Sunday, March 17, 2013

Benitez weary of December result

Squad rotation will be expected during the busy season as Chelsea will have four more games to play in nine days. West ham might not be a straight forward result today though as back in early December, the first away game for Benitez, Chelsea suffered a demoralizing defeat having led at the interval.
Benitez seems assured that the squad has grown more familiar with each other and the new players have gained valuable experience in the league thus far. The improved sharpness in front of goal evident in the last few outings will greatly help our cause. Although what the team really needs is the usual grit and determination – from the fans as well.

Chelsea vs West Ham: Pre-match briefing

Chelsea have played 20 games more than West ham this season and prior to the most recent history had lost five in a row away from home. Tomorrow’s game is a must win situation as the three points could prove vital for a top four finish. It could be a tricky assignment for Benitez who will have to overcome physical and mental fatigue pestering the squad during this busy period. Chelsea is currently two points behind their neighbours Spurs, who have now become a mild irritation, with a game in hand and five ahead of Arsenal in fifth.
The victory over Steaua earlier the week included Chelsea’s 300th goal in UEFA matches, excluding the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, a tournament outside the organization’s jurisdiction, scored by Juan Mata. His impressive stats now read as 18 goals this season and 30th overall.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

David Luiz maintains positive attitude during busy period

Chelsea’s progression into the Europa league quarter finals means that the club could play another energy sapping 18 games this season. In fact, it is a new club record as the minimum amount of games is 66. David Luiz expressed his confidence that the club can cope with this demanding schedule which commences tomorrow in a League game against Allardyce’s West Ham.
Chelsea will be facing a team rested since March 2 and have played just four times since the beginning of February whereas the Blues have played 11 during the same period. Luiz wishes, however, to end this week with a great result on Sunday.
Considering squad limitations such as fatigue and amount of players available to Benitez he wants to stay on the pitch for his beloved Chelsea. With the international break ahead, Luiz will be facing Italy in Geneva and returning to Stamford Bridge as Brazil meet Russia. Good Luck!