Following on from our summer feature View From The Opposition, it is a welcome return to our series of chats with opposition fan groups as we enter the second half of the season. This week we had a chat with the guys at popular Twitter fan group Chelsea Enthusiast.
Q. How has the season been for Chelsea so far?
Chelsea have not been particularly impressive so far this season, performances have been more like a mid-table side. We have all seen that the team have been adapting to a new attacking formation, something that we have not seen for a long time. However, we are at least pushing for a top four finish.
Q. What are your hopes for the rest of the season?
We are hoping that Chelsea will be able to change some of the shortcomings in the back line and the strike force can be further strengthened, so the ‘SarriBall’ can continue to push for a top four finish.
Q. Now that Maurizio Sarri has half a season under his belt, what is the general view about the Italian among Blues fans?
Impressive. Sarri has given us a lot of hope for the season. He has also made Chelsea a passing team but most importantly this is Sarri’s first season so we must be patient enough to see the side develop under his guidance.
Q. Who has been the stand out Chelsea player?
As usual, Eden Hazard. We cannot live without him. Antonio Rudiger is also doing very well this season as is Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Q. Do Chelsea have any needs ahead of the transfer window and how active do you think they will be?
Chelsea need new winger, striker and full-back. Seeing a less productive Chelsea striker, a less supportive winger, and full-back have all been weak points for the squad this season and we expect a fair a lot of movement by the board in the transfer window. We must bring in one new face at least.
Q. If you could pick one Palace player for Chelsea to sign in January, who would it be and why?
Wilfried Zaha. He has a big influence on Palace and always a real threat to any opponent and would fit well in the Chelsea front line.
Q. Name one Chelsea player and one Palace player that you believe will be a threat in this game?
Eden Hazard and Andros Townsend. I expect more of the same from Hazard when Chelsea travel to Selhurst Park. I saw Townsend’s performance when Palace beat City last weekend which makes us quite anxious particularly as he scored against us at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season.
Q. Perhaps you could share your opinions on Palace so fare this season?
We have seen Palace playing pretty well this season but very inconsistent. Having alread picked up points against Arsenal and United, also beating City they could provide Chelsea with a real test.
Q. Your prediction?
Chelsea to beat Palace 2-0.