Sports writers and analysts always talk about intangibles—that unexplainable and unquantifiable aspect of an athlete that has as much influence in their performance as their physical abilities, talent and skill. Chelsea will need that to be at an all-time high as they come off one of their worst losses in recent memory.
The 5-3 drubbing at home against Arsenal is still resonating amongst the Chelsea nation. Embarrassing to say the least, a team that has won championships on defense is at a crossroads where coach Andre Villas-Boas must decide how he will approach the game going forward. His “innovative” 4-3-3 attack has been exposed now by the better teams they have played against, and none of the kinks are being worked out.
Luckily, the best remedy for tough loss is an easy follow-up match. Chelsea dispatched with Genk with ease two weeks ago, winning 5-0 at home. Now traveling to Belgium, the goals may not come as easy, but should come none the less.
Both Didier Drogba and John Obi Mikel are not making the trip due to injury. Everyone else on the roster is available.
However, I am making my predictions for what I think is not just best for this game, but for the mentality of the team. Taking into account their upcoming schedule, I can see many of the starters getting rest as they will need to be at their absolute best against Blackburn this weekend to get their League hopes back on track.