Chelsea preview + latest news

Before we look ahead to the big game, there’s been a number of transfer rumours and deals, whilst also some news involving extending the club’s facilities.

Firstly, youngster Ryan Shotton has joined Tranmere on loan. Another chance for a young lad like him to gain some experience. Again, we should be reminded of the pivotal role players like this might have at our club in the next few seasons. If we didn’t already have much incentive to watch the free flowing football of Tranmere Rovers then we certainly do now.

Whilst Man City have reportedly offered around 100 million for Kaka, we have our eyes on another Brazilian. His full name is Frederico Chaves Guedes, though he’s been given the nickname – ‘Fred’ presumably by an old Scottish bloke in a pub. Apparently we’ve tabled 4.5 million for him. Thankfully his dad isn’t included in the transfer as he’s pretty rubbish. I’m still not sure why we’re trying to get more strikers. With several strikers already striving for a first team place, i’m not sure what Pulis has in mind. We should try to offer Pericard and perhaps Creswell in the deal, that way there won’t be any morale sapping negativity rubbing off onto the team.

We are now planning on building a new training ground. I’m sure this will be highly beneficial in all areas of the club. Good training facilities not only help efficiency in honing their skills, but attracts better talent to the club. It will contain:

– Nine changing rooms for the academy and first team players
– A gym, including equipment for specialist cardiovascular work.
– A pool for hydrotherapy work.
– Offices for the manager, his staff and groundstaff.
– A press room and facilities.
– A canteen for players which can also be used by parents of the Academy players.

This will therefore provide a more up-to-date training session than the usual lap around the field stuff. I’m sure Rory Delap will be eagerly anticipating the gym, and all the potential to exhibit his monstrous guns, whilst generally looking smug within the facility.

Now onto the Chelsea game, and Filipe Scholari is soiling himself;

“Stoke are more dangerous than all the teams in England and the world. If you look at their statistics, they’ve scored 18 goals and 11 have been from corners, free-kicks or throw-ins. Tomorrow will be a very good test for us.”

He probably knows the inevitable. Chelsea are without Joe Cole and Deco which leaves them short in midfield. Their defence has been rubbish recently. Their zonal marking in corners doesn’t work, (space can’t score is the cliched argument, although Stephen Hawking might have something to say about that) and their impressive home record has been absolutely demolished.

On our side, we have James Beattie ready to make a debut, and Salif Diao returning from injury. We will all feel confident after that result against Liverpool, and we are ready for more upsets.

The pitch at Stamford Bridge is quite wide, so Delap’s throws might not have too much consequence on the game. I’d also say our full backs have quite a job on their hands, as Chelsea have a lot of wide men keen to take players on, including their own full backs. I feel a very interesting situation will emerge on our left hand side of the pitch. Bosingwa does indeed like to ‘bomb on’ and his bombing will leave their left hand side open to attack from the brilliant Etherington. Therefore,  a number of situations would probably emerge with him taking on one of Chelsea’s central defenders, a real avenue for us to exploit as a result.

With the bottom half of the premiership so open, this game could see us either drop down into 2nd last place, or perhaps catapult us up the table. It all comes down to our performance. I’m sure Pulis would have the players right up for this, and i’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve.

i reckon we’ll manage a shock 2-1 win.

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