That Was Then But This Is Now

Twenty or so years ago a former workmate would often wind me up about Chelsea, unfortunately, for him, he supported Tottenham.

The best part for me about supporting Chelsea at that time was that we had such a great record against Spurs and as we know, this lasted for a lengthy period.

The tough thing about supporting Chelsea back then was that we were very inconsistent. In fact, I’d tell this particular work mate that the most consistent thing about Chelsea was our inconsistency.

Moving forward twenty years I don’t think that any Chelsea fan from my own era of supporting Chelsea, which happens to be the mid 70’s, would have been able to comprehend that to present day in 2011 we have won three league titles, five FA Cup’s a European Cup Winners’ Cup and three League Cups, not forgetting the Charity/Community Shields as well.

Personally I think that if someone had told me twenty years ago about our current trophy haul, I would have thought that they were a bit cuckoo. Sometimes a bit of history is always required, especially when it does come to Chelsea, because as supporters we all know that we do have a great and proud history.

So, after my own short history lesson I bring you back to present day Chelsea. The last three months have been turbulent compared to the Chelsea since Roman Abramovich took over. Our results and performances have dipped and from being a side that were looking like back-to-back title winners again, our form has dipped and we are now ten points behind Manchester United.

The result against Bolton on Monday night has helped kick-start our season again, but are we becoming a Chelsea of the 1990’s, a team where our most consistent thing is going to be our inconsistency again? The win at Bolton was great, don’t get me wrong, but did Bolton really put up a fight? I believe our season starts now against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Can Carlo really go through a season of not winning a trophy of any kind? For people that know me, the FA Cup is always a trophy that I want us to win and to win it three years in a row would be something that no club has achieved in about 150 years. Three FA Cup wins in a row would be a huge achievement and an ultimate compliment to our club.

Yes, the Bolton win was great, but with Blackpool losing 2-3 to Manchester United after being 2-0 up it has dented our own title challenge, if ever there was one to challenge for anyway.

So Everton on Saturday is massive and with FC Copenhagen on the horizon in the Champions League there is still a lot to play for, so if we can dispel my ever increasing worry of us becoming consistent about our inconsistency then I will be extremely happy.

Can Carlo change his team for Saturday? Well, if Frank is fit I would play him, but at the cost of who? Michael Essien has been out of form recently, so would he be the man to make way, or would it be Ramires? After reading some articles, it seems that Frank still has his calf injury however.

So, whatever the team on Saturday, I’ll personally be as nervous as I always have been regarding our club, but maybe my nerves will be on edge ever so slightly more than normal.

Chelsea, please prove to me that we are not inconsistent, go to Goodison Park, win and take us to the Fifth Round.


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