I think it's fair to say that as Chelsea fans we are looking for a response after last weekend and the events that have taken place this week. We are looking for a 100% improved performance on the rubbish we had to sit there and watch last weekend, from the Manager and our players.
If Chelsea win the game today, there won't be that many headlines, if the result is the other way around then god help us!. You can imagine it now can't you!.
No disrespect to Birmingham at all but I fully expect Chelsea to win the game today as we have the quality. Birmingham have both their main strikers missing and I think it's fair to say when the draw was made, they are now concentrating on the league and are doing well under Chris Hughton.
The interesting thing for me will be our team selection because of what has reportedly happened this week. Will he pick his strongest side today to get them playing better and use this game as preparation for Napoli in the week? Will he use some players who haven't featured much lately in Romeu, Mikel, Lukaku and Cahill?.
AVB claimed earlier the week that he last "lost part of the dressing room" which to me, seems the beginning of the end for his time here, so it will be interesting to see how the players play today especially if it's not going as planned.
If I was AVB I would go full strength today from the off with a view to making changes later on so as I said in my post yesterday, my team Chelsea prediction this afternoon will be:
Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Bertrand, Romeu, Essien, Lampard, Mata, Torres and Sturridge.
Let's hope we get a much better Chelsea performance, a win and some goals this afternoon with one for Torres.
Birmingham have nothing to lose and everything to gain from this afternoon. For Chelsea it's the opposite and like I said, god help us if we lose this one!
Come on Chelsea! Carefree & KTBFFH
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