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A Chelski point of view

A Chelski point of view

What made you support Chelsea mate?
Good question! Being a Lutonian, my old man used to take me to watch Luton when I was a youngster but I sort of got converted in the mid eighties. I scraped all my cash together to journey up to Maine Road to watch that epic match when Raddy Antic scored and David Pleat did a jig of delight across the pitch. On the way home I was gutted to hear the club were on the verge (but it never happened) of relocating to Milton Keynes, what gratitude. I decided there and then they could stuff it. At the same time, a lad (Kerry Dixon) who was a cousin of a guy I used to hang around with moved to Chelsea and that was the catalyst. It was like discovering religion and I've never looked back not even during the bad days of relegation.

Are you happy with how your season is going so far?
Ecstatic! After the departure of Jose Mourinho I guess everyone was unsure as to what the season would hold, would we self implode like everyone suggested? Thankfully not! Avram has guided us in the same direction, despite a plethora of injuries and the African Nations thingy. All credit to the guy, he's certainly starting to grow on me. However, if I were to be honest I think our best chances of success are in the Cups! As for the Premier League, watch us go next year!

I know it is some months since it happened now but Jose Mourinho had done a fantastic job at Chelsea, he did not see eye to eye with Roman Abramovich at times but surely it was wrong to let him go?
At the time I'd have said yes but time has mellowed me. We're no longer always in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons; we just go about our business. I guess Jose just made his bed and laid in it. In the end it was a clash of ego's and the man with the money (bless him) was always going to win!

Avram Grant has come in; this was always likely to be the case though once he left us for you… How is the job he is currently doing being portrayed with the natives?
Like I said before, he's slowly growing on us! He wasn't seen as fit to lace Jose's boots (so the phrase goes) but then again the vociferous 'Special One' was always going to be a hard act to follow! They're like chalk and cheese but their records are identical (at the time of writing). Let's see how the season pans out before we get too wholesome in our praise though!

Are you happy with the signings he made in January?
It's hard to say! Anelka most definitely but we`ve not seen the other two, Ivanovic and Di Santo, play yet.

Chelsea are a classy side, full of quality so they are all dangers but who is the main Chelsea danger man that Pompey should watch?
With our depleted squad still waiting for the return of Terry and Lampard plus the African quartet, I'll go for Anelka. He's got a point to prove and he's keen to prove it! Mind you, saying that, Joe Cole always performs well at Fratton Park. I recall a game, was it two years ago, when he should have had a brace of penalties as you couldn't cope with him!

Where do you reckon Chelsea will finish this season?
Aim high - top! Seriously, after the drama of September, I'd be happy with a top three finish and then move onwards and upwards next season.

What about Pompey?
If you can keep the momentum going there is no reason at all why you can't clinch a UEFA Cup place!

If you could take any Pompey player from our squad and put him in yours, who would it be and why?
Glen Johnson, I never understood why we sold him. He has the class but all he ever needed was a good confidence boost. One day, he'll get the international recall he craves for.

Somehow you managed to beat us 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in August, even the most Chelsea of Chelsea fans must admit we were more than a little unlucky not to get at least a point - either way what did you make of that game?
Get a point! How much did you have to drink in the way up to Stamford Bridge?

Go on - who is going to win, Pompey or Chelsea?
Do you seriously expect me to go for Pompey?

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Friday February 1 2008
Time: 2:13PM

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cheers merlin, however i still think we were robbed at stamford bridge - how we didnt get at least a point i still dont know... well johnson has got that recall you wanted, hopefully he stays in when the squad is cut to 23.
pompeyrug
01/02/2008 14:18:00
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jermain defoe to finally break our chelsea hoodoo! Heres hoping
knocker
01/02/2008 14:20:00
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so will it be defoe and benjani up top for you then?
Boro 01
01/02/2008 14:31:00
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lets hope so! im putting both in my fantasy team! and yep gj has his recall, so lets hope merlins right about europe too :)
jbaker
01/02/2008 14:43:00
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apparently benji is in the squad - so if he is then there has to be chance of that Boro 01...
pompeyrug
01/02/2008 14:51:00
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Oh we so did deserve a point at Stamford Bridge! Lucky deflected Lampard goal. Defoe to score on his debut I think! Can he take penalties? At least Frank's not playing, he usually scores against us.
tracyc
01/02/2008 14:53:00
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...UEFA CUP place ?????...Merlin, surely you jest...with a strikeforce like we have now, there'll be two blue teams in the top 4 this year mate !
Toronto4Pompey
01/02/2008 14:54:00
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i think defoe missed a penalty for spurs this season didnt he - wasnt it against west ham?
pompeyrug
01/02/2008 15:01:00
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Defoe to score pompey to win 1-0!
imazav
01/02/2008 15:03:00
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Nice article Merlin; here's hoping for a good game, but I think it's our turn to scrape a win now.
UKTony
01/02/2008 15:22:00
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