Do Chelsea's old horses still have fight left in the tank?
It has been a long time since a SW6 faithful had felt this way. The same old feeling of a loyal blue fan which had been deprived from him for so long. That very feeling of self-esteem and basking in reflected glory when your team finally strings together a series of good performances! Oh its priceless! (Of course there are somethings money can’t buy, for everything else there is Abramovic :P ).
” The bad moment is finally over!” The belief is BACK around the stands of Stamford Bridge. Having finally risen from the ashes like a phoenix, i wonder- ” Is there still hope for achieving the ultimate glory?” No! I don’t want to curse my team by saying all these stuffs but the “ever optimistic” fan inside me just can’t stop my mind to ponder upon thoughts which may sound rather “illogical” to the neutrals.
Two back to back wins against Manchester United and Blackpool have meant that Chelsea have finally started to grind out results. Certainly a good sign for a team that is trying desperately to get back it’s lost form. Not only had it helped the cause of our fellow rivals Arsenal but also have put Chelsea just 9 points behind the leaders with a game in hand. And with 8 odd matches still to go, we might just fancy yet another twist in the tale.
A visit to the coast has been a tricky place for all big teams so far. Tottenham have already had their hands burnt and Manchester United barely escaped from the same fate. Chelsea needed more than a inspirational performance to overcome this sea-side challenge from Blackpool. But as the great saying goes- “Big players are for Big matches” ,the old war-horses of Stamford Bridge stepped up to the plate when it mattered the most. The evergreen Mr.Chelsea John Terry and Super Frankie Lampard.
Goals from both of them on either side of the break(2 by Lampard), settled the issue on what was termed to be “THE” ultimate test for Chelsea after euphoria of the win against Manchester United. Although Blackpool managed to pull a goal back but it was all too little too late for them. Yet the real unsung hero of the day was Salomon Kalou. Yes! that very Kalou who once kicked the ball towards Riise’s head on one glorious European night. His substitution replacing Drogba in the second half was the game changer really! And even Ancelloti had kind words for him- “Kalou had a fantastic impact. He moved very well, he showed a good condition in training and was very important for us this evening!” A performance which may have just saved his Chelsea career.
However in midst of this feeling of glory, there still remains a dark spot which bothers me the most. The lack of form of the Ivorian hitman Didier Drogba and the $80 million pound man Fernando Torres. Apparently Drogba may have got an advertisement offer from a well known mosquito repellent brand with him explaining on just how malaria can change your life. Fresh from winning the golden boot,the untimely malaria attack has now meant that Drogba has been woefully out of form recently and could just be heading out of Chelsea come May. Fernando Torres,on the other hand, has been fairly good with his movements and passing but his finishing touch is what is letting him down. Apart from the numerous taunts from my rival friends,one thing that worries is when and where will the EL NINO finally find his scoring boots. After all I don’t want another Shevchen……….No! I don’t want to complete the name! :(
Well, an intriguing last few matches of English Premier League awaits us. Will Champions League qualification be the only consolation for Chelsea or is this just the beginning of one of the incredible come-back stories ever. We,the Blue fans will be looking forward to it and just hope that the new renaissance is just around the horizon.