Bournemouth have a mid-week game against Chelsea and Chelsea Daft is ready to give us all an update on how the Blues are feeling before this match.

CC: Are you worried if ContΓ© leaves in the summer?

CD:  If it comes to that happening then I believe that to be the biggest mistake of the Abramovich era, more so than hiring Rafa!

He is such a talented manager, one of the top three in the world and would be hard to replace.

CC: Do you think it is good for Chelsea to get more English players in their team having signed Danny Drinkwater and Ross Barkley?

CD: Yes I do. He bedrock/foundation of our success was built on key English players that formed the important core of our side.

CC: What do you think of the design for the new Chelsea stadium?

CD: I like it when we get to sit inside once built, but I do admit that the outside is a bit ropey!

CC: Alvaro Morata didn't play in the Carabao Cup Semi-finals against Arsenal. Has his form become a real problem?

CD: It has become an issue because of the points lost away at Arsenal for example when he should have scored in the last minute.

He has been brilliant since he arrived here but when he doesn’t score we need someone else to step up on a regular basis. Despite his cup goals, Michy Batshuayi doesn’t seem to be that man for Conte.

CC: There's talk about Edin Dzeko joining Chelsea. Would he be a better option than Batshuayi?

CD: Yes he would in my opinion because he suits the profile of he striker this team needs. He is someone who can hold the ball up as well as score goals and for the way we play that is important.

CC: Would it be good for David Luiz to leave the club or is he not the source of much of the discontent?

CD: I’m not too sure as it all seems to have blown over. If he remains unhappy then get rid as we don’t need another Diego Costa situation going on.

CC: Which game in the Premier league did you think Chelsea played best in so far this season?

CD: It would have to be the Manchester United game because of its importance. We’ve had some big wins this season but to get another one over Jose is always good! [Ed- Chelsea won the game 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on 5 November - Morata scored the winner]

CC: What were your feelings about the team after you went out of the Carabao Cup, were the just unlucky?

CD: Deserved it to be fair. Our problem this season is that there have been games when we haven’t turned up for a half here and there and that’s not good enough. We dominated the first half, made the mistake of sitting deep in the second which took the influence of Hazard away and lost the game.

CC: Do you think Nathan AkΓ© should have been given more of a go at Chelsea?

CD: I do but it’s always going to be a difficult situation at the time as Conte found his system that led us to the title by playing the same three defenders. His move was right at the time.

CC: How do you think Chelsea will line up against AFC Bournemouth?

CD: As strong as possible hopefully:

Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill, Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso, Hazard and Morata

CC: I enjoyed the answers from Chelsea Daft - short and sweet. I do wonder why Chelsea have become a perennial team in one season unstoppable and another self destruction, but when they are all together they are one of the hardest teams to beat. I just hope AFCB catch them on a off day for once and Bournemouth have come close to having more than just the one win against Chelsea since they have been in the Premier League. Thanks to Chelsea Daft - catch up on more thoughts on Chelsea's players on the Chelsea Daft site.

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