I thought I’d transform our season so far into an Easter story. Themes of resurrection, new life and the idea of giving something up for forty days seemed to apply to the team and certain individuals within Chelsea Football Club. So without further ado, meet the cast and crew along with their story.
Symbolising the theme of resurrection is the club as a whole. Seemingly dead and buried following the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas, The Blues were facing a 3-1 deficit against Napoli in the Champions League, struggling for form in the league and only managing a replay with Birmingham in the FA Cup. Since then under Roberto Di Matteo the club have progressed to the Semi-Final of both the Champions League and FA Cup, whilst also stringing together a series of results in the league to put themselves in position for a top four finish by the end of the season. The resurrection isn’t fully complete but the nails are being removed from the coffin.
The Easter period starts with Lent, a period of 40 days in which you give up something important to you. Apparently some of the players decided to not only give up their ability to play football but even extend the 40 day period that is expected. Daniel Sturridge has recorded the solitary goal since the New Year and appears to be burned out and ineffective in the wide role that he had great success with in the early stages of the campaign. Jose Bosingwa has arguably been the most generous by allowing opposition left wingers to occupy the vast space in behind him (free of charge). Meanwhile Florent Malouda and Michael Essien also deciding to forget all the traits that once made them world class players. Thankfully Lent is over. Whether the players now indulge themselves with some scintillating performances (like many did with chocolate yesterday), remains to be seen. However fans can hope that it will be the case.
The fans condemnation of Daniel Sturridge, Florent Malouda and to a lesser extent Jose Bosingwa (Who didn’t even play!) against Wigan was reminiscent of an olden day crowd baying for punishment. Moaning, groaning and criticism of players is all part of a fans frustration with his own team’s performance. Booing on the other hand is simply mindless and has no benefits to the team and more importantly to the player who is being subjected to it. Yes, Daniel Sturridge had his worst game in a Chelsea shirt but it was by no means the worst performance ever and probably not the worst performance by a Chelsea player this season. Remember, booing contradicts the idea of support. Support your team at all times.
An egg, symbolic of new life. The same new lease of life that has been evident in a certain Fernando Torres over the recent few weeks. Although still far away from justifying his hefty £50million price tag, the man who must feel he has the whole weight of the world on his shoulders, claims to have been given more confidence under Roberto Di Matteo and it shows. The striker isn’t the only one though, Ramires claimed that the team as a whole had greater confidence and self belief. Villas-Boas maybe should have been reminded that ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’.
Tonight Chelsea take on Fulham and the revival faces one of its toughest tests so far. The neighbours down the road have been enjoying their own good form. Like all remaining games this season it is a must win for the team to achieve its minimum expectation in the league of reaching the Champions League for next season. John Terry is likely to remain on the sidelines, whilst Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard remain a doubt, expect to see one of them start tonight. This could be Ivanovic’s last Premier League game before a suspension, the Serbian terminator was caught giving Maloney a kidney shot that Ivan Drago would’ve been proud of. The Easter period will be over after tonight and Chelsea have a slight possibility of ending it in the top four. What a transformation.