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Beware Atletico Madrid

Any successful military campaign requires knowing your adversary inside out and not underestimating them.

With just a little more than 2 days before we engage Atletico Madrid in Monaco for the UEFA club Super cup trophy I just wanted to drop a few lines on our opponents.

In my mind this is a very big is for a trophy and is the second available of a possible 7 for us this season. We have already lost out on the Community shield..we must not lose out on this chance which comes very rarely because to even have the chance to compete here you must either by the Europa league champion or the Champions league champion. Winning this trophy will immediately place RDM and his crew at some ease as they will already have one trophy for the club cabinet this season but even more important for all our new players it will be a wonderful introduction to the Chelsea tradition of consistently winning silverware. Finally, winning this match come Friday gives us more valid ammunition to label ourselves the pre-eminent club in Europe at the moment no matter what the detractors may say.

We have only won this trophy once before..interestingly enough in another game we played in Monaco and against another Spanish club..the senior Madrid club Real. That was in the glory days of the late 90s with Zola, Puyet, RDM and company. RDM will have the unique opportunity to be one of very few players to win this high honor as both a player and a manager for the top club in Europe bar none.

Before we can make that claim though we must go through Atletico Madrid who are a dangerous side. They have won the Europa league for the second time in the last 3 yrs (no mean feat) and they have done this with two very different squads and different managers. After losing top level talent like Arguero, forlan, siamao etc from their prior championship side as well as changing coaches and facing major monetary challenges that they are back at the summit of the Europa league is remarkable. Their new coach Diego Simeone is a rugged, shrewd Argentinian (former international Player and contemporary of Maradona) and they play an efficient, effective style of football that is reminiscent of Chelsea circa the Mourinho years.
Lest we forget this Atletico Madrid team won the Super cup just ~ 2yrs ago upsetting the then Champions league champs; Inter 2-0..they should not be taken lightly. To win this years Europa league their new face team took apart the impressive Athletic Bilbao team of Bielsa in a comprehensive 3-0 shell lacking with the Colombian hitman Radamel Falcao hitting a brace and so taking the distinction of being top goal scorer for two consecutive years in the Europa league after doing it the year before with Porto. As a warning shot across our path just yesterday they again demolished the same Bilbao team but this time upping the Ante to 4-0 with Falcao this time hitting a hat trick. Thankfully for us one of the main architects of their success last season the Brazilian midfield playmaker Diego is no longer with the side.

Without being boastful I feel we have a better overall team than Atletico and I don`t feel Simeone is a better tactician than RDM but there are a few of their players we must be fully aware of as we line up to take them on this Friday;

1) In goal they will have our own Thibaut Courtious..a truly talented young goal keeper..what he lacks in experience he more than makes up in agility…it will take nothing less than A plus efforts, guile and ruthless efficiency in front of goal from Torres and our other forwards to beat this guy who will be playing with a point to prove to his parent club,

2) In defense one player worthy of mention is the Uruguayan Diego Godin.. a solid non nonsense center back who we flirted with as a possible alternative when we still chasing Gary Cahill..We will need to pressure their defense early and often to try and make them make mistakes but it wont be easy.

3) The forward trio of Diego Costa, Arda turan (the so called Turkish Messi) and the Colombian hit man Falcao. These guys need to be taken very seriously..especially Falcao who will need extra special attention from both of our CBs all match long. To lose sight of that guy for even a second in the 90 minutes of the game is to concede a goal. I personally feel he is the most lethal and complete pure goal scorer right now in European football. Before any one mentions Messi and Ronaldo..please re read what I said.."goal scorer" not player..i am convinced if this guy had the midfield service Messi and Ronaldo do at Barca and Real he would score more goals than they do…he is that dangerous and I rate him very highly. If we can keep him quiet along with Turan I really like our chances on Friday.

For once in a long time we enter a match of this magnitude as the odds on favorite, let us not let our guards down. We cannot afford to mess this chance up. ..We should approach this with all the seriousness and gravity it deserves and give Atletico absolutely no chance or prayer to spring an upset the way they did against Inter a few years back. We must totally boss the midfield the way we did against NewCastle and take our chances when they arise. An early goal and lead would help so we are not chasing the game under pressure. If we play to the level we are capable I see us bringing home to Stamford Bridge the first trophy of this our transitional year..and doing it in some style as well. KTBFFH.

Date:Tuesday August 28 2012
Time: 6:23PM


come on chelsea lets get this and kickstart a season full of trophies
28/08/2012 18:42:00
Great article but I disagree with one thing Messi scored 50 Leaugue goals last Season as great as Falcoa is he can't replicate that no matter the circumstances.
28/08/2012 18:48:00
Yea lets ge this fast and good
28/08/2012 18:59:00
A repeat of the 4-0 score line in he 2009/10 CL would be perfect.
28/08/2012 19:02:00
i am also little bit fearful of this athletico madrid. they are dangerous thats for sure. specially that man falcao. whether he is good grea or best not my concern. but one thing i know is even without service, this guy is capable of producing some magical on himself. that is he has capability to produce solo moment of brilliance
28/08/2012 19:15:00
These guys defeated AB with 35% possesion ,4 goals for with none conceded,against us they will have more posession because Lampard will start and he will not help our midfield possesion, in addition his bombing forward will leave a big hole for Arda Turan to rape Mikel.Falco is not like Torres he feeds on scraps and excells at it.This Team counter attacks with a ruthlesness only seen at Chelsea in the past.They had much less possesion in the EL final yet scored 3 goals.Expect a very difficult match like the CL final in munich.
28/08/2012 19:44:00
dont know if you guys know but im hearing loads f vry strong rumours you have signed falcao. see yids can be nice lol
28/08/2012 20:08:00
Rumours breaking on Twitter that we just signed Falcao? May or may not be true, but the source of the rumours has been 90% accurate on deals so far....
28/08/2012 20:08:00
Falcao! Wow guess he won't meet us on Friday but play for us. Wow wow wow.
28/08/2012 20:12:00
its everywhere guys im actually happy you have him if its true as i want the best players in the epl
28/08/2012 20:14:00
a made up rumor to mess with Falcao's head before the game?
28/08/2012 20:27:00
Tiraspol, the people tweeting this have been spot on with every bit of transfer news so far, including values days before things get officially announced. If they prove to be right on this one I'll be amazed. Of course if they prove to be wrong I'll laugh my a$$ off and unfollow them on twitter ;)
28/08/2012 20:30:00
a made up rumor to mess with Falcao's head before the game?
28/08/2012 20:30:00
a made up rumor to mess with Falcao's head before the game?
28/08/2012 20:31:00
Honestly, am badly tempted by the Falcao rumour but he will cost us at least 40m pounds, why not just get Jovetic for 22m only. Anyway, if it is true then the Board & Roman really want us to seriously challenge for the title and remain a deadly and major force in Europe. RDM will not want to bench Torres,,,he may be forced to play 4-2-2-2 with Falcao-Torres Hazard-Mata & Mikel-Raul.
28/08/2012 21:46:00
i don't care how we win as long as we win ,
haji ahmed
28/08/2012 21:47:00
thy no longer have diego so their midfield will be weaker than b4
28/08/2012 21:58:00
@Bizarre_Blue, better get your unfollow button ready lmao
28/08/2012 22:48:00
Oh for god sakes we not getting Falcao!! Fake agents on twitter just having some fun, stop being so gullible.
28/08/2012 22:53:00
Oh for god sakes we not getting Falcao!! Fake agents on twitter just having some fun, stop being so gullible.
28/08/2012 22:56:00
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