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Chelsea play host to Newcastle this weekend after club football resumes and international football take a bow.
The game between Chelsea and Liverpool will feature two sides at the different ends of the table. For Chelsea, the Blues are fifth and chasing a Champions League spot, while the Magpies are 16th and fighting for safety.
Chelsea fans are so far excited with how the season is turning out and Blues fans are optimistic about the future. Chelsea legend Pat Nevin has given three reasons why the fans are happy. Firstly, Frank Lampard is a club legend, secondly the club youngsters are given a chance and most importantly, Nevin focused on the amount of hard work the Chelsea players are putting out on the pitch.
Nevin wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “There is a great affinity being built between our fans and the players just now. We know the initial reasons; this is Frank’s team so we are bound to be on board, the kids coming through are our kids so once again we are onside. But look around and consider everyone else and the obvious work-rate and spirit from them, it has been superb this season even during the tougher times.
“When we lost 4-0 up at Old Trafford, yes Frank in his debut game was always going to be excused, but neither were the players abused by the fans. This was because all the effort and a good deal of quality was there for everyone to see. You can’t fake that stuff for too long with the fans.
“Take Jorginho, the statistics alone will tell you about his incredible work-rate but it is his passion for every tackle and every chase that shines almost as much as his ability on the ball. Willian obviously is reborn as well but try thinking of someone in the group that isn’t giving everything for every moment, it is impossible.
“Tammy Abraham works until his legs run out and is often replaced but that is a positive sign that he is giving everything, not a negative one that he is playing badly. There looks as though there are two Mason Mounts on the field most weeks as he seems to have the ability to turn up everywhere. On top of that have a look at the attitude of those coming off the bench. None of the subs are giving anything less than everything they have, whether it is for 30 minutes or 10.”