CHELSEA v Villa: Preview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Date: Wednesday, 21 August

Kick-off: 19.45 GMT

 

So, Jose Mourinho got his new Chelsea reign off to a decent start with a solid performance and win at home to Hull at the weekend.  He sent us out all guns blazing and to be fair, Hull had their heads up their ar*es, running round just trying to stay in the game.  Second half and as some might say ‘in true Mourinho style’, we let Hull carry on running around while we sat back and soaked it up, no doubt with half an eye on tonight’s fixture.

Tonight’s visitors come in the shape of what looked to be a reinvigorated, if not totally reinvented Aston Villa in their game against Arsenal at the weekend – whichever it is, they certainly don’t resemble the side we embarrassed 8-0 last Christmas. So, if we had any thoughts about sitting back in tonight’s second half and saving some energy for our Bank Holiday game against United, we’d probably better guess again.

 

 

MANAGERS’ VIEWS

After the weekend’s win against Hull, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says “We want to win matches, but what I like is that when you have the chance to destroy, to beat them by three, four or five, we have to do it.  If someone has the chance to do it to you, they will not forgive you, they will give you nothing. If we [raise the intensity], we destroy an opponent, we get a much bigger result because going that way you have to score goals. If you keep going in the same direction you will score, score one more and probably score one more and kill the game.  I think our three players behind Fernando [Torres] disappeared in the second half. They went down but because the score was 2-0. I didn’t want to make the change immediately but you could tell when I put [André] Schürrle and [Romelu] Lukaku it gave the team a little push and made a difference. But I know it’s difficult. I don’t think we did that intentionally because at half time we spoke about starting the second-half in the same direction and killing the game, but we couldn’t.”

Of Aston Villa following their win over Arsenal meanwhile, Mourinho says “It’s not such a big surprise because Aston Villa can do that to any one of us.  They are a team with qualities to play away, to play the counter-attack game they played at the Emirates. They are a good team.”

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert (aside from complaining about fixtures favouring us), says “You’re only one game into the season and sometimes you hear people talk about being tired. I don’t buy into that. Mentally it will be hard because we have to go again with the intensity that you have to play with. We have three games where the intensity is going to be really, really high. If we can cope with that, we have that threat in the team.  You have to cope with the intensity. You have to prepare right for it. You have to let all the euphoria from Saturday go. You can’t live in the past. You have to go again. The stadium will bring that on anyway with the amount of people at the game and the team we are coming up against, of course.

I think they are physically ready for it and mentally we are too. We have improved from last year. We have grown into it, grown into the league. They have earned the right after a tough Christmas and New Year period.  That spell in a roundabout way made them better. They might not have thought that at the time. But I am pretty sure they will look back during their careers and think ‘I’m glad I went through that.’

We will give it a go, like we did on Saturday. They are ready for it. Their confidence is really high after what happened at Arsenal. We will go down and give it a right go. We’re looking forward to it. The lads are looking forward to another game. You also know you have to be right on your mettle again. You go down there with no pressure. Everybody thinks Chelsea will win but you have to wait and see. We know Chelsea are a top side. But there’s a lot of confidence in the team. We will go to try and win.  I think as a football manager you try and win every game you can. It might never happen! But it’s the way I am brought up. You try and get that over to the team. We go and try to win, home and away.  I never put my team out to try and wait for a draw or to hang on. I send them out to win. That’s what I will try to do but I am under no illusions about how hard it’s going to be.  But we will go down there with a bit of form over the past few weeks. Let’s see what happens.”

 

 

SQUAD NEWS

For Chelsea, David Luiz (hamstring) remains out and Tomas Kalas suffered a fractured leg pre-season.

Juan Mata, Andre Schurrle, Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku are all in contention and with United next up on Monday, Mourinho may well make a few changes.

For Villa, Nathan Baker (ankle) is injured and Chris Herd (calf) is still not quite ready to return to action although Yacouba Sylla (ankle) returns to the squad.

 

 

TEAMS

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Bertrand; Essien, van Ginkel; Oscar, de Bruyne, Hazard; Lukaku

VILLA (Possible line-up): Guzan; Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Luna; Westwood, Delph, Ahmadi; Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke

 

 

LAST SEASON

Chelsea 8-0 Villa (23rd December 2012)

 

 

PREDICTION

We’ve won each of our last three games against Villa in the league, banging in 14 goals along the way. To be fair though, 8 of them were in the one game last season.  Villa meanwhile have managed just one win against us from their last 11 at Stamford Bridge. Mind you, whilst Jose Mourinho has never lost a game at Stamford Bridge in the league, he hasn’t won any of his last four in charge against Villa either. So, given all that and the evidence from our opening games of the season, this one’s a close call. One thing’s for sure though, it won’t be anything like the drubbing we dished out in the same fixture last season!

2 Responses to “CHELSEA v Villa: Preview”

  1. Hoping to see a similar scoreline to the last time Villa visited Stamford bridge. Juan Mata to start

  2. JM KNOWS WHAT TO DO AT THE RIGHT TIME I THINK JM KNOWS VERY WELL HOME MATCHES ARE VERY IMPORTANT COMPARING TO THOSE OF AWAY AND THE PREDICTED LINE-UP IS NOT GOOD AND IS NOT BAD THE PROBLEM IS IN THE MID M.V.G CANNOT PLAY WITH M.E THE BEST ONE IS PETER,IVA,CAHILL,TERRY,BERTRANDTHOSE ARE BACK FIVE THEN RAMIRES GINKEL,ESSIEN THOSE ARE MID THREE THE HOLDING ONE FINALLY DE BRUYNEHAZARD,LUKAKU. SUBS; TORRES,CASHLEY,DEMBA,ANDRE,MARK LET US GIVE MATA AND LUIZ TIME TO BE 100+% FIT TO FACE MAN-UNITED N/B WORLD SOCCER FANS ARE WAITING CFC vs MAN-UNITED THEY HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN THE CLATTERNBURG INCIDENT I URGE THE FA NOT TO ANNOY THE WORLD SOCCER FANS FOR THE SAKE OF ONE CLUB AND THEIR FANS