After a difficult year for Chelsea, finishing as the league’s bottom side, this weekend’s EAFA League Cup fixtures present the Blues’ final chance to rescue their season and possibly bring some silverware back to SW3.
Chelsea struggled to really get up and running in the league this season, showing their quality on occasion but unable to put together a consistent run of form during a more transitional period for the club.
However, bolstered by new additions as well as already having a squad littered with England internationals, the West Londoners could prove to be a dark horse in Saturday’s competition.
“We’ve brought in some much-needed reinforcement, having lost a few players since the start of the season with Fawad and Sofyan really improving the team, two really technical players who we can trust in possession,” said England and Chelsea midfielder Harry Ash.
“There is a good chemistry building within the squad which makes me believe that we can challenge Everton and Portsmouth on the weekend and prove to be a difficult side to beat.”
Aged just 24, Smash (Harry’s nickname) has a plethora of experience at the top level and will be a key factor in any Chelsea success and guiding his team through this time of change in more of a leadership role, particularly in helping the young lads coming through.
“I try to lead by example on the pitch, I want to set and maintain a high standard, as far as possible for performance but more importantly for effort and work ethic,” said Harry.
“I hope to be able to share some of my experience with the younger members of the squad, mainly we want them to enjoy their football and enjoy playing against some of the best players in the country.”
The league cup could prove to be a fruitful challenge for Chelsea with the hope of rounding the campaign off with a trophy lift as well as instilling a good feeling back into the team as they begin preparations for next season.
“I think we can all accept that it may be a tall order to win the league cup but on paper, this will be the best team we’ve fielded all year and which at the very least will be able to compete but that is something we need to prove to ourselves,” said the midfielder.
“Saturday will prove to be a very important day heading into the new year, hopefully we can bring some enthusiasm and improve the morale surrounding the club and have a much improved season.”