Many Chelsea fans would opine that the injury to Bratislava Ivanovic was something of a saving grace.
The usually imperious defender, with calfs the size of my waist, had an absolute shocker before he got crocked three weeks ago and he possibly needed to be taken out of the firing line simply for the fans to see that the poor performances weren’t completely his fault.
At 31 he surely still has lead in the pencil and his perceived loss of mobility may well have had something to do with the injury.
But we would certainly give him another chance in the team and he has come out fighting now that he is fit again.
He told The Evening Standard:
“We have been playing much better in the last few matches. We are starting to look more like last season. The games that are coming up may be some of the most important for us in the season, in terms of the psychology of the moment. We have to show we are back. It was a very difficult start to the season for all of us, now the team are playing better.
On a personal note the Chelsea stalwart said that he is on the way to full fitness:
“I’m working hard to get my fitness back and I hope I’m going to be at the level I have to be after my injury.”
We could roll out all the horrible statistics of Chelsea’s season so far.
But, like the squad themselves, the best thing to do is forget all that and look forward.
Because, we feel that if anyone can bridge the huge gap that currently exists between them and fourth pace, that this current Chelsea squad has the talent and the manager to do so.