Chelsea vs Swansea City: Chelsea Fan Q & A
Swansea City head to Stamford Bridge today following their first goals and win last week against West Brom'. We chat to Nick - a Chelsea fan to get his thought's on the game.
Nick is the content editor of the excellent Chelsea fan site Bluetinted.com.
Name: Nick Cox
Occupation: Not really an occupation, more a vocation :) - content editor, BlueTinted.com
Location: On holiday in Devon until tomorrow/today!
How long have you been a Chelsea fan and, what is your earliest memory of the club?
Went to my first game in 1985, never really had a choice about supporting Chelsea, my whole family is blue through and through. Earliest memory is of the old blue turnstiles to the Shed End at Stamford Bridge and the sight as you reach the top of the steps.
Who is your favourite all-time Chelsea player and why?
Tough one! Paul Elliott I think, one of the most underrated footballers of the modern era, should have been an England regular. Graceful and tough, like a more continental Paul McGrath I think.
Do you think the Chelsea squad as it stands, have a chance to meet the fans objectives for the season? If not, which area of the squad needs addressing?
I'm not entirely sure what the objectives are to be honest. The key thing is progression, in terms of style and bringing the youth through a bit more. The major fault in the side is the lack of creativity in midfield, Mata has made a huge difference but we need more than just him. I'm hoping beyond hope that McEachran gets more of a chance this season, has the ability (if not the build yet) to be a once in a generation player for club and country. He really is that good.
What are your thought's on Andres Villas-Boas and, do you think Abramovich will give him the 5 years needed to build a successful, youthful squad?
Hard to say really, I'm sure the will is there, whether the patience is is another matter entirely. The main hurdle AVB has to overcome is replacing the Terry-Lampard-Drogba axis and quickly. If he can do that and remain competitive he has a chance. He's the right man for the job at this stage, Ancelotti wasn't ever going to be the right man to transform the playing side of the club, too conservative.
Are you satisfied with Fernando Torres 'putting in a shift', or should £50million guarantee world class performances week-in-week-out?
No hiding the fact Torres has been disappointing, I thought his miss last week overshadowed a world class performance. With the right service (finally!) we may see the best of him.
If a team like Malaga, or anyone else offered Chelsea £25million for Torres in January, would you like to cash in and move on to someone else? Or, is Torres the future for Chelsea FC?
He has to be the future I think, for no other reason than he points the way we need to move stylistically speaking I.e. Away from the direct(er) style of Mourinho.
Which Chelsea player should Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers be keeping a close eye on in the up and coming game?
Easy - Juan Mata. An absolute revelation so far, the sort of player you just don't see over here. Intelligent and technically wonderful, Wilshere with a brain!
Do you think that Swansea City FC can avoid relegation this season with their style of play?
I really hope so but I fear for them, others have tried and failed. But I would say that in Brendan Rogers you have a manager schooled under (and with) some of the best. I must confess a bit of a soft spot for Swansea since the days of Martinez, play football the right way.
Who, from the current Swansea squad would you sign and why?
Would it be too easy to say Scott Sinclair?! Always thought we let him go too soon personally. I do like Joe Allen though, saw him on his debut a couple of years back and thought he had the lot, surprised he hasn't developed quicker.
What do you think the result will be when Chelsea play Swansea in the upcoming game?
You won't like it but I fear you might get put to the sword a bit, we've owed someone a drubbing for a while and if you come and play football we'll open you up. Stick 11 men behind the ball you have a real chance of frustrating us.
I can't thank Nick enough for taking the time to answer our questions. Wish Chelsea all the very best for the remainder of the season.
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