VIEW FROM THE STANDS

GRA­HAM RYAN, MATCH- GO­ING SUP­PORTER SINCE 1984

Australian Four Four Two - - PREMIER LEAGUE -

This sea­son will be dif­fer­ent to last be­cause

we’re not in the Cham­pi­ons League. And we’re not go­ing to win the league, as we did when that hap­pened in 2016-17.

The op­po­si­tion player I se­cretly ad­mire is

Mo Salah, as hum­ble as he is ta­lented. What a shame we didn’t keep hold of him.

Our pan­tomime vil­lain is

Jose Mour­inho. He’ll pick fights with ev­ery­one again when he re­alises he’s not go­ing to win the league.

Keep an eye out for

Ethan Am­padu. It’s hard to be­lieve he’s still only 17. If he im­presses in the League Cup, he may get chances in big­ger games.

The player I’d hap­pily drive to an­other club is

ei­ther Ross Barkley or Danny Drinkwa­ter. They’re 7/10 play­ers, but I’d rather see a young mid­fielder given a chance, such as Am­padu or Ruben Lof­tus-Cheek.

Our most un­der­rated player is

Olivier Giroud – big sea­son for him.

This sea­son we will fin­ish

3rd. A re­turn to the Cham­pi­ons League and some do­mes­tic cup suc­cess are re­al­is­tic tar­gets.

FFT asks: Were you dis­ap­pointed to hear that Chelsea’s sta­dium re­de­vel­op­ment plans have been put on hold?

As much as I’d hap­pily stay at the cur­rent Stam­ford Bridge for­ever, it was dis­ap­point­ing news. Look­ing at the long term, the club re­ally needs those ex­tra seats in or­der to be­come self-suf­fi­cient.

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