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Saturday February 22, 2014 MYT 7:30:00 AM
Friday February 21, 2014 MYT 5:04:55 PM
by kng zheng guan
Eden Hazard should turn on the magic when Chelsea meet Everton this weekend. – AFP Photo
GETTING knocked out of the FA Cup last week was not necessarily a bad thing.
With Chelsea far from having a complete team with at least one goal-scoring striker and a couple of defensive reinforcements short, it would be realistically hard for the team to challenge on all fronts.
With the Premier League schedule being as packed as it always is, I would like to think that losing out in the FA Cup gives the team more rest to focus on the competitions that matter most – the Premier League and Champions League.
We’ve seen how Bayern Munich and Barcelona, having played a less hectic schedule domestically, overpower the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City in Europe.
To be fair to the Gunners and City, they have had their share of injuries and fatigue and that’s something we do not want to see at Chelsea.
Even though our Champions League opponents are just Galatasaray ... with one Didier Drogba in the mix.
Thus having seen no action in midweek, this Chelsea team should be fresh and reinvigorated for a Premier League climb once again.
After all, we are already on top of the pack ... despite dropping points against West Brom, and we just need to keep on winning.
The Blues’ next opponents, Everton, however are no pushovers.
Under Roberto Martinez, they have been doing significantly better than a David Moyes-led Manchester United and are also pushing hard for a top-four slot.
It’s also worth taking note that we have won just three of our last 11 Premier League matches against the Toffees and they’ve already tasted victory against us earlier this season.
That said, Everton are decimated by injuries too with Steven Naismith, Darron Gibson, Bryan Oviedo all ruled out. It would be interesting to see what kind of line-up Martinez puts up, especially with Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku injured and not available against his parent club.
The Blues, however, have not lost in 18 games at home against Everton and Jose Mourinho would also like to see the team extend their unbeaten run in the league to 12 games.
In the defeat against City, we were a little timid but now that we’re back on home ground. Expect the fireworks to light up once more with Eden Hazard set to dazzle again.
Up front though, it’s anybody’s guess but Samuel Eto’o should get the nod ahead of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba.
So, Keep The Blue Flag Flying High.
Kng Zheng Guan would love to see the Blues make a meal of Everton and drop that bogey team tag.
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