Saturday, November 17, 2012

The importance of returning to winning ways against West Brom

It has certainly been a harrowing and disappointing period for Blues fans especially after the controversial Manchester United defeat and the often unbearable slog thereafter. Three games without victory have seen Chelsea lose top spot in the Barclays Premiership League. The outing to The Hawthorns could prove difficult whose home record in this campaign is second only to champions Manchester City. Having been defeated there last season we should improve if we are to return to form.
It is now eight games in all competitions since the Blues kept a clean sheet and restoring our defense to its impenetrable best becomes imperative without losing our attacking flair.
Roberto Di Matteo, believes his experience in charge at the Hawthorns had enhanced his abilities as a manager. He took charge at West Brom ahead of the 2009/10 campaign, in which he took them back up to the top flight from the Championship, before being relieved of his duties the following season when a team suffered a hapless spell of poor results. Di Matteo feel it is all about making the most out of the opportunities presented in the game.
The game ahead should provide an interesting challenge as both managers have been players at their teams at their peak and it could prove to be physically demanding for the senior players who have returned from the friendlies in the week. My prediction 2-1 to the Blues – a late goal will probably be scored by the midfield.

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