Good times eh? I just heard there is a new pill that reduces the urge to drink beer. I’ll take it tomorrow, you get me?
… because it’s Friday… right?
Anyway, let’s crack into the report for today… because Sunday, we dine in hell. Well, Stamford Bridge, which isn’t quite hell, but their fans are certainly the types you’d possibly meet in hells version of Tesco (that’s actually in Elephant & Castle).
So, what we have is a very tough game. I watched Chelsea in the week and they weren’t exactly amazing and they certainly looked blitzed by the end of the game. They’ll have arrived back in the UK in the early hours of the morning, so we have that on our side.
Arsenal pretty much played the side they’ll have to play at the weekend. The advantage we have is our players slept in their own beds all this week. They’ll have had the day off yesterday, so the hope is that Arsene doesn’t brutalise them in training today. We need fresh legs for Sunday if we’re to stand any chance.
Hopefully video analysis has continued on. Just because we’re now doing it, doesn’t mean we’re doing it to any sort of decent level. But we can but hope…
Things I’d have been looking at. The last 5 times we’ve played Chelsea. How they’ve played against us. Look for the patterns, identify their strengths and the weaknesses they expose when they utilise them. That’s the beauty of football, there’s no such thing as the perfect system. Every positive attribute exposes a flaw… the skill is finding that flaw and exploiting it.
Chelsea tend to let us have the ball, our full backs push forward, Chelsea nick it in midfield, break at speed and kill us with efficiency. They totally destroyed us at the Bridge last time by catching us in possession. The main difference this time is we have mad pace in our front line. Chelsea’s full backs will have the think twice before bombing on because WELBZ, Sanchez and Chamberlain will ask questions.
Cheslea’s weaknesses are all centred around, the, err, centre backs. John Terry is not a speednmaster, he wasn’t when he was younger and he isn’t now. If their full back bombs on, he’ll be exposed… which is where we could take advantage. If we break, he either has to pull out of the middle which makes space for Welbeck, or he stays, which gives us a run at goal.
If we want to make something of Sunday, we have play it calm. Our full backs have to sit. We have to make it out of the first 20 minutes without conceding a goal. We have to play with total discipline if we want something out of this. Each player needs to know their role. Each player has to be played in a position that suits them. The front three picks itself for me… WELBZ, Sanchez and Chamberlain. That’s a nightmare whoever the defence is. The midfield, well, I’m not sure. Ozil sits in the hole for definite. Flamini and Cazorla pinning? Jeez… that’s a scary thought against Chelsea. But whatever, we have players that are injured, there’s not much we can do!
I don’t have a whole heap of confidence about the game. I don’t think we learn our lessons and I’m not convinced there will be any special plan for Chelsea. If you serve Mourinho the same thing you do every game, he’ll pick you apart… because he’ll know our weaknesses and he has a pretty standard system of dismantling us.
I’m there to be surprised though… and if I am surprised, I’ll fucking love it.
Have a great day everyone… literally drink the bar tonight.