Group E is still wide open, Chelsea will be keen to avoid defeat or face being dragged into the possibility of Europa League football.
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I think I speak for all the blue's fans when I say we'd only benefit from having the option of the wide play, that can spread the attack, as well as allow us to have the full backs for cover, which will bolster the defence and eradicate this gung-ho attitude of leaving the two center-backs left open.
Two of the main protagonists of Saturday’s victory over Everton have had their say on a third straight Premier League win.
From the coach to the goalkeeper, the defence, the midfield and the attackers there is no doubt that Chelsea have an excellent squad and it is only going to get stronger.
The Blues welcome bottom of the group Genk to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, the home team will be looking for another win and to add to their excellent run of form.
Chelsea have started off their campaign with a relatively good flow of results, apart from the obvious loss to Manchester United, which we were unlucky to come away with. This result aside, the recent few fixtures are showing healthy signs that Villas-Boas has a good understanding of the Premier league, and that his blueprints of a 4-4-3 system that he once used at Porto, and is now implementing on the Blues, is starting to work. But there is one key ingredient that Chelsea are still missing, a playmaker.
It was a hard fought draw for Chelsea, with Frank Lampard and Roberto Soldado being the goal scorers.
Andre Villas-Boas will decide whether Frank Lampard starts tonight after he surprisingly left on the bench against Swansea on Saturday.
After eight matches, six in the Premier League, one Champions League, and one Carling Cup, I have picked my top ten performers so far.
Valencia fans are still smarting from the loss of Juan Mata to us, the draw brings him back after just a month, this time not as a protector but a tormentor. It is going to be a very emotional match, one where I hope Mata shines.
Juan Mata has impressed fans and the media since his arrival at the club and says it is thanks to out of form striker Fernando Torres who got him to join the Blues during the summer.
David Luiz and Juan Mata both scored their first Champions League goals for Chelsea, both came from two great assists by Fernando Torres.
Saturday’s victory over Premier League strugglers Sunderland proved that this season there is going to be a focus on young and exciting players who are ready to take the place of the stars that have been so comfortable for so many years.
It was three wins in a row for Chelsea as John Terry and Daniel Sturridge were on the score sheet in the 2-1 win.
As I look ahead for the game tomorrow, I believe that Andre Villas-Boas will choose a strong attacking line-up