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Merlin On The Chelsea Cup Clash

Merlin On The Chelsea Cup Clash

1. So now you've been beaten by the not so mighty local rivals, will you come out all guns blazing on Wednesday or have Chelsea got bigger fish to fry (if indeed there are any fish left)?

You sure know how to twist the knife Mr Fear. The wounds are still raw and weeping after losing to that lot from North London. However, as Mourinho often preaches, it’s not about worrying about this loss it’s about how you react and starting to put together another long unbeaten run. After the draw in the Nou Camp and the loss at White Hart Lane you could say we’ve had a dip in form. Not so! In both games we played some cracking football. Mourinho has already stated his intentions to try and win every competition although obviously the Premiership and Champions League are up there on a pedestal as our Holy Grail. Expect Chelsea to treat the game much like any other.

2. Do you think you'll field a strong team and do you as fans care about the Carling Cup or is it a distraction?

There is every likelihood that we will field a strong team. In the previous round at Blackburn, Mourinho showed his intent by making minimal changes. After all, the Carling Cup was the first trophy he won at Chelsea and it helped us to kick-on and claim the Premiership that season. There will be some changes, we already know Shevchenko will return from injury and Bridge, Cudicini and Geremi are likely to feature. However, they are all excellent players who will slot in effortlessly.

3. Do you think teams that field weakened sides cheat the competition and should face fines?

I think it’s disgusting. With a European place still at stake for the winners and less fashionable clubs seeking glamorous ties, there are often a lot of disappointed people who attend these games. The competitions reduced popularity, compared to the FA Cup, allows people to purchase tickets that perhaps wouldn’t be able to for Premiership games. Teams that field weakened sides soon change their tune when they get to the latter stages. Take Manchester United last season, they fielded depleted teams and then when winning it became the be-all and end-all of their season they celebrated as if they’d won the Champions League. Perhaps we should offer an opt out clause for those who besmirch the competition.

4. Do you think the foreign players in the team understand the importance of cup games to fans?

My views are somewhat divided. I think it depends upon the discipline in the dressing room. Cup cometitions, abroad, are not steeped in such tradition but a good English core in the dressing room can soon convince them of its importance. I’m sure John Terry would have had words to that effect to our newcomers this season.

5. What is your prediction for Wednesday apart from the sure-fire fact that we'll out sing you at Stamford Bridge?

We’ll see. With tickets at £20 there could be a lot of the older crowd in with the prawn sandwich brigade looking towards the Premiership for their corporate entertainment. As for the result, it’ll be long journey home through the traffic jams of London and then up the motorway.

With thanks to Merlin

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday November 7 2006
Time: 1:33PM

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Comments

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Have you been on the Chelsea site recently, they are STILL moaning about their loss to Spurs. Anyway, I wish all of my luck onto Aston Villa, let's see if you can make it two loses in a row for Chelsea.
wei, wu and shu
07/11/2006 15:03:00
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http://www.chelsea.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=36921 Linked above, my interview for Merlin.
The Fear
07/11/2006 16:31:00
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Looks like (and no surprise there) that Chelsea want it as bad as we do. Whatever team in blue takes the field it will be a strong one, and we are really going to have our work cut out. The drive home through congested streets etc can take six hours as long as we've won. It'll be a great day/night whatever.
glensider
07/11/2006 21:23:00
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One game, one chance, we can put on over on them.
col8
07/11/2006 23:34:00
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Anything can happen on the night - however when was the last time Chelsea lost at home?????
myleftfoot
08/11/2006 06:48:00
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myleftfoot, I believe that was on wednesday 8th november 2006, when they were beaten by ASTON VILLA who went on to win the cup, so that was an understandable loss against a rampant Villa side. UTV
steff_the_villan
08/11/2006 11:08:00
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It's nice to have got on this bit before all the negative doom and gloom merchants arrive, Mr Fear how about a positive and negative points allocation for the members board, with the miserable ************ deducted points for spreading negativity, on second thoughts I suppose the fact that they have to spend their lives being them is punishment enough. UTV
steff_the_villan
08/11/2006 11:15:00
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Just lets give them a good game. Prove that our result earlier this season was no fluke.
glensider
18/03/2007 01:31:00
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