By The West Terrace.
Friday 06 Mar 2009 11:44:00
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So our biggest game at the Ricoh is nearly upon us. Tomorrow see's our first ever proper sell out with a visit from Premiership high flyers Chelsea. Much has been said and written and I'm sure there will be much more said and written but is it really that much of a big deal?

I'm not so sure.

In my eyes we had a much bigger game mid week against Sheffield United, to me that was the watershed game. The game which would have taken us to a whisker of the play off places or seal our fate as also rans once again and like the fans, the team failed to show up. Like the fans there mind was on other things, our other biggest game at the Ricoh.

Obviously not all the fans, the 14'000 or so hardcore fans were there and I'm sure there were some who would have been there if not for other commitments like work etc.

As Chris Coleman said, we want to be playing the likes of Chelsea week in week out. To do that we have to be winning games like the one on Wednesday. Don't get me wrong, if we beat Chelsea I might even start getting a little bit excited, it's a big if, no, it's a massive if. But IF we beat Chelsea we still have the prospect of either Arsenal, Man U, Everton, Fulham or Middlesbrough to get past and that is two steps too far. The lads have done well to get as far as they have and all credit to Chris Coleman and the team. We dropped three valueable points on Wednesday because of a combination of a useless linesman and a very poor ref, but the deciding factor was our players were more interested in Saturdays game, which, come Sunday morning will probably be irrelevant.

The Sky Blues go into the game without Fox who picked up an injury against Sheffield United but the rest of the City camp are in a confident mood as they wait for the Chelsea all stars to come to town. Coleman will be hoping that Best has recovered from his bout of tonsillitis to give him some desperately needed options up front.

Guus Hiddink’s men have improved dramatically since he has taken charge but it's anyone's guess what team he will field for the clash. Sitting second in the Premiership but seemingly unable to get near Man U the F.A Cup could be the one major trophy Chelsea see as an achievable target.

Whatever the team Hiddink put's out it will be a tough test for Colemans young guns so looking at the positives, it'll be a good benchmark for us and also the extra few quid will come in handy.


©2008 The West Terrace

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