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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Chelsea: Can the Blues restore some English pride?


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It has been a pretty pathetic seven days in Europe for our Premier League clubs. Arsenal, Manchester City, Spurs and Manchester United have all suffered defeat while Swansea City earned a point at home to Napoli. But the most shameful part of all this is that not one of them have managed to score a single goal.

Sure, Arsenal were playing the Champions League holders Bayern Munich and Man City were hosting Spanish giants Barcelona, but they had their chances. Mesut Ozil for one couldn't have had an easier chance to score. Call yourself a German with a penalty record like that?! 

Spurs were away from home on an awful pitch in the Europa League while Swansea threw everything at the Italians but just couldn't find a way through. But for Manchester United, with their firepower of Rooney and RVP, not to even register a shot on target against Olympiakos is a disgrace.

Questions are being asked regarding the standard of the Premier League, the so-called best in the world, following these displays. Fortunately Chelsea have the chance to rectify that situation.

Jose Mourinho may have been shamed by his comments regarding his lack of strikers at the club, but it's only what everyone has been saying. Torres and Eto'o just haven't been consistent enough this season and we're all baffled as to why he didn't try and sign someone in the transfer window or recall Lukaku from his loan spell at Everton. Well they have the chance to rewrite the wrongs tonight in their Champions League clash against Galatasary.

Turkey is never an easy place to play, but Mourinho has Europa League and Champions League winners throughout his squad. They have experienced it all before and won't be fazed by the fanatical fans. 

While most visiting sides have suffered at Galatasary, Chelsea have a 100 per cent record against them. They have only met Galatasary twice in competitive football but they emerged unscathed on both occasions. I say unscathed, on their last and only visit to the Turkish giants in the Champions League in 1999 they thrashed them 0-5. Mourinho would love a similar scoreline tonight to put the tie to bed but I'm sure he'd be equally as happy with a goal and a clean sheet.

The Premier League leaders carry the weight of the nation on their shoulders tonight. Can they paint a good picture of the game in this country by winning tonight? Mourinho may have his doubts about his side's ability to win the league, but he admits they have a chance of reclaiming the Champions League trophy.

With Hazard, Lampard, Ramires, Willian and co, Chelsea have enough firepower to trouble their hosts, but will it be another blue day for the Premier League or will Chelsea prove their winning credentials?

SQF Prediction: 0-2

Calling all Chelsea fans: Do you agree? Is the Premier League still the best league in the world? Would you rather win the Premier League or Champions League? Whatever your views, we'd love to hear from you.

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