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Saturday October 26, 2013 MYT 12:40:00 AM
Saturday October 26, 2013 MYT 12:42:52 AM
by kng zheng guan
Can we hope for more Spanish delight from Fernando Torres, who scored a brace in their win over Schalke in midweek, if he starts against Man City in the clash at Stamford Bridge on Monday morning?
EVEN the most faithful Fernando Torres supporter would not have been able to predict that Jose Mourinho could actually help the £50mil (RM255mil) striker re-discover his scoring touch.
But that was exactly what happened when the Spaniard scored a brace against Schalke in the Champions League – for a 3-0 win.
Granted, it is just one game and while I always had a soft spot for Torres ... following his goal against Barcelona in the Champions League two seasons ago, I don’t believe he’s back at his best – yet.
But it is good to see Chelsea’s strikers finally finding the net, after heavily relying on the attacking midfielders to carry us through the first quarter of the season.
Combined with Samuel Eto’o’s well taken goal against Cardiff last week, it will not be long before Jose will face selection headaches upfront.
It is also great that Eden Hazard has been in blistering form of late. Four goals in three games is exactly what we expect from him and he’ll just get better as the season carries on. Better don’t make him angry.
With Juan Mata also starting to play regularly and the brilliant Oscar doing what he does best, it looks like Chelsea’s golden attacking trident from last season is rediscovering its edge once more.
But the serious business starts this weekend with an important game against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues’ aren’t exactly struggling for form right now, sitting comfortably second in standings but we’ll need to win this match nonetheless.
First, it’s to strike a blow to Man City’s title hopes, although I do believe the blue half of Manchester will still fare better than the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool at the end of the season.
Secondly, it’s to send a message to the other title pretenders not to write us off just yet. A solid win over City will do just that.
While City have been a little shaky recently ... they still have on their payroll one Sergio Aguero who is a massive game changer.
It doesn’t bode too well that the diminutive forward is in good form at the moment, and together with David Silva, will give a John Terry-led defence a proper test.
Chelsea will also need to clamp down on the likes of Yaya Toure and prevent him from throwing his weight around. A tasty Ramires versus Toure clash will definitely be the highlight in the middle of the park.
While City will prove strong, I firmly believe Chelsea have enough firepower to grab all three points.
So Keep The Blue Flag Flying High.
Kng Zheng Guan is happy that Terry is back to being the JT of old. Keep it rock steady and a 3-1 win over City is not impossible.
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