Chelsea fans have plenty to encourage 20 days before the final of the Champions League 2020/21 and one week before the final of the FA Cup. First, nobody anticipated that Chelsea would progress this far before the beginning of the season in the FA Cup, let alone the Champions League. I was appalled by a few English pundits who had chosen to make their top four predictions in August, including Gary Neville, Micah Richards, Jamie Carragher and Roy Keane.
Manchester United, Liverpool, City, and a few of them chose Arsenal, but Chelsea was not listed. When I watched a live Sky Sports show, I wondered what made Chelsea think this year was a pushover. It was surprising because I thought we might think we would have a great season with all of our new signatures, but I was totally wrong. But one thing I was certain: Arsenal wouldn't have a better season than we did.
After the mid-season slump with Chelsea, Lampard's prediction seems to have taken place. I saw blues get 3-1 thrashed out of Arsenal, and I woke up at the infamous "I told you so" Micah Richards talk about Sky Sports the next morning.
Then I started to believe these "experts" were right and that Chelsea will have a bad season compared to the other big clubs. The media became insane when Thomas Tuchel replaced Lampard. 'This is Roman Abramovich's bad judgment, give Chelsea two weeks, and they will also sack Tuchel,' said everyone. Again, Micah Richards had to say the most annoying thing.
"What makes Tuchel think he can compete with Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola? He was just shot by PSG, and Chelsea seems to be fired too "... according to Sky Sports' Micah Richards.
What about Gary Neville? After the sacking of his countryman Lampard, he has never said anything good about Thomas Tuchel. These pundits have changed their tunes after a hundred days. Tuchel has gone on to prove everyone wrong in the most positive way possible since then. He's defeated Pep Guardiola, Diego Simeone, Zinedine Zidane, Jurgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, and more.
These men were called the top managers in world football and Tuchel beat them hands down, conceding only once against all of them.
Tuchel's masterclass against Manchester City yesterday proved to the fans that he is a tactical genius once again. Despite the fact that he hasn't made any new Chelsea signings, he has kept things running smoothly. After the game, Pep Guardiola had one important thing to say "In 21 days, the Champions League final will take place. We'll have to wait and see how things turn out. It's a one-of-a-kind rivalry." A bold comment has been made by the Spanish gaffer.
At this point, everyone is betting on Pep Guardiola's Manchester City to win the Champions League final against Chelsea. They say, "They won't be able to do it." "Manchester City is not the same as Real Madrid or Porto." But wait, wasn't that what Chelsea supporters were saying in 2012? Bayern Munich was not Barcelona or Napoli, but we didn't say anything. We stormed the Allianz Arena field and snatched the title from Bayern's hands. Guardiola's comment the day before suggested the City will breeze through the finals. This, however, will not be the case.
Thomas Tuchel has carefully prepared this Chelsea squad. If they are losing or winning, the pressure is the same. And, as Chelsea fans, we are more optimistic than we were in 2012. We might lose the finals, but we, the Chelsea fans, know that Tuchel and his team have done an outstanding job. And I hope you're enjoying what you're seeing, Arsenal, Manchester United, and Liverpool fans who predicted we'd lose to Real Madrid and City last week. Arsenal supporters, in particular, who believe Arteta is a better coach than Tuchel (What an Irony).
If you wish us luck or not, we will dethrone Manchester City from the Champions League because we are obviously superior to them. Forget what Pep Guardiola said the day before about the finals being a "different game." We were better than these players yesterday without Mount, Harvetz, Thiago Silva, Chilwell, and Kovacic, and it's the same players, the same Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling, and Gundogan.
The team's only hope now is for the fans to come out in force to help them. If this happens, Chelsea will be European Champions in 20 days. At the moment, this is all I have to say to Chelsea supporters. If we keep the blue flag flying high in the face of criticism from rival fans, we'll keep shutting them up.
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