Here comes Strummer for Di Matteo
Should I stay or should I go? That’s the dilemma facing Roberto Di Matteo this Wednesday when Chelsea take on the best team in the world.
Should the Blues stay in their own half and defend the edge of their box – or should they go on the attack and push men forward?
As the 1982 Clash song goes, “If I go there will be trouble and if I stay it will be double.” Di Matteo has to try and blend the two styles of play without taking unnecessary risks at the Bridge in the first leg.
The quick counter attack must be Chelsea’s main tactic over both matches, utilising the pace of Fernando Torres, but Chelsea cannot over commit.
Barcelona can and will adapt their style of play, but patience and persistence have to be the key factors for the home side.
Chelsea must keep themselves in the tie as long as possible on Wednesday as Barca have scored 104 goals at the Camp Nou already this season. Trouble or double? It could be a Messi choice.
CHAMP OF THE WEEK (ROBERTO MARTINEZ, WIGAN ATHLETIC)
The Manchester United result last Wednesday might have been unexpected but Wigan’s recent performances have certainly given the Latics fans great optimism for survival again.
Roberto is pure class but might well start producing a grey hair or two if anymore offside decisions go against him.
CHUMP OF THE WEEK (BRANISLAV IVANOVIC, CHELSEA BOXING CLUB)
I could not believe that Branislav lost his appeal this week after kindly trying to tuck in Shaun Maloney’s shirt on Saturday.
Perhaps the big Serbian could not understand Shaun’s Scottish accent and misheard the word, “tuck”, for something else!
Nicolas Anelka has been promoted to player/coach at his club, Shanghai Shenchua, to help his fellow countryman Jean Tigana.
I wonder how Nicolas will react when one of his teammates becomes sulky and ultra moody?