This weekend brings us one of the most glamorous fixtures in English football at lunchtime kickoff, it’s Chelsea vs Arsenal. Unarguably both clubs are two of London’s most successful clubs. But the hatred between both has been fired up in recent fixtures. Chelsea usurping of Arsenal as London’s best team which many Gunners fans believe is down to Roman Abramich’s investment in the club has made them detest us till date. Though Chelsea have triumphed more in the fixtures between both sides in recent seasons, but Arsenal’s thrashing of the Blues earlier this season brought a reality check to Conte and his players. That chastening defeat at the Emirates was all he needed to change team strategy and tactics that’s transformed Chelsea’s fortunes. It’s often said that when the going gets tough, then the tough gets going. That’s exactly what is expected of Chelsea.
Here are three things to watch out for in the game:
THE GOOD: ENTERTAINING FOOTBALL ON DISPLAY
It’s a 50-50 challenge and expect a fight for supremacy from both sides. Arsenal’s slick passing game is a beauty to behold when they are in top gear while Chelsea’s high energy, devastating counter-attacking and strategic game style certainly assures that there won’t be a dull moment in the game. London stand up!
THE BAD: HEATED RIVALRY
The hate relationship between these sides is well-documented. Chelsea sit pretty comfortable at the top of the league and a win would enhance their prospect of league title triumph and set Arsenal on the back foot. But an Arsenal win will resurrect their fluttering title push and put a dent on Chelsea’s. Whatever be the outcome, let’s expect a fierce battle as the final whistle blows tomorrow. It will be a hugely physically contested affair and the battle for supremacy for the ‘Pride of London’ will surely be on both players and supports of the two clubs.
THE UGLY: THE REFEREEING DECISIONS
This London derby is not a game for the faint-hearted and expect the referee and his assistants to have the lights on them. Controversies will surely be talking points as they may have an impact on the outcome of the game and its proceedings. These matches bring moments of ‘what ifs’ and ‘did nots’. Expect tough calls that won’t go down well with both teams but certainly no one is infallible and they should both know and note that.
In Chelsea we believe so let’s keep the blue flag flying high. Cheers!