Chidge, JK, and Distinguished Guest(s),
I just finished listening to the latest edition of the Fancast. I must say that I agree with Jonathan regarding Kai Havertz’ debut but I am sympathetic to his lack of training with our squad. I was disappointed with our performance but thrilled with the result. 3 points from our opening fixture was crucial. I am hopeful for how the season will go.
I remember a Frank Lampard quote from the documentary “Blue Revolution.” He was speaking about Jose Mourinho’s first season in charge and he said something like “we weren’t playing well, but at least we were winning.” I’m hoping that in a few weeks’ time we’ll be firing on all cylinders. We can’t forget the amount of assumed starters who missed this match due to injury and suspension.
Timo Werner looked great; it’s a real shame Ruben Loftus-Cheek failed to slip him in after his lung busting run from our own half. Havertz looked like a continental player would: a few silky-smooth touches, lots of flair, but not quite knowing how quick and physical the Premier League is. I’m confident he will learn and adapt his game accordingly.
On a more personal note, I really feel y’all’s pain about not being able to attend matches. I’m from the States and have never been to a Chelsea match or to London for that matter (yet). But I am suffering from this pandemic in a similar way. My family has had season tickets to University of Florida football (American) since 1990 and since 95’ I have been attending home games. This season will be the first in my memory during which I will not attend a game. It’s devastating; I look forward to it every Fall.
I look forward to Chelsea’s season each year but being an overseas fan it’s different. Attending a game in person is really something special. I know a lot of Americans who support a Premier League club as well as American sports teams. I guess my point is that y’all are not alone in your sadness. We Americans might not understand what it’s like to go to Stamford Bridge, but we do know what it’s like going to sporting events. At least we can be sad together. Cheers to supporters being back at The Bridge as soon as possible. Y’all know where to keep that flag!
Atlanta, Georgia USA