Chelsea will bounce back

jose mourinho

An error from Petr Čech and the failure to score past a solid Everton defence. Chelsea may have been the first side to lose at Goodison Park this season but they will not be the last.

The Champions League defeat at Stamford Bridge to FC Basel on Wednesday night came as a huge surprise to me, even when I was watching it. Chelsea looked to be in relative control at 1-0 before being caught out on the counter attack. After that they struggled to create a good chance on the opposition goal before conceding from a corner.

Surprises happen. FC Basel eliminated Tottenham Hotspur from last season’s Europa League en route to reaching the semi-finals. They’re a decent team.

It’s early days as far as José Mourinho part 2 is concerned at Stamford Bridge. This time around he doesn’t have a Didier Drogba. He doesn’t have a 26-year old Frank Lampard. He doesn’t have a Claude Makélélé. And as far as the competitors go, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are stronger than they were during his first spell.

Manchester United don’t have Roy Carroll, Alan Smith, Quinton Fortune, David Bellion, Kléberson, Liam Miller and Eric Djemba-Djemba these days.

I am still sticking by my pre-season tip of Chelsea to win the Premier League. Arsenal and Tottenham have greatly strengthened since the opening day of the season. Liverpool have made a good start but I don’t expect that to last.

Manchester City have yet to win on the road in the Premier League and Manchester United picked up just 1 point from their games versus Chelsea and Liverpool.

Chelsea have had their striker problems for a couple of seasons now. Fernando Torres and Demba Ba have failed to adapt to the current formation. Samuel Eto’o has only had 2 games.

I am buying into all the media criticism of Samuel Eto’o. He’s played 90 minutes in two games this week despite the likes of Jamie Redknapp saying he’s not fit. Adrian Durham another claiming the Cameroonian is past it. Nonsense.

Give Eto’o time to settle in and I promise you he will come good. He’s already getting into positions to score, he just need to find his finishing boots.  Mr Redknapp and Mr Durham you can quote me on that.

Worse than that were the two Chelsea “fans” who phoned up BBC Five Live after the loss to Basel on Wednesday claiming Mourinho should never have been re-employed!  Are you serious?

Chelsea’s odds are too short for me to bet on or tip this weekend but as I said in my preview of the game for SBR Forum this week, Chelsea will beat the Cottagers and order will be restored.