VIEW FROM THE STANDS
GRAHAM RYAN, MATCH- GOING SUPPORTER SINCE 1984
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.