Chelsea and Swansea's 'Amigos' Should Light Up the Liberty Stadium
It has been a hectic Halloween week for us journalists.
With plenty of stories to report on, from hurricane Sandy’s furious assault on the East Coast of America to the FA having to deal with their own hurricane in the guise of alleged racist remarks made at Stamford Bridge, it has been a week of doom and gloom.
So it is refreshing that I can finally pen an article focusing on a contest that should bring some much needed happiness to proceedings.
The contest in question is due to take place at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium on 3 November in the Premier League.
Chelsea have made the headlines due to some unfortunate off-field incidents that have overshadowed some breathtaking football from their ‘Three Amigos’.
Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar have lit up the Premier League with their intricate passing, movement and fearless attacking football that has left their opponents spellbound.
Until last weekend’s explosive encounter against Manchester United, Chelsea were unbeaten in the league, as teams like Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur failed to pin down this flamboyant continental trio. Their movement off the ball and interchanging has caused mayhem for opposing defenders, leaving them bewildered and beaten.
But on Sunday, Chelsea’s trio go head-to-head against a Swansea side who have been dishing up some delicious attacking football, courtesy of their own ‘Three Amigos’.
Any Swansea supporters suffering from sleepless nights due to the departure of Brendan Rodgers and Joe Allen need not have worried, as heading to the South Wales City were three immensely talented Spanish based players.
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I am a huge fan of La Liga, and to be honest, I thought Jonathan de Guzman, Michu and Pablo Hernandez would struggle with the rigors of English football.
How wrong I was.
They have taken to the Premier League like ex-pats enjoying cheap bottles of San Miguel in the Costa Blanca.
Wednesday’s Capital One Cup game at Anfield further increased their reputation. Liverpool had no answer to Swansea’s attacking prowess, as the ‘Three Amigos’ carved them open at every opportunity. It was painful stuff for The Kop to endure but tremendously entertaining for fans of attractive attacking football.
So if all ‘Six Amigos’ are firing on all cylinders this Saturday, it will be a masterclass of how football should be played.
Will Juan Mata continue his role as chef orchestrator?
Or is it Michu’s time outshine his Spanish counterpart?
And what integral role will the other four play?
Whatever the outcome, I will be reclining in my Union Jack Foldaway chair; breaking open the continental lager as I don my sombrero watching the ‘Six Amigos’ bring some sunshine to this dark week for English football.
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