In Italy it’s known as “the immutable law of the ex,” and Chelsea will be vulnerable to it when they play West Ham at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.
“What the hell are you going on about?” I hear a thousand perplexed readers cry. Well, it’s quite simple, really. Italian football fans, being rather a superstitious lot, believe that when a player comes up against his old club, he usually has a blinder.
So, if the player in question is a striker, he’ll probably score a brilliant goal and might even claim a hat-trick. If he’s a goalkeeper, you can bet he’ll save a couple of penalties or at the very least keep a clean sheet. Apparently, it’s written in the stars, or something.
Anyway, the point is the Blues will be coming up against two old boys today in the form of the Coles, Carlton and Joe. The former, you’ll remember, has already scored against Chelsea this season, in the 3-1 defeat at Upton Park in December. So, if Chelsea were playing the Hammers in Milan or Turin today, the alarm bells would most definitely be ringing.
Fortunately, we’re not in the land of gondoliers, parmesan cheese and gelati, so there’s no need to get the jitters. Or is there? You might think the Italians have a point, after all, if you look through the following slideshow, showcasing six ex-Chelsea players who all did the dirty on the Blues for their new clubs.
Cue that spooky X-Files music…